was most recently seen as Paul in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Also in Plaza's productions of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN as bass playing Cousin Buford, FOOTLOOSE as Uncle Wes, GHOST OF A CHANCE as Chance and MY FAIR LADY as Jamie, while in this area he has appeared in The Carnegie Players productions of MAN OF LA MANCHA, where he played Sancho Panza, THE MUSIC MAN as Marcellus Washburn, and SOUTH PACIFIC as Joseph Cable. He also recently served as the Technical Director for Carnegie's Production of OLIVER! Aaron holds his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with concentrations in Musical Theatre and Set Design from Tarleton State University with internships at Kent State University in Ohio. Some of his favorite collegiate roles include The Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS, Ossian Borg in WORMWOOD, and The Poet/Haaj in KISMET. He is currently employed as a Web Developer at eMagination Web Designs, a subsidiary of National Direct Media here in Cleburne. Marking his 18th year in theatre, h
Was last seen as Lady Boxington in MY FAIR LADY and also played Queen Forlorn in Rapunzel at Lolly-Pup's Roundup every Monday at 6:00pm. Bonnie has also performed in the Ressurection Pageant in Keene for the past three years as Satan, Gabriel, and Mary Mother of God. Was a sign language technical coach for Carnegie Players for Miracle Worker. By profession Bonnie is a speech-language pathologist, and a visual performing artist by calling. She can be seen performing, teaching, and doing concerts in various mediums such as: Mime, Ventriloquy, Signed movement, Puppetry, Characterized story telling, and gospel illusions. She is a love of drama as a medium to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, and is so thankful to Him for His calling upon her life. She would like to publicly thank her husband, Dariel and daughter Dariana, for their unwavering support, in allowing her to be as exotic and zany as she is. She would also like to thank the Barrus and Siler families for discovering Clebur
(Music Director, Sister Margarethe)
is excited to be working with Plaza Theater Company again in this production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC! She was last seen at Plaza as Lulu in FOOTLOOSE. At home on both the musical theater and the operatic stage, some of her favorite roles have included, Rosine in SIGNOR DELUSO, the Countess (partial role) in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Baby Doe (partial role) in THE BALLAD OF BADY DOE and Mariane (partial role) in TARTUFFE, as well as the Maiden in A MAIDEN’S MASQUE; a production of Johannes Brahms Art Songs. Bree graduated in May with her Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge MA, where she studied with Jayne West. She currently teaches private voice at Grapevine Middle School and is the paid soprano section leader in the First United Methodist Church Choral Union in Fort Worth as well as the chamber choir, Adoramus. This April, Bree will be the featured performer in Texas Wesleyan University’s Alumni Recital Concert Se
C. PAMELA VALLE
(Frau Schmidt, Nun ensemble)
This is Pamela's second appearance at the Plaza playing the part of the housekeeper, Frau Schmidt and the nun ensemble. She was previously seen in the production of MY FAIR LADY as the Queen of Transylvania as well as the ensemble. Pamela is re-entering the world of theatre and is excited to be a part of the Plaza Theatre family. She has been involved in productions at Northgate Community College, NOAH’S FLOOD and Tarrant County Community College (Northeast Campus), THREE PENNY OPERA, ANYTHING GOES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and THE FANTASTICKS. She has also been involved in productions at the Irving community theatre: SOUTH PACIFIC, THE FANTASTICKS, and MUSIC MAN. She served as Music Director in Grapevine’s Runway Theatre production of A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CAROL. Pamela felt called and has served as a music evangelist for 25 years. She has traveled throughout the U.S. and Internationally. Thank You Plaza Theatre for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of wholesome entertainment her
was last seen at Plaza as Mrs. Potts in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. She played Margeretta in Carnegie's SOUND OF MUSIC and a milkmaid in OLIVER. She had the privilege of getting and directing the children's musical THE PIED PIPER. She feels this was her most God-blessed experience in drama. More love. "Being on stage scares me senseless, but I keep coming back for more. Make sense of that! Well, love doesn't make sense, does it?”
CHERI DEE MEGA
is delighted to be in her first speaking part! You may remember Cheri as Cousin Melva (pianist) in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. Cheri has been musical director or pianist for numerous productions at CATS and Artisan Center Theater and was the Music Director for the launch of PlazaCo With GOOD MAN…CHARLIE BROWN. Favorite previous involvements include BIG RIVER, GODSPELL, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, BEST CHRISTMAS PAGENT EVER, WIZARD OF OZ, and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. She teaches private Piano, Guitar, and Voice. Cheri would like to thank her husband, Brian, for letting her play at this very fun hobby. Thank you most of all to Jesus for energy and the grace to keep going and to Him be all glory.
is back again after just playing Mr. Kirby in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. You may also remember him as Randall Wright in THE MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES (that's going back over a year ago). He has performed in several shows in the last few years in the area; among his favorites were THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE MIRACLE WORKER, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, AND FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (his very first show). In addition to performing, Chris also has great fun volunteering with set design, building special effect props and painting murals for various shows. He has helped with set pieces at the Plaza Theatre Company since its inception, and considers it a privilege to be able to do volunteer work here. Chris drives down from the DFW area, and every mile of the drive is well worth it thanks to the good folks of Cleburne and the surrounding towns who come out to support the Plaza Theatre and its season of shows. Chris is delighted to be performing in front of such a wonderful audience. "Please enjoy the sh
is very excited to be performing in his second Plaza Theatre production. He previously portrayed Colin in Plaza’s production of THE SECRET GARDEN. Cooper has also been active with The Carnegie Players. Some of his roles include Oliver in OLIVER!, Flick in A CHRISTMAS STORY, Young George in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Winthrop in THE MUSIC MAN. Cooper is a homeschooled sixth grader and attends Travis Academy of Fine Arts in Fort Worth, where he studies voice and piano. He enjoys playing football, basketball, swimming and playing video games. “Thank you to Katie Rodgers, for being a great sister, onstage and off!”
(Sister Sofia, ensemble)
is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of actors, especially the rocking nun chorus! You may have seen Daron as Olga in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Eliza in MY FAIR LADY, Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST or Martha in THE SECRET GARDEN. Daron is blessed to be able to do this show with her sister, mama and daddy...and now just needs her brother to give in and audition for a show here too! She thanks JaceSon and Tina, as always, for allowing her to be part of their show, and thanks her family and friends for their endless support.
is back for his second show after playing in FOOTLOOSE. From Alvarado, TX, Devlin enjoys being a sophomore, marching the AHS marching band, attending early morning scripture study class. He especially would like to thank his parents for letting him perform during the school year. "Thank you Mom and Dad for all your support!"
is happy to be back on the stage. Eden has played many parts here at PlazaCo including Woodstock in GOOD MAN…CHARLIE BROWN, a lamb in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and various child ensemble roles in other shows here.
is excited to make her acting debut on the Plaza stage. Eloise enjoys singing and playing games with her family.
is excited to have discovered this wonderful theater so close to her hometown of Burleson. Favorite roles include Gretel in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Casa Manana, a Munchkin and an Ozian in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Bass Hall, Pip in NATE THE GREAT at CATS, and Little Bird in her Kindergarten Christmas play (where she first discovered the magic of performing).Erika enjoys many varied hobbies, including knitting, baking, reading, soccer, basketball, calligraphy, cross stitching, and collecting napkins, bouncy balls, and show programs.“Thank you to my parents, my sister, Marisa, and all the supportive teachers at Holy Cross Christian Academy.”
is having a great time at Plaza Theatre. Previous stage experience include playing Scrooge in A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS at Smith Middle School. Ethan enjoys playing Tennis, reading scriptures, and hanging out with his family.
is excited to be returning to the stage at Plaza Theatre Company. She was last seen in FOOTLOOSE as one of the choir members. She has also appeared in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST here at Plaza. She received a scholarship in Theatre to Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, where she appeared in SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! and in the role of Stage Manager in SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR.She has garnered multiple awards at both the state and international levels, ranking in the top 15 internationally in Illustrated Storytelling and Oral Argument. She and her husband, Nathaniel, are active in the Youth Ministry of their church, where Heather also serves as Youth Choir Director and Director of Promotions. She would like to thank her family for sharing in her dream to be back on stage. Heather would like to also thank her mom, Julie Hefner, for finally auditioning to be in a show with her…it’s been an adventure! (And yes, she is related to a famous ‘Cowboy’!) :o) (Isaiah 41:10)
(Capt. Von Trapp)
was most recently seen on the Plaza stage as Rev. Shaw Moore in FOOTLOOSE. He was also seen on this stage as Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY and Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. With the Cleburne Carnegie Players, Jay has enjoyed playing various roles such as Fagin, Tevye, Daddy Warbucks and King Arthur. Jay is surrounded daily by 500 kiddos as the principal of Gerard Elementary. He is excited about directing DISNEY'S BEAUTY and the BEAST for the Carnegie Players in summer '09.
JUDY 'GIGI' BARNETT
Judy has been exercising her waist for weeks so that she can do a good job accepting her award as the "festival winner."Judy feels privileged to be a part of such an endearing play, “Sound of Music.” She caught the “acting bug” when she had one line in Plaza Theatre’s 2008 season opening production of “Forever Plaid.” Since then she has been an assistant stage manager at Plaza for “My Fair Lady” and a producer for Carnegie’s summer musical, “Oliver!” She never stops saying what a great time she had being "Miss Maude" in PTC's 2008performance of "Smoke on the Mountain." Judy is a native of Cleburne and a graduate of Cleburne High School many, many years ago. She has discovered the joy of participating in community theatre and feels that the Barrus and Siler families have been a blessing to her and Cleburne. Where else but the Plaza Theatre can you have the opportunity to make popcorn, sell candy AND be an actress? Judy wishes to thank her husband, Dale, family and friends for their st
is delighted to be back at Plaza Theatre Company after being in MY FAIR LADY, Mary in THE SECRET GARDEN, The Ghost of Christmas Past in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL, and the Pie Server in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Previous stage experience includes, TINY THUMBELINA, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, and THE WIZARD OF OZ at C.A.T.S., and many others. She is currently working on an independent film and has had the leading role in several Graduate films at USC and UCLA. Julianna has performed stand-up comedy in a Disney production at the LA Improv Comedy Club. TV: She has appeared on ‘Desperate Housewives’ and Two-and-a-Half Men. Recently, Julianna booked two J.C. Penny Commercials. She was chosen as one of the top 20 ‘triple-threat’ youth performers in the Dallas area. She is a 5th grader at Trinity Valley School. She loves performing and loves horses. She plans to be a Veterinarian someday.
(Nun, Baroness Elberfeld)
is pleased to be debuting in her performance with Plaza.She is a R.N. at Huguley Memorial Medical Center and wishes to thank her supervisor for working tirelessly to rearrange her work schedule so that she is able to be a small part of such a wonderful cast. Julie’s daughter, Heather, is also a part of the cast, and they are enjoying working together. Julie serves as full-time “MOM,” (her starring role!) to two precious boys – Nicholas & Benjamin, as well as Prayer & Missions Director in their local church. She, and her husband, James, are the Children’s Church leaders in their local assembly and they also minister at Town Hall Estates monthly. Julie is actively involved in the music department as a vocalist, and she and her family have worked with Children’s Ministries for over 25 years. She would like to encourage everyone to “Climb Every Mountain,” it’s the place where dreams are made. (Jeremiah 29:11)
is a thirteen year old homeschooled ninth grader. She also attends Travis Academy of Fine Arts in Fort Worth, where she studies voice and piano. Katie is very excited to be performing in her second Plaza Theatre production, after portraying Martha Cratchit/Leticia Fezziwig in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Katie has also been in several Carnegie Players productions. Her favorite roles are the Rose Seller in OLIVER!, a wife in JOSEPH… DREAMCOAT, and Potter’s Secretary in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Katie is very active in her church youth group at Westhill Church of Christ, is a member of Cleburne’s swim team, likes to read, and loves to babysit. “Thanks to my mom and dad for chauffeuring me around to all my rehearsals!”
loves to perform and is particularly fond of the Plaza stage! Her previous shows include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and her favorite role of Tiny Tim in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Lauren attends acting classes at Plaza and has previously taken classes at TAFA and Casa Manana. Aside from theater Lauren enjoys gymnastics and dancing. She is especially proud of her family which includes her new baby sister, Morgan!
is back at Plaza again after playing Essie in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Hailing from Granbury, this High School Deaf Education teacher has only recently caught the acting bug. While she was recently seen as Elsa in SOUND OF MUSIC at Stone Gate Christian Academy/Longhorn Theater, she has assisted with several shows at Granbury High School. To round out Leanne's full and blessed life, she enjoys singing on the Praise Team at her church and reading. Leanne would like to thank her Lord and Savior for all He has blessed her with! To her family and friends, "Thanks for supporting and encouraging me in this newest adventure in my life!"
is thrilled to be making her stage debut at Plaza Theatre Company. She was part of CATS as a child, but this is her first performance as an adult. Theater and music are her true passions (and yes, obsessions). She enjoys singing, acting, and dancing. She would like to thank Jaceson and Tina Barrus for this wonderful opportunity to be part of such a great musical. She hopes to be in future productions at Plaza because everyone here is so fabulous! She would also like to thank her mother and Jenny for helping her to finally let go of her fears and actually audition. And thanks to Jenny for putting up with her singing 24 hours a day. Love to all my family!! xoxo John 14:27
MELODY FAITH KNIGHT
is making her debut in community theatre with Plaza Theatre Co. She is the youngest member of the Knight Family Singers. As her father volunteered seven years in disaster relief efforts, she learned the joy of singing along the way to encourage others. With most siblings now in college or married, Melody is thrilled with friendships she is building with all ages in the cast. She is grateful for the Barruses and Julianna Keller sharing expertise, inspiration, and love. Melody is an award winning piano student of Maureda Travis and the youngest harp student of her sister, Anna Joy Knight. Melody also loves horses, otters, her dog, Latte, reading, swimming, cooking and designing paper dolls. Melody puts her faith in Christ Jesus alone. She wants to follow her father’s example of glorifying God by serving others joyfully, even in troubling times. “Thanks, Mom and Dad, for the support and allowing me to have a part telling this wonderful story!”
is thrilled to be making her debut with Plaza, and especially to be sharing the stage with her daughter, Rachel.Meredith has performed extensively in operatic and classical venues including Fort Worth Opera, Opera East Texas, Living Opera, and Seagle Music Colony in New York. Her favorite roles include Yum Yum in MIKADO, Adina in ELIXIR OF LOVE, Frasquita in CARMEN, Rapunzel in INTO THE WOODS, and Mozart heroines Donna Anna and Fiordiligi. Meredith studied voice at Abilene Christian University and Boston University. Upcoming local performances include AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS with Fort Worth Opera, and the soprano soloist in Verdi’s GLORIA at St. Luke Cumberland Presbyterian Church.Special thanks to husband, Tyson, and son, Simon, for indulging the musical passions of the girls in the family!
is on stage again. Most recently as Olga in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, milette also playing Eliza in MY FAIR LADY,Pamela Wright in THE MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES,Martha in SECRET GAREN last fall. Milette would also love to thank her wonderful, loving family for all their support and sacrifice letting mommy play her dream role. To Dana, Ryan, and Mitch: you are my greatest joy!
has been in a few shows here at Plaza. You may remember him as Collin in THE SECRET GARDEN. He is also currently playing Ruby Sideburns in the Lolly-Pup's Roundup show BLACKBEARDS BIRTHDAY BASH. Park is an inventor (better keep an eye on the blue tape) and a professional big brother. He sends loves to Tabby, Cam, Edie and Mimi.
is thrilled to be working on her second show at Plaza Theatre Company. You may have seen her hitting light/sound cues for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. You will see her again (or not see her) in the upcoming CHRISTMAS CAROL. She thanks her daughter Daron for encouraging her to try something new. She is delighted to have three members of her family in this show...Daron, Bree and her husband Tom. Thanks to JaceSon, Tina Aaron and Milette for their help and friendship.
is excited for her first performance at Plaza Theatre Company and thrilled to be playing Berthe. She has loved the music since she was 5 years old and used to play the album everyday. Priscilla always dreamed of being a nun, but since she his happily married to husband Richard, she is glad to be playing one on stage instead. Priscilla currently lives in Cleburne and teaches at Smith Middle School. Has 2 step-sons, Jamie & Jeremiah and is the 7th of 9 children. "My mother always dreamed of having a family as big and musical as the Von Trapps! Thank you to my family and friends for all of your love and encouragement!"
is a second-grader at Christian Life Prep. She is so excited to be doing what she calls her “first real role,” but her family knew it was only a matter of time since she’s been singing ever since she could talk! Rachel has been studying dance and piano for several years, creating and performing her own shows for family and friends, and singing for any willing audience.Last year, Rachel was selected to sing the part of the angel in her church Christmas musical. A big thank you to Plaza for giving her this part in one of her favorite shows!
is thrilled to be performing in her first show here at Plaza Theatre Company! She most recently played Antonia in MAN OF LA MANCHA at Carnegie Theatre, her first on-stage role. Rebekah’s greatest passions are singing and acting and she plans on pursuing a degree in musical theatre. She would like to thank everybody here at Plaza for welcoming her with open arms and making her feel right at home, and hopes to be a part of many more shows to come!
This is Stephen's fifth appearance at Plaza and he's thrilled to be working with JaceSon and Tina yet again. He's been Ben Whitledge in NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at artisan and been in many shows here at Plaza the last being SOMKE ON THE MOUNTAIN WHERE he played Jethro the guitarist. Stephen enjoys playing guitar, piano, violin, and singing. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." "I will follow Him in everything that I do." Thanks to Curt, Joey, and Buddy for being other brothers. Thanks to Mary, and Michelle for being other sisters. Also, thanks to Geisels, McElrees, Cheri, Mom, Dad, Michael, Tim, Beka and all those that are and aren't here you are dear to my heart, and Jesus Christ thank you for always being there.
TOM COCKERELL, JR.
(nazi, priest, ensemble)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is Tom's first experience on stage. However, for a number of years he has enjoyed music and theater vicariously through his daughters Bree and Daron and his son Jameson. Since his wife, Patti, is the stage manager for the production Tom basically needed something to do while everyone else was busy at Plaza. Tom's entire family is musically talented, having participated in a wide variety of theater and performance. All of the family was encouraged to do theater by his mother who was an acrobat in a circus. Tom thanks the Plaza management for this opportunity.