is excited to be in his 4rd show here at PTC, and even more excited to be playing his dream role of Jack. He first debuted as a Wrangler in the season's opening WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, and stepped in as Zeke the suitor in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and was a Featured Dancer in ALL SHOOK UP. He is a Theatre Arts major at the University of North Texas and could not be happier. He has been seen before in the area through The Greater Cleburne Carnegie Player's productions as Lysander in A MIDSUMMER....DREAM and LeFou in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He would like to thank the directors for this opportunity and his cast mates for being such wonderful people, along with his family for supporting him through the days of rehearsals and time away from home. On a final note - "This theatre never ceases to impress me, I hope it does the same for you."
In his first appearance at Plaza Theatre, Ben Phillips is playing one of his favorite roles in one of his favorite shows. Ben's previous roles include Hysterium in A FUNNY THING ... FORUM, Mister/Lee Randolph in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Wadsworth in CLUE, Carl in LONELY PLANET, and Sweeney in SWEENEY TODD. Ben has twice participated in Texas Wesleyan University's Playmarket series of play readings in New York City, reading the roles of Juan Peron in THE BODY OF EVA PERON and The Vagrant in CERTIFICATE OF DEATH. Ben's voice can be heard in such animated series as MURDER PRINCESS, SHIGURUI, NABARI NO O, and ONE PIECE from FUNimation Entertainment. Much like his character, Ben never thought he could be so happy, and his heartfelt appreciation and gratitude go out to everyone involved in this outstanding production.
(Narrator, Mysterious Man)
is a retired teacher, retired USAF pilot and Vietnam veteran. He has received numerous acting awards from various DFW theatrical organizations and European-American Forces Theater. He is a producer and actor in independent TV, commercial films/videos and dinner theater and has performed in sixteen different North Texas theaters. This is Burl's first appearance at Plaza but, hopefully, not his last, and is grateful to be among such talented people in such a truly exciting production company. Some of Burl's favorite roles include Nunzio in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, Henry Drummond in INHERIT THE WIND, Julian Nortrup in ON BORROWED TIME, Atticus Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, The Proprietor in ASSASSINS, Mr. Mushnik in LITTLE SHOP OF HORROS, Gov. Danforth in THE CRUCIBLE, Kris Kringle in MIRACLE ON 34th STREET, Martin Vanderhof in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Judge Turpin in SWEENY TODD, Benjamin Franklin in 1776 and The King in BIG RIVER.
is delighted to be on stage at the Plaza! Hailing from Ft. Worth, she has performed theatre and opera across Canada and the US. A graduate of Queen's University in Ontario with studies in theatre and classical music, she is thrilled at the chance to play such a fantastic role with such a supportive and talented cast. Previous roles include Berta in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, the title role in CARMEN, the mother in THE CONSUL, Petra in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and the messenger in MEDEA (for which she was an Irene Ryan scholarship region VI finalist). Other performances include roles in TAMING OF THE SHREW, and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. As her mother says, "... and then you're supposed to thank your mother for all she's done for you." ... yeah, thanks mom.
INTO THE WOODS is Courtney's fourth Plaza production, and she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of it. She loves the music. She loves the characters. She loves this show! And she can't wait for audience members to experience its magic. Previously on the Plaza stage, you may have spotted Courtney in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and ALL SHOOK UP. Off the stage, Courtney enjoys writing songs and writing novels. Actually, she enjoys writing anything and everything, and in turn, is a voracious reader. She hopes to one day see the far corners of the world as a guitar-playing minstrel. Courtney would like to thank her family for their support in her theatre endeavors and reassure them that she is, indeed, alive and well. Enjoy this marvelous show!
Daron is back again at Plaza after just performing as Natalie in ALL SHOOK UP. Recently, Daron has performed as Philia in Stolen Shakespeare Guild's A FUNNY THING...FORUM and Celeste #2 in Onstage's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. You may remember Daron from OTHER past Plaza shows including WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, MUSIC MAN, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, AIDA and SEUSSICAL...to name a few. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she uses her Ad/Pr degree during the day before heading to the theatre. She thanks JaceSon and Tina for the opportunity and this amazing cast for making the experience so much fun. As always, she sends her love to her family, who are probably sitting next to you tonight. No really. :)
is making her first appearance at Plaza Theatre and is returning to one of her favorite Sondheim musicals. Deborah has been seen in numerous plays and musicals around the area and won a Column Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD at OnStage in Bedford. Her most recent role was as George's Mother and the Art Critic in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at OnStage. She sang in the Fort Worth Opera chorus for 6 years and is a voice instructor, music theatre coach, and choir director at a private school in Fort Worth. "So many shows; so little time."
is making her Plaza Theatre Company debut but is not new to the stage. Currently Heather teaches Drama at Crowley High School. Heather has played in many productions including Miss Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS at Burleson Community Theater.
JACESON P. BARRUS
(Cinderella's Prince, Wolf)
JaceSon has long hoped to be a part of a production of INTO THE WOODS, and with this Plaza production of the show, his wish has come true. You might remember JaceSon as Will Rogers in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES or as Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN or as Uncle Stanley in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, all shows he dearly loved. He and his wife Tina also recently directed the Plaza hits SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and ALL SHOOK UP. But his most favorite productions are his six kiddos, Tabitha, Parker, Cameron, Eden Grace, Miranda and newcomer JJ. Recently JaceSon was awarded "Best Featured Actor" and shared the honor of "Best Director, Musical" with his wife Tina in the 11th annual Column Awards. JaceSon's spare time hobbies include classic movies and Civil War trivia. He sends love and a promise to his pretty girl Tina.
Playing the role of Cinderella's Father in INTO THE WOODS marks Jay's 10th Plaza show. Jay was just seen in ALL SHOOK UP as Jim Haller, Natalie's father. You may also remember him as Doolittle (Eliza's Father) in MY FAIR LADY and Maurice (Belle's father) in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Do you see a pattern? Jay currently serves as president of the Cleburne Carnegie Players. Favorite roles include Tevye, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Arthur, CAMELOT; Clem, WILL ROGER'S FOLLIES and Ben Franklin, 1776. During the day, Jay plays a "Principal"'role at Gerard Elementary. Kisses, a dozen roses and a standing ovation for his supporting wife, Shauna.
Jaye is thrilled to make her first appearance with Plaza Theatre Company and is thankful to be working with such a great cast and crew. Her credits elsewhere include Queen in CINDERELLA ROCK, Bubbles in FUNNY GIRL, and Mary Catherine in THE DANCERS. Jaye studied dance at the University of Washington and worked for two years as a professional cheerleader for the Arena Football League. She wishes to thank her friends and family for their support – especially her friend Burl for encouraging her to audition for this wonderful show.
is having a blast back on the Plaza stage in one of her all-time favorite musicals, after last choreographing SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She was last seen in MILLIE (Miss Dorothy), WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta), SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Kathy), and SHOW BOAT at Lyric Stage. Jill holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University, where she performed in ASSASSINS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Chava), THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (Rosalie), and the operas LE VILLI and TOO MANY SOPRANOS (Miss Titmouse). Love and thanks to JTAM, Mom, Rags, and the big, tall, terrible, awesome, scary, wonderful cast and crew!!
Kayla Esmond is so excited to be appearing in her favorite musical playing the part of Florinda. She is thrilled to be returning to the Plaza stage after previously appearing as Lorraine in ALL SHOOK UP and Liza in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. Other favorite roles of Kayla's include a diciple in GODSPELL, an adoring girl in JOSEPH... DREAMCOAT, and a silly girl in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Kayla plans on attending Ouachita Baptist University in the fall to study musical theater. Kayla would like to thank Aaron for allowing her to be part of such an amazing and talented cast, her mother for her years of supporting her crazy theater addiction, and her amazing Plaza family who have truly made the theater feel like home. "Break a leg everybody!"
Kristin is thrilled to be "beamed" in as Cinderella's Mother. Some of her favorite roles include Rona Lisa Peretti in THE 25th ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE, Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD, Rita la Porta in LUCKY STIFF, Mother Abbess in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Domina in FUNNY THING...FORUM, and Sister Amnesia in NUNSENSE. A Voice Professor at Texas Wesleyan University, Kristin is also a section leader with the FWOpera (9 seasons). Upcoming engagements include IT'S ALL ABOUT ME - A MUSICAL REVIEW at GLCT and the NY reading of a colorful new musical, LIPPI: PITTORE D'AMORE.
Kyle is glad to be returning to his home away from home after a short break to get hitched. That's one hot Granny isn't she?? Kyle was most recently seen in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in the role of Jimmy Smith. Other favorite roles on the Plaza stage include David-Bob (BEAU JEST), Don Lockwood (SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), Radames (AIDA), Clive (SEE HOW THEY RUN), Tom (MAN...POINTED TOES), Curly (OKLAHOMA!), Linus (CHARLIE BROWN), and of course the beloved Mervin Oglethorpe several times over in the SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN series. He has enjoyed other roles across the metroplex such as John/Judas (GODSPELL), the Duke (BIG RIVER), and most recently Seymour Krelborn (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) at the Repertory Company Theatre of Richardson where he met his beautiful bride. After INTO THE WOODS, Kyle plans to take another short break to focus on film work with Megan and live as a newlywed. As always, it's his utmost pleasure to spend such quality time with his Plaza family!
was last seen here at PlazaCo in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE as Cora and also as a dancer THE MUSIC MAN. Along with theatre, she is currently attending Tarrant County College, but plans to transfer to University of Texas at Austin in the fall. She looks forward to joining clubs at UT, such as Argentine tango and swing dancing! She would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their support and encouragement, and her grandparents and parents for the gas money that allowed her to get to rehearsals.
MEGAN DAVIS ADAMS
Megan is overjoyed to be in her first production at Plaza Theatre, and hopes for many more in the future. She has played such roles as Chrystal in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (where she met her husband-Kyle Adams), Frenchy in GREASE at RCT, Rona Peretti in 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at RCT, Stepdaughter in SIX CHARACTERS...AUTHOR, Stella in STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, April in COMPANY, and Virginia in A CLEARING IN THE WOODS. She is a junior high theatre teacher that loves to watch kids fall in love with such an art. Megan would also like to thank her family (and new extended family) for all of their love and support, and also for such a loving, talented, and caring husband that she will get to share her life with on and off the stage. "Watch out Rapunzel, Granny is watching."
is making her third appearance here at Plaza Theatre with INTO THE WOODS, after having lots of fun as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and Marian in THE MUSIC MAN! Meredith has degrees in vocal performance from Abilene Christian University and Boston University, and she has performed several operatic roles professionally in venues including Forth Worth Opera, Opera East Texas, and Living Opera. Some favorite roles include Yum Yum in MIKADO, Adina in ELIXIR OF LOVE, Mabel in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI. She sends all her love and thanks to her husband and two beautiful children for their constant support.
as the 'M' in 'JTAM' Milette has appeared in many productions at Plaza, most recently as Miss Sandra in ALL SHOOK UP, Martha in SECRET GARDEN, Lucy in GOOD MAN...CHARLIE BROWN, Eliza in MY FAIR LADY, and a Follies Girl in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES just to name a few. Milette was most recently seen in the DFW area at OnStage in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Frieda), and then at Fort Worth Opera as a super in DON GIOVANNI. Milette sends big hugs and kisses to her wonderful family!
Seth Cunningham is so excited to be in his fifth Plaza show with quite magical talents and people. INTO THE WOODS is his 22 show and his favorite roles include Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Tommy Djilas in THE MUSIC MAN, Ephraim in SEVEN BRIDES...BROTHERS, and most recently Chad in ALL SHOOK UP. At the age of 18, Seth is the recipient of The Column's Ben Brettell Youth Award 2010. He just graduated from Cleburne High School and plans to attend UNT in the fall, majoring in theatre. "Thanks to Aaron and Milette for giving me this wonderful and enriching opportunity. Lovelovelove!!"
(Granny, Stage Manager)
Shauna is thrilled to be working with Plaza once again on an amazing show. Shauna was last seen on stage as the Wicked Witch in WIZARD OF OZ for the Carnegie Players. She truly appreciates the fact that someone else has to glue on a nose and a chin this time. She was last seen at Plaza as Ouiser in STEELE MAGNOLIAS. Shauna has a graduate degree in Speech from Texas Christian University, yet her favorite place to be is in sound booth not saying a thing. She feels truly blessed to live in a town with outstanding community theatre opportunities. Everyone in Cleburne should feel the same way!!!!! "Love to Jay, John, Kathleen, Emma, Garrett and Lorelei for letting me live my dream!"
(Voice of Giant)
Stacey is excited to be working again with Plaza Theatre Company. You may have seen her most recently as Mrs. Fitzgerald in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN right here on this very stage. Stacey has a BFA in theatre performance from UT Arlington. She has been seen treading the boards in such roles as Titania/Hyppolyta in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with the Carnegie Players, Mrs. Potter in TOM, DICK, AND HARRY at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, and Ms. Shields in A CHRISTMAS STORY at Theatre Arlington. She is currently working as the costume designer/assistant director of ROMEO AND JULIET with the Carnegie Players. She has always been told what a big voice she has and is happy to be using it as the Giant. When not at a theatre, she enjoys reading to her boys, knitting, and spinning on her Asford Traditional spinning wheel. "Thanks to Aaron for giving me the opportunity to be in this great show!"
Tabitha Barrus is absolutely THRILLED to be playing her dream role, and even more thrilled to be working with this phenomenal cast. Tabi is a sixteen year old homeschooler who can't get enough of doing shows! In her spare time she enjoys teaching children and being crazy with friends, and will be attending Travis Academy of Fine Arts in the fall to study music and drama. Favorite shows and rolls include Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN, Corliss Archer in KISS AND TELL, and Lisel Von Trapp in SOUND OF MUSIC, as well as ensemble in shows like AIDA, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and ALL SHOOK UP! Tabi sends love to Mum and Pop, Bucky, C-note, Edy, Mimi, and JJ, and a shout out to her friends for being so supportive. She is especially excited to be working on this show with her very favroite actor, her daddy.
is thoroughly enjoying her Plaza Theatre Company debut performance of INTO THE WOODS. Other favorite roles include Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES, Meredith in BATBOY, Lizzie in 110 IN THE SHADE, and Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE. Tamara is currently teaching Choir at Highland Park High School and working toward a Masters degree in Music at SMU. Many thanks to family and friends for your constant and unwavering support!
Taylor is excited to be doing her 2nd show at Plaza! She is a fourteen year old freshman at Trinity Christian Academy, and has been a member of the Kids Who Care Resident Company for nine years. Some of her favorite roles include Pepper in ANNIE at Bass Hall, Lucy in THE LION,THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE at Kids Who Care, Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at Trinity Christian Academy, and Imogene in BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER at Carnegie. She would like to thank her family, her amazing friends:), and Aaron for casting her in this incredible show!
holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While at HSU, she accompanied the Concert Choir, Collegiate Opera Program, Children's Operas and countless vocal and instrumental students for degree recitals, competitions and performances. She has been the music assistant, rehearsal accompanist and pianist for musical theatre productions including SOUND OF MUSIC, WIZARD OF OZ, and MUSIC MAN. Most recently, she was the musical director for THE 25TH ANNUAL...SPELLING BEE at Northwood University and FUNNY THING...FORUM with Stolen Shakespeare Guild. She serves as the full time pianist at Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Weatherford, TX, accompanies for UIL Competitions in the Metroplex and performs at various parties, receptions and functions. She also works with students as the collaborative pianist at Studio Bella Voce in Fort Worth. Rebecca is very excited to work with so many talented musicians and actors in her first show at Plaza!
G. AARON SILER
is so excited that you have decided to come with us on our trip INTO THE WOODS. As one of the four founding producers here at Plaza Theatre Company Aaron has performed in numerous shows here. Favorites include Burl in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Charile Brown in GOOD MAN...CHARLIE BROWN, Horton in SEUSSICAL, and others. Recently Aaron was awarded "Best Sound Design" and nominated as "Best Actor" in the 11th Annual Column Awards. Aaron has performed around the nation and is happy to be here working with this wonderful and dedicated cast.