Previously seen at Plaza as Rev. Oglethorpe in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Joseph in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, Cornelius in HELLO DOLLY, Tommy in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and Ozzy in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. Past favorite roles include: Huck in BIG RIVER, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY, Charlie in GOOD MAN...CHARLIE BROWN, Dickon in SECRET GARDEN, Barnaby in HELLO DOLLY, Barrett in TITANIC, Man 1 in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, Younger Brother in RAGTIME, Gary/Roger in NOISES OFF, Happy in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN, John the Baptist/Judas in GODSPELL, Armand in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, and Bob Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. "Thanks Mom, Dad and little Princess (yes, i just thanked my dog) for putting up with my sometimes crazy schedule."
is excited to be performing in her 20th show at Plaza! You may have seen her recently as Sop. Narrator in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS or Natalie in ALL SHOOK UP. Other favorite Plaza roles include Z's Favorite in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, Eliza in MY FAIR LADY, Martha in SECRET GARDEN and Gertrude in 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. As always, she sends her love to her family, who are probably sitting next to you tonight. No really. :)
is beyond delighted to be a part of this adorable show. She was most recently seen on the Plaza stage in SMOKE...MOUNTAIN as Denise, JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT as Potifar's Wife, and dancing in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and HELLO, DOLLY. Some favorite roles include Ariel Moore in FOOTLOOSE at PlazaCo, Mrs. Meers in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Dorothy in OZ!, and Thea in QLive's reading of SPRING AWAKENING: A...TRAGEDY. Kasi is a proud Ravenclaw, enjoys teaching Musical Theatre at Studio C Dance in Burleson, and is an avid user of the Oxford Comma. "Big thanks to JTAM, Courtney, Rachel, Soni, and Daron for everything. My love to Mom, Dad, JoJo, Sarah, Michael, and Ms. Lisa Sims." Romans 8:28
(Irene Roth & Elaine)
Caitlan is very excited to be in her third show here at Plaza! Previously at PlazaCo, Caitlan played the Alto Narrator in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT and the Wardrobe in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. She has also been in A CHORUS LINE and OUR TOWN at Theatre TCU. Other shows include THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SEUSSICAL, LES MIS, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, GODSPELL, JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, and many others at various other theatres. Caitlan is an education major at TCU, where she had the pleasure of singing in the TCU Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Ron Shirey. She hopes to teach music in the future. Caitlan works with the youth and children at Granbury FUMC where she has directed two children's musicals and conducts the children's choirs. She feels very blessed to be sharing the stage with such a talented group of performers, especially her tall cowboy Josh Leblo.
Milette is delighted to be back on the Plaza stage with another excellent production as her second Irene of the year. She was last seen as (you guessed it!) Irene Malloy in HELLO DOLLY! and HARVEY this spring. Milette has been blessed with many great roles at Plaza, but some standout favorites include the Baker's Wife in INTO THE WOODS, Follies dancer in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, Miss Sandra in ALL SHOOK UP, and Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY. When Milette isn't on stage she is busy acting as a Producer here at Plaza, being a wife to Aaron and a mom to Dana, Ryan, and Mitch. And because she didn't find her life busy enough, she has decided to go back to school to pursue her degree in Nutrition Science. Milette would like to thank her wonderful family and friends, who help make every day an adventure. Love you, guys!
Luke is performing in his tenth production at PlazaCo having previously appeared as Long John Silver in TREASURE ISLAND, Charles Dickens in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Sir Anthony Dewhurst in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. He has also appeared locally with the Carnegie Players as Aslan in LION...WARDROBE, Count Dracula in DRACULA, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. His next Plaza outing will be as the director of THE FOREIGNER. Luke is the theatre teacher at Alvarado Junior High School and is a co-owner of Dance Across Cleburne with his wife, Rachel.
Josh is very excited to be in his second Plaza show! Recently he was seen as Levi in Plaza's JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT. Other shows include OKLAHOMA!, NO, NO NANETTE, and WIZARD OF OZ at Birdville HS, as well as THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, GET FOUND KID, and CHOICES at the Scott Theatre. Josh enjoys singing in the Granbury Civic Chorus and assissting with the children's choirs at Granbury FUMC. He feels blessed to have the opportunity to share the stage with such an awesome cast, especially his tall Follies girl/wealthy NYC flirt, Caitlan Davis.
JACESON P. BARRUS
JaceSon has long admired both the music of George Gershwin as well as the humor of this Ken Ludwig script, so he is pleased to join with this wonderful cast and crew in bringing CRAZY FOR YOU to you tonight. You may remember JaceSon from some of his favorite roles here at PlazaCo including Will Rogers in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN, or Naphtali the French singing brother in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT. JaceSon was also honored in 2009 with the "Best Featured Actor" Column Award for his portrayal of Ms. Cowper in CASH ON DELIVERY as well as the 2010 "Steve Lovett Outstanding New Work by a Local Playwright" Column Award for his adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. JaceSon is also the proud father of six amazing children who inspire him every single day and the even prouder husband of the remarkable Tina, whose companionship makes it all worth it.
G. AARON SILER
As a co-founding producer here at PlazaCo you may remember Aaron from other roles such as Buffalo Bill in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Christmas Present in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, or even Charlie Brown in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN. Past directing credits here include ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, HARVEY, SEUSSICAL, and INTO THE WOODS where he won BEST DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL in The Column Awards last year. Aaron has also won Column Awards for Best Scenic Design, and Best Sound Design, and the Rudy Seppy Volunteer Award. Aaron is a proud father of three wonderful kids and husband to Milette, also a co-founder here at PlazaCo. Aaron is also a web developer and has experience in audio engineering including working at Texas Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993-1995.
Andrew is thrilled to return to the boards after spending time back stage with Cirque Du Soleil and Princess Cruises. Favorite roles include a plate in BEAUTY AN THE BEAST, a Nun in SOUND OF MUSIC and a Nubian Dancer in AIDA. He's grateful for the warm bed and hot meals provided by his parents while he's on vacation in beautiful Cleburne Texas.
last appeared at PlazaCo in JOSEPH as Potiphar / Dan (the one with the sheep), and previously appeared as the Rev. Oglethorpe in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN: HOMECOMING. Local performances include Runway's upcoming SCROOGE, QLive's reading of SPRING AWAKENING, and GLCT'S SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED. Kyle directed PlazaCo's recent ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and will return this spring to direct THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Other local directing credits include 25TH...BEE as well as the regional premiere of TUNA DOES VEGAS.
Rachel is thrilled to be appearing in her second show here at PlazaCo. You may have seen her as a member of the dance chorus in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, or teaching dance at her ballroom studio DANCE ACROSS CLEBURNE. You have probably seen her very talented husband Luke Hunt (Lank) in many roles here at PlazaCo. Luke and Rachel are parents to 2 beautiful and amazing teenagers who have also appeared on the Plaza stage. Rachel has been performing her whole life-- studying dance, music and acting while in school, then performing in community and professional theatre, radio, tv, and film as an adult. For the past 13 years, she has earned her living as a ballroom dance teacher -- a career that has put her acting and singing on the back burner until recently. She is humbled to be working with so many brilliant performers and very grateful to JTAM, Jay, Soni, Courtney, Tabitha and the whole PlazaCo family for trusting her with this fantastic role. "Shoulder's back! Head high! One last time!"
STEFANIE GLENN (Patsy) is thrilled to be back onstage. At Plaza Stefanie has been seen as Mrs. Flannery in THROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Miss Dinsmore in SINGIN IN THE RAIN a Follies Girl in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, Sally Chessington in CASH ON DELIVERY, Betty Blast in FOOTLOOSE and Mrs. Pierce in MY FAIR LADY. Other favorite roles include Purity in ANYTHING GOES at Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Viola in Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, Maggie in JAKE’S WOMEN and multiple roles in THE DINING ROOM. Stefanie holds a Master of Arts from Texas Woman’s University with an emphasis in Directing and Stage Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Harding University with an emphasis in Acting. Stefanie is also a proud recipient of the 2009 Column Award for Best Stage Manager of a Musical-Non Equity. Special thanks to her family and friends for all their love and support, Hugs and kisses to Humphrey, Gigi, Lily, Fiona and Monica.
JAY A. CORNILS
Jay Cornils (Eugene Fordor) returns to the PTC after his performance in TREASURE ISLAND as Captain Smollett. Many of you will remember him from this spring when he played Elwood P. Dowd opposite an invisible rabbit in HARVEY. He is also remembered for his performances as Charlie in THE FOREIGNER and Al Lewis in THE SUNSHINE BOYS both for the Carnegie Players. A retired educator from Colorado, Jay has lived in Cleburne for seven years and married to Corlis, whom he wishes to thank, for her great love and support. An accomplished writer, Jay has published two novels - The Cross of Lorraine and A Litany of Angels - which can be checked out at www.crossoflorraine.com.
is delighted to be back at The Plaza for her fourth show. Hailing from Ft. Worth, she has performed theatre and opera across Canada and the US. She is a graduate of Queen's University in Ontario with studies in theatre and classical music. Having won a Best Actress Column Award for her portrayal of the Witch in PlazaCo's INTO THE WOODS last season, she was recently seen as Marie in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and Anne Bonny in TREASURE ISLAND. She has also performed such roles as 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), and has been singing with the Fort Worth Opera for the past three seasons. For Dad, I've missed you for the past four years.
Shauna is thrilled to be back on stage and out of the booth. Yet, she is extremely proud of her Column Award for Stage Management. C4U is Shauna's ninth production at Plaza. Her favorite roles include Ouiser in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Granny in INTO THE WOODS, and button pusher extraordinaire for HELLO DOLLY, SCARLET PIMPERNEL, and many more. If you are not involved in community theater, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to make life-long friends and to do something positive to benefit fine arts in Johnson County! JaceSon, Tina, Aaron and Milette - you guys are the greatest! My life has been blessed ten-fold because of you. P.S. It's true. I did sleep with the director. :-)
Barbara is happy to be back at the Plaza Theatre with her beloved friends. She has previously played Clairee in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Myrtle in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, HOMECOMING, and Mrs. Johnson in HARVEY. She wants to thank everyone that acts, volunteers, produce and maintain The Plaza Theatre and a special thanks to all who love theatre, attend and donate their time and money. "Couldn't do it without you!"
after 35 years of acting, directing, teaching,writing, and owning her own arena theater in Utah, Soni and her husband packed up and moved to this charming little town called Cleburne, Texas to retire and lend a hand to her son and his family here at Plaza theater. One could imagine after that many years, that she has been on stage for a day or two. You may remember her as Veta Louise Simmons in our recent production of HARVEY. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Hannigan in ANNIE, the Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Ida in SEE HOW THEY RUN, and her all time favorite, the Charwoman in A CHRISTMAS CAROL which she has done off and on for some 20 years.
Cessany is thrilled to be back on stage for the first time in two years, and is thrilled to perform with this amazingly talented cast! She just recently finished her final semester at Ouachita Baptist University, where she received a degree in theatre. Cessany is typically behind the scenes as a stage manager, which is her love. Her previous shows include JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, DON GIOVANNI, YOU HAVE TO SERVE SOMEBODY, ALL SHOOK UP, SEUSSICAL, and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR. "Thanks to Hannah, Bailey, Andrew, and Kyle for being a good set of ears on my long drive to and from rehearsal, and for understanding that my schedule is six kinds of crazy."
is excited to be back on stage at Plaza after performing in TREASURE ISLAND as a goodie goodie. When he is not on stage, he can be found at Dance Across Cleburne, where he works. "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17
Once a nightclub singer throughout New York’s famous “borscht circuit,” Doug is excited to be cast in his first Plaza production. Originally from Houston, his professional theatrical experience in Texas, Kansas & New York includes roles as Bundles & Healy in ANNIE, Eddie in FUNNY GIRL, lead singer in COLE, Marcellus in MUSIC MAN, Cornelius in HELLO DOLLY, supporting actor & singer in TEXAS at Palo Duro Canyon, & three years as a member of the Fort Worth Opera Chorus. Doug would like to thank God for His blessings, the cast and production staff for this opportunity, and his wife, Marla, for her support.
Faith is thrilled to be back on the Plaza stage after her role as a featured dancer last summer in ALL SHOOK UP!! She has been dancing and singing all her life and has been seen in countless performances at Travis Academy of Fine Arts where she attended High School. She would like to thank this incredible cast for giving her this last minute opportunity to be the double of her dear friend Mary in this amazing show! Special thanks to her Boy Friend, Nick, for encouraging her to always make time to do the things she loves! I am crazy for you, you old fart! Thanks Mom, Dad, and David for being the most supportive family ever and for always showing up to see her dance. Most importantly, thank you to Jesus Christ for giving legs to dance, and lungs to sing, and the passion in my soul to do so. I've got rhythm, I've got music, I've got my man, who could ask for anything more? Ha! Enjoy the show everyone!
Mary Beth is very excited to be playing in CRAZY FOR YOU. Most recently Mary played JUDAH'S WIFE and a dancer in JOSEPH. Other roles she has enjoyed at Plaza are Rita in THOUROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Alice in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and a dancer in ALL SHOOK UP. "Thanks to my family for always being supportive of me! Love you all so much!"
is thrilled to be back on stage at Plaza Theatre Co. She was last seen in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and as Ruth in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and has also Stage Managed wonderful shows such as AIDA, where she won the Column Award for Best Stage Manager Non Equity,and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.An avid art lover she is pursuing her Bachelors of Art in Art History at the University of Texas at Arlington graduating in the summer of 2012 (finally!) and then applying to graduate school at the University of Glasgow in England in conjunction with Christie's Auction House where she one day wishes to be employed. A great big thanks to the producers at Plaza for letting her be in this amazing show;you all are truly my second family and home away from home, and a big hug and kiss to her first family for all of their love and support.
Has gone from playing a Pirate in TREASURE ISLAND to a Follies girl in CRAZY FOR YOU. Don't you just love theatre! You may also recognize Tabi from roles such as Denise in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Minnie Fay in HELLO, DOLLY!, or Little Red in INTO THE WOODS. In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys reading, choreographing, teaching kiddos, and doing show after show (after show after show) at Plaza. She's super excited to be graduating this next spring, and preparing to attend Utah State University next Fall. Love to family and friends, as always, and glory be to God for these priceless opportunities.
AARON DAWN SCHULTZ
This is Aaron Dawn’s sixth show with Plaza and her second to be stage managing. Aaron Dawn was most recently seen behind the scenes with Plaza’s production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and on the stage as Juliet in Carnegie’s ROMEO & JULIET and Lucy in DRACULA. You may also recognize her from the Plaza stage in DON’T DRINK THE WATER, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, MUSIC MAN, and others. Aaron Dawn is proud to be sharing the backstage with her “daughter” Michaela, a seventeen year old from Czech Republic. Aaron Dawn, along with a little help from her dad, has taken on the responsibility of hosting an exchange student for the year, and she is loving it! “Thanks to the wonderful cast for, once again, making this such a wonderful experience, and to Michaela, I am so proud of the wonderful job you are doing, both here and in school.”
Courtney is very honored to have been asked to choreograph her first musical ever! Even though she has a lifetime of dance background she is usually seen performing in front of the curtain. You might recognize her from other performances at Plaza that including Amneris in AIDA, Millie in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and Miss Sandra in ALL SHOOK UP. Courtney is two time Column Award winner. "I would love to thank this entire cast and crew for your dedication and patience with me. You are all so very talented and will go on to do magical things."
Jay is quite honored to be directing his first show for Plaza Theatre. Having appeared onstage in several Plaza shows under the directorships of Christine, Kyle, Kevin, Aaron and Jaceson (8), he begs their forgiveness for forgotten cues, paraphrased lines, missed scene changes and lack of focus issues. Jay considers the cast to be one of the most talented ever assembled on the Plaza stage. He is extremely grateful for the faith, support and encouragement from the JTAM team . He thanks the cast for their dedication, time and commitment. Jay leaves the best for last... thanking his wife Shauna for her support, love and partnership. (By the way, Shauna got her role by a terrific audition and no other reason... wink-wink).