Stacey is excited to appear in her third Plaza show. Previously she played Yente, the Matchmaker, in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and Frances Perkins and Mrs. Greer in ANNIE. She is an accomplished artist, professional photographer, published author, mom to two fabulous teens, and shower show-tune diva extraordinaire. It is such an honor and pleasure to share the stage with this HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE cast, and again work with the amazing Taffy Geisel.
JAY A. CORNILS
Jay A. Cornils (John Lawless) is appearing in his twelfth Plaza Theatre Company show. This performance also marks his thirtieth performance in Cleburne community theaters since moving to Cleburne in June of 2005. The other eighteen shows were with the Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players. He still fondly remembered there for his performance of Charlie in THE FOREIGNER. Around PTC, he is probably best remembered as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY and for his Column Award nominating performance as Abe Goldman in BEAU JEST. A retired educator, Jay is 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. Jay is very proud of the area’s amazing talent pool and is pleased to be working under the direction of Taffy Geisel.
Jeff would like to thank The Plaza for welcoming him into the family for his first performance here. A sophomore at Aledo High School and a member of the Aledo Players, he was a Russian Soldier in FIDDLER, in the chorus for CUPID & PSYCHE and on set crew for these as well as HALLELUJAH GIRLS. Jeff began work on stage at St Paul Lutheran School Ft Worth where he performed in a variety of school musicals as well as being cast as Fezziwig and then the coveted role of Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. When Jeff is not on stage, he travels as a People to People Student Ambassador. He's visited Australia, Italy, Greece, England, France, Ecuador/the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica performing service work and learning about foreign culture, society and governments. While in London, Jeff was thrilled to see a production of CAROUSEL. Finally, Jeff would like to acknowledge that none of this would be possible without the gifts and blessings given by God and gladly gives Him the glory . Psalm 121.
Devlin Is very excited to be in his 19th production at PLAZA. His favorite roles before have been a soldier in Aida, young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and Copeau in The Scarlet Pimpernel. At 18 he is currently attending Hill College and seeking a job. He is a trumpet player and a habitual climber, which has resulted in five broken bones.
DANIEL SCOTT ROBINSON
Is excited to be back at Plaza for his 13th show. Roles Daniel has played are Sonny in GREASE, Diesel in WEST SIDE STORY, Daniel in COMPLETE WORKS...SHAKESPEARE, Benjamin in 7B47B. Other shows include JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, OZ!, URINETOWN. Daniel has just become a proud new father to a baby girl Piper and has never been more happy. Hannah I Love You! Thank you to all who has supported and put up with me through the years. Live Together, Die Alone. Phillippians 1:3
Gretta is delighted to be making her debut with PlazaCo! You may have seen her before on The Greater Carnegie Players and Granbury Opera House stage. Some favorite roles include Kay Banks in FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Juliet in William Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET, Susan in THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, Anna in SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, and Brigitta in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. It has been a tremendous joy to be in this show among such a talented cast and crew! Many thanks go out to her director Taffy, her wonderful family and friends for their love and support, and especially to God for blessing her with the opportunity.
Tabitha is very grateful for this opportunity to work with this phenomenal cast. You may recognize Tabi from roles such as Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Denise in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Minnie Fay in HELLO, DOLLY! and many others. Tabi is a senior at TAFA who plans to attend Utah State Univeristy for Theatre Arts in the fall. She sends love to sweet family and friends and big thanks to David, Gretta and Andrew for being so flexible and easy to work with. Enjoy the show!
(Anthony J. Drexel Biddle)
Luke is performing in his thirteenth production at PlazaCo having previously appeared as Long John Silver in TREASURE ISLAND, Froggy LeSeuer in THE FOREIGNER, Charles Dickens in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and most recently as Underling in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. He has also appeared locally with the Carnegie Players as Aslan in LION...WARDROBE, Count Dracula in DRACULA, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Luke is the theatre teacher at Alvarado Junior High School and is a co-owner of Dance Across Cleburne with his wife, Rachel.
JoAnn is thrilled as always to be on the Plaza stage. She is generally found in Alvarado, teaching theatre at the high school and directing a very talented group of actors there. She would like to thank her husband for his support and cooking. "You are the best, Bob!"
After graduating with a BA and MA in theatre, Katy Wood spent many years teaching, acting, and directing theatre for schools and churches. She first set foot on the PlazaCo stage as Veta , in HARVEY last year. It was such a great experience that she jumped at the chance to join the cast of The Happiest Millionaire. Little did she know how much the Drexel-Biddle family, and their influence in their generation would impact her. “Thank you to Taffy and the cast of Millionaire. You are all generous, collaborative actors. Thanks especially to my sweet husband, who has, like Anthony Biddle, encouraged me to really ‘Live!’ And to my children, who are my greatest treasures.”
(Aunt Mary Drexel)
Trich performs in theatres across the metroplex, but expecially loves performing here at Plaza Theatre. She is blown away by the support and caring not only by the producers of Plaza Theatre but by the love and support from the people of Cleburne. You last saw Trich here at Plaza in DROWSY CHAPARONE. You may remember her from THE FOREIGNER, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS and STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Trich is represented by Linda McCalister Talent and has her own live theatre production company with felllow diva Cindy Almonsd called A to Z Production Company.
Trich would like to thank Cleburne for their support of two wonderful community theatres.
(Cousin Lucy Rittenhouse)
Brittany Reese is thrilled to be making her debut performance at Plaza. She is not a stranger to the stage, however, as she performs with Bass Hall West, Stage West, and Travis Academy of Fine Arts. She has trained in both New York and LA, but is always excited to perform in her home town. Brittany was four hours old when she entered her first dance studio, and has been dancing all forms ever since.
(Cousin Lucy Rittenhouse)
Teran is excited to be performing in her second show at Plaza with such a talented cast and crew! You may have seen her as Minnie Faye in PlazaCo's production of HELLO DOLLY! this past season. Some of her favorite past roles have included Carla in NINE, Terry in EXTREMITIES, Miss Grey in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, Amy in LITTLE WOMEN, and Glenda in THE WIZARD OF OZ in theatres across the Metroplex. She has a BA in History from UTA and loves spending time with her two crazy/sweet/funny nieces and travelling whenever she can. "I would like to thank Taffy for this amazing opportunity and my family for all that they do!" Hope you enjoy the show!
Andrew Guzman - is ecstatic to be back on the Plaza stage! You may have seen Andrew in past shows such as SMOKE...HOMECOMING, SMOKE...MOUNTAIN, FIDDLER, MAN...POINTED TOES, OVER...AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Favorite roles include Dennis in SMOKE, Joseph in JOSEPH AND THE ...DREAMCOAT at Artisan, Jo?e in MAN...POINTED TOES, Perchik in FIDDLER, Nick in OVER...AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Andrew would like to say that "Being a part of TEAM MILLIONAIRE has been great" and "Alligators!!!!". Andrew would also like to thank his family for their support and his wonderful Cordy in real life. ;)
Is glad to be working with Plaza again. He was last seen at Plaza in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF as Mendel and in JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT as dancecore. Some of his past shows have been: CAMELOT as Mordred, which is his favorite role to date. TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD, LES MISERABLES, OKLAHOMA! And WEST SIDE STORY. David would like to thank his friends and family for all of their support. He would also like to thank the Lord for the opportunities and talents that the He has so graciously blessed him with.
Billy is very pleased to be participating in his first show here at Plaza. Recently, Billy was seen at Artisan Center Theater in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL as The Spirit of Christmas Present, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, PHANTOM, and in SOUTH PACIFIC as Luther Billis. His other acting credits include several roles at THE PROMISE in Glen Rose. Billy would like to thank Taffy Geisel and the Barrus family for this wonderful opportunity!
Michael is quite thrilled to be returning for another show at the Plaza Theater. He has really enjoyed the experience of working with a larger cast in the production of THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE, even more so with the opportunity of working with such a talented crew. Due to unforeseen medical reasons, Michael will not be performing the role of Spike opening weekend, but plans on recovering in time for the remainder of the performances. He is extremely grateful for, and humbled by, the efforts of everyone involved in making sure this would not hinder the show in any way.
(Mrs. Benjamin Duke)
Tonya Laree MRS. Benjamin Duke is excited to be back on the Plaza stage. You may have seen her last as Bernice Roth in Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 or as Ellie Banks in “Father of the Bride” at Carnegie. She also played Mrs. Barry in “Anne of Green Gables, the Musical” at Artisan. At Plaza Theater you may have seen her in: “You Can’t Take It With You”, “Kiss And Tell”, “Smoke On The Mountain”, “Footloose”, and “Curious Savage”. She was stage manager for “Arsenic and Old Lace”. Tonya has also been in several Indi movies, and been an extra in some TV shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Prison Break”, and both “Detective, Mom” shows that aired on Lifetime Movie Network. Tonya would like to thank Taffy Geisel for casting her
, the production team for all their hard work in bringing this play together, and the rest of the cast for being such an awesome group of people to work with. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Taffy is doing the Happiest 'alligator' dance for getting to be part of this delightful show, working with such talented and wonderful people. She thoroughly enjoyed all the laughter the cast and crew experienced bringing this show to life. You may remember her as the church lady Miss Myrtle, in various Plaza productions of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, and as the nosy neighbor in KISS AND TELL. She has also had tremendous fun directing SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and ANNIE. Her favorite role is that of wife to the incredibly patient Howard, and Mom to Joey, Caroline, and new son Matt. 'Huge Thanks to JTAM, for creating a place where uplifting stories can be shared, and to the Lord, the giver of the greatest story ever told.'
is excited to stage manage again at Plaza. Crystal has previously stage managed THE FOREIGNER at Plaza. She has also stage managed at Alvarado High School for SKRIKER, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and for One-Act Competition, STILL LIFE, FEMALE TRANSPORT, and THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT. She also appeared in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND as Mama Euralie. Crystal is a senior and will attend UT Arlington in the fall majoring in Mathematics. She is the section leader of the flutes and plays the flute, piccolo, and piano. She plans on continuing music through her entire life. Crystal is blessed to have her talents and opportunities that God has given to her, her parents for their love and support, and friends for laughs and good memories. 1 Timothy 4