This is Luke's 32nd production with Plaza Theatre Company. He has appeared on the Plaza stage as Long John Silver in TREASURE ISLAND, Froggy LeSeuer in THE FOREIGNER, Stanley Banks in FATHER OF THE BRIDE, and most recently as William Gillette in THE GAME'S AFOOT and had the pleasure to serve as director for SHREK THE MUSICAL. His Shakespearean background includes directing A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and ROMEO AND JULIET with the Carnegie Players, producer of the Summit Shakespeare Festival in Lake Arrowhead, CA, and multiple duties over four seasons of Shakespeare In The Square in San Bernardino, CA. He appeared as King Claudius in last year's Cleburne Shakespeare In The Park's production of HAMLET. He is the Theatre Arts Director at Alvarado High School and is a co-owner of Dance Across Cleburne with his wife, Rachel.
Excited to be back for her tenth show with Plaza! Recent favorite roles include Betty Jean in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with the Granbury Theatre Company, Babette in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Jo March in LITTLE WOMEN, and PINOCCHIO in SHREK THE MUSICAL, all with Plaza. A middle school teacher and proud Baylor Theatre grad, Kelly is blessed with the opportunity to reprise one of her favorite roles! Much love to family and friends both near and far!
This is David's 2nd zodiac performing for Cleburne and Plaza's Shakespeare within the Park, and could not be more tickled. This shalt besides nick as his 18th ostent with Plaza Theatre. Ye may bethink David as the capricious Del Delmonaco within BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO or as the sweet-countenanced Benjamin within 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS or as the ungentle talented Rev. Oglethorpe within SANDER'S FAMILY CHRISTMAS. Yet lets countenance it... he always be capricious, ungentle talented, and sweet-countenanced.
Jozy is glad to be back at Plaza after playing Ophelia in last year's production of HAMLET. She was also in SHREK THE MUSICAL as the mad hatter and other assorted characters. She has enjoyed working with everyone involved at the PlazaCo family.
Kevin Poole (Leonato) Has it really been a year since the inaugural production of Cleburne’s Shakespeare in the Park? Kevin is so excited to be back walking the stage in the great outdoors. His portrayal of Polonius in last year’s production of HAMLET was his first venture into Shakespeare’s world and is a cherished memory which will last a lifetime. Thank you to this wonderful company of players for bringing this story to life. Thank you to Plaza, the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce and all of you for your continued support in helping Shakespeare’s work live on. Thank you to Vanessa and Eli who love him more than his ability to understand.
Robert is thrilled to be doing Shakespeare in the park again having appeared in HAMLET last year. Most recently he has been seen on stage in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, ROCKET MAN and THE GAME'S AFOOT. Some of his favorite roles and shows he has appeared in over the years are: Marc Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, Charlie Baker in THE FOREIGNER, Detective Sargent Troughton in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, Fredrick Fellowes in NOiSES OFF and Prospero in THE TEMPEST. He can also be seen on film in season 3 of PRISON BREAK and as Jungle Jim in ZUGIO AND THE SUNSHINE KIDZ.
Nate is thrilled to be part of his first ever Shakespeare show! Nate has most recently been on the Plaza Theatre stage as Caleb in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. Other noteable credits include Gaston in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Emmett Forrest in LEGALLY BLONDE. Sir Dennis Galahad in SPAMALOT, and as a German soldier in Fort Worth Opera's SILENT NIGHT. Nate looks forward to playing the villian in this comedy, and hopes for as many boos as possible. He would also like to thank his parents and grandparents for all of their aupport.
FREDDY MARTINEZ JR.
(Balthazar, Friar Francis, Verges)
Freddy is excited to be in another production of Shakespeare in the Park. Last year in HAMLET Freddy played Horatio. Other Plaza productions include THE ADDAMS FAMILY and SHREK THE MUSICAL.
Grant is extremely excited to be making his Plaza debut this summer as Borachio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Although he has not acted since high-school, a love of theater has been in him for many years. He is a butcher by day and a graphic designer by night. Grant enjoys video games, volunteering at Harvest House and drinking coffee. He would like to thank his director, Aaron Siler, for believing in him and giving him a chance. Also, to the cast and crew for encouraging and helping him become a better actor. And to his lovely, beautiful and amazing wife, Emily. She always supports his dreams and pushes him to try new things. And finally, to his Savior, Jesus Christ. Psalms 119:105 - "Your word is lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Rodney is excited to be apart of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING as well as getting the chance to work with the wonderful people of Plaza Theatre Company again! He has previously been seen as Lefty in HEAVEN CAN WAIT and Ensemble in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with Plaza Theatre Company as well as Curio in TWELFTH NIGHT at Artes De La Rosa, Ensemble in EVITA at Greater Lewisville Community Theatre and Kit Kat Boy/Ensemble in CABARET at Garland Civic Theatre. Rodney would like to thank his director and fellow cast members for making this show such an enjoyable experience as well as his parents and sisters for supporting him in what he loves to do, Justin for coming to all his shows, Bentleigh for being his "on set smile advisor" and Molly Ringwald.
JAY A. CORNILS
(Antonio, Second Watchman)
While this is his first appearance in Cleburne’s Shakespeare in the Park, Jay has appeared in fifty-eight play productions since first appearing on stage in Johnson County in the Carnegie Players 2005 production of SOUTH PACIFIC. MUCH ADO marks his 28th performance with the Plaza Theatre Company. Further, Jay is not new to Shakespeare, having first performed in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’s DREAM during his college years as Theseus/Oberon. He once again appeared in MIDSUMMER as Bottom in Carnegie’s 2009 production. In 2010, he played the part of Friar Lawrence in Carnegie’s 2010 production of ROMEO AND JULIET, which marked their second performance of any show in the Cleburne Conference Center Theater. Jay lives in Cleburne with his greatest joy - his lovely and supportive wife Corlis.
G. AARON SILER
Aaron is one of the four founding producers of Plaza Theatre Company and has performed in many different shows here such as Shrek in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Nicely Nicely Johnson in GUYS AND DOLLS, Horton in SEUSSICAL, Charlie Brown in GOOD MAN...CHARLIE BROWN, Buffalo Bill in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and many more. Aaron has also won multiple Column Awards including Best Actor in a Musical (as Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Best Director, 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 Siler.
Haley is pleased to be in another show with Plaza! You remember her in our production of SHE LOVES ME last year. Also last year, Haley performed with the Greater Carnegie Players in thier production of Les Miserables as Cosette. She has participated in many choral/vocal performances with Stephen F Austin State University including the operas Cavaleria Rusticana and Carmen.
Bentleigh Nesbit is delighted to be returning to Plaza Theatre Co for her 3rd production after previously appearing in HEAVEN CAN WAIT and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. She is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington obtaining her BFA in Theatre Performance. Some of her favorite roles have included Mama Ogre/Pig in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Trudy Floote in COMIC POTENTIAL, and recently she co-costume designed BIG FISH at Artes De La Rosa. She would like to than her family, friends, Rodney, Beyonce, and Ryan for their continuous love and support.
Micah is incredibly excited to be performing in his Plaza debut in Shakespeare in the park. He has had a few minor roles in high school, notably Samuel in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and is ready to get acting again. He would like to thank his family for their support through the audition process and rehearsals, and his fellow cast members for all of the great memories.
Cody is excited to be back on stage at Plaza after performing in HEAVEN CAN WAIT last month and POLLYANNA in 2015 and CRAZY FOR YOU in 2011 . You may also remember him from TREASURE ISLAND as a goodie goodie as well as THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. "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
Al is performing in this production at the risk of being type cast. Last year he played the Gravedigger/Sexton in Plaza’s production of Hamlet. He most recently performed in several roles of the Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players’ production of GREATER TUNA. In addition to Hamlet, his Cleburne credits include, Uncle George in KISS AND TELL, Oz Guard in WIZARD OF OZ, Ensemble in Bye Bye Birdie, Wes Warnicker in FOOTLOOSE and Lazar Wolf in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with the Plaza Theatre Company. He has also performed several times with the Ennis Public Theatre and Waxahachie Community Theatre. Al is a member of the Lone Star Santas Organization and plays Santa throughout the metroplex. With a Ph.D. in School Psychology, he serves students in the Dallas ISD. He wishes to thank his wife Katrina, his kids, Shay, Travis, Trey, Tasha, Rose and Amber, his daughter-in-law Brandy and his grandchildren Alex and Eva for their heartfelt support.
Dana is very happy to be back with her Plaza family for her 20th show! You may have seen her once upon a time onstage as Ernestine Gilbreath in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (Plaza Theatre Company) or in the Ensemble in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Plaza). Nowadays, you will find her behind the scenes running sound or building set! Past projects include LITTLE WOMEN, BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, THE KING AND I, and SUBuRBIA (UTD University Theatre) She is a junior attending UT Dallas and is pursuing a BS in Child Learning and Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Intervention. She is also a student tech theatre worker in the UTD theatre department where she builds sets and runs sound for both student and university events. When not working or studying, favorite pastimes include playing tennis, video games, and listening to music. Many thanks to her parents and her brothers for their continued support and love!
Stormy is incredibly honored to costume Shakespeare in the Park for a second year. While HAMLET is her favorite of the tragedies, the show you are about to see is the best of all the comedies. You might have also seen Stormy on the Plaza stage in HEAVEN CAN WAIT, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SANDER'S FAMILY CHRISTMAS, SHE LOVES ME, and 42ND ST. Stormy Witter has also had the privilege of working with Cleburne Carnegie Players in LES MISERABLES and T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. She has enjoyed a lifetime of theatre experience in the DFW area and is blessed to now call Cleburne home. Stormy would like to thank Tina Barrus for entrusting her with such a privilege and wonderful experience. Costuming a Shakespearean show is always a beautiful adventure.