JACESON P. BARRUS
JaceSon is so very jazzed to be a part of this lovely Company of players and feels fortunate to get to sing these fabulous songs in the show. JaceSon has been honored to receive multiple Column Awards as a Producer, Director and Actor at PlazaCo and loves his "Day Job" here at PTC as Artistic Director and one of the Company's Founders. In the past he has loved playing such roles as Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Adam Pontipee in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and Archibald Craven in THE SECRET GARDEN. He would like to send all his love and best wishes to his wife Tina and children Tabitha, Parker, Cameron, Eden, Mimi, JJ and Charlie and is excited to welcome a new son-in-law to the family as Saul Ibarra will be marrying oldest daughter Tabitha later this month.
CHIMBERLY CARTER BYROM
Chimberly is delighted to return to the stage at PlazaCo. She previously appeared as Sarah in RAGTIME 4 years ago. Her credits include Sophia in THE COLOR PURPLE at Jubilee Theatre, WaterTower Theatre's SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, Theatre Three’s CAROLINE OR CHANGE, The Pollard Theatre’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, Greater Lewisville Community Theater’s CROWNS, Uptown Players’ THE LIFE, Dallas Children’s Theater’s MUFARO’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS and AFRICAN TALES OF EARTH AND SKY, TFM Productions’ ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and DREAMGIRLS. She is grateful to God for the opportunity to share her gifts, once again!
Daron is delighted to be performing in her 28th show at Plaza! Some favorite Plaza roles include Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Fiona in SHREK, Lily/Kate in KISS ME KATE, Mother in RAGTIME, and Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS, but she will gladly take credit for any other shows you think she was in because she looks a lot like several other talented ladies at Plaza. Work at other DFW theatres includes Lyric Stage, Theatre Three, WaterTower, Casa Manana, Mainstage, Runway and others.
JASON PHILLIP COLE
Jason is thrilled to be returning to Plaza Theatre. Previous roles at Plaza include Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ, Dr. Chilton in POLLYANNA and Mordred in CAMELOT. Jason has also worked with the Granbury Theatre Company playing Bert in MARY POPPINS, Cornelius Hackl in HELLO, DOLLY! and Cosmo Brown in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. "For my wife and daughter. Love."
Amber Lanning is an international actress, singer, director and choreographer. She has a Masters in Theatre from Lamar University and is certified in the Meisner Approach to Acting by the True Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg. Amber has lived and worked as an actress for stage and film in Texas, New York, Oman, Qatar, The Netherlands and Germany. You might have seen Amber recently as Suzy in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, Chiffon in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and Irene Molloy in HELLO, DOLLY! with the Granbury Theatre Company. Amber is grateful to have the opportunity to shake, sing and dance with Plaza Theatre Company for the first time.
Caitlan is grateful for another opportunity to perform on the Plaza stage! Favorite shows at PTC include JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT, [title of show], BREAKING UP…DO, LITTLE SHOP, and ADDAMS FAMILY. Other favorite shows include HELLO DOLLY, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, GODSPELL, and LITTLE WOMEN with Granbury Theatre Co., SEUSSICAL and THOROUGHLY...MILLIE. Caitlan graduated from TCU and teaches 1st grade at Mambrino Elementary. She is blessed with the opportunity to perform with her loving husband and with a beautiful baby girl who loves to watch mom and dad perform on stage!
Josh is thrilled to return to the Plaza stage! Some of his favorite roles at PTC include Lurch in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Orin in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Gabe in BREAKING UP…DO, Albert in BYE, BYE BIRDIE, a quick step-in run as a gangster in DROWSY CHAPERONE, Bert Healy in ANNIE, Mingo in CRAZY FOR YOU and Levi in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT. Other favorite roles are John the Baptist/Judah in GODSPELL, Charles Dickens in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Professor Bhaer in LITTLE WOMEN with Granbury Theatre Co. He would like to thank God, his loving wife and daughter for always believing in him.
This is Blake's first mainstage Plaza production. In the past he has played Chino in WEST SIDE STORY, Jeff Moss in BELLS ARE RINGING, Mr. Punch in MARY POPPINS and Papa Ogre in SHREK THE MUSICAL. He is very excited to be performing this amazing show with such an amazing cast.
Nate is extremely proud to join this immensely talented group on stage for his sixth show with Plaza Theatre Co. Recent Plaza credits include Capt. Albert Lennox in SECRET GARDEN, Don John in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Caleb in 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS, and the Tin man in WIZARD OF OZ. other recent credits include OKLAHOMA with Stolen Shakespeare Guild, and HELLO DOLLY with Granbury Theatre Co. Nate would also like to thank the fantastic Band for all of their hard work on the almost 40 songs in the show. Nate would also like to thank his parents for all their support, He couldn't do this without them.
All the way from sunny South Florida, Kimberly is still pretty new to the DFW area. Although this is her first production with The Plaza Theatre Company, she is no stranger to the stage. As a singer, performer and song writer, Kimberly has had the privilege to perform all over the country and was even blessed to take her talents all the way to Okinawa, Japan. With music in her blood, she began performing at the age of 8. Chorus, orchestra and music theatre kept her busy all through grade school. After studying Vocal Performance in college and raising her son, Kimberly has now dedicated her life to the stage. With hopes of eventually starring on Broadway, she is excited and most of all grateful to be a part of this production. She wants to thank her friend and cast mate Chimberly Carter Byrom for making it possible for her to be part of this production.
CHERI DEE MEGA
Cheri has been a part of Plaza Theatre Company since the very beginning as the music director for our preview week performances and the music director for our first production of YOUR A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN in 2007. Since then she has been involved in many prodcutions over the years. You may remember her from CLUE THE MUSICAL as the piano player or in all of the SMOKE productions and as the musical director for numerous other productions here at PlazaCo and also at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. Cheri is the music teacher and choral director at Stone Gate Christian Academy in Irving, TX and also instructs private piano, voice, and guitar.
Tom is happy to be in his sixth production at Plaza Theater. Previous shows include The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, The Music Man, Joseph….Dream Coat and Kiss Me Kate. He joins his wife, Patti, who is assistant stage manager of the show. Together they have devised a way to see their daughter Daron in every single run of the show! Tom owes his interest in music to his younger brother Jesse who had a horse that pulled one of the chariots in Ben Hur. Jesse used to wow neighbors riding the horse singing well known Southern Italian love songs. Tom thanks Bree, Daron, Jameson, Erin and Jameson, Jr. for their support. Thanks also to the band for their collective enthusiasm and skills. And again thanks to the production staff at Plaza for ten years of wonderfully nurturing experiences for the community.
Hayden is thrilled to be working with this cast in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE. He was last seen at Plaza playing the piano in the live band for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Some of his favorite acting credits include Shrek in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Genie in ALADDIN JR, Gaston in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR, Charlie Brown in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, Jo Harper and Will in BIG RIVER, and newsboy and ensemble in RAGTIME. Hayden is a senior at Travis Academy of Fine Arts and studies piano at the Music Institute of North Texas under the instruction of Anton Mordasov. He also plans to continue to study the piano and major in music in college with the goal of going into music ministry. He currently serves as the keyboardist on the worship team at Retta Baptist Church. He would like to thank Aaron for this opportunity, and hopes you enjoy the show! Romans 12:21
Lindsay is excited to be working on her seventh production at PlazaCo. One day she will reach the Plaza 20 show club! She has stage managed several shows before, some of her favorites include RAGTIME, WEST SIDE STORY, MAN OF LAMANCHA, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, JOSEPH.....DREAMCOAT, BIG RIVER and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Lindsay is a multiple Column Award Winner and she is also on the Board of Directors for The Column Awards. In her free time she can be found at Rangers Ballpark watching her Texas Rangers. A special thanks to her husband William for letting me indulge in theater, I love you! Thanks to Aaron for working around her crazy schedule, you truly are the BEST EVER.
(Assistant Stage Manager)
Patti is excited to be a part of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and to have the opportunity to work again with Lindsay Hardisty Batt! Patti has stage managed other shows at Plaza Co including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSIC MAN and KISS ME KATE. She also assisted on JOSEPH. Every show has been a great adventure shared with family members and friends. Patti joins her husband Tom who is playing in the band. Together they have devised a way to see their daughter Daron in every single run of the show! Thanks to Plaza Theater Co for this opportunity. Love to Bree, Jameson and Erin and Jameson Jr. and other family and friends who will enjoy this show!
Brooke is overjoyed to be joining the cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE for her first production with Plaza Theatre Company. She is currently a senior at Tarleton State University, where she majors in education. Shows Brooke has recently choreographed are SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, HELLO, DOLLY!, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, and MARY POPPINS at Granbury Theatre Company. Working with Plaza Theatre Company has been very rewarding for her, as she learns something new daily. Brooke is so happy to have begun this new journey with Plaza Theatre Company!!
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), Multiple 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 the incomparable and recent TCU graduate Milette Siler!