Hannah is an actress as well as an art and theatre teacher at Hillsboro Junior High School. She is a graduate from Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre. Hannah has also worked with Missoula Children's Theatre based out of Missoula, Montana. At TAMU-CC, Hannah acted in over twenty productions. Some of her favorite roles include Mother Hicks in MOTHER HICKS, Brutus in JULIUS CAESAR, and Hermione in THE WINTER'S TALE. Hannah enjoys playing Shakespeare's characters and Puck has been one of her dream roles. She is so blessed to have the opportunity to play this exciting part and to have made new friends through acting with PlazaCo. Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for their support and help memorizing lines for many years. She would also like to thank PlazaCo. for giving her a part in this wonderful experience. "I couldn't think of a better way to begin the summer."
Kevin is back in the Park with the fourth installment of Plaza Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. The inaugural year he portrayed Polonius in HAMLET, and Leonato in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the second year. Last year he played Baptista Minola in the TAMING OF THE SHREW. This year he has shaken off the type cast of being a father and now mischievously scurries about the wooded landscape as the King of the Fairies; Oberon! Thank you to this wonderful company of players for bringing this story to life. Thank you to Plaza, the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, our sponsors, and all of our patrons for their continued support in helping Shakespeare’s work live on. Thank you to Vanessa and Eli who love him more than his ability to understand. “It’s good to be the King!”
Kat is thrilled to be a part of Plaza Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park for another summer. Kat is a Fort Worth native who holds a BA in Theater from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After earning her degrees, she traveled across the country doing children’s theater with the Hampstead Players, and was a company member at the Great American Melodrama Theater in California for two years. In 2013 she moved to LA where she appeared in commercials, TV shows and even won an episode of Celebrity Name Game. Since moving back to Texas she has appeared as Kate in TAMING OF THE SHREW at PlazaCo, Vera in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Carnegie and Mary in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Carnegie. Other favorite roles include; Ariel in THE TEMPEST at UMKC, Witch in MACBETH at Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival, Dottie in KILLER JOE at UMKC, and Anita in WEST SIDE STORY at UARK. Thank you Mom, Sister and all my amazing friends, I love you all. XO
This is Saul's second production with Plaza Theatre Company but his first with Shakespeare in the Park. He is very honored to be blessed with such a spectacular cast to put together such a wonderful show! Saul recently graduated from Alvarado High School as an International Honor Thespian and looks forward to furthering his theatre knowledge while doing Plaza shows. His proudest roles consist of Johnny in THE OUTSIDERS, Boy/Peter Pan in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, as well as, Mal Beineke in ADDAMS FAMILY. (All Alvarado High School Productions) "Massive thank you to my family and friends (TNT Rock) for always supporting me and showering me with consistent love"
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." Katherine fell madly in love with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT's DREAM when she first read it in...wait for it...elementary school. It gave her mind so much to imagine and play with and so she has always wished to perform in it. She is ever so grateful for this dream of an opportunity and will cherish it forever. Katherine would specifically like to thank her parents Brenda and Gene Adams, and Alan and Cecelia Anthony for always being supportive of her passion; but mostly, her daughter, Jaydn, who in herself is 'like a jewel'. "Je t'aime, Petite!"
Trevin is really excited about returning to the park, one of his favorite annual experiences! Last year he played Tranio in TAMING OF THE SHREW, his first Shakespeare in the Park production. Trevin has also appeared at Plaza as Walter Cunningham in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and Lt. Wright in THE SECRET GARDEN. Some of his past roles include Rooster in ANNIE (Artisan Center Theatre), Ali Hakim in OKLAHOMA! (Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players), East/Lendall in ALMOST, MAINE, Rumplestiltskin/Actor in THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON: THE MUSICAL (Haltom Alumni Association), and Nessie in CHASING LIGHTS (Gateway Performing Arts). Trevin is a theatre teacher at North Oaks Middle School, which he considers the best job in the entire world.
This is Isabel’s first play with Plaza Theatre, and she is so excited to be performing with this amazing cast! Isabel was homeschooled and attended Hill College from 2016-2018. She will be transferring to either Letourneau or TCU in the fall to pursue a career in Biology or Law. Isabel has performed in THE SCARESCROW and THE BATHROOM DOOR, and has been involved in multiple children musicals. Her other passions include playing piano, guitar, and the ukulele, along with spending time outdoors and swimming. She would like to thank her best friend and boyfriend for encouraging and pushing her throughout this process! She would also like to thank Luke Hunt, her amazing director, for giving her this amazing opportunity. Also, she would like to thank her parents for supporting and believing in her. “I love y’all so much!!”
FREDDY MARTINEZ JR.
Freddy is exceedingly, exceptionally, extraordinarily excited to be returning to Plaza Theatre for his 4th appearance in Shakespeare in the Park. Recently he played King Louis XI in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Sergeant Garcia in Plaza Theatre's ZORRO THE MUSICAL, and he is a member of Plaza's improv troupe, The ImPLAZAbles. He was also the Stage Manager for ELEMENTAL: NATURE'S RHAPSODY in Dallas as part of the AT&T Elevator Project. He will next appear in a production of WEST SIDE STORY where he will play every single part. He'd like to thank his mother, father, and as always, Meryl Streep.
Robert is thrilled to be returning for Shakespeare in the Park for the 4th year in a row. Most recently he has appeared on stage in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, RUMORS, SLEIGH HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, ZORRO THE MUSICAL, TREASURE ISLAND, THE GREAT DICTATOR, and TAMING OF THE SHREW. Among his favorite shows he has done over the years are JULIUS CAESAR, THE FOREIGNER, MONTY PYTHON MADDNESS, NOISES OFF, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, THE TEMPEST, and THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT.
Jake Branham is returning to the stage in his second year of Shakespeare in the Park! He is a 2018 graduate of Alvarado High School, and will be attending Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas for a major in Theatre & Dance, as well as a minor in American Sign Language. Jake is an active ImPLAZAble, as his love for comedy is what allows him to strive towards the stage, and has only grown more through this production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. His previous roles include Black Stache in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Grumio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at PlazaCo, and Lucas Beineke in THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL. As this show is performing, Jake will be expecting to become a brother to Annabelle Rose Branham, who is expected to be delivered as he makes his first entrance. "Thank you mom, for helping me pursue my dreams, helping me put my heart in others, and helping me overcome my insecurities. I just wished you would have named her Anna."
DC is happy to be returning to the Plaza stage for the first time since DEAR RUTH, and has been seen onstage in SEUSSICAL and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. She would like to thank her father Luke, for finally putting her "broad, wall-like" physique to use, as well as show mascots Snug, Flute, and Quince for keeping her busy.
A regular face on the stages of Johnson and Hood Counties, Jay A Cornils returns to Winston Patrick McGregor Park for a third time this summer. This is also Jay’s third time appearing in a production of DREAM. He first appeared as Oberon/Theseus in his college days, and nine years ago he portrayed Bottom in the Carnegie Players production upstairs at the Leyland Museum. Last season, in addition to appearing in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW in the park, Jay appeared in seven other shows including five with the Plaza Theatre Company. In all things, Jay is supported by his greatest delight and godsend, his beautiful and remarkable wife, Corlis.
Quentin Scott is a human, who is delighted to be in yet another Plaza Theatre Company production Quentin has been in numerous Plaza shows in the past (such as MARY POPPINS, ANNE OF... GABLES, and TREASURE ISLAND to name a few). After this production he is performing as a member of Plaza Theatre Company's new Improv troupe, THE IMPLAZABLES. He would like to thank his friends and family that make practicing his favorite hobby at his favorite theater a reality.
(Theseus / Director)
This is Luke's 42nd production with Plaza Theatre Company. He has appeared as an actor most recently in the role of Atticus Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He has not missed a production of Cleburne Shakespeare in the Park since it started, appearing as Claudius in HAMLET, Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and serving as director for TAMING OF THE SHREW. He directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Alvarado High School in 2015, for the Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players in 2009, and for Stage One Players in California in 1998. He is the Theatre Arts Director at Alvarado High School and is a co-owner of Dance Across Cleburne with his wife, Rachel.
Stacey hasn't done Cleburne's Shakespeare in the Park since the inaugural production of HAMLET, so she's ridiculously excited to be part of this wonderful Midsummer cast. She is a theatre and choral nerd who has been singing, performing, and creating theatre for thirty years on various stages. Favorite roles include Lotty Wilton in ENCHANTED APRIL (for which she received a 2015 Column Award nomination), Miss Hannigan in ANNIE, Ronnette in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and both Yente and Fruma-Sarah in two different productions of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. She has also served as costume designer, prop designer, set designer and scenic painter for various productions and theatre companies.
Jeff is thrilled to be in his third Plaza show after appearing this Spring as Mayor Shinn in THE MUSIC MAN and Heck Tate in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. He serves on the board of directors for Granbury Theatre Company and has performed at the historic Granbury Opera House as Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC, Dick in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, Motorman and Sidney Purvis in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, and R.F. Simpson in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Assistant directing credits with GTC include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and SHREK: THE MUSICAL. Jeff wants to thank his family and friends for their support and encouragement. Also many thanks to Luke, Stormy, and the Plaza producers for the chance to participate in this Shakespeare in the Park production.
This is Mariah's first non-camp performance with Plaza and her first time performing Shakespeare. She is incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew, and hopes to continue working with Plaza in the future. Some of her favorite roles include: Mary Godwin in MONSTER and Nikolette in WILD STRAWBERRIES, both at Alvarado High School. "Thank you to everyone who offered me their constant support - because of you, I had the courage to audition and I couldn't be happier."
Nicole is resident of Nemo, TX. She has a degree in Theatre from Angelo State University, but will be attending Tarrant County College to pursue her RN this summer. She is very excited to be rejoining Plaza Theatre Company for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Her last show with Plaza Theatre Company was KISS ME, KATE. Nicole would like to thank her husband, Cole, for supporting her during the show.
This is Evan’s first production with the Plaza Theatre Company, and he is excited to be supporting arts in his local community and expanding his performance repertoire. As a student at Alvarado High School, he is involved in the performing arts as a trombonist in the Golden Warrior Band, member of the Varsity Winterguard, mentor in the Special Needs Colorguard, and also trains and performs with the school’s dance program. He is a two-year veteran of the WGI world-finalist Black Gold Winterguard, where he earned a spot on the esteemed sabre line even as their youngest performer.
Michela’s first Shakespeare production was actually this same play with Carnegie. It started her lifelong love of theatre and Shakespearean comedy. She is thrilled to join this incredible cast and would like to say thank you to everyone that made this possible
Anna is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this amazing production. This is her first time performing in the park, and she couldn’t be more excited (or nervous). Although she is no stranger to Plaza, having had the honor of performing with them for the past six years, most recent in ANNIE and ZORRO. She would like to thank her cast mates for all the fun times; her director, Luke, for this opportunity; and her boyfriend, Nate, for his love and support. And of course, she sends a final thank you to her family for their willingness to come see this show, even though they really didn’t want to.
Stormy is very excited to have the honor of stage managing such a talented and devoted cast and production team! This is her fourth year working on Shakespeare in the Park, which is a highlight of her year! You will have recently seen Stormy on stage here at Plaza Co in ANNIE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MARY POPPINS, THE SECRET GARDEN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and many others. She also enjoys working backstage moving sets, helping with costume changes, and working on mics in shows like MUSIC MAN, HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ZORRO, TREASURE ISLAND, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, and others in the past! Stormy is thankful for her children, Ady and Aaron. They are her biggest fans!
This is Estelle's first production with the Plaza Theatre Company and she is thrilled to be a part of the team. Her bachelor's degrees are in music, theatre, and dance, and she has a master's degree in music. She works full-time for the Alvarado ISD as a band director, dance teacher, and colorguard coach, and is also adjunct faculty at Northwestern State University as their colorguard director. Estelle works year-round as a choreographer and visual designer for several marching bands, winterguards, dance groups, show choirs, and musical theatre productions throughout the country, as well as serving as an national adjudicator for both colorguard and dance events. Her journey as a performer began in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and her love for and participation in the performing arts as a student, teacher, performer, choreographer, designer, seamstress, and director has continued to this day.