2014 HSRT Acting Company

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EVAN ADAMS (Acting Intern; Herr Zeller, The Sound of Music; Barnaby Tucker, The Matchmaker) is elated to join HSRT for the first time this summer. Originally from Kalamazoo, Evan has just finished his junior year at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program in Minneapolis. So far, his work ranges from performing in The Winter's Tale on Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, in conjunction with his training, to an independent clown show on campus under a statue. He is excited to share and perform beautiful art with beautiful people in such a beautiful place.
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AARON ALCARAZ (Acting Intern; Party Guest, The Sound of Music; Gentleman of Japan, Hot Mikado; Moving Man, Raisin in the Sun; Bobby Doll, The Doll People) is so excited to be spending the summer with HSRT! Aaron is from Los Angeles, CA, and will be returning to Ithaca College in the fall for his junior year as a BFA Musical Theatre major. Past roles include Aaron Bernstein/Leonard Jeffries in Fires in the Mirror (Ithaca College), Dance Captain/Male Cover in Gone Missing (Ithaca College), Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Melodramatics Theatre Company), and Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical (Theatre Experience of Southern California). Aaron would like to thank God for all His blessings and guidance, everyone at HSRT for this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow, and his family, friends, and teachers for their constant love and support.
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JEAN REED BAHLE (Flora VanHuysen, The Matchmaker) has been involved with the arts in West Michigan for over 35 years as an actor, director, playwright, free-lance talent in radio, TV, and industrial films while also conducting numerous workshops in writing and acting. She has served as adjunct faculty in the theatre department at Hope College since 1994.  As an actor, she has appeared in over 50 shows, working with Grand Rapids Civic, Circle, and Actors’ Theatre, where she has won Grand Awards for both acting and directing, most recently for Vi in August: Osage County. Her first show with Hope Summer Rep was Spokesong in 1986.  This year marks her 11th season with HSRT; her last role was Jack’s mother in Into the Woods.   Her most recent role with Actors’ Theatre was Marty in Circle, Mirror, Transformation.  She is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful theatre community that gathers every summer.
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MADDIE SHEA BALDWIN (Sister Berthe, Party Guest, The Sound of Music; Pitti-Sing, Hot Mikado; Auntie Sarah Doll, The Doll People) is thrilled to be making her debut this summer at HSRT! She is a rising senior in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Indiana University.  Recent credits include; Wendla in Spring Awakening, Myrrhine in Lysistrata,(Indiana University) Julie in Boy in the Bathroom, Sylvia in The Truman Show, (BPP) Featured Singer in Swing, Caroline in Island Song (Indiana Festival Theatre). Maddie has been fortunate enough to work at such theatres as The Old Globe, San Diego Opera and the North Coast Repertory Theatre all in her hometown of San Diego, California. Maddie can also be seen as a host of the weekly children’s T.V. show “The Friday Zone”, on PBS in Indiana and parts of Illinois. She thanks God for the amazing opportunities he provides for her and the constant love and support of her family and friends!
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DARNELL PIERRE BENJAMIN (Walter Lee Younger, A Raisin in the Sun) is overjoyed at the opportunity to come back and play at HSRT. Originally from Louisiana, Darnell received a BFA from UL Lafayette in 2006; he, then, earned his MFA from the University of Houston in 2009. Darnell has been working as an actor, dancer, model, singer, and instructor in Cincinnati, OH for nearly five years now. Memorable roles are Aaron in Titus Andronicus, John in COCK, Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird,Valentine in Two Gentleman of Verona, Belize in Angels in America, and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (here at HSRT last summer). Darnell also has a soft spot for dancing with local Cincinnati group Pones, Inc., his recent performance in the short film “Brett and Kyle,” and teaching Shakespeare at Seven Hills Middle School. Cheers to a great summer.
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ELLIE CAMPBELL (Sister Sophia, Baroness Elberfeld, The Sound of Music; Ermangarde, The Matchmaker; Ensemble, Alexander) is excited to join HSRT for her first season after recently finishing her sophomore year at Hope College.  Ellie has recently appeared as Pegeen Mike in Playboy of the Western World at Hope College (directed by Richard Perez). Other appearances include the chorus in Sweeney Todd, and Madeline in Stage Door.
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ADAM CHAMNESS (Kurt von Trapp, The Sound of Music) is playing the role of Kurt Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He just finished his seventh grade year at Jefferson K-7 School in Holland. He is currently involved in church youth group, Boy Scouts, and he plays the piano. His first theatrical experience was playing a munchkin in the Holland High School production of The Wizard of Oz. Adam enjoys spending time with his friends and family, climbing trees, and exploring in the woods.
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KATE COLBURN (Assistant to the Managing Director; Nun, The Sound of Music) is excited to be spending her second summer at HSRT. She spent last summer onstage as an Acting Intern. This year she is on the other side of the table working as the Assistant to the Managing Director. Recent acting credits include Rabbit in Story Time Theatre andDeeDee in No More Secrets at Blue Apple Players; Lucy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Dr. Wonderful in The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful… at HSRT; and Kaye Hamilton in Stage Door at Hope College. Kate is a graduate of Hope College.
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KELSEY COLBURN (Nun, The Sound of Music) is thrilled to be a part of HSRT's production of The Sound of Music this summer! Kelsey recently graduated from Hope College where she was actively involved in the theatre department. Some of her favorite roles include Philia in A Funny Thing Happened..., Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, Lily Smalls in Under Milkwood, and Polly in As it is in Heaven
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GLADYS DeVANE (Mama Younger, A Raisin in the Sun) began her acting/storytelling career at age ten in Oklahoma City, where she grew up.  Gladys took a hiatus to raise her family and devote time to community service and teaching at Indiana University.  Upon retirement Gladys returned to theater, performing in main stage productions, storytelling events, and staged readings with Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP), Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomington Civic Theater, and The Brown County Playhouse.  She wrote and performed a one-person show, From the Mouth of My People: A journey from slavery. She co-produced and directed—in collaboration with Dr. James Mumford—One More River to Cross—stories of the black experience in America. She wrote, directed, and performed “Eleanor Roosevelt” in On Their Shoulders We Stand: A salute to women who paved the way (the 30th Anniversary celebration of Bloomington/Monroe County Women’s History Month).   Main stage performances with Cardinal Stage include: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years; Inherit the Wind; Romeo and Juliet; and To Kill a Mockingbird. Most recently at the Brown County Playhouse, Gladys performed Grace in, Grace and Glorie.
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MICHAEL DEWAR (Acting Intern; Franz, The Sound of Music; Gentleman of Japan, Hot Mikado; Rudolf, The Matchmaker) is beyond thrilled to be making his HRST debut! He is currently a rising senior at Webster Conservatory, working towards graduating in the spring with a BFA in Musical Theatre, in the smallest MT class in the school’s history. This past May, Michael was cast in a high-profile staged reading of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, a Musical playing Mr. Collins, which was performed in front of the musical’s writers and producers, who hope to bring it to Broadway in the near future. Recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Seussical the Musical (Cat in the Hat), Gypsy (Tulsa), Into the Woods (Rapunzelʼs Prince), The Country Wife (Sir Jasper Fidget), and Legally Blonde the Musical (Lowell/Kiki). In the outside world, he enjoys exploring mountains, learning the guitar, creating art, spending time with his puppy, and Appalachian Clogging. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Cuyler, Tucker, and Hank, and to the incredible individuals who make up his beautiful class of WebCo 2015!  www.michael-dewar.com
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OLIVIA DONALSON (Acting Intern; Party Guest, The Sound of Music; Peep-Bo, Hot Mikado; Understudy for Beneatha and Ruth, A Raisin in the Sun; Cook, The Matchmaker) is thrilled to be making her HSRT debut! Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, she is currently a rising senior in Ithaca College's BFA Musical Theatre program. Her favorite roles so far have been Narrator in Joseph, and Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray with the FSCJ Summer Theatre, along with Joanne in Rent, Pilar in Legally Blonde, and Big Mo' in Fires in the Mirror whilst in Ithaca. Having just spent a spectacularly theatrical semester abroad, she is very excited to dive back into performing in the lovely town of Holland, Michigan. Much love to my mother and her endless faith and encouragement.
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CHIP DUFORD (AEA; Max Detweiler, The Sound of Music; Pooh Bah, Hot Mikado) is happy to celebrate his 21th season at HSRT this summer! Chip has played fathers, uncles, husbands, high-ranking military officials, and the occasional animal or two as a part of over 50 productions during his time as an acting company member at HSRT, starting with an acting internship W-A-Y back in 1989. Chip is proud of his association with husband-and-wife writing team Malcolm Hillgartner and Jahnna Beecham, with whom he has collaborated; he is credited with vocal arrangements and being in the original casts of Chaps!, Dogpark: The Musical, and They Came From Way Out There. He has performed at theatres nationwide for 25 years, including Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA., Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre in Detroit, The Cleveland Play House, and The Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, MA. Chip is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Kisses and love to Shay!
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Linda LeFever Dykstra, M.M. (Mother Abbess, The Sound of Music) is a lyric soprano and teaches at Hope College in Holland, MI. As her schedule allows, she maintains a private studio of high school and adult students in the community. She has done post graduate training and clinical work in vocology, and frequently works with singers in need of vocal rehabilitation. She has also worked extensively with technology, developing SōnōVū, a feedback system allowing the singer to simultaneously view themselves and acoustical analysis of their singing. She spent seven years in Germany, where she performed with the Kleines Opern Ensemble Berlin and frequently performed lieder recitals, including one for the family of Richard Strauss.  Her many oratorio performances have included Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Berliner Philharmonie and a performance of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer and Schubert’s Mass in G conducted by Sir David Wilcocks. Frequently featured as a soloist in West Michigan, she has also performed extensively in the Mid-west and the Eastern U.S., as well as Salzburg, Prague, Munich, Berlin, and numerous other venues in Germany. Her students' awards include many state and regional NATS Audition winners, a winner of the Jessye Norman Prize awarded in the NATS Great Lakes Region, a national first place winner in the NAACP ACTSO Competition, a recipient of the Helen Hayes Award, a Tony Award nominee, finalists and three first place winners in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, and a finalist in the International Palm Beach Opera Competition. In 1997 she was awarded the Rosa Ponselle Foundation’s Voice Teacher of the Year Gold Medallion. After many years of working with actors in HSRT productions, she was delighted to be asked to play the Mother Abbess.
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SKYE EDWARDS (Choreographer and Admiral von Schreiber, The Sound of Music; Gentleman of Japan, Hot Mikado; Malachi Stack, The Matchmaker) is a recent graduate of Hope College ('14) with a BA in Dance/Theater. Growing up in Colorado, Skye was the official dancing fan of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and Colorado Mammoth (NLL) while also being a member of the Denver Nuggets Mob Squad (NBA). In 2008 he was recognized by Showbiz National Talent Competition as Mr. Showbiz, Denver for his work as a dancer and choreographer.  He received Irene Ryan acting nominations for his work in Hope College theater department productions, The Dumbwaiter and Gone Missing. As choreographer of Gone Missing, Skye was awarded “Most Outstanding Choreography for a Musical” from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He is grateful for the investment Hope College and HSRT have made in him over the past 5 years and will be pursuing an MFA in acting at the University of Washington this fall. Praise be to God, He gives and takes away.
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SUSAN ERICKSEN (AEA; Dolly Levi, The Matchmaker) returns to HSRT for her 24th or 25th season- she’s not quite sure. (She’s good with words and notes, not numbers. Fortunately, she became an actor and not an accountant.) She hopes the audience with join her for another fine adventure as she tackles the wise and delightful Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker. In her first season at Hope, Susan played Irene Malloy, so this is rather like coming full circle in the theater world. Miss Ericksen has worked in New York and in regional theaters across the country, and done work she’s quite proud of and other audiences liked a great deal, but we’re in Holland, MI this summer, so that’s neither here nor there. Or rather it’s there, not here, to be more accurate. (She may not make the numbers add up, but she wants to speak clearly, on-stage and off.) She has many opportunities to practice her vocal skills as an audio book narrator. Miss Ericksen has recorded about 400 books (no point fussing with the numbers now!) and has been pleased as punch to receive some very nice awards along the way. She started recording just up the road at Brilliance Audio in Grand Haven. So she’d like to thank Michigan for being so kind to her, and to her delightful family, David, Mario, and Elena.
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GLEN FORBES (Karl Lindner, A Raisin in the Sun) is originally from Dublin, Ireland. Previous roles at HSRT include Clown in The 39 Steps and Montague in Romeo + Juliet. Other roles include Father Flynn in Doubt: A Parable, Val in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (both Shift Theatre), Anton DuVane in The Final Bow (Break-Away Project), Rudolph Peterson in Judgement At Nuremberg, Mr. Swales in Dracula (both Blue Moon Theatre Co.), Larry in Closer (1984 Productions), Cuchulain in The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Player/Cardinal Bellamin in The Life of Galileo (both Dublin Lyric). TV & Film credits include Hunchback in The Tudors (Showtime), Tony Doyle in Bloody Sunday (Hells Kitchen Productions), Father Peter in Distant Voices and Steve in Heads-Up (both IADT Productions). Glen’s playwriting credits include Goodbye (Fishamble) and Smoking Lily in The Fear of Smiling (Break-Away Project) and has written, directed and produced a short feature What’s A Girl To Do?
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GRACE FORD (Gretl von Trapp, The Sound of Music) just turned 7 years old and finished the first grade at Douglas Elementary School.  From the moment that Grace could walk and talk she has said that she wants to be on the stage. She had her first chance last fall when she was a Snowflake in The Nutcracker production by Avalon School of The Arts. Grace will also be starting her fifth year of tap/ballet with their school in the fall.  This Spring Gracie was chosen by Director Tom Zemon to play the part of young Ti Moune in Saugatuck High School's first ever musical endeavor, Once on This Island.  Grace is thrilled to be a part of Hope Summer Repertory Theater's production of the Sound of Music. Besides acting and singing, Gracie also loves to write, swim & read.  Grace would like to thank her Family for helping her archive her dreams!
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AMANDA GILES (Maria, Sound of Music; Lady of Japan, Hot Mikado) is thrilled to be making her HSRT debut this summer! Originally from Toronto, Canada, she has been working in the Chicago theatre scene since graduating from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, she has been given some amazing opportunities, including getting to sing the national anthem at the United Center for the Chicago Bulls. Recent credits include but are not limited to: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Evita and Spring Awakening. She would like to thank her unbelievably supportive family and her fiancé Kevan, for being her ever so dependable sounding board.  www.amanda-giles.com
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MANNING GOLDMAN (Acting Intern; Assistant Director, A Raisin in the Sun; Gentleman of Japan, Hot Mikado; Papa Doll, The Doll People) is a rising junior in the BFA Musical Theater program at Southern Illinois University. This is his HSRT debut! This past spring Manning finished working on two films Running Toward as James and assistant choreographing The Sound of Shadows, an original movie musical. Other credits include: Ragtime, Hair, and Annie. He is grateful for his friends and family for their love and support. He thanks HSRT for this amazing opportunity!
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BRADLEY HAMILTON (Acting Intern; Alexander, Alexander; August, The Matchmaker; Party Guest/Nazi Soldier, The Sound of Music) is delighted to join the HSRT company once again as an acting intern (previously production intern). He is a recent graduate of Hope College where he obtained his B.A. in Theatre. Notable stage credits include: Playboy of the Western World (Jimmy Farrell), Sweeney Todd (Beadle), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), and Gone Missing (Ensemble), which he reprised at the 2012 Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Off-stage, he has designed lights, constructed costumes, stage-managed, and directed. This past March, he directed a production of The Laramie Project as his senior capstone. He would like to thank everyone who, both knowingly and unknowingly, have supported him in his various pursuits and inspired him to grow.
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TAYLOR HARVEY (Acting Intern; Sister Margareta, Sound of Music; Yum-Yum, Hot Mikado; Annabelle Doll, The Doll People) is excited to be here for her first summer at HSRT (as well as her first time in Michigan ever)! Originally from Leawood, Kansas, she is a rising junior at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Recent credits include: Macbeth and In Arabia We'd All be Kings at the U of M/Guthrie BFA Program, Hello Dolly at Musical Theater Heritage, and Turandot at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She sends her love, as always, to the fam!
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SHANNON HUNERYAGER (Frau Schmidt, The Sound of Music; Gertrude, The Matchmaker; Mother, Alexander) is so happy to be a part of HSRT this summer!  Currently residing in Chicago, she was a theater gypsy for many years performing at venues across the country (Michigan is the 38th state!).  Favorite roles include Clara Gordon with The Agency Theater, Edwin Drood with Rogue Music Theatre, and Eliza Dolittle with PCPA Theaterfest.  A passionate teaching artist and alumna of Missoula Children’s Theatre, Shannon teaches with Stagecoach Theater Arts School and Play In A Book.  She has a BA from Butler University and an MM from the University of Massachusetts.  In off hours, you may see her running, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors. To everyone attending this summer, thank you for supporting live theatre!
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ADRIANNA JONES (Lady of Japan, Hot Mikado;  Beneatha Younger, A Raisin in the Sun; Nanny Doll/Spider, The Doll People) is thrilled to join the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre as a first time company member this year! She hails from St. Louis, MO where she recently graduated from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. She most recently was seen in the Conservatory’s production of Into the Woods as Jack’s Mother and just returned from their LA Showcase. She would like to thank HSRT for this wonderful opportunity and also her family for always supporting her endeavors!
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LEE ANN JONES (Nun, The Sound of Music) is a resident of Holland, MI.  She grew up singing at school, church and in touring youth choirs.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University and her Master’s in Education from Grand Valley State University.  She has a cumulative 16 years’ experience teaching K-8 general and choral music, private piano and KinderMusik.  She currently teaches elementary music in the public schools and conducts an after-school upper elementary choir.  She would like to thank Linda Dykstra for bringing this opportunity her way.
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TOMMY JOSCELYN (Nanki-Poo/Assistant Choreographer, Hot Mikado; Ensemble/Dance Captain, The Sound of Music; Ambrose Kemper, The Matchmaker) is a recent graduate from Wagner College with a BA in Theatre performance and is excited to be making his HSRT debut! Credits at Wagner include The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), Rent (Assistant Choreographer/Swing), Galt MacDermot's Goddess Wheel (Oracle/Hades), Dance Project 2014: Between the Lines... When Worlds Collide (Featured Dancer), and more. Last summer, Tommy performed at Surflight Theatre in The Boy Friend, George M!, South Pacific and Les Misérables. Many thanks to my wonderful family and friends for your love and support and Fred Tessler for this opportunity!
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PIPER KENDALL (Brigitta von Trapp, The Sound of Music) is pleased to make her debut at HSRT as Brigitta in The Sound of Music.   Her first role with lines was as Tara in Monster in the Closet at Holland Civic Theatre.  In the past, Piper has been in school productions and a dance recital. She starts 6th grade next year at Black River Public School.  In school, she excels in writing, art and math.  Outside of school, she plays video games and hangs out with her siblings and friends.  Piper loves animals especially kittens, pie, chocolate and pickles (but not necessarily together).
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TAYLOR ANN KRAHN (Arts Administration Intern) is excited to be with HSRT for her first time this summer.  Originally from Mishawaka, Indiana, she is looking forward to her senior year at Hope College, where she will be completing a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing.  Her past Hope credits include Celia in As You Like It and Spokeswoman in Oh the Humanity! 
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ALEKSANDR KRAPIVKIN (Acting Intern; Rolf Gruber, The Sound of Music; Ensemble, Alexander; Uncle Doll, The Doll People) is thrilled to make his debut at HSRT! Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he is proud to be pursuing a BFA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Past credits include: Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus (Donald) at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago; Medea (Aegeus) at the Churchill Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Musa); Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Bennet); The Three Musketeers (Cardinal Richelieu); Macbeth (Ross); The Cure For Love (Fabien de Rieulle). Special thanks go out to family and friends who form a constant and much needed support system.
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JOSHUA KUMLER (Baron Elberfeld, Nazi Soldier, Sound of Music; Cornelius Hackl, The Matchmaker; Father, Alexander) is thrilled to be returning to HSRT, having just completed his B.F.A. Theatre Studies degree at Southern Methodist University.  He has previously worked at Hope as an acting intern, performing as Clown in The 39 Steps, Paris in Romeo & Juliet, and Newton the Dog in The Amazing Adventures of Doctor Wonderful (and her dog!).  At SMU, he was featured as an actor in Richard III (Richmond), Cloud Nine (Harry/Martin), Slavs!(Prelapsarianov), and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Doug).  He also directed six productions, including his own outdoor version of Romeo & Juliet, and created a solo performance piece for himself entitled Graduation Day: A Mixtape for the Stage.  He also writes poetry and performs rap music under the moniker of Kum Laude.  He’d like to thank his family for all of their support.
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SAMUEL LOWRY (Friedrich von Trapp, The Sound of Music) is loving Sound of Music! Other than this play he has also been in The Rented Christmas as Willie at Holland Civic Theatre, The Emperor’s New Clothes as Luigi at Black River Public School, Monsters in a Closet as Tom at HCT, A Christmas Carol as Fred Anderson's Son/Chorus at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, The Wizard of Oz as Uncle Henry at BRPS, The Hobbit as Thorin Oakenshield at HCT, Fools as Leon at BRPS, and Once on this Island as Ton Ton Julian at BRPS. Outside of theatre he sings, plays mandolin, cycles, sails, and does tae kwon do. He wants to thank everyone in the company for a great experience. Also Alli for putting up with us kids, his parents for all the rides, God for all his gifts, and you the patrons for without you there would be no show!
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SARAH McCLURE (Nun, The Sound of Music) is currently a junior at Hope College studying Dance Performance/ Choreography and Ministry.  Past musical theater credits included The Wiz, My Son Pinnochio and Alice in Wonderland to name a few.  She has worked with theater companies such as Theatre on Main, First Stage Children's Theater in Milwaukee and Broadway Kidz Wisconsin.  In high school she was a participant in the National Federation of Music Clubs and received a Superior Rating in Voice for all three years participated.  Sarah has been trained in voice and theater since before the age of 11 and has been a voice student under Prof. Linda Dykstra for the past two years.  This will be her first time working with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.
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CHURAQUI MOSLEY (The Mikado, Hot Mikado; George Murchinson, A Raisin in the Sun; Cabman, The Matchmaker) is elated to join HSRT in their 43rd Season! Graduate of Greensboro College earning a B.A. in Theatre with an intensive acting emphasis. Favorite credits include Jean in Miss Julie, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Mr. Franklin/Joop /Mr. Venus in Passing Strange.  Churaqui has recently worked with The National Theatre for Children, Bright Star Touring Theatre, and Missoula Children's Theatre. He also is an avid knitter, painter and film photographer. Churaqui is grateful of this amazing opportunity to work with this wonderfully talented company.  He would like to thank everyone involved at HSRT, his family, friends and educators. "All great art comes from a sense of outrage." -Glenn Close. Stay connected and LIKE: Facebook.com/ChuraquiRashad 
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CAROLINE MONAHAN (Nun, The Sound of Music) is excited to be making her first appearance with HSRT. After 18 years in Catholic school, playing a nun seems like coming home. Most recently, Caroline appeared as Princess Ida in the 2014 West Michigan Savoyards production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida.  Previous roles with WMS, include Phyllis in Iolanthe, Lady Angela in Patience, Casilda in The Gondoliers, and as a maid in Mikado. Look for her later this summer in The Music Man, with TruJEM Productions in Holland. Caroline works as a Choir Director at Corpus Christi Catholic School and Our Lady of the Lake Church, as well as singing professionally throughout West Michigan.
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MAURA MONAHAN (Nun, The Sound of Music) is happy to appear in her first production with HSRT as a member of the nun's chorus! Given that she made her acting debut in another production of The Sound of Music as Louisa, she feels that she has come full circle. Other previous acting credits include The Man Who Came to DinnerLord of the FliesHarveyThe Boy FriendGuys and DollsWorking, and Oklahoma!, all with the theater department at West Ottawa High School, and Into the Woods at Holland Civic Theater. A Holland native, Maura studies vocal performance and English at the University of Notre Dame, where she will be a sophomore in the fall. 
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MARLIES OTTEMAN (Louisa, The Sound of Music) is 13 years old and will be an 8th grader at Zeeland's Cityside Middle School this fall.  She plays volleyball, sings in the school choir, and enjoys all forms of performing arts.  Marlies also plays guitar and sings with the Faith Reformed Church Worship Team.  You may also find her playing guitar at the Holland Farmer's Market and at downtown Holland's Street Performers' Series.  In addition, Marlies has studied dance at Body Language Dance Company in Jenison, Michigan for eight years.  She competes across Michigan in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and hip-hop dance.  She makes her theatrical debut this summer in "The Sound of Music" as Louisa.  She is the daughter of Andy and Sabina Otteman and the granddaughter of Marlies DeWitt and the late Jack H. DeWitt.
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TAYLOR QUICK (Acting Intern; Liesl, The Sound of Music; Lady of Japan, Hot Mikado; Mama Doll, The Doll People) is thrilled to be making her HSRT debut this summer! Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Taylor will be a junior pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at Texas Christian University. There Taylor has appeared in Spring Awakening and No, No, Nanette. Some of her favorite shows include Arkansas Repertory Theatre's productions of A Christmas Carol: the Musical; Project Élan; Singin' On A Star; Folly Holidays; Review The Revue; Sing, Dance, Repeat; Hollywood and Broadway On Main; and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Spectacular. Taylor was a young artist at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for 8 years. She has received dance training from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Arkansas. She was the Distinguished Young Woman of Arkansas for 2012. After graduation, Taylor plans to move to New York and perform on stage and film. Rejoice Always.
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KHYEL SHERMAN ROBERSON (Acting Intern; Gentleman of Japan, Hot Mikado; Bobo, A Raisin in the Sun; Joe Scanlon, The Matchmaker) is a senior at Western Illinois University receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. He believes that theatre is a life style that he will always chase, saying that it has been in his life since his first play being Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in preschool playing the Prince. Other lead roles such as, Martin Luther King Jr. in the stage production of King and his favorite role, Hud in the musical Hair, made him crave a theatrical career. Khyel would love to thank his parents for believing in him continuously and God for the guidance in this lifestyle.
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MIA SILGUERO (Marta, The Sound of Music) The Sound of Music is the very first production she has been in and she loves it! She was born on Saint Patrick's Day and is 9 years old, however, she is playing the part of Marta in the play, who is almost 7 years old, but she assures that she can "act" as if she's that age! Her favorite pastime is singing. Some of her hobbies include: bike riding, watching movies, swimming and playing outside. 
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QUINTEN SIMONSON (Travis Younger, A Raisin in the Sun) is entering the 3rd grade at Holland West. He enjoys math and science in school. Quinten is a Brown Belt in Tae Kwon Do. His hobbies include baseball, soccer, swimming and playing outside. This summer he will be playing the role of Travis Younger in A Raisin in the Sun.
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SEUN (OLUWASEUN) SOYEMI (Pish –Tush, Hot Mikado; Joseph Asagai, A Raisin in the Sun) is a senior undergraduate at Southern Methodist University on track to complete his degree in Acting/Theatre Arts. Also a graduate of the HSPVA, Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts where he studied Acting, Dance and Voice. Most recently he played the role of Oshoosi Size in Tarrell Alvin Mcraney's Award-winning play Brother Size. "I hope to be the mirror to every audience member's soul, while providing the passion that keeps people aware and interested in the arts."
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KATE THOMSEN (Elsa Shraeder, The Sound of Music; Mrs. Malloy, The Matchmaker) is back for her third exceptional season at HSRT. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Acting from University of California, Irvine. She has performed as Desdemona in Othello at the Kennedy Center through the American College Theatre Festival and toured as Andromache in Women of Troy to Edinburgh, Scotland. In addition to teaching for Western Michigan University, Kate currently coaches the speech team for Holland High and co-facilitates Shakespeare Behind Bars at the Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon. Be on the lookout for Pilot Error, her first feature film, to hit the local cinemas soon. Special thanks to the world’s most supportive family. Seriously.
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DWIGHT TOLAR (AEA; Captain von Trap, The Sound of Music; Ko-Ko, Hot Mikado) is delighted to join the HSRT company this summer. Dwight has been an Assistant Professor for The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University, for the past ten years. He received his MFA from Wayne State University. Dwight’s AEA regional credits include Rafael in Fashionistas: A Narcissistic Love Story, with the Konza Theatre Company in NY, NY; Charlie in Da and Robert Ross in The Judas Kiss at The Rep Stage, in Columbia, MD; Dan in Closer and Jack Worthing in The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Source Theatre in Washington, DC; Bob Cratchit in The Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC; and Gregory in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Frazer in Sweet Phoebe, and Brother Felix in Incorruptible at the Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, OR. His directing credits include: Time Stands Still, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Closer, Reasons To Be Pretty, Steel Magnolias, Suburbia, Speech & Debate, Moon Over Buffalo, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into The Woods and The Wedding Singer.
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SIERRA WHITE (AEA; Ruth Younger, A Raisin in the Sun; Katisha, Hot Mikado) is a Chicago native and an alumna of Drake University, holding a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is thrilled to be here at HSRT for a second summer in the roles of Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun and Katisha in Hot Mikado. You may remember her from last season as Sylvia in All Shook Up and Featured Ensemble in I Am Woman. Some recent credits include: The Crucible (Tituba), Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (Flo), Chicago (Matron Mamma Morton), and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Billie Holiday). Sierra would very much like to thank her mother and best friends for all of their love and support.
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THEO ZUCKER (Party Guest, Frauline Schwaiger, The Sound of Music; Minnie Fay, The Matchmaker; Ensemble, Alexander) is thrilled to be spending her first summer with HSRT. Originally from Lake Orion, Michigan, Theo is a junior at Hope College, where she studies Theatre and Creative Writing. She has previously appeared on the Dewitt stage as Bob's Mom in bobrauschenbergamerica, Woman in Oh, the Humanity, Corin in As You Like It, and as an ensemble member in Sweeney Todd.
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