Beth Swearingen Kuntz - Director and Choreographer
Beth Swearingen is tonight's production's co-creator, director, and choreographer. She has performed on Broadway, around the nation, and the world. Locally, she sings with “The Fabulous Femmes” and “The Vail Valley Band”. She has directed over a dozen shows for VVTC and is passionate about introducing people to the magic of theatre.
Kimberly Manahan-Dance Captain
Kimberly has been involved with VVTC for years, and every performance is an absolute joy to participate in. She’s a theatrical Jack of all trades, master of none—-find her singing, dancing, choreographing, doing aerial, and even backstage
Bart is blissful but bewildered to be blown into this band of boisterous and bombastic buskers, battling boredom by bouncing and bopping brassily for the box office. Boy, what a blast! Btw, ‘best’ to Beth and Bob for begetting this bedlam of bedazzlement.
Desi joined VVTC in 2022 for the first Rocky Halloween show. She is super pumped to be back again this year for another fun show. A little about her background, Desi started out in high school theatre as well as doing extras acting work. She has enjoyed working for shows in the live entertainment field of the amusement park world. Desi genuinely loves the stage and anything involved with dancing her heart out. When dancing she is like a firecracker that you can’t put out!
Isaac Wolf Silvers
Isaac began acting at two when he escaped his mother’s arms to climb on stage, crashing a performance. Since then Isaac will act, sing and dance anywhere, with the hopes of one day performing on Broadway. Green-eyed, long-haired, Isaac is a big-brother first, a scuba diver and gamer, practices lucid dreaming and eats as much ramen as possible. This is his first VVTC show.
Stephani "Stevie" Anson
Stephani Anson is a theatre and film actor based in Gypsum, Colorado. When she is not acting she loves singing, reading, and spending time with her array of pets. This is her third show with the Vail Valley Theatre Company. Film and theatre credits include Mark of the Werewolf, Noises Off, and Tony 'N Tina's Wedding.
Joshua McCracken, 43, a Greco-Roman wrestling enthusiast, pairs physical prowess with an unexpected passion for falconry. With a remarkable background in the space shuttle program, he's bridging the gap between athleticism and space exploration, proving that one can conquer both earthly and cosmic challenges."
This is Jonner's third production with the VVTC. His theatrical inspiration is Michelle. Without Michelle's guidance and support, he would be a lost little lamb. Jonner's favorite show that he's been in was Little Women, where he played the dashing Professor Bhaer. One time Jonner wore Bart's golden Speedo and it was glamorous. But then Bart took them back! He also promises to step on your feet if you dance with him ;)
Saly caught the entertainer bug in highschool and the theatre bug in college; being part of some local productions and advertisements. After college she did an Improv and Stage Presence Certification in Mexico, and a Performing Arts Certification at Berkeley NYC College. She was back on stage last year with the Vail Valley Theatre Company production; A Rocky Halloween, where she found a family in this incredibly talented group of people. When Saly is not on stage, you can find her being an Architect in Eagle (as her mom always wished her to be) and a Kindle self-published writer.
Bob Finnie - Musical Director
In his 68 years, Mr. Finnie has been: a Music Ed. Major, Musicology graduate student, college professor, alumni director, minister, piano salesman, piano teacher, choir director, husband, divorcee, world traveler, studio musician, record producer, nightclub performer, wedding singer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, composer, director, and more recently the Musical Director for Vail and Aspen Community Theatres, and Theatre Aspen. For the last 5 years Bob has been playing and singing as a piano bar entertainer aboard the American Empress, a riverboat playing the mighty Columbia River out of Portland, Oregon. When he is not performing or music directing a show, you will find him boondocking on public land somewhere in the western US in his truck camper. Actually, you probably won't find him...
Connie Kincaid - Producer
A longtime member and current President of the VVTC, Connie's main passion is dance. While not in this show, Connie is an amazing support for all VVTC productions.
I’m Carla Hahn, I’m 16 years old and I am a junior at Battle Mountain High school. One of my greatest passions is singing and acting, and for that reason I have participated in over 6 musicals within my community and even one in another country. I am so proud to be a part of this year's Rocky Mountain Halloween show and I hope all of you enjoy the performance as much as I do.
Isabella Patterson "Izzie”
This is Izzie’s second performance with VVTC and she is having a great time. She is a junior in highschool who is taking too many science classes. She enjoys art and singing. She is having a great time and is hoping to do more with the VVTC!
Jeff is husband to Sandy, father to Christian, Nick and Libby, financial advisor by day and rock star by night (with Rewind Colorado). He is excited to be involved with this show and performing with all of the amazing people that are with VVTC. Thanks Beth, Bob and Sandy for all of their expertise and support!
Out from behind the curtain, Jennifer is making her musical theatre debut with the Vail Valley Theatre Company. She got her feet wet as the backstage assistant for the Original A Rocky Halloween in 2022 and played Connie Mocogni in the August 2023 production of Tony & Tina’s Wedding at Vail’s Grand Hyatt hotel. She is so grateful for the amazing and supportive cast of this show and the incredibly creative and talented directors. She feels like she finally found a home with Vail Valley Theatre Company. It is truly a family!
John has been part of the Vail Valley Theatre Company since 2004 and is excited to be back on stage. Favorite roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Lycus in Forum, and the Narrator in Rocky. Enjoy the show and thanks for supporting live local theater.
Julian Farrer, age 18, is returning to the stage for his second Rocky Halloween Revue. He would like to express his sincere gratitude to his family within the Theatre Company for their guidance and support. When he isn’t preoccupied with writing, studying film, or pondering the Roman Empire, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones and engaging in acts of tomfoolery.
“Although I can’t stop all cruelty to living creatures on the planet, I can be kinder to every living creature in my life.” - River Phoenix
Michelle Cohn Levy
Michelle Cohn Levy is thrilled to be returning to the VVTC stage! She lives in Gypsum with her husband and three daughters. From an early age, Michelle has been involved in theater both on the performance and production sides. Michelle is the Cantor at B’nai Vail and also enjoys playing guitar and singing around the valley. Learn more at WhatMichelleDoes.com
Sandy Apps-Stage Manager
Sandy is a theatrical “Jill of all Trades”. She has produced, directed, stage managed and set and costume designed for over 12 years. She loves all things theatre, but mostly she loves watching Jeff, her husband of 30 years, singing, dancing and embarrassing his adult life daughter children! Break a leg to the scariest VVTC cast I know. Scary talented that is!
Alyn Beltran Gutierrez
This is Alyn’s debut performance with the VVTC family and she couldn’t be more grateful for all the love, support, and friendships the incredible people at VVTC have given her. She’s been involved in the arts from a young age, however, she’s fairly new to the musical theater performance world.She did Little Women in her Junior year of High School, her first musical ever. And Leading Player in the Pippin musical production by BMHS her senior year. Let’s play 2 lies, One Truth: Alyn is an Olympic medalist in Curling. Alyn has been to Space. Alyn hit the Mash, the MONSTER MASH. Thanks for coming. Enjoy the show!
Charis has been a performer with VVTC since moving to the valley, with performances in Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Into the Woods and many more. Charis is also a part of local singing group The Fabulous Femmes. (Book them today for your next party! (thefabulousfemmes.com) Love to her husband and kids, one of whom is in tonight’s show!
Member since 2009, Jena has chosen to participate with this troupe because of her love of singing, performing, and giving back to the community. She has never been described as a triple or double threat (more of a single threat, really), and somehow muddles through the dancing during these shows like a act of bravery. Thank you to her fella CA and Bootsie, who support everything she does with gusto.
Kathy Morrow, has been performing in the Vail/Beaver Creek Valley, nationally and internationally, for the past 35 years as a pianist and singer. She is also one of The Fabulous Femmes. Kathy, is embracing a new role of co-directing “Jazz Goes To School” with Larry Dutmer. And, she teaches piano, ukelele and voice, privately. She has always been an avid supporter of the Vail Valley Theater Company and is happy to be making her debut on the Vail Valley Theatre stage!
While in high school and college Joe’s extracurricular activities were various sports, so he never paid much attention to the theater kids. Now that he’s done two shows with VVTC, it turns out that he’s a theater kid too! Being part of a production is like being on a team, with the same bonding experience. Of course, on the athletic field no one asked him to sing and dance at the same time! Who knew that was so tough? “I love all my VVTC cast and crew mates, and look forward to a third great show!
Lauren moved to Vail in 2018 and is a double board-certified dermatologist at Mountain Dermatology Specialists in Edwards. She holds a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from UPenn with a focus on classical voice and piano. She is thrilled to be performing again and thanks her family for their support!
Phoebe was involved in musical theatre 10+ years ago before she moved across the country to teach yoga and snowboard in the mountains. She never imagined that she would be in Vail doing musicals again……but here she is, back in theatre with her second VVTC show!
Shiloh Liska graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a minor in theatre in 2016. They joined the local theatre community in 2022 for VVTC’s first “Rocky Halloween” and joined Porchlight Players for “Something Rotten” in 2023. When not on stage, Shiloh works at the local animal shelter and enjoys spending time with their own mini poodle Crowley and black cat Mona.