INTO THE WOODS 2016 CAST BIOs

(in no particular order)

Beth Swearingen

Witch

Beth is proud to be joining this incredibly talented cast as the Witch for tonight’s production of “Into the Woods”. She is especially excited to be performing along side her beautiful daughter Naomi (Little Red) It’s a family affair since her son Jonah is running spotlights tonight, and her husband Kerry has been swinging a hammer helping to build the sets. It takes a village to put on a show! She was also seen in The Rocky Horror Show, and the critically acclaimed “Trailer Park, the Musical”. She directed last season’s “9 to 5” and has also directed and choreographed “Chicago”, “Company”, “Side by Side by Sondheim”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Man of La Mancha”, and “A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum” for VVTC. She also co-wrote directed and choreographed 9 years of the highly successful “Evening on Broadway” fundraisers for the VVTC at the Vilar Center.

Here in the valley she wears many hats as a musician, dance teacher, fitness instructor and member of The Fabulous Femmes and the Vail Valley Band. (Come check them out every Sunday night at the Route 6 Café.) She thanks the cast and crew for all their talent, hard work, and dedication, Kerry for never complaining about being a theatre widow, and her fantastic kids Naomi, and Jonah for their never ending love and support.

Thanks for supporting live theatre. Come and get involved with VVTC either onstage or off!

Kimberly Manahan

Jack's Mother

Kimberly, despite her purported age of birth, actually looks exactly like Jack’s Mother—no makeup necessary! She wants to thank everyone who has come to see her, and especially those who switched a gazillion shifts so that she could come to all the rehearsals. Here’s to another unforgettable show!

Aaron Szindler

Jack

After a brief decade long hiatus, Aaron is thrilled to be back in acting with the Vail Valley Theatre Company. Having faced the giant-like trials of big city film school and returning home as a grown man, it is only appropriate he was cast as a fifteen-year old. Aaron is passionate about cartoons, music, and referring to himself in the third-person. He is pursuing a career in doing silly voices. It's always a treat to the share the stage with his father, not to mention the insanely (borderline psychotically) talented and focused cast and crew. He would like to thank them and all of you for supporting such a vibrant local performing arts community.

Jeffery Davis

Narrator

Jeff has been singing and performing both here in the USA and abroad since the tender young age of 13.  He recently moved to Colorado and joined the VVTC family, performing in this summer’s “All Aboard” Forties Revue Fund raiser.  Only his weekly trips through the Glenwood Canyon to rehearsals top the challenges (and fun) his role in “Into The Woods” offered this fall.  Jeff works with his brother in their construction business when not hanging out here at VVTC with the beautiful people.

Jamie Simmonds

Rapunzel

Jamie is making her debut with The Vail Valley Theatre Company. She studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City after high school and is excited to be back on stage after taking a long break from the theatre while she was pursuing other avenues. She looks forward to being more involved with VVTC in the future.

Franny Gustafson

Cinderella

When Franny moved to the Vail Valley 6 years ago, she was overjoyed to discover VVTC. She has been performing with them ever since. She hails from Minnesota where she acted with various theatre companies in the Twin Cities area including The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company. She attended St. Olaf College where she studied Music and English. Some of her favorite roles include playing Janet in VVTC's production of The Rocky Horror Show, Marian in The Music Man, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. She spends her days at The Bookworm as their Children's Department Manager and Children's Book Buyer. Thanks to the cast and crew of Chicago for making every rehearsal an absolute joy! 

Naomi Kuntz

Little Red Riding Hood

This is Naomi’s debut with VVTC. She’s been on the stage for most of her life, portraying a variety of characters, including Maureen Johnson in Rent, Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, Bert Healey in Annie, and a number of others. She is currently a senior at Battle Mountain High School, and is hoping to study musical theatre in college.

Nicole Abrams

Cinderella’s Stepsister, Lucinda

This is Nicole’s first performance with VVTC. She’s ecstatic to be back on the stage since appearing in University of Indianapolis’ Theatre production of Burn This in 2006 as Anna. She lives in this beautiful valley teaching natural science and sustainability education for Walking Mountains Science Center.

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Charis Patterson

Baker's Wife

Charis has been a performer since a child, whether singing in the bathrooms of local restaurants (great acoustics), in high school and college, or during her stints with the Missoula Community Theater and American Cabaret Theater. Charis has performed with the Vail Valley Theatre Company for thirteen years now, performing most recently in Company (Joanne), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum (Geminie), Man of La Mancha (Dulcinea/Aldonza) and Annie Get Your Gun (Annie).  Charis is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Theatre Company, if you would like to talk to someone about getting involved! Charis would like to express her thanks to her awesome Land Title coworkers for pulling her weight, and all her love to her wonderful children and to her amazing husband for his support.  Please LIKE us at Facebook.com/VailTheatre

Lance Schober

Baker

Lance can not thank you, our gracious audience, enough for supporting local theatre here in our little valley. He wishes to continuously inspire more people to help tell wonderful stories either from the front of the curtain or the back. He has been performing with VVTC for almost 20 years and can't imagine life without a stage under his feet and a script in his hands! Thank you to his wife Lisa and his work (The Golden Bear) for their patience in his endeavors to keep telling the story.

Elena Ortiz

Cinderella’s Stepsister Florinda

This is Elena’s first time performing with the VVTC, but certainly not her first time on stage.  You may have seen her as Alice in Alice in Wonderland last spring with Eagle Valley High School or in one of her many performances with Vail Performing Arts Academy. She is very excited to portray Florinda and work with all the wonderful people in VVTC.

Steve Szindler

Cinderella’s Father

This is Steve's second production with VVTC after a five year hiatus. Prior to that, Steve has been with the company for almost ten years. It’s great to be back.

Jason Steinberg

Cinderella’s Prince

After studying Vocal Performance at McMurry University in Abilene, TX, Jason moved to the Vail Valley in 2008 and now calls Edwards home.  He enjoys every opportunity to perform and this is his third show with VVTC.  He says that the most enjoyable part of being involved with this company is the opportunity to make new connections in the community and looks forward to many more shows in the future.

Johnette Toye

Cinderella’s Mother/Granny/Giant

Johnette, a Nebraska native, moved to the Vail area from Denver, where she performed over 20 years professionally on stage and in various film projects. She holds a B.F.A. in Theater Arts with a Dance Minor from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Johnette is honored to be performing with the Vail Valley Theatre Company and would like to thank them for giving her the opportunity to do what she loves.

Becky Levin

Cinderella’s Stepmother

Becky couldn’t be more excited for her debut performance with VVTC. Recently she’s enjoyed the roles of Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business, and Fruma Sarah in Defiance Community Theater’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Becky is a sales account executive for the Post Independent in Glenwood.

Bart Garton

Rapunzel’s Prince

This role is no stretch for Prince Bart, who’s treated as royalty every day at home by his 3 children and lovely wife.  A professional video producer by trade, he’s Charming as all get out, and thrilled to be on stage with VVTC again.  He hopes his singing won’t leave  you in Agony.

Laura Hosmer

Snow White

Laura is excited to be performing for her second time with the vail Valley theater company. She has had a great time with old friends and meeting new ones this year. Enjoy the show!

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Kaylee Brennand

Director

Kaylee’s first community theatre experience was performing with both her parents when she was nine. She has been passionate about live theatre since. A production stage manager and event manager she has been a part of the Vail theater “scene” for 30 years. She added the title of Director to her resume and in addition to the VVTC productions of “Picasso at the Lapine Agile” and “Art,” she has been working with the students at Battle Mountain High School for the last three years helping them develop their own passion.

Jonathan Gorst

Musical Director

Jonathan was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His love of music began at the age of three and has continued throughout his career. As a pianist, Jonathan began his professional career at the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado when he was sixteen years old. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Jonathan soon became the Keyboard I player for the Broadway National Tour of Cats. He later became Music Director/ Conductor for the tour. Jonathan became Music Director/Principle Conductor for the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera in 2007 and finished the last 4 years of the longest running National Tour of a Broadway show in history. He continued to play and conduct that show in Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Hotel and Casino, holding the position of Assistant Conductor/Keyboard II Player until that production closed in 2012. Having become a Las Vegas resident he then produced two family-friendly shows in the area, Bonnie's Old West Musical Revue at Bonnie Springs Ranch, and the Grand Ole Vegas Revue at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. In 2013 he returned to the tour circuit, joining the First National Tour of Ghost, The Musical as Associate Conductor and Keyboard I Player. Most recently Jonathan has taken on the position of Music Director at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue in Glenwood Springs, CO, where he draws on his knowledge of musical theater, ragtime piano, and classical music to entertain audiences with sing-a-longs, musical comedy, and virtuosic performance.

Dean Davis

Technical Director

David Meyer

Set Design

The yeti of the backstage, David is rarely seen performing but has had roles in “Heaven Can Wait” for The Players Guild of Dearborn, The Cincinnati Opera’s production of “Carmen” and “The Donner Party Dead of Winter” for the Weather Channel.  He would like to thank his family for their support and for dealing with the crazy hours as he continues to pursue his passion.

Tommy Anderson

Sound

Blake Harrison

Wolf

Patrick Caron

Steward

This is the second show Patrick is doing with the VVTC and the first time he is making an appearance on the Battle Mountain High School stage. In addition to theater he enjoys wiling away the hours by drawing, hiking, biking, and driving to the ends of the earth chasing phish. Beer...

Lauren Reid

Sleeping Beauty

John Tedstrom

Mysterious man

John has been playing in the theater for 10+ years in the Vail Valley, and is excited to be back on stage with so many old and new friends this time.  Favorites roles include Captain Hook; Bellomy in the Fantasticks; many parts in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Harry in The Full Monty; and recently Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. When not on stage, John plays the father of three amazing young adult children and an executive with a global marketing agency. He’d like to thank you for supporting local theater, his company for giving him the flexibility to play in these productions, and his amazing wife Carri for showing him the importance of faith and attitude every day.

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