The Cast

 
 
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Alan Anderson
Book Voice

Alan has been very active in many local community theaters: Academy Theater in Meadville, ACTS, GACT, and Franklin Civic Operetta Association. Alan has portrayed The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Émile DeBecque in South Pacific, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, and Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Alan would like to thank the director for including his voice in this production.

 
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James Bancroft
Wally Womper

James lives in Grove City, and has been married to his wife Mikey for 38 years. He is an occupational therapy assistant at St. Paul’s. This is his first time singing or acting in a play. James enjoys hiking, traveling and meeting new people.

 
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Elijah Caron
Tackaberry

Elijah is a recent graduate of Greenville High School. He will attend Thiel College in the fall to start getting a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Elijah is an avid singer, having been in chorus since kindergarten. This is Elijah’s second acting experience, his first being GHS’s Beauty and the Beast. Elijah’s favorite hobbies include reading and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

 
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Sarah Dopierala
Secretary/Ensemble

Sarah is happy to be returning for her second show with GACT. You may have seen her in the ensemble of Annie! last year as well. When she’s not acting (and even when she is) Sarah enjoys analyzing grammar and studying endangered languages.

 
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Andrew Ference
Bud Frump

Drew is making his GACT stage debut in the production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Not new to the stage, he has been in a plethora of school productions, both on and off stage. Drew will be a sophomore college student at West Chester University as a music education and vocal performance double major. He would like to give a big thank you to the cast and crew for welcoming him to the stage!

 
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Jennifer Ferguson
2nd Scrubwoman/Secretary

Jen is excited to appear in her 11th show with GACT. She has been active with theatre since her youth, beginning with the Young People’s Theatre and continuing in high school with the Greenville High School Thespians. Her favorite GACT roles include Purity in Anything Goes! and Lily St. Regis in Annie. Jen is a chemistry teacher at Hickory High School. She also serves as the theatre director for Greenville High School and the Penn Ohio Young Actors Playhouse. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, camping, and watching her son Carter play sports.

 
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Bill Henry
Mr. Twimble

After nearly a quarter of a century as a motorcoach driver for Anderson Coach & Travel, Bill retired and now works part-time as a delivery driver for Care-Fill Pharmacy. Bill has sung in church choirs since his youth, performed in several variety shows, entertained at nursing homes and participated in The Messiah. Bill most recently appeared in The Music Man with GSO this past February. Bill enjoys spending time with his grandkids, camping and cutting, shaping and polishing
semi-precious stones. In August, Bill will celebrate 50 years of marriage to his lovely wife Linda.

 
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Erin Kennedy
Secretary/Ensemble

H2$ . . is Erin’s first performance with GACT! She has performed in Kiss Me, Kate, Seussical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Once Upon a Mattress at Hickory High School; Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the Penn Ohio Young Actor’s Playhouse, and multiple dinner theatre performances at Hickory United Methodist church. She has choreographed Peter Pan for the Penn Ohio Young Actor’s Playhouse. Erin is a junior at Westminster College where she studies Early Childhood and Special Education. At Westminster, Erin is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, Concert Choir, Titanettes Dance Line. She choreographs for Dance Theatre and serves as treasurer. Erin would like to thank the cast for being so welcoming and fun to work with; Julie for the opportunity to be in another great show, and her parents for their unconditional love and support.

 
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Keely Kennedy
Secretary/Ensemble

Keely is thrilled to make her GACT debut in H2$! An alumna of Hickory High School, she performed in 4 HHS musicals and her senior class play. Keely performed with the Penn-Ohio Young Actors Play house, most notably as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and with the Hickory United Methodist Church dinner theatre. Keely is a junior at Westminster College, where she studies Spanish and Secondary Education. Her activities at Westminster include being a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, Kappa Delta Pi education honors society, concert choir, Titanettes Dance Line, and Dance Theatre, for which she choreographs. Keely would like to thank her parents and Erin for their love and support through the years and Julie, Margie, Jim and Linda for their hard work on H2$ as well as their support through the years.

 
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James Kerr
J. B. Biggley

James is a member of the Shenango Valley Chorale and has enjoyed performing with many local theater groups. He is very excited for his GACT debut in H2$ in the role of J.B. Bissley. James would like to thank his wife and family for their support. He would also like to thank the cast and crew of H2$ for all the hard work and dedication they have put into this production.

 
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Stephanie King
Secretary/Ensemble

Stephanie has been involved in two other GACT performances: The Wizard of Oz and The Music Man concert with the GSO. She was also in two productions with the Hickory United Methodist Church Dinner Theatre. She has had a great time in this production seeing friends and meeting new people. Stephanie enjoys reading, going to conventions, and playing D & D in her spare time.

 
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Amy LeskovaC
Secretary/Ensemble

Amy is happy to return to GACT for the second year in a row. As a young actor she participated in the Young People’s Theatre Program as well as being a member of the Greenville Thespians. While at Greenville High School, Amy performed in Brigadoon, Sound of Music and various one act plays. Amy enjoys spending time with her 3 beautiful children: Maggie, Drew and Sophia. She is very active as a cantor and lector at St. Michael’s Church.

 

 
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Barbara Long-Cooper
1st Scrubwoman/Secretary

Barbara has been with GACT since the early 1990s. Her first performance was as a Merry Murderess, Mona Lipshitz in Chicago. Barbara has been involved either on stage or backstage in many productions, with her favorites being Nunsense, Fools and The Female Version of the Odd Couple. Former GACT Director Bill Robinson gave her so much confidence to perform on stage: she is forever grateful! Now, she gives a huge shout out to Julie Kerr for her wonderful stage direction, and is glad once again to share the theater with Julie, the new actors who have come out this summer for H2$ and GACT members who continue to make my summers wonderful! She loves “acting up” with each of you! XOXO

 
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Lindsey Lloyd
Secretary/Ensemble

Lindsay is a 20 year old who resides in Hartstown with her mom, step-dad and two fur babies, Emma (the dog) and Agatha (the guinea pig) Lindsey sings in Handel’s Messiah at Christmas time and dances at Vibe Dance Academy. Past theater credits include GACT’s Annie and productions at Jamestown High School. She would like to thank Miss Julie as well as her theater friends Amy, Sarah and Jen for making this possible. Good luck to everyone!

 
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Jordan MastrangelO
Rosemary

Jordan is performing with GACT for the first time, and she is so excited to be a part of this theater community! She is no stranger to the stage and has performed in shows such as 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, Grease, Carnival and Christmas Memories. She also did a short tour with the Regional cast of Rocktopia. Jordan currently teaches 6-12 band and choir in the Sharpsville Area School District. She wishes all her new friends in the cast broken legs and thanks them for welcoming her with open arms. Jordan would like to dedicate her performance in memory of her cousin Nicolina.

 
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Ian Miller
Jenkins

Ian is a rising sophomore at Thiel College. He enjoys listening to music and he is looking forward to lifting Bud Frump.

 
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Ray Yurko
Gatch

Ray has performed for three summers with GACT. He also has performed with HVMC Dinner theater for two years. Ray served in the U.S. Army for 13 years and had the opportunity to perform with the U.S. Army Soldier Show in 1996. He has performed at various US and European military bases and at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia!

 
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Sylvia Patterson
Hedy LaRue

Sylvia is a recent graduate of Greenville High School and will attend Thiel College in the fall. She is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Theatre. She has been in many productions at GHS and children’s theater, most recently as Babette in Beauty and the Beast. Her mother Jeanne Patterson is involved in community theater as well. She is supported by her father Bill and her sister, Candace Vernille.

 
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David Reeher
Bratt

Dave is excited to be back on the GACT stage. He has played roles as George in Drowsy Chaperone, Elijah Whitney in Anything Goes and most recently multiple roles in GACT’s 2015 production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. For Dave, it is always fun and exciting to come to Greenville and perform with his great friends from GACT. Dave is currently retired and lives in Harrisville. He hopes everyone enjoys the show and laughs loud and often. Thank you to all for your support!

 
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Cat Smith
Secretary/Ensemble

Cat is a newcomer to the GACT stage. As a member of Shenango Valley Chorale and Madrigal singers, she has performed in Music Man, Brigadoon and Broadway Faces & Places. She performed recently in the comedy Dearly Departed. Cat is enjoying her fifth season with the Mercer County Senior Follies. In her spare time she enjoys painting, gardening and traveling. Cat is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Sharpsville with her husband, father, and son. She sings in her church choir and loves to fish and camp. Cat supports the Arts and thanks all fellow supporter for being here today.

 
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Susan Swartzbeck
Miss Krumholtz

Susan has been involved with GACT productions for over 20 years, performing, singing, and serving backstage, and will tell you that this is the best thing she’s done for fun! She’s performed with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as a GACT Singer, and with a local church drama group. Susan serves as secretary to the GACT Board of Directors (NOT a toy, of course!). She’s looking forward to another summer of music, laughs and fun with How to Succeed….., and offers many thanks to Julie, Margie and all fellow cast members for their patience!! (As always, thanks to BLC for that initial nudge!) 

 
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Bruce Turcic
Ovington

Bruce has been involved with GACT since his appearance as Sir Harry in our 2001 production of Once Upon a Mattress. He has shared his many talents as our Tech director, Set Designer/Builder, Sound, Lights, GACT Board member, Actor and Singer. He is the Master Carpenter for the Thiel Players, a volunteer at UPMC Horizon, cantor at St. Michael Church, and the best Papa to Lily and Aiden Bailey! Break a Leg, Cast and Crew!

 
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Erin Warren
Secretary/Ensemble

Erin is from Hermitage, PA and a recent graduate of Westminster College with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. H2$ is Erin’s first performance with GACT. However, she is not shy to perform! Theater credits from Hickory High School include H2$, Into the Woods, Dear Phoebe, and Kiss Me, Kate. Theater credits from Westminster include Homem(Ade) and Slacks and Tops. Erin’s opera credits include Opera Scenes in 2015 and 2017, Katharina von Bora-a pop opera (2015) and Marriage of Figaro (2018). Erin is a member of the Pittsburgh Area Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Delta and the American Choral Directors Association. In her free time, Erin enjoys Pi Yo and traveling. She thanks her family and friends for their constant love and support. She wishes best of luck to the cast & crew of H2$.

 
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Kathy Williams
Smitty

For Kathy, playing the role of Smitty has been a joy during this GACT summer. Some of her favorite roles have been Roxie Hart in Chicago, Princess Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and the Witch in Into the Woods. The 30 plus years of her theatrical journey have brought her so many blessings. She thanks all of her mentors during this fabulous journey and, of course, sends love to her family: your support, patience and encouragement has brought her here. Thank you!

 
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Miranda Woge
Paris Original Girl

Miranda is thrilled to be joining her fellow castmates and her mother for this GACT production. She starred in Hickory High School’s production of Once Upon a Mattress as Princess Winnifred, appeared as Dorothy Parker in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and has graced the stage for Valley Lyric Opera and ACTS productions. She is currently a Fine Art major at Westminster College and is active in the marching and symphonic bands.

 
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Susan WogE
Miss Jones

Susan Woge (Miss Jones) is excited to perform here with her daughter, Miranda. Susan last appeared with GACT as Mrs. Harcourt in Anything Goes. She performs regularly with local theatre groups. Some favorite roles include Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense, Norma Hubley in Plaza Suit, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of LaMancha, and Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady. Susan is a member of the Shenango Valley Chorale and the Chorale’s Madrigal Singers. Susan dedicates her performance to the memory of her mother, Helene Gay, who encouraged her love of theatre.

 
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Tanner Yake
J. Pierrepont Finch

Tanner is beyond excited to bring this role to the GACT stage. He is an Early Childhood/Special Education major at Robert Morris University. Tanner also participates in theatre at college, with roles such as The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Tinny (American Idiot) and Dennis (All Shook Up). GACT really is home for Tanner. He wouldn’t be here without his friends and family.

 

The Crew

Valerie Amrhein
Stage Crew

Valerie has been involved with GACT for the past 25+ years and has assisted both on and off-stage. Favorite roles include The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. She is happy to be helping out once again as part of the crew.

 

Sarah Harris
Light Board

Sarah is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying for her Ph.D. in biochemistry. She graduated from Westminster College in 2019 and from Hickory High School in 2015. Since graduating from Hickory, she has run lights or tech for 16 shows. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, reading dystopian novels, and painting.

 

Nick Iovino
Sound Board

A recent graduate from YSU, Nick is a software engineer at Turning Technologies in Youngstown, developing educational engagement tools used by instructors throughout the world. While this is his first production with GACT, he’s assisted with the technical aspects of various local shows for 7 years. He’s also involved with the Hickory High School Drama Department, HUMC Dinner Theatre, and the Mercer County Senior Follies.

 

Ryan Mirizio
Stage Crew

Ryan, a senior at Hickory High School, has been part of the school band, and has been active in the school’s art classes. He has been a part of and has definitely enjoyed the 7 plays he has assisted so far. Six have been a part of the school seasonal plays, and he will continue to assist the school this year, too. In every show he helps with scene changes, moving props, and helping actors get ready and confident.

 

Maddie Morris
Stage Crew

This is Maddie’s second show with GACT and she is excited to be on crew this year after her appearance as Tessie in the musical Annie. Maddie is 11, and is involved in activities such as soccer, dance, chorus, piano, orchestra (viola) and Band (saxophone). She would like to thank her Mom (the director) for allowing her to be on crew for H2$. Enjoy the show!

 

Nina Sgro
Stage Crew

Nina is a Junior Musical Theatre Major at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. She has participated in multiple community theatre productions at the New Castle Playhouse, assistant stage managed two musicals at Hickory High School, and played the role of Alice Beineke in Lincoln Park Performing Arts Centre’s production of The Addams Family Young @ Part.

 

Carly Thompson
Stage Manager

Carly is a sophomore Stage Management BFA major at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. She is honored to return home to GACT this summer to work with the wonderful creatives producing H2$. This is Carly’s 7th summer with GACT, and her 8th year working in theatre across the valley and Pittsburgh area. Past credits include: Director and Founder of the Broadway Here I Come theatre workshops, held each summer at Thiel College; wardrobe for Cabaret; assistant stage manager for 2019 One Acts Festival at the Pittsburgh Playhouse; production assistant for Children of Eden and Little Women at the Winner Arts and Culture Center.

 

Crews

LIGHT DESIGN
Fran Comstock

SET DESIGN
James Kerr
Julie Kerr
Jimmy Humphries
Tim Harris

SOUND
Nick Iovino

STAGE MANAGER
Carly Thompson

LIGHTS
Sarah Harris

RUN CREW
Valerie Amrhein
Maddie Morris
Ryan Mirizio
Nina Sgro

SET CONSTRUCTION
James Kerr
Bruce Turcic
John Woge
Julie Kerr
Susan Woge
Miranda Woge
Jim Bancroft
Tanner Yake
Susan Swartzbeck

Pit Orchestra

CONDUCTOR/ACCOMPANIST
Karyn Kirchhofer

VIOLIN
Jane Gregg

CELLO
Jaime Kirchhofer

BASS
Josh Noble
Peyson Weekley

CLARINET
Annierose Sheasley

TRUMPET
Andy Erb

PERCUSSION
Tom Fleet