The Modern Theater’s 2016-17 Cast List

Title of Show - Rollout

[title of show]

Direction by Troy Nickerson
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker
Associate Music Direction from Nathan Patrick Nelson

Hunter: Jonah Taylor
Jeff: Daniel McKeever
Susan: Chistina Coty
Heidy: Alyssa Day

Hunter, Jeff, and their friends are on a journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at a festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to  musical theater—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration. __________________________

Putnam Placard

The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee

Direction by Lance Babbitt
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker
Choreography by Brook Bassett

Barfee: Jeremy Whittington
Olive: Marlee Andrews
Logainne Schwartzy: Aubree Peterson
Marcy Park: Lili Gorman
Leaf Conybear / Carl Dad : Rio Alberto
Chip Tolentino / Jesus: Brendan Brady

Rona Lisa Peretti / Olive Mom: Trigger Weddle
Mitch Mahoney / Olive Dad / Dan Dad: Robby French
Douglas Panch: Jerry Sciarrio

The sixth-graders are eager to win for very different reasons.
Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing “ding”. This show is a riotous ride complete with audience participation.

Chicago Placard


Direction by Abbey Crawford
Music Direction by Heather Brown
Choreography by Angela Rose Pierson

Roxie Hart: Quinn Vaira
Velma Kelly: Angela Rose Pierson
Amos Hart: Andy Meyers
Billy Flynn: Martin Sanks
Mary Sunshine: Joshua Lee Fox
Matron “Mama” Morton: Jesi Be
Fred / Ensemble:  Jerrod Galles
Sgt Fogarty / Ensemble: Scott Worley
Martin (MC/Ensemble): Nicholas Bailey
Hunyak: Cloey Lantrip
Liz: Nichole Dumoulin
Mona: Sarah Miller
Annie: Alli Talmage
Go-to-Hell Kitty: Paisley DuPuis
June: Kelsi Lynn Blaser
Ensemble: CJ Lorentz
Ensemble: Scott Mackay

The Inland Northwest will be the home to longest-running musical in Broadway history! This classic is a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz. The six-time Tony Award and Grammy winner will tackle the roaring twenties with vaudeville flare! Join us for what has been called the most entertaining showbiz production in history.

'night Mother Placard
‘night Mother

Direction by Susan Hardie

Jessie: Emily Jones
Thelma: Marianne McLaughlin

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Finding order is the challenge for both Jessie and Thelma as they are unable to meaningfully communicate the importance of living. The despair of loneliness is too much for one to manage. The contemplation of choosing one’s own destiny is explored and ultimately determined.

__________________________All is Calm Master

All is Calm

Direction by Abbey Crawford
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker

Zachariah Baker
Scott Worley
Nathaniel Strain
Brendan Brady
Terrance MacMullan
Jonah Taylor
Dan Bell
Jim Swoboda
Mitch Heid
Nick Bailey
Brandon Michael

In 1914, at the Western front, out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true experience, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. We are thrilled to make this special story an annual Inland Northwest Tradition.

_______________________________'Twas the Night Placard
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Direction by Hannah Paton

Uncle: Steve Kane
Emily: TBA
Amos: Brandon Montang
Calliope: Aubree Peterson
Mulch: Dave Rideout

A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice! This journey of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer is an exciting one that your children will love!

SantaLand placard
The Santaland Diaries

Direction by Juan A Mas

Doug Dawson

An out of work slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first, the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Kringle’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Can Santa’s helper ever find goodwill, peace, and joy?

Ella’s Cabaret Club- Spokane

A New Brain Placard
A New Brain

Direction by Robby French
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker
Choreography by Brook Bassett

Gordon Michael Schwinn: Daniel McKeever
Roger Delli-Bovi: TBA
Mr. Bungee: Nick Bailey
Mimi Schwinn: Melody Deatherage
Rhoda: Alyssa Day
Richard: Matt Gerard
Lisa: Sarah Miller
Waitress / Nancy: Angela Pierson
Dr. Jafar Berensteiner: Brandon Michael
The Minister: Dahveed Bullis

With its existential questions and probing narrative, this is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Relentless humor and cynicism are used to promote a very serious and often sad inquiry into key human questions. What do we make of our time here? What do we make of our abilities?

Freud Placard
Freud’s Last Session

Direction by Wes Dietrick

Freud: Kim Berg
CS Lewis: Todd Kehne

Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life. This deeply touching play filled with humor explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men.

__________________________The Flick
The Flick

Direction by Dawn Taylor Reinhardt

Sam : Brandon Montang
Avery: Mathias Oliver
Rose: Emily Dale
Skylar / Dreaming Man: Jerrod Galles

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. This Pulitzer Prize winner is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Fool for Love - Rollout
Fool For Love

Direction by Troy Nickerson

Eddie: Dan Anderson
May: Kendal Hartse*
Old Man: Tom Heppler
Martin: Sean Curran

* Courtesy of Actors Equity

Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other?

Pillowman - Rollout

Direction by Diana Trotter

Katurian: Todd Kehne
Tupolsky: Todd Beadle
Ariel: Robby French
Michael: Daniel McKeever
Girl: Olivia McNeice

Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? In an interrogation room, we find the answer to these and others in this dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece

The Clean House Placard
The Clean House

Direction by Brook Bassett

Matilda: Marlee Andrews
Lane: Samantha A. Camp
Ana Trigger Weddle
Virginia: Mary Starkey
Charles: Wes Deitrick

Full of emotional richness, this compassionate comedy takes place in ‘metaphysical’ Connecticut. Whimsical and poignant, it mixes fantasy and reality as it tells the story of five disparate characters. In the end, we learn to live with our flaws and those of others by forgetting the futile quest to iron out the rough edges and instead embracing the mess.

Whos Theo Placard
Who is Theo?

Direction by Zachariah Baker

Donna: Julia Keefe
Ellie: Hannah Knous
Jamie: Brandon Montang
Theo: Dan Anderson
Officer Perkins: TBA

Amidst the late-night din of St. Patrick’s Day, Donna comes home to find a highly intoxicated man named Theo dressed like a leprechaun in her apartment. Theo’s undeniable charm and seemingly magical habits don’t make it easy to get rid of him. After everything from a police chase and zombie apocalypse, we find out who we are, who we could be, and who is Theo.

Ordinary Days - Rollout

Ordinary Days

Direction by Marianne McLaughlin
Music Direction by Nathan Patrick Nelson

Debs: Aubree Peterson
Warren: TBA
Claire: Kayla Mueller
Jason: Andrew Ware Lewis

Four young New Yorkers lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place, will appreciate the vibrant score full of memorable songs.

_________________________________The FourPoster Placard
The Fourposter

Direction by Todd Jasmin

Agnes: Sarah Miller
Michael: Sean Curran

This Tony Award winner (Best Play) chronicles the lives of a husband and his wife from their wedding night in 1890 until they leave the house that has been their home of 35 years. They fret and quarrel, laugh, cry, and share love in the same room in which they began their married life. Standing throughout is the old fourposter, a silent witness to all.

American Idiot Placard
American Idiot

Direction by George Green
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker
Choreography by Angela Rose Pierson

Johnny: Jeff Rowden
Will: Daniel McKeever
Tunny: Robby French
St Jimmy: TBA
Whatsername: Stephanie Genito
Heather: Elizabeth Spindler
Extrodinary Girl: Marlee Andrews
Man 1: Jerrod Galles
Man 2: Mathias Oliver
Man 3: Robert Garcia
Man 4: Nick Ponting
Man 5: CJ Lorentz
Man 6: Evan Figuracion
Man 7: Jonah Taylor
Man 8: Mitch Heid
Man 9: Quinn Johnson
Man 10: Mario Zavala
Woman 1: Aubree Peterson
Woman 2: Em Schneider
Woman 3: Angela Peirson
Woman 4: Vanessa Butler
Woman 5: Paisley Dupuis
Woman 6: Lili Gorman
Woman 7: Alyssa Jordan
Woman 8: Mikala Lindgren
Favorite Son: TBA

This two-time Tony Award-winner boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The energy-fueled rock opera features little dialogue relying on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. An intense adventure of youthful disillusion, the art features strong social messages and will leave you in awe of its powerful score.

Titanic - Rollout


Direction by Abbey Crawford
Music Direction by Heather Brown

Thomas Andrews: Martin Sanks
Barrett, etc: Jonah Taylor
Bride, Telegrapher, etc: Mitch Heid
Fleet, etc: Joshua Lee Fox
Captain E. J. Smith: Jim Swoboda
J. Bruce Ismay: Dan Bell
Charles Clarke, etc: Quinn Johnson
Edgar Beane, etc: Nick Bailey
Isidor Strauss, etc: Terrance MacMullan
Jim Farrell, etc: Darren Kentner
Henry Etches, etc: Scott Worley
Officer Lightoller, etc: Brandon Michael
Bellboy, etc: Jameson Elton
Alice Beane, etc: Christina Coty
Caroline Neville, etc: Whitney Huskey
Kate McGowan, etc: Brooke McCormick
Kate Murphey, etc: Julia Allane
Kate Mullins, etc: Caryssa Murphy
Ida Strauss, etc: Renie Yarrow

It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century ended the night that Titanic sunk. This emotional musical examines the causes, the conditions, and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating moment. This is the factual account of her officers, the crew, and the passengers; however, the central beauty of this event is its main character- the ship herself.

Heathers Placard


Direction by Heather McHenry-Kroetch
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker
Choreography by Angela Rose Pierson

Veronica: Autumn Plucker
JD: Quinn Johnson
Heather Chandler: Caitlyn McLennan
Heather McNamera: Aubree Peterson
Heather Duke: Lili Gorman
Martha: Em Schneider
Ram: Seth Holland
Kurt: Joshua Lee Fox
Ram’s Dad/Bud / Coach: Patrick McHenry-Kroetch
Ms. Fleming / Veronica’s Mom: Alyssa Day
Kurt’s Dad / Veronica’s Dad/ Principal Gowan: Nick Bailey
Boy 1: Dominick Betts
Boy 2: Brady Magruder
Boy 3: Evan Figuracion
Girl 1: Mikala Lindgren
Girl 2: Mariah Smith
Girl 3: Mallory Carbon

A homicidal new show based on the 1988 iconic teen comedy. This darkly delicious cult musical is a moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school. Join Veronica as she takes down Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.

Souvenir Placard

Direction by Brooke Kiener
Music Direction by Zachariah Baker

Florence Foster Jenkins: Callie McKinney Cabe
Cosme McMoon: Zachariah Baker

Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy society eccentric, suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was, in fact, incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, her annual recitals in the ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel brought her extraordinary fame. Her reluctant accompanist tells her story and his contempt eventually gives way to admiration, friendship, and affection. His attitude is revised, not only towards her singing but also to the very meaning of music itself.

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