Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cast for WCP's Les Miserables

Waterloo - The Waterloo Community Playhouse has cast over 40 local, talented actors in roles for its upcoming production of Les Misérables!

Come discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict JEAN VALJEAN is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman JAVERT for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned COSETTE. But with revolution in the air and JAVERT closing in, VALJEAN has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

Cast in Ensemble roles for the production are:

Jens Petersen was most recently seen on the WCP stage in Leading Ladies. He is a graduate of the theatre department at UNI. He claims to be addicted to Dr. Pepper so don’t stand between him and the vending machine.

Adam Osterhaus is no stranger to WCP audiences having appeared onstage in over 15 productions. He loves theatre, movies and comic books. Adam also likes singing karaoke and sketching in his spare time. He works as a press operator at Total Source Molders.

Don Osterhaus is a teacher at Grundy Center High School. Previous roles at WCP include MAYOR SHINN in The Music Man and COGSWORTH in Beauty and the Beast.

David Marsh is making his WCP debut. After spending most of his life in upstate New York, he moved to Iowa just last September. He is engaged to Katelyn and they have two cats. He is a customer service representative at HGS.

Skip Smith is also making his WCP debut. Married to Shelly, they are the parents of 3 children. Skip is a sales representative at Grainger. He credits Shelly with encouraging him to come audition for WCP.

Gordon Johnson is another WCP newcomer. He is an alumnus of the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club and a long time fan of the theatre. He is excited that his first time on stage is in one of his all-time favorite musicals.

Chris Wodniak travels from West Des Moines to be a part of our show. He is a student at the University of Southern California studying musical theatre. He performs in an A Capella group and plays trombone for the USC Trojan marching band.

Austin Manross is a student at Denver High School. He was most recently seen onstage in BHCT’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He has also worked backstage on over 10 other productions.

Kyle Weber works in Accounts Receivable at Copyworks in Cedar Falls. He received his BA in communications at UNI and his MA in Performance Communication is pending at UNI as well. He has worked as Choreographer on shows here at WCP including Christmas Crackers and 9 to 5-The Musical. He has also appeared onstage in shows such as Annie and Alice in Wonderland. He also has directed or choreographed shows at Columbus High School, Hudson High School, and Waterloo East High School.

Jonathan Kuehner has appeared in 6 BHCT productions and one WCP production. He is a student at Cedar Falls High School. He is a member of the Boy Scouts and enjoys trapshooting.

Cassie Yost is no stranger to WCP audiences. She was last seen in the role of SARA in WCP’s production of Getting Sara Married. She is a Quality Administrative Assistant at the John Deere Engine Works. She has been volunteering in community theatre for over 12 years. She is also a singer/songwriter with a self-produced single and can be heard performing in local hot spots.

Kristin Petersen is originally from Mason City and works as an Administrative Assistant at New Directions Counseling Services. She enjoys movies and biking in her spare time. She is married to Neal.

Matt Bullerman returns to the WCP stage after appearing in last year’s production of 9 to 5-The Musical. He attends Hudson High School and participates in band, choir and show choir.

Adam Manahl is a student at Dunkerton High School and is proud to be the school’s first person to make it to the Iowa High School Speech Association’s All-State Festival in Solo Musical Theatre. He likes to read and go camping. He has appeared in 5 previous WCP/BHCT productions.

Kristin McElderry is the proud mother of 7-year-old Ethan. She is a pre-school teacher at Happy Time Preschool & Daycare. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University.

Marjorie Gast returns to the WCP/BHCT stage after appearing in last summer’s production of 9 to 5-The Musical and this spring’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She plans a career in theatre and has just received a scholarship to attend the Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts in the fall of 2015.

Shauna McElderry is the sister of Kristin and works with her as a Daycare teacher at Happy Time Preschool & Daycare. She is mother to 3-year-old Greyson. She returns to the WCP stage after appearing in shows such as Into the Woods, Grease and Miracle on 34th Street.

Olivia Griffith is a Senior at Hudson High School. She is active in band, jazz band, choir, track, journalism, National Honor Society and the student council. She has appeared on the Hudson High School stage in Little Shop of Horrors and Cinderella. Tiffany Hach lives in Dysart and works at The Isle Casino as a bartender/waitress. She received her BA in Theatre from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. This is her debut with WCP.

Crystal Spencer is a familiar face to WCP audiences. From first appearing in The Music Man and Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story she was recently on stage in Leading Ladies and The Hundred Dresses. She is a dietary aide at Bartels in Waverly.

Kim Sittig also has appeared on stage at WCP several times as well as having parts at CFCT and Marshalltown Community Theatre. She is a Spanish teacher and an aspiring vegetable farmer. She is a member of the Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective.

Joel Zummak is certainly no stranger to WCP audiences. He has appeared onstage in over 20 productions, most recently as NOOGIE MALLOY in Getting Sara Married. He holds degrees from both Hawkeye and UNI. He enjoys traveling to Minneapolis and St. Louis frequently.

Jessica Lieb is originally from Dubuque and works as the choir teacher at Bunger Middle School. She also sings with the Met Chorale.

Hannah Lodge is a graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School where she was very active in the theatre department. She is currently attending UNI pursuing a major in Social Science Teaching with a minor in theatre. She is a member of the UNI Student Admissions Ambassadors.

Lily Gast is rapidly becoming a well-known face at WCP/BHCT. This is her 11th appearance on stage since having the title role in Annie. She has also appeared on stage for the Wartburg College Players and Prairie Fire Theatre. She twice won the Bill Riley Talent Fair at the Iowa State Fair, first when she was 5 and again at the age of 11.

Shelby Davis is a homeschooled Senior. She has appeared onstage in numerous WCP/BHCT productions as well as working backstage on a regular basis. She was in Opus Honor Choir 3 years and is currently working on a novel.

Caitlin Hurban was born in Princeton, New Jersey. She holds a BA in theatre from the University of Iowa. She works both onstage and backstage on a regular basis at WCP. She enjoys working in haunted houses.

Olivia Reiter is a 6th grader at Blessed Maria Assunta Pollatta Middle School. She plays the saxophone, piano and the ukulele. She is a big fan of Dr. Who. She has also appeared onstage in several WCP/BHCT productions.

Amalie Guldenpfennig is an English teacher at Grundy Center High School. She received her BA in English-Secondary Education from Creighton University. While at Creighton she had roles in Into The Woods and Godspell. She credits her mother’s love of theatre and literature and her father’s antics as the family ham for pushing her over the edge into the world of theatre. She is married to Gavin.

Tickets are now available online at wcpbhct.org or by calling 319-291-4494. The box office will open on July 1st for walk-up sales.

Source: WCP Press Release

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