The Studio Theatre - 9 to 5, The Musical

Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Book by Patricia Resnick

Pour Yourself A Cup Of Ambition

Content Advisory: Sexual Content, Adult Content, Violence, Language, Herbal Cigarettes, Strobe Effects

9 to 5, the riotous musical comedy, is based on the 1980 movie of the same name and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Violet, Judy and Doralee are three coworkers who concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. Set in the Roldex era, these three woman smash the patriarchy in their work-place. This musical is a hilarious story of revenge, empowerment, and unlikely friendships.

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Cast

MARIA
Andrea Diaz
Andrea is thrilled to be making her debut at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol! Central Florida credits: Jasmine in Beehive, Ensemble/ u/s Alice, Mama Murphy in Bright Star, Cha-Cha in Grease (Titusville Playhouse), Diana Morales in A Chorus Line (Henegar Center, Celebration Theatre Company) Sondheim on Sondheim (Celebration Theatre Company), Anita in West Side Story (Theatre West End), Allison u/s in Miss Nelson is Missing (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre). She holds a BA in Theatre Arts – Musical Theatre Concentration from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She gives many thanks to all her family and friends for their love, encouragement, and supporting her art! www.officialandreadiaz.com
JOSH/ OFFICE WORKER
Brett Klock

Brett is thrilled to be making his Studio Theatre debut! Previous credits include JD in Heathers (Russo-Richardson Productions), Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance and Fenton in The Real Merry Wives of Windsor (Scranton Shakespeare Festival), Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show and Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera (Iron Crow Theatre). Proud BFA Musical Theatre graduate of Coastal Carolina University. Brett would like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support! www.brettklock.com

DWAYNE/ OFFICE WORKER
Craig Smith
Craig is delighted to be performing again at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol in 9 to 5. Craig is a SC native and a graduate of the SC School of the Arts at Anderson University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous Studio Credits: John and Jen, Negotiating the Elusive Perfect One Night Stand. Regional Credits: Mamma Mia!, Oliver!, It’s a Wonderful Life, When Herod Came to Georgia, Beauty and the Beast. Film/TV: “The Plymouth Period”, “Respect”, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, “Dynasty”. Love to friends, family, & Christopher! @actcraigsmith
KATHY
Indigo Leigh
Indigo is making her Studio Tierra del Sol premier! Locally she has performed Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol(The Garden Theatre), Gypsy (Athens Deland), Equus directed by Jeremy Seghers, Prince(Cess) (Orlando Fringe), The Barber of Seville (Gulf Coast Symphony), Koko in The Hot Mikado, Dream Curly in Oklahoma!Bernstein’s Mass, Young Frankenstein, Of Thee I Sing, The Soldier’s Tale, and The Street of Crocodiles (University of Central Florida). She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in dance. She is also the studio coordinator at Theater West End teaching dance classes and appearing as a teaching artist in their education program. missindigoleigh.com
JOE
Dongwoo Kang
Dongwoo is excited to be performing for 9 to 5. A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of musical theatre, Kang made his first national showcase debut in Broadway Rising Stars in New York City. Kang’s theatre credits include Lun Tha in the 2nd national tour of The King and I by NETworks, LLC (Northern American Tour). Kang’s film and TV show credits include Kichin, written and directed by Takeru Thile. Kang also starred as a main host on Walk into America by Voice Of America, directed by Brian Kim. Kang wishes to thank God for loving and supporting him and allowing him to chase his dreams in the United States. Joshua 1:9. Website: tinyurl.com/DwKang. Instagram: dongwookang91 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001958147911
FRANKLIN HART, JR
Jason Bowen
Originally from Chicago, Jason has performed with Broadway in Chicago, Quest Theatre Ensemble, Emerald City, Light Opera Works, The Bailiwick, Chicago Performing Arts Center, Shedd Aquarium and the Navy Pier Pepsi Skyline Stage. Currently, Jason resides in Detroit, MI where he performs both on stage and can be seen in print and featured in commercials both regionally and nationally. Jason also cruised the Mediterranean aboard the Norwegian Jade where he served as the Master of Ceremonies and Cruise Director with NCL. Jason travels the country as a Corporate Entertainer and Emcee with the marketing firm, TSMGI, located in suburban Chicago. Much love to his ‘soon to be’ better half, Josh. www.jasonbowen.net.
ROZ KEITH
Marissa Volpe
Marissa is so excited to be back at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol! She was previously in It Shoulda Been You as the understudy for Rebecca and Jenny. Other credits include Bea Bottom in Something Rotten, Magenta in Rocky Horror, Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry InchBeehive (Titusville Playhouse), Charlotte in Cinderella (Alhambra Theatre and Dining), Linda in The Wedding Singer (Athens Theatre), and Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Garden Theatre). She has also performed at Universal Studios, Disney Springs, and SeaWorld, and currently performs at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Tampa. Much love to Mom, Dad, and George! www.marissaannvolpe.com
TINSWORTHY
Lon Ward Abrams
Lon has been a part of the Studio Theatre since its inception. He was cast as Robert in the award winning production of PROOF in their inaugural season, a role for which he received a Best Actor award nomination from Theatre World Orlando. He was one of four actors selected to perform White Rabbit Red Rabbit and played Dr. Rank last season in A Doll’s House. Lon has under studied three roles here as well including Rothko in Red and Lyman in this years Other Desert Cities, which sadly, came to an untimely viral end. Favorite roles in regional theatre include Matt in Talley’s Folly, Levinsky in Nuts, Lee in True West, Weller in The Gin Game, Henry VIII in Anne Of The Thousand Days, Henry II in The Lion In Winter, both Max and Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor and Mitch in Streetcar. Many thanks to the Studio staff who keep thinking of me and to my wife Boon who helps keep life a gas.
MISSY/ OFFICE WORKER
Rachel Whittington
Rachel is thrilled to be performing at The Studio Theatre! The Studio credits: Clown/Technician in Neighbors; Kathy in Company; Callie/Sarah Understudy in Stop Kiss; Daphna/Melody Understudy in Bad Jews; and several Virtual Play Readings. Favorite Central Florida Credits: Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol (Athens Theatre); James Joyce’s The Dead, The All-Female 1776 (Mad Cow Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Insomniac Theatre), Into the Woods (CFCArts), Equus (Dir. Jeremy Seghers). Other Credits: A Little Night Music, The Music Man, Gianni Schicchi, Ben Folds and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. BA-Music: Elon University. Rachel would like to thank her husband, family, friends, and everyone who chooses live theatre for making her dream job a reality! www.rachelewhit.com
DORALEE RHODES
Lauren Echausse
Lauren is so excited to be joining the cast of 9-5 at The Studio Theatre! A true New Jersey Native, this is Lauren’s first show in the sunshine state (and she is thrilled to be in warmer weather). Some of Lauren’s favorite credits include Sandy (Grease), and Cheryl Ann (Catch Me If You Can) both during her time at the New London Barn Playhouse, as well as Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), and Heather Stovall (Hands on a Hardbody). Lauren has a BFA from Penn State University (WE ARE!) and is so grateful to be a part of this. An extra special thank you to Whitney Morse for this gift of a show. You are light and love. @lauren_echausse
DICK/ OFFICE WORKER
Sage Spiker
Sage is an Iowa native, who recently moved to the East Coast. NYC area credits include Brom Bones (Sleepy Hollow: The Musical) at The Player’s Theatre, Mike Mercy (The Mercy Project) at Fairfield Theatre Company, Dracula (Dracula! The Radio Play) with SAS Performing Arts Company, and Vocalist/Guitarist for Bock Around The Clock Productions. Regional credits include Curly (Oklahoma!) and Schroeder (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) with Cedar Summerstock, and Melman (Madagascar) at The Old Creamery Theatre. Sage has a BA in Theatre with a minor in vocal performance from The University of Iowa.
JUDY BERNLY
Sara DelBeato
Previous roles at The Studio Theatre include Always… Patsy Cline (Victory Productions) where she starred as Louise. Central Florida credits: The Pirates of Penzance, Assassins (freeFall Theatre Company), Hairspray, Swing!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Show Palace), Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz (American Stage) National Tours: Raunchy Little Musical, Broadway Across America’s Arthur, Live! Cruise Line: Rock-A-Hula, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Norwegian Cruise Line) Regional: Funny Girl (Stage West), Hairspray, Carousel (PSST), CATS, (Lees-McRae), SUDS (Greenbrier Valley Theatre), Honky Tonk Angels (Arundel Barn). Sara was awarded the JazzFest USA 98 All-Star Award for her jazz vocals, and was featured in Downbeat Magazine highlighting her singing achievements. For Chris.
MARGARET
Alyson Johnson
Alyson has performed for nearly 20 years in Central Florida regional and community theatres. Some favorites include Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, A Doll’s House, Stop Kiss, Tell Me on a Sunday, and Next to Normal (Studio Theatre); Bonnie & Clyde (Garden Theatre); Young Frankenstein, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha (Moonlight Players, Clermont FL); Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Noises Off, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Bay Street Players, Eustis FL). Graduate of University of Central Florida, 2001 and 2019. She is thrilled to be returning to The Studio Theatre, and thanks her family for their love, support, and encouragement – and all of you for supporting socially distanced theatre!
VIOLET NEWSTEAD
Whitney Morse
Whitney Morse won Broadway World’s award for Best Supporting Actress for Proof in the Inaugural Season at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol. Morse kicked off the first season in Next To NormalThe Last Five YearsProof, and Songs for a New World. In The Studio Theatre’s second season, Morse starred in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune as Frankie, and in Company as Amy. Over this past summer at The Studio Theatre, Morse accomplished a once-in-a-lifetime acting experience in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. She also performed a one-woman run of fourteen sold-out performances for Tell Me On a Sunday. Audiences have most recently seen her in the Summer Song Cycle Now. Here. This. as well as last season’s iconic role of Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Her Central Florida Theatre credits include The Secret Garden, 1776 and Big River (Mad Cow Theatre). Chicago: Next To Normal (Skokie Theatre), Other Desert Cities (Citadel Theatre), The Children’s Hour (Pride Films and Plays), Spike Heels (Brown Paper Box), Down Range (Genesis Theatricals), Trafford Tanzi and I Carry Your Heart (Prologue Theatre Company), Accomplice (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), The Turn of the ScrewJeeves at SeaUnnecessary Farce and The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theater). Whitney is the Artistic Director of The Sharon and The Studio Theatre. MFA Acting – Columbia University School of the Arts. www.whitneymorse.com
US / HART, TINSWORTHY & DWAYNE
Alec Speers
Alec is thrilled to work with The Studio Theatre again in 9 to 5. Alec recently moved to Florida where he has been working with the Central Florida Lyric Opera in productions like The Magic Flute, as well as a previous position as a Singing Server. His favorite performances include La Traviata and La Boheme performed with the University of Northern Colorado and Opera Classica Europa in Germany. Alec holds two bachelor degrees in Theatre Studies and a BA in Music from the University of Northern Colorado. Alec would like to thank his immensely supportive family, and everybody who gives him a chance to work on what he loves to do most.
US / VIOLET, ROZ
Heather Ard
Heather has been performing professionally for over 25 years. Heather’s career started as a musical theatre performer and over time has grown include, voice over/commercial work, sound operator, props master, stage manager, production manager, choreographer, and director. Heather favorite regional credits include The Sound of Music (Maria) South Pacific (Nellie), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Hello Dolly (Minnie Fay), Respect, Smokey Joe’s Café (Patti), Joseph… (The Narrator), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle). Directing credits include: The Sound of Music, The Kind and I, Merry Widow, Little Shop of Horrors, and South Pacific. Currently, she is the House Manager and Events Coordinator for The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and is active in The Villages community. Locally Heather can be seen performing at The Sharon for events such as Lobby Lounge Cabaret Series, and The Opera Club’s Three Tenor’s Plus One and is a cantor for St. Timothy Catholic Church. Heather’s biggest role is mother to her 3 beautiful children Paulie, Ella, and Joey. Heather would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support and most importantly the audience, who make live theatre possible.
US / MISSY, KATHY, MARGARET, MARIA
Autumn Encarnacion
Autumn studied music and theatre at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Autumn worked for The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center for several years as the Artist Liaison and as the Company Manager for The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol. She continually sings at the “Don’t Tell Nonnie” events in The Sharon Lobby. She’s performed as a Guest Singer for several concerts put on by The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed around town at venues such as: The Dragon Flower Winery in Summerfield, Florida, the Bonifay Country Club in The Villages, Singing Telegraphs for all occasions, and most recently starred as Sam in The Studio Theatre’s Virtual Snack-Sized Production of A Eulogy for Leroy. She is excited to be an Understudy in 9 to 5 The Musical and work with such an incredible cast & crew!
US / JOE, JOSH & DICK
James Blaisdell
James is excited to join The Studio Theatre team for another production! He was most recently seen in the virtual reading of Round Table: A Sort of LARP. When not on the Studio stage, James can be found performing at Universal Studios. James graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Theatre Arts. He would like to thank his family, friends, and Rachel for their unending support.
US / DORALEE & JUDY
Rachel Whittington
Rachel is thrilled to be performing at The Studio Theatre! The Studio credits: Clown/Technician in Neighbors… Kathy in Company; Callie/Sarah Understudy in Stop Kiss; Daphna/Melody Understudy in Bad Jews; and several Virtual Play Readings. Favorite Central Florida Credits: Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol (Athens Theatre); James Joyce’s The Dead, The All-Female 1776 (Mad Cow Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Insomniac Theatre), Into the Woods (CFCArts), Equus (Dir. Jeremy Seghers). Other Credits: A Little Night Music, The Music Man, Gianni Schicchi, Ben Folds and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. BA-Music: Elon University. Rachel would like to thank her husband, family, friends, and everyone who chooses live theatre for making her dream job a reality! www.rachelewhit.com

Production & Design Team

PRODUCER
Jason Goedken
Jason Goedken is the Producer for The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol and the Operations Manager of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. While Jason helped open both theatres, manages both staffs, and is mostly behind-the-scenes, he also made a memorable acting debut in The Studio Theatre’s Second Season as the character Harry in Company.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Whitney Morse
Whitney Morse won Broadway World’s award for Best Supporting Actress for Proof in the Inaugural Season at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol. Morse kicked off the first season in Next To NormalThe Last Five YearsProof, and Songs for a New World. In The Studio Theatre’s second season, Morse starred in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune as Frankie, and in Company as Amy. Over this past summer at The Studio Theatre, Morse accomplished a once-in-a-lifetime acting experience in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. She also performed a one-woman run of fourteen sold-out performances for Tell Me On a Sunday. Audiences have most recently seen her in the Summer Song Cycle Now. Here. This. as well as last season’s iconic role of Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Her Central Florida Theatre credits include The Secret Garden, 1776 and Big River (Mad Cow Theatre). Chicago: Next To Normal (Skokie Theatre), Other Desert Cities (Citadel Theatre), The Children’s Hour (Pride Films and Plays), Spike Heels (Brown Paper Box), Down Range (Genesis Theatricals), Trafford Tanzi and I Carry Your Heart (Prologue Theatre Company), Accomplice (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), The Turn of the ScrewJeeves at SeaUnnecessary Farce and The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theater). Whitney is the Artistic Director of The Sharon and The Studio Theatre. MFA Acting – Columbia University School of the Arts. www.whitneymorse.com
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Danielle Paccione
Danielle Paccione has worn many hats in theatre in the last 20 years – an actress, teacher, stage manager, director and much more. Danielle moved to Orlando a few years ago and quickly joined Mad Cow Theatre as their Assistant Production Manager/AEA Stage Manager. She has lived up and down the East Coast working for production companies such as Minelou Productions, Howard Perloff Productions, Arts Power, Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts, Matt Davenport Production, and Gary Musik Productions to name a few.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Clayton Becker
Clay is thrilled to be joining the production team of The Studio Theatre. Previously he spent five years as the Technical Director at Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, Illinois. He technical directed more than 55 shows including his favorites Mamma MiaElf and Southern Crossroads. Clay earned his BA In Theatre at the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville Arkansas. Clay would like to thank his girlfriend, friends and family for their support and encouragement.
COMPANY MANAGER
Ryan Loeckel
Ryan is an active musician, actor, vocalist, and collaborative arts producer. Last season he was heard at The Studio Theatre during Assassins and It Shoulda Been You, featured at The Sharon in Bach To Broadway, fiddled as Joe-Bob in Always…Patsy Cline (Victory Productions), and played the role of Righteous Brother Bill Medley in That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Beefhouse Dinner Theatre). Ryan trained as a violist with Marcia Ferritto, and has shared the stage on tour with Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra among many others. His performances have been heard on syndicated broadcasts, aboard five-star ships, and at venues internationally. www.loeckel.com
IG: loeckelmusik
STAGE MANAGER
Grace Zottig
Grace Zottig, Resident Stage Manager for The Studio Theatre can typically be found in the audio / visual booth in the space. She has been with the team since August 2018, with her first production being Stop Kiss. Some other titles she has staged managed are: Assassins, Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, It Shoulda Been You, and Now. Here. This. She is stoked to switch gears and direct the live stream table read series. Grace’s directing debut, Silent Sky, could be seen at the Fred Stone Theatre, 2017. A special thanks to her friends, family, teammates at The Studio, and Noah. Without y’alls love and support, she wouldn’t be the young professional she would be today.
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Stephanie Horn
Stephanie is thrilled to be joining The Studio Team for The Story of My Life. She’s a native of TN who’s been both onstage and backstage since her Junior Year of high-school. Some of her favorite productions have been Romeo You Idiot (Science Hill High-School), The Adventures of Robin Hood (Theatre Bristol), The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland (Johnson City Youth Ballet).

When not at The Studio she can be found running around The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. She would like to thank her parents and grandmother for their support and her work family at The Sharon for allowing her to explore the theatre realm to its fullest.
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER
Layna Hoopfer
Bio Coming Soon!
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER
Leslie Munson
Leslie is delighted to be performing with The Studio Theatre. Some of her favorite acting credits include The Tin Woman, I Love You Because, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Black Box Theater, IL), and Rocky Horror Show (Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, IL). Leslie has also enjoyed bringing kooky characters to life performing with It’s A Mystery, professional dinner theatre back home in the Midwest. Most recently she can be found behind the scenes with her talented work family at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Art Center in The Villages. Thank you to the Studio Theatre and their wonderful team for the opportunity and for keeping art alive when we need it the most.
LITERARY MANAGER
Rachel Whittington
Rachel is thrilled to be performing at The Studio Theatre! The Studio credits: Clown/Technician in Neighbors… Kathy in Company; Callie/Sarah Understudy in Stop Kiss; Daphna/Melody Understudy in Bad Jews; and several Virtual Play Readings. Favorite Central Florida Credits: Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol (Athens Theatre); James Joyce’s The Dead, The All-Female 1776 (Mad Cow Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Insomniac Theatre), Into the Woods (CFCArts), Equus (Dir. Jeremy Seghers). Other Credits: A Little Night Music, The Music Man, Gianni Schicchi, Ben Folds and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. BA-Music: Elon University. Rachel would like to thank her husband, family, friends, and everyone who chooses live theatre for making her dream job a reality! www.rachelewhit.com
STUDIO HOUSE MANAGER
Grace Petty
Bio Coming Soon!
SHARON HOUSE MANAGER
Heather Ard
Heather Ard has held many positions throughout her career in entertainment: singer, performer, stage manager, choreographer, and director. She has performed in professional productions throughout the country; favorite rolls including Maria: The Sound of Music, Belle: Beauty and the Beast, and The Narrator: Joseph…. Around The Villages Heather can be seen singing at Katie Bell’s, St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and various other venues in the area. Heather moved to The Villages from Orlando in 2014 with her husband, Paul, and their 3 beautiful children. Her involvement with The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center began as Properties Manager with the opening team and she has been a part of the family ever since. Heather is currently the Assistant House Manager for the Sharon. Although Heather’s title has changed throughout her career, her goal has always remained the same: “To utilize my passion for entertainment to bring joy to others.” Enjoy the show!
DIRECTOR
Nathaniel Niemi
Nathaniel Niemi (Director) is the Resident Director at The Studio Theatre and in Season Four, he is directing Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement and the large ensemble musical: Assassins. At The Studio Theatre he also directed the musicals: Company and Now. Here. This. At The Sharon, Nathaniel is the Director of Education, instructing the Arts Academy and coordinating Youth Education Programs. Nathaniel holds a BA in Theatre from East Texas Baptist University and an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences (Directing) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There, he was a part of many productions as an Artistic Associate of Honolulu Theatre For Youth (HTY) directing H2O: The Story of Water and Hawaii, Pinocchio, Extraordinary Stories of an Ordinary Ohana, and You and Me and the Space Between. Nathaniel has appeared onstage with many companies in Hawaii and Chicago, and on Hawaii 5-O. Aside from being an Actor, Director, and Theatre Educator, Nathaniel has also performed Clown and Physical Comedy with the Second City in Chicago, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Chicago Physical Theatre. Nathaniel is the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s National Directing Award and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
CHOREOGRAPHER
Indigo Leigh
Indigo is making her Studio Tierra del Sol premier! Locally she has performed Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol(The Garden Theatre), Gypsy (Athens Deland), Equus directed by Jeremy Seghers, Prince(Cess) (Orlando Fringe), The Barber of Seville (Gulf Coast Symphony), Koko in The Hot Mikado, Dream Curly in Oklahoma!Bernstein’s Mass, Young Frankenstein, Of Thee I Sing, The Soldier’s Tale, and The Street of Crocodiles (University of Central Florida). She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in dance. She is also the studio coordinator at Theater West End teaching dance classes and appearing as a teaching artist in their education program. missindigoleigh.com
SET DESIGNER
Kenneth Constant
Kenneth Constant is a Houston, Texas native. He studied scenic design at The North Carolina School of The Arts. Prior to graduation he worked for a number of different theaters including The Hangar Theatre in upstate New York, The Baystreet Theatre in the Hamptons, and even Oklahoma State University where he designed, painted, and built a production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” After his education, he worked as the resident designer and technical director for The California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, CA. He was also the production manager for their beginning, intermediate, and advanced conservatories. While in California he designed, built, and painted over eighty sets earning him numerous awards including Best Scenic Design for A Summer Repertory and Best Show for A Children’s Musical as awarded by the Southbay Theatre Awards. Other awards include SETC, and USITT Top Design for his production of “The Seagull” in 2007. After returning to Houston in 2010, he moved from being an assistant teaching artist at The Alley Theatre to being their Technical Director of Education, a position that had not existed prior. In addition to this, he worked as a carpenter and scenic artist in their scene shop. While in Houston he also worked as a technical director, paint charge, and scenic designer for dozens of productions earning him awards for his designs of “High Hat Hattie”, Bye, Bye Birdie” and others. In 2012 he was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Scenic Art for The University of Houston. The following year he accepted a position as Technical Director and Educator for The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. Kenneth worked as the technical director for The Aspen Theatre and Opera Center during the Summers of 2013 – 2014 before becoming a member of The Villages family in October of 2014. He is now the technical director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, as well as the resident designer for The Studio at Tierra del Sol.
COSTUMER DESIGNER
Annie Trombo

Bio Coming Soon!

LIGHTING DIRECTOR/DESIGNER
David Krupla

Bio Coming Soon!

ASSISTANT LIGHTING DIRECTOR/ME
Lindsey Young
Lindsey Young is a 2018 Theatrical Design and Technology graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her most recent credits with The Studio include, Assistant Lighting Designer for A Dolls HouseIt Shoulda Been You and Stop Kiss. Lindsey’s other recent credits include: Master Electrician for The Lost Colony 2018, Lighting Designer for the North American premiere of The Hunting of the Snark (Roanoke Islands Waterside Theatre), Festival Production Electrician for The National Black Theatre Festival. Her UNCW credits include: Lighting Designer for Hedda GablerTribesSmall Engine Repair, co-lighting designer for Dr. Faustus and assistant lighting designer for Good KidsBilly WitchThe Children’s Hour and Boeing Boeing. Lindsey is thankful to work with such a wonderful staff and for two great theatres. To stalk her please visit: lindseyslights.com.
SOUND/AV DESIGNER
Nick Erickson
Nick spent two years freelancing in Portland OR, where he worked with companies such as Profile, Third Rail, Anon it Moves, Action Adventure Theatre, and Hand2Mouth. Nick has performed as part of Sound Kitchen at World Stage Design in Taiwan (2017), and Prague Quadrennial (2015). Nick is freshly graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MFA in sound design for theatre.
PROPS DESIGNER/MASTER
Haley Borodine
Bio Coming Soon!
DRAMATURGY
Stephanie Horn
Stephanie is thrilled to be joining The Studio Team for The Story of My Life. She’s a native of TN who’s been both onstage and backstage since her Junior Year of high-school. Some of her favorite productions have been Romeo You Idiot (Science Hill High-School), The Adventures of Robin Hood (Theatre Bristol), The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland (Johnson City Youth Ballet).

When not at The Studio she can be found running around The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. She would like to thank her parents and grandmother for their support and her work family at The Sharon for allowing her to explore the theatre realm to its fullest.
PROGRAMMER
Omri Schwartz
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LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR
Lindsey Young
Lindsey Young is a 2018 Theatrical Design and Technology graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her most recent credits with The Studio include, Assistant Lighting Designer for A Dolls HouseIt Shoulda Been You and Stop Kiss. Lindsey’s other recent credits include: Master Electrician for The Lost Colony 2018, Lighting Designer for the North American premiere of The Hunting of the Snark (Roanoke Islands Waterside Theatre), Festival Production Electrician for The National Black Theatre Festival. Her UNCW credits include: Lighting Designer for Hedda GablerTribesSmall Engine Repair, co-lighting designer for Dr. Faustus and assistant lighting designer for Good KidsBilly WitchThe Children’s Hour and Boeing Boeing. Lindsey is thankful to work with such a wonderful staff and for two great theatres. To stalk her please visit: lindseyslights.com.
AUDIO ENGINEER
Luke Bezio
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AUTOMATION/FLY
Kenneth Constant
Kenneth Constant is a Houston, Texas native. He studied scenic design at The North Carolina School of The Arts. Prior to graduation he worked for a number of different theaters including The Hangar Theatre in upstate New York, The Baystreet Theatre in the Hamptons, and even Oklahoma State University where he designed, painted, and built a production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” After his education, he worked as the resident designer and technical director for The California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, CA. He was also the production manager for their beginning, intermediate, and advanced conservatories. While in California he designed, built, and painted over eighty sets earning him numerous awards including Best Scenic Design for A Summer Repertory and Best Show for A Children’s Musical as awarded by the Southbay Theatre Awards. Other awards include SETC, and USITT Top Design for his production of “The Seagull” in 2007. After returning to Houston in 2010, he moved from being an assistant teaching artist at The Alley Theatre to being their Technical Director of Education, a position that had not existed prior. In addition to this, he worked as a carpenter and scenic artist in their scene shop. While in Houston he also worked as a technical director, paint charge, and scenic designer for dozens of productions earning him awards for his designs of “High Hat Hattie”, Bye, Bye Birdie” and others. In 2012 he was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Scenic Art for The University of Houston. The following year he accepted a position as Technical Director and Educator for The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. Kenneth worked as the technical director for The Aspen Theatre and Opera Center during the Summers of 2013 – 2014 before becoming a member of The Villages family in October of 2014. He is now the technical director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, as well as the resident designer for The Studio at Tierra del Sol.
SAFETY OFFICER
Grace Petty
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SAFETY OFFICER
Heather Ard
Heather Ard has held many positions throughout her career in entertainment: singer, performer, stage manager, choreographer, and director. She has performed in professional productions throughout the country; favorite rolls including Maria: The Sound of Music, Belle: Beauty and the Beast, and The Narrator: Joseph…. Around The Villages Heather can be seen singing at Katie Bell’s, St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and various other venues in the area. Heather moved to The Villages from Orlando in 2014 with her husband, Paul, and their 3 beautiful children. Her involvement with The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center began as Properties Manager with the opening team and she has been a part of the family ever since. Heather is currently the Assistant House Manager for the Sharon. Although Heather’s title has changed throughout her career, her goal has always remained the same: “To utilize my passion for entertainment to bring joy to others.” Enjoy the show!
ADDITIONAL CARPENTRY
Tony Fairchild
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ADDITIONAL CARPENTRY
Luke Bezio
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MUSICAL DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Gary Powell

Gary Powell has been musically directing and staging shows for over 30 years in Texas, Chicago, New York City, and now Central Florida. Gary currently serves as the Resident Music Director for both The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.

Gary is proud to have been the Music Director since the inaugural season of The Studio Theatre and has worked with such talented actors and musicians for Next to NormalThe Last Five Years, and Songs For a New World. Select standouts of Gary’s career include Into The WoodsSound of MusicGodspellBrigadoonSouth Pacific, and Next to Normal. He has worked on several world premiere productions including: Tomorrow Morning and Scotch Verdict. While directing in Chicago, Gary was nominated for several Jeff Awards for the following productions: American Premier of Jerry Springer-The OperaThrill MeAddam’s FamilyOpus 1861The Baker’s WifeKiss of The Spider WomanEvolution/Creation, and Cats among several others.

Gary has recently been nominated for Best Music Direction by Broadway World for Next to NormalThe Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World.

ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR / PERCUSSION / VIOLIN
Ryan Loeckel
Ryan is an active musician, actor, vocalist, and collaborative arts producer. Last season he was heard at The Studio Theatre during Assassins and It Shoulda Been You, featured at The Sharon in Bach To Broadway, fiddled as Joe-Bob in Always…Patsy Cline (Victory Productions), and played the role of Righteous Brother Bill Medley in That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Beefhouse Dinner Theatre). Ryan trained as a violist with Marcia Ferritto, and has shared the stage on tour with Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra among many others. His performances have been heard on syndicated broadcasts, aboard five-star ships, and at venues internationally. www.loeckel.com
IG: loeckelmusik
ELECTRIC GUITAR
Bill Neale
Bill Neale has a stellar biography as a stage performer, recording artist, producer and studio musician. Among his accomplishments are extensive tours and recordings which included a five-year tenure as guitarist with Motown’s “The Temptations” during the height of their career. During the late 70’s and 80’s, Bill was the guitarist for all Chuck Barris Television Shows including “The Gong Show”. He is a proud recipient of both RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum record awards for his work. Bill and his wife, MaryAnn, enjoy being residents of The Villages and he continues to perform locally with The Music Mixx and has been featured with The Orion Trio at their monthly concert series at the Savannah Center. In addition to performing, Bill stays active as co-owner of Benedetto Amplifiers.
KEYBOARD 2
Jill Marrese
Jill is a proud Michigander, performing in the Villages since 2011. At Studio Theater, Jill played keyboard for Assassins and It Shoulda Been You. In Michigan, she began accompanying musicals at age 14, sang many roles in community theater, was soprano/French coach in professional opera chorus 20 years, and soloist with a big band. Villages musical roles include: Marian (Music Man), Irene (Hello Dolly), Sarah (Guys and Dolls), Julie (Carousel), also music direction/pit for many shows. Jill plays bassoon with Villages bands/orchestras, and entertains at local clubs with the duo Two Darn Hot. She works extensively with area school students, and is a retired public school teacher of French and Musical Theater.
DOUBLE BASSIST / BASS GUITARIST
Jazmine Whipple
Jazmine is a Music Theorist and Multi-Instrumentalist from Ocala, Florida. She has been working as a professional musician for 9 years playing all over the southeastern United States in various pit orchestras in over 70 different musicals. She has played Bass with Disney, Universal and with several professional jazz bands across central Florida, also having worked with multiple celebrities including Steven Lang and Snoop Dogg. She was also a Bassist and Mallet Percussion player for the Central Florida Jazz Percussion Ensemble which was invited to play at Fest Bossa & Jazz. Jazmine enjoys most of her time studying old musical scores, linguistics, playing video games and being with her family and children.
DRUMS/PERCUSSION
Rich Roeske
Rich is a retired Chiropractic Neurologist from Atlanta, Ga where he and his wife, Dr. Gail Roeske, had their own clinic. As an infant he would beat on his mother’s pots and pans with wooden spoons, so it was inevitable that he began music lessons on the drums at age 8. Thus began a lifelong love affair with the drums. His other career as a musician has included such groups as The Atlanta Seventeen, Peachtree Jazz Band, Etowah Jazz Society, and The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band (where he appeared on “”America’s Got Talent“). Rich and his wife reside in The Villages, FL, where he plays golf and performs with The Villages Concert Band, The Villages Swing Band, and the Studio Theatre. His musical duo with fellow Villages resident, Jill Marrese, “Two Darn Hot,” performs at numerous venues around The Villages, and wineries in Traverse City, MI, where he spends his summers.
KEYBOARD
Sean Pollack

Sean is an accomplished collaborative pianist and vocal coach specializing in vocal literature, lyric diction, and choral conducting. He has accompanied and music directed numerous theater and opera productions throughout the southeast including favorites: Sugar, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, John and Jen (2001 Ostrander for Best Direction of a Musical), Children of Eden, Fame, Songs for a New World, Into the Woods, Idomeneo, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Last Five Years, and Annie. Sean is Director of Music and the Arts at New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages, FL where he accompanies the acclaimed community chorus, The Village Voices. He is thrilled to be back at the bench with The Studio Theatre for this production!