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ABI ABEL (Collen/Woman in White) is excited to make her Theatre Arlington debut! Add to the excitement hitting the stage with two dear friends, Debbie Brown and Drenda Lewis! Favorite credits: Angel in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Bonnie in Anything Goes, Doris in Same Time Next Year, Eileen in Moon Over Buffalo, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Diane Lorimer in 42nd Street, Azuri in The Desert Song. She would like to say Thank You to this amazing cast and team, and Love Always to family.
JOVANE CAAMAÑO (Scotty) is excited to be making his Theatre Arlington debut! Other regional theatres he’s worked with include: Undermain Theatre (Red Chariot; Lady from the Sea), Amphibian Stage Productions (Gutenberg! The Musical!), Stage West (Everybody), Second Thought Theatre (Enemies/People), Circle Theatre (This Random World), Theatre Three (Susan and God), and three seasons with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, as well as Wishing Star Productions’ national tour of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical. He graduated from Texas Christian University with his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and is a proud Horned Frog. He would like to thank his family for their love and belief, his best friends for all their support, and everyone at Theatre Arlington.
ROBBIE CLARK (Derek/Zombie Butler) is beyond ecstatic to be performing on the Theatre Arlington stage once more in a show as hilarious as Ripcord. After receiving his BFA from UTA in 2010, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of being a desperate costumed performer on the streets of Los Angeles. When the struggle became far too real, he made his way back to the stage appearing in such classics as A Few Good Men, I Hate Hamlet, Winnie The Pooh, and Hooray For Holidays. His favorite color is baby pink, and his dream role is Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic 4 reboot at Marvel Studios. His infatuation with burgers and pizza, coupled with his hatred for working out, make achieving that goal highly improbable. He hopes you enjoy the show, and the headshot he had taken back in 2012 when he had a more pronounced jawline.
DRENDA LEWIS (Abby) While Drenda is normally found in a costume shop, she occasionally moves to the stage. She is the resident costume designer at the Granbury Theatre Company, where she has also appeared in Arsenic and Old Lace, You Can’t Take it With You and Hands On A Hardbody. Thanks to director Sharon Kaye Miller and Theatre Arlington for this opportunity.
BRENDAN MCMAHON (Clown/Lewis/Benjamin) is happy to return to Theatre Arlington! Previous Credits Include: TEXAS: Amphibian Stage: Babette’s Feast, Theatre Arlington: Dead Man’s Cellphone, The Magical City of Oz, Stolen Shakespeare Guild: West Side Story. REGIONAL: Shakespeare Theatre Company: Hamlet, Williamstown Theatre Festival: June Moon, 4615 Theatre: Macbeth, Dinner, King John, Lion in Winter, The Pillowman, The Changeling, Pallas Theatre Collective: Assassins, Brave Spirits Theatre: Antony and Cleopatra, Maid’s Tragedy, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Romeo and Juliet.
TRAINING: Catholic University, BA in Drama. Much love to Clare and Bear.
MARK DENNIS MILLER (Music Director/Keyboards) is delighted to return to Theatre Arlington for this production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas after having recently closed his third world premiere musical, Broadway or Bust for Pegasus Theatre. Mr. Miller served as Associate Music Director on Pegasus’ world premiere production of The Cuban and the Redhead and was MD for Oklahoma City Rep/Tulsa Performing Arts joint production of the world premiere musical, Pryor Rendering. Local: Theatre Three, ICT, Jubilee Theatre, Circle Theatre, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theatre Center, Lyric Stage and Theatre Arlington. Regional: Maine State Music Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Arkansas Rep., Oklahoma Repertory and Tulsa Performing Arts. Mr. Miller is currently a Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach for Texas Christian University, Weatherford College and Chisholm Trail High School. He also serves as organist for Meadowbrook UMC in East Fort Worth.
LORI WOODS BLONDIN (Choreographer) is thrilled to collaborate with Steve Morris on choreography for this production. She was last seen on the Theatre Arlington stage as Sonia Walsk in They’re Playing our Song in addition to Paulette in Legally Blonde and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She has been the head of the dance program and Lamar High School in Arlington for twenty years after growing up dancing at Miss Persis Studio of Dance and Dance Theatre of Arlington where she began her teaching career at the age of fifteen. As a choreographer she has worked with many local high school programs, dance studios and companies and Dallas Summer Musicals School of Musical Theatre as well as a resident choreographer for Eclipse Entertainment LLC where she wrote, cast and directed numerous industrial shows across the United States. She has an Associate Degree in Musical Theatre from Mountain View College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University. Upon graduation she began her life upon the stage at Casa Manana, Bass Hall, Circle Theatre, Theatre Three and Fair Park Music Hall to name a few. Some of her favorite roles include Charity in Sweet Charity, Bebe in A Chorus Line, Velma in Chicago and Louise in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Love to Jayson, Mom, Dad and my amazing ViQueens who allow me to share my love of performing with them every day.
REBECCA RICKEY (Stage Manager) is grateful to be back at Theatre Arlington where she was recently Stage Manager for 9 to 5: The Musical, A Few Good Men and Blithe Spirit (Stony Award for Stage Management). Becky received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Oklahoma City University and worked two seasons on the technical staff at Oklahoma’s Lyric Theatre. Retired from the “corporate world,” Becky has much more free time to live the dreams life has to offer such as doing community service, theatrical productions and traveling with Dian, her beloved partner in life. Becky wants to thank Steven D. Morris and Theatre Arlington for the opportunity to contribute to this production. And oh; let’s all be kind to one another. It will change the world.
KEVIN BROWN (Set Designer) is extremely grateful to Steven and the entire Theatre Arlington (TA) Family. His previous shows at TA have been Blithe Spirit (Stony Award), Footloose (Stony Award), A Few Good Men, They’re Playing Our Song and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Kevin is an award-winning set designer and interior designer who owns Studio Brown Designs. His work includes, but is not limited to, Residential, Commercial, Multi-family Housing, Remodel Consultation, Merchandizing, Holiday Décor and Theatrical Set Design and Dressing. His work has been on various stages across the DFW area. Uptown Players, Stage West, OnStage in Bedford, MainStage Irving, Runway Theatre and Firehouse Theatre to name a few. Kevin’s favorite shows have been The Nance, It’s Only a Play, The Tribute Artist, Disaster the Musical, The View Upstairs, Cabaret (Column Award), Spring Awakening (Column Award), Xanadu, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Peter and the Starcatcher (Column Award), Seussical (Column Award) and Billy Elliot (Best Set Design Broadway World). Kevin is excited to team up with his friend Angie (his partner in crime). www.facebook.com/StudioBrownDesigns
BRYAN STEVENSON (Lighting Designer) holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has designed at many local theatre companies including Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, Stage West, Jubilee and Circle. Nationally Bryan designs for the Boy Scouts of America National Conferences and Shows. Bryan is an active participant in the United Institute of Theatre Technology, where he has served on panels on lighting and scenic design. He is also a member Stagehands Union, IATSE local 126.
BILL EICKENLOFF (Sound Designer) is an adjunct professor and the resident Sound Designer at TCU’s Theatre Department in Fort Worth, as well as the resident Sound Designer for Theatre Arlington. He also works for Casa Mañana, Lyric Stage, Mainstage Irving Las Colinas, Brick Road Theatre, Wishing Star Productions, Prism Theatrics and the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. See his complete bio at www.linkedin.com.
KAREN POTTER (Costume Designer) is a designer for theatre, opera, film and television. Karen’s work has been seen in various theatres and film festivals across the country. She currently works as an Assistant Professor for Texas Wesleyan University. She worked for the California Institute of the Arts as a Costume Shop Manager and Adjunct Faculty. She lives with her two children and husband in Fort Worth, Texas and works throughout the country and in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
ROBIN DOTSON (Properties Designer) is the proud mother of recent high school graduate Sydney, who discovered the wonderful world of theater through Theatre Arlington ten years ago and is now off to college to major in musical theater! An elementary teacher by day, Robin has worked on props for many T.A. youth shows, as well as Calendar Girls, Legally Blonde, Footloose, 9 to 5, A Few Good Men and They’re Playing Our Song at Theatre Arlington the past few seasons. Enjoy the show!
ANGIE GLOVER (Scenic Artist) began her scenic painting career at Theatre Arlington in 2017 with the show Shrek The Musical Jr. Since then, Angie has continued working as Scenic Artist at many theatre venues around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Past artistic endeavors include fabricating Styrofoam sculptures for The Gaylord Texan, Lone Star Parade Floats, Six Flags and scenic elements for the Fort Worth Opera. When not at the theatre, Angie can usually be found up to her elbows in any number of artistic projects. As a starving-ish artist, Angie is always available for hire. Angieglover.carbonmade.comSept.
Tyler Thompson is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma where she received a BFA in drama. She had the amazing opportunity of spending her final semester of college in Chicago after being accepted into The Second City’s Comedy Studies program. She is a graduate of The Second City of Chicago’s Conservatory Program as well as The iO Theater Improv Program where she performed with the Harold Team Interrobang. Tyler has studied clowning under Paola Coletto, performed at Chicago Sketchfest, Donny’s Skybox at The Second City, The Women’s Funny Festival, and The Del Close Marathon. Tyler is also a graduate of the Four Day Weekend Training Center where she enjoys teaching improv classes, coaching, and performing. Tyler is represented by Grit Talent Agency.
A native South Carolinian, Nik Blocker is an Actor, Choreographer, and Theatre Artist living in Arlington, Texas. He received his training in Mass Communications, Theatre, and Dance. Nik has competed in local and state-level competitions in Play-writing, Prose Interpretation, Costume Design, and Acting, and was twice nominated to compete in the National Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition. He’s also competed on State and World level in Marching Band and Winter Guard. His choreography has been seen in both states, and most recently at Runway Theater for The Addams Family. As an actor, his recent performances include Peter and The Starcatcher as Mrs. Bumbrake (Onstage In Bedford), Quanah as Ensemble (Lyric Stage) and Crooks in Of Mice and Men (The Firehouse Theatre). Nik has also taught workshops in Acting and Dance to local and international students and hopes to continue to spread the love of the arts!
Monica Dane, M.A.- Monica received her Bachelor of Music with a concentrate in Musical Theatre from The University of Texas at Arlington and her Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University while studying under Master Pedagogue, now retired Voice Professor (TWU) and former lead performer for the Metropolitan Opera, Joan Wall. Monica enjoys singing many genres of music from Broadway, Pop, Blues, Classical, Gospel and Praise and Worship. Some of her favorite Opera roles with The Regal Opera Company that span over 20 years include Lady Angela in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Little Red Riding Hood from the children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood by Barab, Jenny in Down in the Valley, Monica in The Medium, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Giannetta in The Elixir of Love, Annina in La Traviata, Sally in Die Fledermaus, First Lady in The Magic Flute and First Friend in The Ballad of Baby Doe. She has also performed with The Promise in Glenrose, TX as a feature soloist playing The Woman at the Well. Monica has had the wonderful opportunity to be an “off-stage singer” in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby at Bass Hall. She has previously performed live on TV for various Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) programs. During the Summer, you can find her at Theatre Arlington musical directing the Summer Theatre Camps for ages 3-16. During the holiday season, you can find her dressed in Victorian attire and performing caroling gigs throughout the DFW Metroplex with Holiday Cheer Entertainment. She also just recently (July 2019) sang the National Anthem at the Ballpark in Arlington with the Regal Opera Chorale. Ms. Dane has taught voice and musical theatre for over 25 years and currently teaches voice at Heritage Middle School, Southlake-Carroll Senior High School and Theatre Arlington. She has previously taught voice at Casa Manana, Lifesong, The Master’s Touch School of Music, Creative Arts Theatre & School, Faith Christian School, L.D. Bell High School, Grapevine High School, Colleyville Middle School and North Richland Middle School. Many of her students have been successful under her instruction including Grammy nominated and 9-time Dove Award nominated (4 of which she won) Singer, Songwriter and Worship Leader, Kari Jobe. Ms. Dane is a current member of TMEA and a former member of NATS and served as Secretary for the DFW NATS Chapter, and a former member of the Regal Opera Board of Directors. Monica has three children, Jake (19 years), Meredith (17 years) and Audra (13 years) a dog, Katie and Max, their cat without a tail.
Cindy Honeycutt, Education Director and Business Manager, holds a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting from St. Edwards University and is a teaching artist specializing in acting, musical theatre and creative dramatics. Cindy has been seen in theatres all over the metroplex and Austin in her over 40 years as a performer, starting as a child actor at Casa Manana and ending with professional credits at Circle Theatre, Stage West, Casa Manana, Theatre Arlington, Austin’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Zachary Scott Theatre, Thin Dime Theatre Company and Hip Pocket Theatre. She has also been seen in schools, civic auditoriums and museums all over Texas while performing with touring companies based at Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin, Fort Worth’s Shakespeare in the Park, Stage West, and CATS. Her film and television credits include Fox Kids Club in the Austin market, feature film Dust to Dust with Willie Nelson, independent films Blood is Thicker and The Entrepreneur, and commercials for TCJC, Lil’ Things, Lowe’s and Westinghouse Security Systems. Cindy is the proud wife of Rodney, mom to Nate, and lover of all animals, especially the ones in her own house.
Tiffany Gray has an extensive and diverse dance background resulting in over ten years of experience studying, performing, and teaching dance. She has trained in several dance forms, including: Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, African, Jazz, Hip Hop, Improvisation, Tap, and Musical Theatre dance. Tiffany also attended school at Oral Roberts University and obtained a Minor in Dance. She enjoys using movement for personal expression, artistry, and…..because it is fun! She is committed to bringing this perspective to every class she teaches.
Tiffany believes that music, acting, and dance have the power to transcend language barriers and communicate easily with people across various cultures. She endeavors to use these art forms as a way to for individuals to discover their voice and be able to convey it to others. Tiffany has worked with both children and adults, she enjoys guiding them in the creative process as experienced and expressed through the Arts.
In the summer of 2019, Tiffany directed her first acting scene and began teaching musical theatre dance for Theatre Arlington. She will continue teaching classes such as Creative Play, Creative Dramatics, and Musical Theatre, etc. for Theatre Arlington. Additionally, she teaches dance at the School of the Performing Arts for the Salvation Army of Ellis County. Tiffany is actively teaching dance classes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Daniel Hernandez is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University where he received his BA in vocal performance studying under Julie McCoy. He taught elementary music for a number of years and worked as the musical director at Nolan Catholic High School. Daniel has found a home at Theatre Arlington working on 5 of 9 shows for the 2018-2019 season, including music directing the Youth Musical, Junie B Jones The Musical Jr. He is excited to be teaching Musical Theatre and private lessons at Theatre Arlington. When not working or in a show, Daniel enjoys spending time with his two nieces Ysabel and Adrianna.
Maggie Younkin has been teaching at Theatre Arlington since 2005, when she joined the summer camp staff and began our Outreach program, ACT UPS, at Thornton Elementary. Maggie is an accomplished performer, having worked on the Theatre Arlington stage in many productions as well as on stages in Kansas City, where she is originally from. Maggie has two children, Brooklyn and Blaise, who keep her very busy. She is also busy during the day as Theatre Arlington’s Education Assistant.