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Meet the Cast of NOISES OFF

BILLY BETSILL (Frederick Fellowes/Philip Brent) is whimsical about making his Theatre Arlington debut. This will be his second time wrangling sardines. He’s also worked with Theatre Three, IMPRINT Theatreworks, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, Runway Theatre, Mainstage ILC and others. When he’s not performing scripted works, he stays busy with stand-up comedy, improv comedy and his NEW musical improv group Please Sing Already (IG: pleasesingalready). Come check us out! When not on a stage, he’s busy running his residential remodeling company KS Construction Group. SARDINES!!!

JAKIE CABE (Lloyd) (AEA) is enjoying his second performance at Theatre Arlington, where he was last seen as Col. Melkatt in Black Comedy. But he served as the Director of Education and Outreach from 2000-2001, where he directed The Wind in the Willows for the Youth Summer Camp show. Currently an Associate Professor of Theater at Tarrant County College -Northeast, Jakie has been an actor, director, fight choreographer and teacher/ professor in the DFW area for the last 30 years having most recently appeared in the area premiere of Dry Powder by Sarah Burgess at Second Thought Theatre. Before that he performed in the world premiere of Raptured by Matt Lyle at Theatre 3. He was also recognized for critics’ awards for his work in The Big Meal at WaterTower Theatre; Life Sucks, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stones in his Pockets, Around the World in 80 Days at Stage West; Mass Appeal, Chesapeakel at Circle Theatre; and Fiction and Time Stands Still at Amphibian Stage Productions. Television credits include the Fox series Prison Break, Dallas, Barney and numerous commercials and industrials. Voice-over work includes Cartoon Network, IFC and Boomerang including Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT and Yu Yu Hakashu. He is represented for film and television by the Kim Dawson Agency. Jakie has an M.F.A. in acting from Louisiana State Univ. with independent study completed at the National Theatre London and a B.A. in theater and dance from Appalachian State University.

GIGI CERVANTES (Dottie/Mrs. Clackett) is excited to make her Theatre Arlington debut! Recent credits include Imaculada in Man Cave at Kitchen Dog Theater, Amalia in American Mariachi at Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Goodman Theatre, Mrs. Webb in Our Town at Dallas Theater Center, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town at Circle Theatre and Inez in The View Upstairs at Uptown Players. Gigi dedicates her performance to her mom, Vera Cervantes, who was her biggest fan and supporter.

MATTIE LILLIAN DAVIS (Brooke Ashton/Vicki) is thrilled to be back doing another show at Theatre Arlington. Most recently, Mattie was seen in Gypsy – A Musical Fable and Sister Act, and she is a member of Theatre Arlington’s Comedy Club. Other DFW theater credits include Holiday Inn (Lila Dixon) at Stolen Shakespeare Guild; No Way to Treat a Lady (Sarah Stone) at Onstage in Bedford, which she also choreographed; The Cuban and the Redhead at Pegasus Theatre; Titanic at Uptown Players; and Beehive (Principal Soloist) at Jubilee Theatre. Other choreography credits include Newsies (director/choreographer), Bring It On, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (director/choreographer) and Anything Goes. When Mattie is not onstage, she is a middle school theater teacher. Mattie holds a B.F.A. in theater with an emphasis in musical theater from TCU and is currently pursuing two masters’ degrees in education for clinical mental health counseling and school counseling also at TCU. Mattie is also a singer-songwriter and has music available on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

DAVID FENLEY (Selsdon Mowbray/Burglar) is very excited to be at Theatre Arlington. David has appeared locally at Lyric Stage, Circle Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Stage West and Theatre Three. David was a member of the resident Acting Company at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN for 15 years, appearing in over 60 mainstage productions and touring internationally to Moscow and Tokyo. As always, immeasurable thanks and love to Alan.

LEROY HOOD (Roger/Garry) is excited to be making his Theatre Arlington debut. As an actor, Leroy has worked at theaters all over DFW. Some of his favorite roles include Ed in Torch Song (Uptown Players), Hamlet in Hamlet (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), Paul Ames in Werewolves of London (Pocket Sandwich Theatre) and Jack Ross in A Few Good Men (Runway Theatre). As a playwright, Leroy has had productions at colleges across the country, along with various readings and workshops. His newest play, Every Living Thing, will receive a staged reading as part of Theatre Three’s Monday Night Playwright series this April. Leroy would like to thank his family for supporting him through his various iterations.  

JOSHUA NERIO (Tim Allgood) is excited to be a part of Theatre Arlington’s 50th season! He was most recently seen as Josh in Theatre Arlington’s production of Hooray for Holidays and is also a member of Theatre Arlington’s yearlong comedy clubHe is currently a fourth-year senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is pursuing his BA degree in Theatre Arts. Josh is also a skilled Guitar Hero player and can play the majority of Guitar Hero and Rock Band songs on their highest difficulties.

BRANDY RAPER (Belinda/Favia) is excited to be back at Theatre Arlington for another show! She was most recently seen here at Theatre Arlington as Rose in Gypsy. Previous credits include Rose (u/s)/Ensemble in Gypsy, Diana in Next to Normal and Paulette in Legally Blonde the Musical. She graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a B.A. in theater and has since enjoyed choreographing, directing and teaching musical theatre for young people. Thank you to her incredible husband Jake and three boys, Royce, Hayes and Nash for all their love and support. She would also like to thank you, the audience, for supporting local theater! 

EMILY TRUELOVE (Poppy) is so excited to be making her TA debut! She is a senior at UT Arlington studying musical theater and minoring in dance. Recent credits include Medium Alison in Fun Home and Broadway Our Way at Uptown Players, Sally in Cabaret at UTA and dancer/choreographer in Dance in Flux with the Maverick Dance Company. Emily is also a theater teacher and playwright, with two short plays produced by UTA. She would like to thank her two cats for their consistent devotion as well as the cast, crew and production team for their dedication! IG: @_emilytruelove

Meet the Production Team of

CHERYL DENSON (Director) is a theatrical director, designer and actress working for major theaters in Dallas and around the country. Ms. Denson has directed Fun Home, The Cake, Angels in America Parts 1 and 2, Hair (2007 Leon Rabin Nominee), Altar Boyz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Victor/Victoria, The Boy from Oz, Catch Me If You Can, End of the Rainbow,  It’s Only a Play, The Full Monty, Titanic, La Cage Aux Folles, A Year With Frog and Toad, Oklahoma, The King and I, Carousel, Master Class, Bye, Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly!, Fiorello, The Most Happy Fella and The Sound of Music. Past recognition for direction includes After the Fair (1997 Leon Rabin Award), The Most Happy Fella (1998 Leon Rabin Award), Gypsy (1999 Leon Rabin Award), Richard Corey (2000 Leon Rabin Nominee), A Christmas to Remember (2001 Leon Rabin Nominee) and many other shows. Cheryl also has a Rabin award for acting and numerous Dallas Critic forum awards, and other area awards for acting and directing. Cheryl is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA. She has worked in television/radio as an on-camera performer and voice talent and behind the scenes as a set/costume designer for over 60 stage shows, television commercials and industrial films. Cheryl holds an M.F.A. from Trinity University and a B.A. from Baylor University.

MARIA LEON HICKOX (Stage and Production Manager) is excited to continue with Theatre Arlington as the resident stage and production manager. Maria has recently stage-managed the 2022 season here at Theatre Arlington. Which included great shows like Hooray for the Holidays, The Cake, Biloxi Blues, Black Comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Piano Lesson and Sister Act. Maria’s other works have included stage manager for Always, Patsy Cline and Greater Tuna with Bright Star Productions, production manager at Casa Manana for the 2017-2020 seasons and props designer at Casa Manana for the 2016 -2017 seasons. Maria would like to thank her friends and family for their support, especially her husband Josh Hickox. Love you!

MICHAEL GREEN (Assistant Stage Manager) is once again at home at Theatre Arlington. While this time he is working behind the scenes he was last seen on the TA stage as Rodger in Hooray for Holidays. Former Theatre Arlington roles include Monsignor O’Hara in Sister Act, Senator JT Wingwoah in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Roger in Hooray for Holidays 2019. Favorite past shows include The Wedding Singer (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (WCT) and Asher in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  WCT). When not on the stage Michael enjoys working behind the scenes and has been a part of many Theatre Arlington projects this year including Spelling Bee and The Comedy Club series. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and directors of the show!                                                                                                                       

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), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and The Cake. Kevin is an award winning set designer and interior designer who owns Studio Brown Designs. 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,  t’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 just finished a world premier play, Silver Foxes,by the writers of the Golden Girls and director Michael Urie. Kevin gives thanks to his friend Charla for her consistent encouragement.     

BRYAN STEVENSON (Lighting Designer) holds a B.F.A. in theater from Texas Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in design from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has designed at many local theater 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 of Stagehands Union, IATSE Local 126.

RYAN SIMON (Sound Designer) is a sound designer, composer and playwright from Fort Worth, Texas. He is graduated of Texas Wesleyan University where he earned his B.F.A. in musical theater. Ryan has previously worked as sound designer for Theatre Arlington on Gypsy, Hooray for Holidays, The Cake, Black Comedy, Spelling Bee, The Piano Lesson and Sister Act. Recent sound design credits include Fabulation, Lil & Satchmo, If Pretty Hurts and Moon Man Walk (Jubilee Theatre); Guards at the Taj and On the Exhale (Stage West); and Fences (Circle Theatre). Ryan is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

KAREN POTTER (Costume Designer) has had her work seen in various theaters and film festivals across the country. She is a designer for theater, opera, film and television. She currently works as an Assistant Professor at 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.

WENDY SEARCY-WOODE (Scenic Artist) is an award winning scenic designer, builder and painter. She has been working in and around the DFW theater community for more than 15 years. She has contributed to more than 220 shows, some of her favorites have included Mamma Mia (Grandbury Opera House), Gypsy (Firehouse Theatre) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (MainStage Irving). There are many more. This is her first time working with Theatre Arlington. She is incredibly grateful to Kevin Brown for inviting her to take part in this project.

ROBIN DOTSON (Properties Designer) is the proud mother of college senior Sydney, who discovered the wonderful world of theater through Theatre Arlington when she was 9 and is now majoring in musical theater! A newly retired elementary teacher, Robin has worked on props for many TA shows. Some of her favorites from the past few seasons include Calendar Girls, Legally Blonde, Footloose, 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sister Act and Gypsy. Enjoy the show!