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We are thrilled to welcome back some familiar faces as well as add many new ones to the Cumberland Theatre team!
Erik Alexis  (Martin in Fool for Love, Phillip/Freddy in Noises Off, Harry in Night of the Living Dead)
Erik is thrilled to return to the Cumberland Theatre, having made his debut as Father Chenille in last season’s production of Drinking Habits. Erik has performed extensively in the Annapolis area, with notable roles including Valmont is Les Liaisons Dangereuses, John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell, and The Chairman/Mayor Sapsea in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He has also frequently appeared as a guest artist in Live Arts Maryland’s Broadway in Annapolis productions, appearing in Oklahoma, Once Upon a Mattress, and The Fantasticks among many others. When not acting, Erik enjoys writing and going to the movies, in recent years developing a particular affinity for Bollywood films.
Daniel Atwood (Bill in Mamma Mia, Bob in White Christmas)  Dan is thrilled to be back at the Cumberland Theatre. Previous credits include Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Daniel), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical (Lawrence Jameson), 1776 (John Dickenson), How to Succeed in Business…(J.B. Biggley),The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Daniel), The Producers (Roger DeBris), The Pirates of Penzance (Major General), and Treasure Island (Dr. Livsey).  Daniel has also been seen in the movie Roommates with Peter Faulk and D.B. Sweeney, and most recently appeared in the Cinemax television show Banshee with Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune) and Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  As a singer, Daniel has also shared the stage with rock-n-roll legends including The Temptations, The Monkees, The Drifters, and many others.  Outside of his performance career, Daniel serves as The Director of Bands at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.  He wishes to express his sincere thanks to his family and friends for their continued love and support, and send a special thanks to his incredible theatre family for making this such a great experience!
Timothy Bambara (eorgie/Weber in Gypsy, Assistant Stage Manager/Father Alex in Mamma Mia, Set Designer for Closer, Vince in Night of the Living Dead)  Tim is thrilled to be a part of Cumberland Theatre’s 30th season!  Local acting credits include Cumberland Theatre’s productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as Andre and Drinking Habits as George, The Embassy Theatre’s productions of Cabaret as Cliff Bradshaw and Arsenic and Old Lace as Mortimer Brewster, and Front and Centre Stage’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as Theseus.  Much love to my family, friends, and co-pilot.
Erik Alexis  (Martin in Fool for Love, Phillip/Freddy in Noises Off, Harry in Night of the Living Dead)
Erik is thrilled to return to the Cumberland Theatre, having made his debut as Father Chenille in last season’s production of Drinking Habits. Erik has performed extensively in the Annapolis area, with notable roles including Valmont is Les Liaisons Dangereuses, John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell, and The Chairman/Mayor Sapsea in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He has also frequently appeared as a guest artist in Live Arts Maryland’s Broadway in Annapolis productions, appearing in Oklahoma, Once Upon a Mattress, and The Fantasticks among many others. When not acting, Erik enjoys writing and going to the movies, in recent years developing a particular affinity for Bollywood films.
Daniel Atwood (Bill in Mamma Mia, Bob in White Christmas)  Dan is thrilled to be back at the Cumberland Theatre. Previous credits include Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Daniel), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical (Lawrence Jameson), 1776 (John Dickenson), How to Succeed in Business…(J.B. Biggley),The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Daniel), The Producers (Roger DeBris), The Pirates of Penzance (Major General), and Treasure Island (Dr. Livsey).  Daniel has also been seen in the movie Roommates with Peter Faulk and D.B. Sweeney, and most recently appeared in the Cinemax television show Banshee with Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune) and Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  As a singer, Daniel has also shared the stage with rock-n-roll legends including The Temptations, The Monkees, The Drifters, and many others.  Outside of his performance career, Daniel serves as The Director of Bands at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.  He wishes to express his sincere thanks to his family and friends for their continued love and support, and send a special thanks to his incredible theatre family for making this such a great experience!
Timothy Bambara (eorgie/Weber in Gypsy, Assistant Stage Manager/Father Alex in Mamma Mia, Set Designer for Closer, Vince in Night of the Living Dead)  Tim is thrilled to be a part of Cumberland Theatre’s 30th season!  Local acting credits include Cumberland Theatre’s productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as Andre and Drinking Habits as George, The Embassy Theatre’s productions of Cabaret as Cliff Bradshaw and Arsenic and Old Lace as Mortimer Brewster, and Front and Centre Stage’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as Theseus.  Much love to my family, friends, and co-pilot.
Matt J. Bannister (Lloyd in Noises Off, Director of Noises Off)  Matt is delighted to be part of another season at the Cumberland Theatre featuring in his fourth show and his second as director. After making his debut as The Actor in the 2016 production of The Woman in Black, Matt directed Drinking Habits last summer before returning to the stage as Palmer in the conspiracy thriller, Yankee Tavern. He will also be reprising his role as Lloyd Dallas (for the third time) for which he won the Broadway World Best Actor in a Play (Non-Equity) award for the Baltimore region for his performance in Noises Off at Way Off Broadway back in 2016. Originally from London, England, Matt moved to Maryland in 2009. Since his return to the stage in 2014, Matt has been acting and directing throughout Maryland and has appeared in two mainstage shows for the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), Fred’s Diner and One Man Two Guvnors. 

Alex Barrett  (Pepper in Mamma Mia)  Alex is thrilled to be returning to Cumberland Theatre! He was seen last summer on the Cumberland Theatre stage in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Alex graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in the spring of 2016. He has performed in numerous productions around the Richmond area as well as Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre in Winchester Va. Some of his favorite professional  theatre credits include The Cat In The Hat - Seussical The Musical, Livi – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat, Chicago, Les Miserables, Shrek The Musical. Originally from Richmond Virginia, Alex has spent the past six months in Miami Florida as he is a part of the Entertainment Staff with Carnival Cruise Line. He will be returning to Carnival Cruise Line for a third contract this fall sailing the Caribbean on the Carnival Glory. Alex would like to thank the amazing Cumberland Theatre team for the warm welcome back, and to his friends and family for their love and support in all that he does.  (

Tai Baumann  (Ensemble in Mamma Mia, Ensemble in White Christmas) Tai Baumann is excited to be a part of Cumberland Theatre’s 2018 season. Just graduating from Allegany High School, Tai has been known for his roles in “Fiddler on the Roof” (Tevye), “The Sound of Music” (Captain Georg Von Trapp), and “A Christmas Carol” (The Ghost of Christmas Present). Tai would like to thank his family, his girlfriend Katie, and Mrs. Wadsworth for all of their support and help!

Katie Benson (Ensemble in Mamma Mia) Katie is thrilled to be in this summer’s production of Mamma Mia! She was most recently seen in Cumberland Theatre’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels last year. Katie is a 2017 graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. She currently does social media marketing in Cumberland and teaches voice lessons at Mountain

City Center for the Arts. Some of her favorite roles include Crissy in HAIR, Columbia in The

Rocky Horror Show, and Marcy in Dog Sees God. Katie would like to thank her husband and her

family for continuing to support her love for the arts. Much love to the cast and crew!

Ava Breighner  (Karen in Night of the Living Dead) Ava is hungry to play the role of Karen Cooper in Night of the Living Dead! She got her start in theatre at four years old and has been acting since. Her last time on the Cumberland Theatre Stages, she performed as a Munchkin/Coronor in the Wizard of OZ. She has performed with many local theatre companies over the past 10 years. Ava is an aspiring artist dabbling in watercolor, ink, pencil and acrylics. When she is not being attacked by Zombies, she studies violin, vocals, musical theatre and piano. She would like to thank her family, friends and mentors for their support!

Rebekah Brown  (Stage Manager for Fool for Love, Stage Manager for Mamma Mia)  Rebekah is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University where she studied theatre. During her time at FSU, she acted as production stage manager for multiple productions including Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3) and World War II Radio Christmas.  Recently, Rebekah was one of four students in the country to be accepted into the Stage Management Master's Degree program at Yale University.  This is her second season stage managing for the Cumberland Theatre. Her previous credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Drinking Habits. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Tom Dacey Carr (Eddie in Fool for Love) Tom is thrilled to making his Cumberland Theatre debut. Chicago credits include work with TUTA, Erasing the Distance, Victory Gardens, Next Theatre, Organic Theatre, and JPAC. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park and Playmakers Repertory Theatre. He received his MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a founding member of Facility Theatre. He is incredibly thankful for the love and support from his family. 

Jennifer Clark (Costumer for Gypsy, Mamma Mia, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and White Christmas)  Jennifer is excited to be working with the Cumberland Theatre this season. She holds a B.S. from Frostburg State University in Theatre and Speech Communications and an M.F.A. in Fashion Design from The Academy of Art University. Jennifer has worked in various costume roles at Frostburg State University, Colonial Williamsburg, and currently designs custom costumes and bridal apparel for happy customers. She would like to thank her husband William, her children Lillian and Cullen, and her extended family for their unwavering support. Theatre represents life. The good. The bad. The dreams. The nightmares. Jennifer sends great thanks to the audience. Without the patrons there is no art of theatre!

Matthew Clark (Eddie in Mamma Mia)

Matthew Glen Clark is thrilled to return to the Cumberland Theatre stage for Mama Mia. A native of Ellerslie, Maryland, he is currently going into his senior year at West Virginia University in the Musical Theatre Studio program.  Recent credits include Young Frankenstein (Kemp) and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Linus) with West Virginia Public Theatre, Assassins (John Hinckley Jr.) and The Three Musketeers (Lord Buckingham) at West Virginia University, and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Tackaberry) with Cumberland Theatre.  Special Thanks to Kim, Mom and Dad!  

William J. Clark (Harry in Mamma Mia, Ralph in White Christmas) William has been a part of the local theatre scene for what seems like forever. He is an alumnus of the theatre department of Frostburg State University. With nearly 25 years and numerous shows under his belt he is excited to be a part of "Mama Mia" and “White Christmas”. You may have seen him perform Aat the National Pike Opry House at the Hen House, Apple Alley Players, Cumberland Theatre and Mountain City Center for the Arts. Some favourite roles include: Bluto in Popeye's got a Brand New Bag, Curly in Oklahoma, Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, Will Rodgers in Made in America, John Adams in 1776 and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing. William would like to thank his wife Jennifer, and his children Lillian, and Cullen for all their love and support.  William would also like to thank you the patrons of the arts. You the audience play the most important role in everything we do. Thank You and feel free to take some of the applause home with you. You deserve it.  William would also like to dedicate each matinee performance to his Mother. 

Shawn Cox (Chief McClellend in Night of the Living Dead)  Tour: Titanic (2nd National Tour). NYC: The Business of Passion, Death of an Angel, Loud, Dream Mountain, Orphan Train, and various workshops, staged readings, and demo recordings.  Regional: Deathtrap, Jane Eyre, Bat Boy, Jekyll & Hyde,  Jesus Christ Superstar, 1776, Amadeus, Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, City of Angels, and many others over many years.  But you are perhaps more likely to have seen Shawn as a contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (spoiler alert – no millions were won), or as Scorekeeper on Law & Order: SVU (The “Mean” episode).

Katie Culligen  (Brooke/Vicki in Noises Off)  Katie is beyond thrilled to be returning to Cumberland Theatre this season after playing Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show in 2010! Off-Broadway/NY: Golden Fleece Ltd.'s Madame (Helena Rubinstein); Nosedive Prod/Molotov Theatre – Fat Men in Skirts (Pam/Popo). National Tour: Adventure Theatre - Five Little Monkeys (Monkey #2).  DC Area: Quotidian Theatre - Hedda Gabler (Hedda); Round House Theatre - Caroline or Change (Rose u/s, performed - Helen Hayes Nom. 2018); Ford’s Theatre - A Christmas Carol (Sister); Arena Stage - Legacy of Light (Valet); Creative Cauldron - Nevermore (Virginia), Christmas Cabin of Carnaween (Oona), Christmas Carol Memory (Belle, Fred’s Wife); Brave Spirits Theatre - Dr. Faustus (Wagner); Molotov - Blood, Sweat & Fears (Mme. De Merliot); Unexpected Stage Company - Zombie Prom (Coco); Adventure Theatre: Oliver! (Nancy u/s) Imagination Stage: Wind in the Willows (Barge Woman) Film: Game Change, Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You. TV: VEEP, House of Cards, Panic 911, Evil Stepmothers, Deadly Affairs. Education: James Madison University, BA in Theatre.

Kimberly Camacho (Louise in Gypsy)  Kimberly is thrilled to be playing Louise in Cumberland Theatre's production of Gypsy. She is originally from upstate New York and currently resides in the Greenville, SC area. She attended Liberty University, where she studied theatre, as well as sociology. Kim has always loved stories and the many beautiful ways to tell them. Credits include: Freaky Friday(Gretchen/Ellie u/s) Meet Me In St. Louis (Esther u/s) Seussical (Gertrude),Joseph... (Ensemble), Everyman (Good Deeds). She would like to thank her cast, family and friends for the never ending love and support. Learn more about Kim at 

Bill Dennison (Gary/Roger in Noises Off)  Bill is ecstatic to be at Cumberland Theatre once again. At Cumberland Theatre, he has been in several productions including Little Shop of Horrors (Orin), The 39 Steps (Clown 2), Beau Jest (Bob), Every Christmas Story Ever Told (self), Witness for the Prosecution (Meyers), and The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Panch). As a former member of The Annapolis Shakespeare Company, his roles have included Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Richard III (Catesby), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and The Tempest (Antonio). Bill also writes and performs stand up comedy.  

Abbey Duncan (Marjorie Mae in Gypsy)  Abbey Duncan is a student at Mountain Ridge High School where is she is involved in the choir, the drama club, the tennis team, a cheerleader and part of the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.   She studies voice and dance at Mountain City Center for the Arts.  She is a member of the Frostburg United Methodist church where she plays piano and sings as part of the praise team and is an active member of the youth group and theatre ministry.  Abbey has previously appeared as Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach, Jr., Tille in Bugsy Malone, Jr., Jesus in Godspell, Jr., Shawanda in Elf, Jr., Alice in Thoroughly Modern Millie and as a member of the ensemble in Curtains and James and the Giant Peach.  Her first appearance at the Cumberland Theatre was last fall as Kanga in A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail.

Danny Durr (Phil in White Christmas, Choreographer for White Christmas)  Danny is thrilled to be back at the Cumberland Theatre. Danny recently choreographed Nice Work if Can Get It for Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, Florida directed by Clayton Phillips. Danny lives in New York City where he is a dance teacher, fitness instructor, and choreographer. He as choreographed such shows as Saturday Night Fever, Sweet Charity, Hairspray, The Producers, Dreamgirls, etc.  Danny has worked at Broadway Palm, Entracte Theatrix, Broward Stage Door, Pentangle Arts, and West Virginia Public Theatre to name a few. Favorite roles include (Emcee) Cabaret, (Pippin) Pippin, (Richie Cunningham) Happy Days, (Jamie) The Last Five Years, (Leaf Coneybear) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, (Macavity) CATS, (Big Deal) West Side Story, (Greg Gardner) A Chorus Line. Danny will be choreographing Little Shop of Horrors at Baruch College in New York City this year.

Brittany Eberly (Dolores in Gypsy, Ensemble in Mamma Mia, Assistant Choreographer for Gypsy and Mamma Mia)  Brittany started dancing as a toddler locally in Frostburg and then as a teen in Pittsburgh, PA. Brittany attended Towson University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She trained under many movement artists including Runqiao Du, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Sandra Perez, and Lester Holmes. Brittany has performed in local shows at Potomac State, Cumberland Theater, and The Embassy Theatre: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mary Poppins, How to Succeed in Business, Young Frankenstein, Wizard of Oz, 1776 and Cabaret. Locally, she choreographed Carrie the Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at CT as well as American Idiot for Front & Centre Stage. Brittany is very excited to be part of the 30th season at CT as choreographer and a performer! 

McClairen Eisenhour (Baby Louise in Gypsy)  McClairen is so excited to be working with Cumberland Theatre in the role of Baby Louise. She started theatre at age nine, when she played the role of Mushu in Mulan Jr. with Cumberland’s One and Only. Gypsy will be McClairen’s fifteenth show. Some of her other roles include Amazing Mayzie in Seussical Jr, The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition, Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods Jr, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Young Performers Edition, Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach, and Brigitta von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Last summer, McClairen was chosen for a theatre camp in New York City, where she was cast as Lavender in Matilda Jr. under the direction of Tim McDonald, iTheatrics. McClairen has been to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia twice and this year was nominated as the Female All-Star in her performance group. She just recently took a trip to New York City for the Broadway Student Summit where she attended six workshops under the direction of Broadway professionals. McClairen takes voice, acting, piano, ballet and tap lessons. She is also a member of the pre-professional performance group, Team Teal at Mountain City Center for the Arts.

Courtney Feiman (Sophie in Mamma Mia, Poppy in Noises Off)

Courtney is originally from Atlanta, GA,  and is thrilled to be returning to Cumberland Theatre. Some of her regional credits include Yankee Tavern (Cumberland Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Chesapeake Shakespeare Co.), As You Like It (Maryland Renaissance Festival), The Mousetrap (Florida Rep), One Slight Hitch (Florida Rep), Dividing the Estate (Florida Rep), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Florida Rep). She has also performed in several touring children shows, Journey   to Oz   and   The True Story of the Three Little Pigs  with Florida Repertory Theatre, and American Giants of Science, Gus Goes Green, and Storybook Tales with Bright Star Theatre. Courtney would like to thank her family and friends for always encouraging her to follow her dreams! 

Laura Godfrey (Music Director for White Christmas)

Laura is very excited to be joining the CT family this season. Laura teaches music and is Choral Director at Mt. Savage Middle School. She has been performing in both professional and amateur theater for most of her life. She can regularly be found in the “pit” orchestras at Cumberland Theater, Frostburg State University, Allegany High School and Mt. Ridge High School where she has been Musical Director for the last 5 seasons. She has played for such shows as Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweeny Todd, Rent, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Brigadoon, and Fiddler on the Roof to name a few. Laura lives in Cumberland with her husband Robert and has three children, Emma, Robin, and Patrick.

Jennifer Grein (Stage Manager for Noises Off, Closer and Night of the Living Dead)

Jennifer is excited to be part of the Cumberland Theatre team this season. Previously, she has stage managed "Carrie: the Musical" with CT, "Grease," with Front &Center Stage, and various productions at Frostburg State University. She looks forward to working on "Noises Off," "Closer," and "Night of the Living Dead" this season.

Ken Griggs  (Herbie in Gypsy, Sam in Mamma Mia)

Ken is humbled and honored to be making his Cumberland Theatre debut! He is a recent transplant from North Carolina where he regularly performed from Raleigh to Wilmington but is ready to call Cumberland and CT his home if they'll have him! Ken would like to thank his own Mama Rose/Donna (aka "Lindsay") for being the best stage wife/mom and mother of his children (allegedly) for her indefatigable love and support for this crazy itch of his that must be scratched which we call Live Theatre. It is unparalleled. It is one of the highest forms of art. Seen once and then gone forever.  Thank you all for supporting it!

Ron Growden (Father in Gypsy, Ezekiel in White Christmas)   Ron lives in the southwestern Penn woods with his child-bride Desiree and three --- make that four --- dogs.  He is delighted to be back at CT, where his last gig was as Stephen Hopkins in 2016’s “1776”.  Other favorite roles since the turn of the century include Muchnik in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Fredericksburg (VA) Playhouse and Grandfather in the 2001-02 US-Canadian tour of ‘Ragtime’. Then there was Bustopher Jones in ‘Cats’, Billy Flynn in ‘Chicago’, Cogsworth in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’, and the Bishop of Digne in ‘Les Misérables’ --- all at Potomac State College, WV.  Atticus Finch in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at the Highlands (NC) Playhouse and the Professor in ‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Backyard Ballroom in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward both provided special challenges and rewards. He did a white-bearded Kris Kringle in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and a rosy-cheeked Clarence Odbody (AS-2) in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ --- both with Cumberland’s Front and Centre Stage.  He even did a tongue-twisting Harold Hill in ’The Music Man’ with the Bedford County (PA) Players.  Truth is, he's been spouting lines for so long, he really has nothing original to say --- there’s no free space up there! A sincere thanks to our wonderful audiences for your continued ‘Fantastick’ (oh yeah, the Boy’s Father --- and first musical theatre role --- with the Stagecrafters of Ft Walton Beach, FL in 1979) support of the Cumberland Theatre and the other arts venues of the region --- all the arts remain crucial to our fair community!

Nicole Halmos (Rose in Gypsy, Dotty/Mrs. Clackett in Noises Off, Director of Closer)  In 2017, Nicole appeared at the Cumberland Theatre as the Mother Abbess in Drinking Habits and as Margaret in Carrie the Musical. Last year she also was seen as Fraulein Schneider in Embassy Theater’s production of Cabaret. Her work includes productions at The Joseph Papp Public Theater, La Mama, The Ontological, The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C., Yale Repertory, Virginia Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Triad Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, The Wellfleet Theater, Mill Mountain Theater and Ford’s Theatre. National tours include Romeo and Juliet, and The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond and Debbie Boone (though not at the same time). Recordings include the world premiere of Maura Ellen’s Three Blondes and a Bowl, David Spencer’s The Fabulist, Cheryl Davis’ and C. Colby Sachs’ Sugar Dumpling and two episodes of Misfit Toys Industries’ premiere season of radio dramas, The Darklands. Nicole is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and teaches acting and voice.

Emily Haworth  (Electra in Gypsy, Helen in Night of the Living Dead)

This is Emily’s first season at Cumberland Theater  Past roles include Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Margaret in Much Ado about Nothing, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  She was a Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret and has had ensemble roles in Chicago, American Idiot, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  She is thrilled to be making her CT debut with such a talented group of artists.

Alexandra Hemphill  (Lisa in Mamma Mia)

Alexandra is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University with a concentration in theatre and a minor in marketing. She’s from Hagerstown Maryland and went to high school at The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. This is her first time working with the Cumberland Theatre but has previously worked with MCCA for their Christmas production and performed as Sister Mary Amnesia at the Embassy Theatre in Cumberland. She is also extremely excited for this production!

Kristina Huegel  (Betty in White Christmas)

Savannah Humbertson  (Agnes in Gypsy, Ali in Mamma Mia, Alice in Closer)

Savannah is pleased to be a part of The Cumberland Theatre’s 2018 season. Savannah will be seen in Gypsy as Agnes, Mamma Mia as Ali, and Closer as Alice. Her most recent roles are The Wicked Witch/Blind Mouse/Ensemble in Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre’s production of Shrek: The Musical (Frederick, MD) Rizzo in Front & Centre’s production of Grease, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bet in Potomac State’s production of Oliver, and Extraordinary Girl in F&C’s production of American Idiot. She has been seen in several other productions throughout the community over the last 5+ years. She can also be seen attending local open mics/sets and benefit concerts.  Savannah is passionate about being a part of the arts community and would like everyone who has given their support along the way.

Karen Hutcheson (Mazeppa in Gypsy, Martha in White Christmas)

Twenty-four years ago, Karen joined the crew of Cumberland Theatre as a replacement follow-spot operator.  Since then, she has had the pleasure to be part of several productions both on and off-stage. Some of her favorite roles include Frau Blucher (Young Frankenstein, 2015,) Yente (Fiddler on the Roof, 2009,) Fraulein Kost (Cabaret, 1996,) Touch Me Feel Me, et al (The Producers, 2013,) and Ruth (Pirates of Penzance, 2012.) Other past performances include The Baker's Wife (Into the Woods, CEM 1) Charity Barnum (Barnum, CEM 1,) and Golde (Fiddler on the Roof, PSC.)  Karen shares her home, with her boys, Connor, Trevor and Brendon, and her husband, Chris.  As always, she would like to thank Kate for the push and Chris for having faith in her.

Krissy Johnson (Donna in Mamma Mia)

Krissy Johnson is thrilled to be making her Cumberland Theatre debut as Donna in MAMMA MIA, a dream role of hers since she saw the original production on Broadway! Classically trained, she received a Bachelor of Music from Trinity University in San Antonio followed by a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Houston. For the last two years she was seen as one of the leads (Cheryl) in Playhouse Productions’ national tour  of WAIST WATCHERS: THE MUSICAL. During her years in NYC, she performed in Off Broadway shows, including MURDERED BY THE MOB, FORGOTTEN BROADWAY, and THE WWOW RADIO MYSTERY HOUR, and in regional theatres, including HOUDINI at the Goodspeed Opera House. A current resident of the Philadelphia area, she has appeared as Mother in RAGTIME, Rita LaPorta in LUCKY STIFF, Mrs. Meers in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Dotty/Mrs. Clackett in NOISES OFF, Mrs. Brice in FUNNY GIRL, Maggie Jones in 42nd STREET, Housekeeper/Maria in MAN OF LA MANCHA, and Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, to name a few. In addition to musical theatre, she presents classical recitals and performs one woman shows at nursing homes and retirement establishments. An eternal student, she also holds a second Masters from La Salle University in family therapy.

Krissy would like to thank her loving and supportive husband, Larry, for allowing her to pursue her dreams and travel around the country, just prolonging their newlywed status!

Grace Kane  (Judy in Night of the Living Dead, Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rhoda in White Christmas)

Grace is a recent graduate of Towson University, having earned her degree in Voice and Creative Writing. Most recently Grace was seen at The Annapolis Opera in the debut performances of her original co-written children’s operas Cinderella (as Cinderella) and Sleeping Beauty (As Wisteria, the evil fairy). Other favorite credits include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical!: The Musical, Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show, and Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.   

Nathaniel Kent  (Larry in Closer)

Nathaniel is a Brooklyn-based actor originally from the Bay Area, CA. Theatre:  We Are Proud To Present... (Playmakers Rep); Mother of the Maid (Shakespeare & Co); Appointment With Death (Cortland Rep); Trevor (Lesser America) and FourFiveOne (Access Theater). In 2008, he co-founded Shelby Company, for which he served as Executive Director until 2014, producing over a dozen original works and appearing in Real Dead Ghosts, Fallsway, Font of Knowledge, The Land Whale Murders, The Luck of the Ibis,  New Beulah and the monthly comedy show Ephemerama  in venues in NYC and across the US and Canada. Film and multimedia credits include the podcasts  The Fall of the House of Sunshine,  Limetown, and  Buick City: 1AM; and web series Basic Witch, Half Full, and  Seeking Sublet. BFA: NYU Tisch. 

Alexis Krey  (June in Gypsy)

Alexis is thrilled to make her Cumberland Theatre debut in Gypsy! She recently performed for RWS Entertainment Group at Storyland Park as Cinderella, and at Carowinds Park in the Holly Jolly Trolley. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, earning a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. There, she performed in Carousel as Louise Bigelow. Alexis also performed on the Red Rocker Dance Team for the NHL Washington Capitals. Other regional credits include Catch Me If You Can at NextStop Theatre, and Shrek and Damn Yankees at Ocean City Theatre Company. Love and thanks to my family and friends!

Beth Lamm-Earl  (Tessie/Seamstress in White Christmas)

Beth is excited to make her debut in the Cumberland Theatre production of White Christmas.  A native of Cumberland, Beth participated in local productions of Sleeping Beauty and A Christmas Carol when she was in middle school.  Beth is a local attorney and operates her own practice, where she focuses on family law.  She is a member of the Cumberland Choral Society.  Beth, her husband, and their two cats live in Garrett County, Maryland.

Johnna Leary  (Tessie Tura in Gypsy, Barbra in Night of the Living Dead)

Johnna Leary is thrilled to return this season after appearing last year as Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sister Philamena in Drinking Habits. She recently appeared as one of the Ensemble Women in Jesus Christ Superstarwith Totem Pole Playhouse and as Marilla Cuthbert in the World Premiere original opera adaptation of Anne of Green Gables at Hartford College. Favorite roles include Belle in A Christmas Carol at Totem Pole Playhouse, Cosette in Les Miserables at Way Off Broadway, Maggie in Lend Me A Tenor at Washington County Playhouse, the title role in Sleeping Beauty at Pumpkin Theatre and a Choir Member in the Regional Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Pittsburgh Musical Theater. In addition to theatrical roles, she has also appeared on several TV shows as a teenager, student or historical woman, featured on Evil Kin and Deadly Affairs on ID Channel, Legends and Lies: The Patriots on FOX, House of Cards on Netflix and The American West on AMC. Johnna graduated from Shepherd University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. When she's not acting, Johnna writes articles and reviews for several newspapers and websites. Thanks to her wonderful parents, family and friends for their great support and thank YOU for supporting the Cumberland Theatre this season!

Patience Loscomb  (Ensemble in Mamma Mia)

Patience is so thrilled to be joining the Cumberland Theatre for their production of Mamma Mia. Patience is from the Eastern Shore but currently lives in Frostburg to work on her degree in music. She has been acting since 2010 in works that include The Diary of Anne Frank, South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins. Patience would like to thank her mother for all the love and support she has shown her, her father for his encouragement and everyone else who has ever believed in her.

Brendon McCabe  (Assistant Stage Manager for Gypsy, Ensemble in Mamma Mia, Assistant Director for Closer, Schroeder in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Ensemble in White Christmas)

Brendon is excited to be back on stage at Cumberland Theatre. You may have seen him on the CT stage as Rev. John Witherspoon in 1776 or as Sonny Latierri in Grease with Front and Centre Stage. Some of his other favorite roles include, Kerchak (Tarzan, Kidspired Productions), Earthworm (James and the Giant Peach, Apple Alley Players), Noah Claypole (Oliver!, PSC), Augustus Gloop (Willy Wonka, PSC) and Stromboli (My Son Pinocchio, Kidspired). Brendon is joining the production staff this season as Assistant Stage Manager for Gypsy and Assistant Director for Closer. He wants to thank his family and friends for their support.

Chris E. McCabe  (Music Director for Gypsy, Costume Designer for Noises Off, Director of White Christmas)

Gypsy marks the 50th show that Chris has done here at CT.   He has also directed for Frostburg State University, Potomac State College and CEM 1 Productions.  Chris has been musical director or director for over 100 shows, among them; Rent, Sweeney Todd, Forever Plaid, Brigadoon, Urinetown, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Rocky Horror, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, My Way, The Wizard of Oz, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Evita, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hair, How to Succeed..., A Year with Frog and Toad, Man of LaMancha, I Love You, You're Perfect. Now Change and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  On stage, Chris has appeared as Tranio (Taming of the Shrew), Henry (The Fantasticks), Lt. Brannigan (Guys and Dolls), Tommy (Brigadoon), Jud Fry (Oklahoma!) and many others.  He shares home with wife Karen and three sons, Connor, Trevor and Brendon.

Connor McCabe  (Yonkers/Pastey in Gypsy, Ensemble in Mamma Mia, Ensemble in White Christmas)

Connor is excited to be back on the CT stage for the 2018 season! You may have seen him in such roles as Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (CT), Charles Thompson in 1776 (CT),  Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical (Frostburg State University), Doody in Grease (Front & Centre Stage), Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach (Apple Alley Players) and Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical (Front and Centre). He is also a black belt in tae kwon do at Kick Masters Karate. Connor would like to thank his family for all the love and support and his friends for always being there cheering him on. “I’ve always loved the theater very much. I’ve always been in it. I hate being away from it. I’m very stubborn--I like to do what I want to do. And what I want to do most is theater” - Sterling Holloway.

John W. McConnell III  (L.A. in Gypsy, Ensemble in White Christmas)

John is a freshman at Mt. Ridge high school, a member of the junior varsity football team and also a member of Mt. Ridge’s “Yahoo’s” mens chorus. John was selected to the all state men’s demonstration choir. John has appeared as Alex the Lion in "Acting Out for ALS's” 2017 spring production of "Madagascar”, Dandy Dan in MCCA's production of "Bugsy, Jr." and a an 8th grade member of the ensemble in Mt. Ridge's production of "Curtain's". John is a student at the Mountain City Center for the Arts and has been a featured member of MCCA's Team Teal for 4 years. John has also portrayed Cinderella's prince in the junior production of “Into the Woods” and has recently been cast as Jimmy the lead in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in Mt. Ridge’s spring production as a freshman which is a true honor. John is a true renaissance man. He is a 7 year guitar student and was also selected to all county chorus in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade year. As an 8th grader John was awarded the Westmar Middle School's "Crazy Cat" as best all around male performer and along with his fellow "Team Teal" group members received the "Freddie G. Award" for Excellence in Acting at the 2017 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, and they recently received the award for Excellence in an Ensemble for 2018. John is very excited to be a part of Cumberland Theatre’s 2018 season.

Rob McDermott  (Dan in Closer)

Rob McDermott is originally from Dublin, Ireland. As a founding member of the theatre group The Company, he has toured with their award-winning work to Germany, England, Portugal, Romania and LA. He has been living for the last year in New York City.

Kole Mitchell McKinley  (Tulsa in Gypsy, Sky in Mamma Mia)

Kole is thrilled to be joining Cumberland Theatre as a part of their 2018 summer season playing parts in two amazing productions! Starting off with the 1959 Sondheim classic Gypsy portraying the role of Tulsa

and later in the summer dancing his was though the ABBA classics inMama Mia!as Sky, Kole is bound to steal your heart!  Being a proud East Carolina University Alumni where he received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance, Kole has had a passion for performing since he was young. He was recently in a wonderful winter production called Home for the Holidays at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ in addition to being a performer at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH through their fall season. Next, Kole can

be seen in St. Louis as a part of a New Musical called End of the Road written by Michael Tahaney and Tyler Griffin which will be performed at the St. Louis Fringe Festival as one of two new headline musicals

this summer! Kole is gracious for this next opportunity and thanks his family, friends, and MT Class of ’17 for their constant love and support. Find out more about Kole at:

Meagan Michelson  (Rosie in Mamma Mia)

Meagan is elated to make her Cumberland Theatre debut in a show that she unabashedly loves! Splitting her time between NYC and her hometown of Boston, Meagan has made the cabaret rounds with her one-woman show, MOTHER MARY SAYS TO ME, which she premiered at Feinstein’s/54 Below to a fab reception! Regionally, she has wreaked shrewish havoc as Domina in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at Priscilla Beach Theatre, cross-dressed and discoed as Mia/Oberon in American Repertory Theatre’s THE DONKEY SHOW, decked the halls in Hanover Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and caused a stir as busybody Mirala in Barrington Stage Company's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. She also toured the country as a gospel-belting octopus in ArtsPower’s THE RAINBOW FISH, and as a peri-menopausal divorcee looking’ to shed a few pounds in WAISTWATCHERS: THE MUSICAL! Meagan holds her M.F.A in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and her B.A. in English from Harvard. Oh, and she can do one heck of a Cher impression. Thank you to Rhett, Kim, Arbender, Nicole, and FSE. All my love to Mom and Helen!

Whitney O'Haver  (Patty in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Ensemble in White Christmas)

Whitney is very excited to be doing shows for the second year at Cumberland Theatre! Recent shows she has been a part of are Carrie: The Musical (Cumberland Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Acting Out of ALS), and Wedding Singer (Apple Alley Players); to name a few. She has only been acting for 3 years now so every opportunity is one she is  forever thankful for, and helps her grow as a performer and a person. "Theatre has completely changed me, and will always be a big part of my life. That's why I always tell my friends and family, and really anyone I meet, to support the arts!!"


Darrell Rushton  (Director of Fool for Love)

Darrell has been a fixture at the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2000.  He earned his MFA in Theatre Pedagogy, at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he choreographed fights for The Rivals. He has been a guest artist at West Virginia University, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia Thespian Festivals, and has taught at regional Stage Combat Workshops around the country, including the Chicago Winter Wonderland, the Virginia Beach Bash, the Seattle Sockeye, the Allegany Alley Fight and Denver’s Rumble in the Rockies.  Most recently, he was the Fight Director for the West Virginia Public Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet.  He currently serves as the Secretary for the Society of American Fight Directors, and has been a member since 2000.  At Frostburg State, he has been the fight director for The Mousetrap, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, Of Mice and Men, Urinetown, Breath, Boom, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Violet Hour, Romeo and Juliet, Flyin’ West, Fuddy Meers, Loves Labors Lost, I Hate Hamlet and Man of LaMancha. Professionally, his fight choreography has been featured in Windwood Theatricals Urban Cowboy and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Cumberland Theatre's Jekyll and Hyde and Brigadoon. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, the Society of American Fight Directors, Phi Mu Alpha and is an Associate Member of the SDC. Publications include articles in the ATME Journal, the Fight Master: Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors, and The Cutting Edge.  TV and Film appearances include One Life to Live, All My Children, and Saturday Night Live in New York and Traffic, Runaway Bride, and Shot in the Heart in the DC/Baltimore area. Theatre appearances include The Woman in Black, Twelfth Night, Hairspray, Jekyll and Hyde, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Taming of the Shrew and Brigadoon at the Cumberland Theatre and Regional appearances in Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois.



Rachel Saylor  (Costume Designer for Fool for Love)

Rachel is a senior theatre major at Frostburg State University where she has designed ten main stage productions in sound, lights, and costumes. She has also worked as the first hand in the FSU costume shop for seven semesters. Her costume work for FSU’s Around the World in 80 Days has been recognized by the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Festival. Upon graduation, Rachel will pursue an MFA in costume design.

Kelly Schrecengost  (Music Director for Mamma Mia)

Kelly Schrecengost grew up in Cresaptown, Maryland. She received her training at Summit University of PA where she studied under Dr. Larry Kauffman. She has worked with recording artists Babbie Mason and Bruce Greer. Her most recent engagements include accompanying the musicals Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cinderella, Charlie Brown, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors and Winnie the Pooh A Christmas Tail. She lives in Cumberland with her husband and five of her six children.

Phillip Schroeder  (The Old Man in Fool for Love)

Phillip Schroeder is new to the area and so this marks his debut here at Cumberland Theatre.

An Assistant Professor of Design in the Frostburg State University Theatre and Dance department, 

Phillip is pleased to be back on stage.  His past credits include; Giles Corey in The Crucible; George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf; and Vasca in The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He dedicates this performance to Billy Max "Butch" Acox, wherever he may be....

Sissy Sheridan  (Baby June in Gypsy, Susan in White Christmas)

Sissy is a 13-year-old screen and stage actress from Washington, D.C. She is most known for the 2018 Netflix series, Maniac , starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.  Other TV/Film credits include Amazon’sMozart in the Jungle (2015 Golden Globe Winner), TV One’s For My Man, For Hope, The Catcher, andPaper Airplanes. Sissy also has an extensive theatre background. Recent credits include Annie at Olney Theatre Center (Pepper), Annie Warbucks Off-Broadway (Duffy) , and Willy Wonka at NextStop Theatre Company (Veruca Salt).  When not performing Sissy enjoys taking tap, making iMovies with her friends, binge-watching ‘The Office,’ and telling jokes she collects from popsicle sticks. Sissy is so excited to take on an iconic role like "Baby June." Sissy thanks God, her Mom and Dad, brother, G. Gardner Talent Management, and the entire Cumberland Theatre team.  Website: Instagram: @SissySheridanOfficial 

Kevin Shreve (General Waverly in White Christmas)

Kevin is pleased to be making his debut for the Cumberland Theatre in the role of General Waverly.  Kevinhas performed in Potomac State productions in several roles including Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”, Javert in “Les Misérables”, Mr. Banks in “Mary Poppins”,Candyman in “Willy Wonka” and Will in “Oklahoma.”  He has worked with Apple Alley Players in the roles of the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”, Caiaphas in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and Reuben in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  Kevin also played the role of Jonathan Brewster in the Embassy Theatre production of "Arsenic and Old Lace".  

Kevin has been a vocalist with several music groups and ministries over the last thirty years and  has performed across the east coast.  Professionally, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Petro‐Chemical 

Engineering and an MBA.  He is employed as a Program Manager at Orbital ATK.  Kevin thanks his wife, 

Judy, and two sons, Caleb and Zach, for their support.   

Gary Tucker  (Ben in Night of the Living Dead)

Gary Darrell Tucker II, born August 17th, 1978, is a native of Washington DC, and a longtime resident of

Dover, Delaware. After earning an Associate’s Degree from Barber Scotia College (Concord, NC) in 1997,

he continued his education at Delaware State University (Dover, DE) and discovered his new found

passion for theater under the guidance of the “3 Babas of Black Theater”; Dr. Damu Kenyatta, Rep. Dr.

Donald Blakey, and the late Dr. Don Brown. Upon graduating from D.S.U. in 2001 with a B.A. in T.V.

Production and a Minor in Theater, he decided to turn his love into an acting career in 2005. Since then

he has culminated numerous credit in film, commercial, voice overs, live, but primarily focused becoming

a unionized Theater professional. He has had the privilege of displaying his talents throughout many

prestigious venues across the Mid Atlantic area, including; the Grand Opera House (DE), the Wilmington

Drama League (DE), the Everett Theatre (DE), the Church Hill Theater (MD), the Wright Theater/Univ. of

Baltimore (MD), FrightLand Haunted Attractions (DE), and now the Cumberland Theater (MD). Along

with an acting career, he is also a small business owner (Targeted Content LLC) and an independent

feature film producer (Love and Deciet-2016). Mr. Tucker is extremely honored by the opportunity to

perform at the Cumberland and would like to extend his sincerest thanks and gratitude to not only the

Director Kimberli Rowley, fellow cast, crew, and the Cumberland Administrative Committee, but also to

God/the Universe, family, colleagues, and close friends, for without their support, patience, and

encouragement, much of his success would not have been possible. And a special shout out to the late

George Romero.....and...zombies..?

Brielle Windle  (Geraldine in Gypsy)

Brielle is thrilled to be making her debut with the Cumberland Theatre!  A 14 year old freshman at Mountain Ridge, she caught the acting bug in the 4th grade, and has been seen in over 25 local productions since that time!  At school, Brielle is also a member of the Diamonds, chorus, and the Grace Notes. "Thank you so much to everyone who has taught me and mentored me along the way, to CT for providing this opportunity, and to the cast and crew for all of the hard work!”

Jim Wicker  (Selsdon in Noises Off)

Jim is pleased to return to the Cumberland Theatre, where he made his debut in last season’s

Yankee Tavern. His recent theatrical credits elsewhere include Superior Donuts, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,

Hamlet, Heroes, and Yellowman. Jim has featured roles in the film Waiting on Mary and The Lost Digit.

He is also the literary manager for The Radio Theatre Project in St. Petersburg, Florida. A retired drama

teacher, Jim now divides his time between his homes in Tampa and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North

Carolina. His life is good.

Curtis Westfall  (East Kansas in Gypsy)

Curtis has been involved with theatre for 9 years and over 40 productions. His favorite roles include Gavroche in Les Miserables, Neleus in Mary Poppins, and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof at Potomac State College. He has also been seen as Jesus in Godspell Jr with Apple Alley Players and Billy in On Golden Pond with the Cumberland Theatre. He currently attends Potomac State College and choreographs musicals for Keyser Middle School and Apple Alley Players.

Sarah Usary  (Stage Manager for Gypsy)

Sarah is thrilled to be joining the Cumberland Theatre for the first time. When she’s not in the theatre, she spends her days backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Recent stage management credits include— My Name Is Asher Lev, The Farnsworth Invention—ASM (1st Stage); Blue Stockings, The Trojan Women (Shenandoah Conservatory); My Fairy Lady, Sweeney Todd, The Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors—ASM (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre). Education: BFA Theatre Design and Production, Shenandoah Conservatory.

Carrie Wolford Watson  (Miss Cratchitt in Gypsy)

Carrie has been very active in local theatre for the past five years.  Her most recent roles were Mrs. Gloop in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Miss Lynch in Grease.  She was also seen in Shrek, Spring Awakening, Fiddler on the Roof and the Vagina Monologues.  Carrie is a 7th grade teacher at Keyser Middle School in Keyser, WV - where she serves on the drama department team as their acting coach and production assistant.  Carrie also enjoys working as Sycamore Run Group Homes as a substitute.

Nina "Leo" Wollan  (Ensemble in Mamma Mia, Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Ensemble in White Christmas)

Leo has been involved in the performing arts since she was seven years old, and has always felt most at home when performing onstage with her friends. After graduating high school, she left her home in Cumberland, Maryland to live on her own in Pittsburgh, but recently returned to continue performing in local theatre and spend time with family. Her most notable role is Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, as well as taking on many featured singing roles in her career, such as Alysha in American Idiot the Musical, Nancy in Bye Bye Birdie, and Patricia Fodor in Crazy for You. "I really hope that everyone sees the passion and hard work that all of the actors put into these shows. We all love what we do, and we add a little piece ourselves into each role." Leo hopes to continue performing for the rest of her life, and would one day love to study music education and become a school choir director.

Kirk Yutzy  (Tim in Noises Off, Tom in Night of the Living Dead, Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Kirk is excited to be a part of the Cumberland Theatre's 30th season. This is Kirk's sixth season working with Cumberland Theatre. Recent roles include Igor in "Young Frankenstein," Sir Bedivere in "Spamelot," George in "Carrie: The Musical," Paul Bratter in "Barefoot In The Park", and Arnold Burns in "A Thousand Clowns." Kirk would like to thank the directors for the opportunity to be a part of this season and hopes that everyone enjoys the show!

Laurie Clem  (Costume Designer for Night of the Living Dead)

This is Laurie's first season working for the Cumberland Theatre.  She has designed costumes for Potomac State College of WVU, Apple Alley Players and the Embassy Theatre for the past decade.  Notable credits include:  Cabaret, Chicago, Pippin, Wizard of Oz, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, The Wedding Singer, Les Miserables, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Mary Poppins.  When she's not making other people look good, Laurie also finds time to be on the stage in various dancer/ensemble roles.  

Steve Knapp  (Lighting Design for Gypsy and Mamma Mia, Lighting/Sound/Visual Effects Design for Closer and Night of the Living Dead)

Steve Knapp is a theatrical technician from Frederick Maryland, having been on and off stage for the last 22 years, he is excited to be a part of the 2018 season here at Cumberland Theatre. Steve has designed numerous shows in the region including community and professional theater as well as assisting local high schools in training students to develop concepts, designs and plots, as well as operating lighting consoles and sound boards. He is currently the in house lighting designers for Other Voices Theatre in Frederick, MD where he also serves on the Steering Committee.( Steve has been nominated several times for his designs with and recently won for best set design with The Fredericktowne Players for his design of “Into The Woods.” Other favorite theatrical credits include: Lighting – “The Secret Garden” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Other Voices Theatre, Frederick, MD) “The Addams Family” and “Shrek” (Washington County Playhouse, Hagerstown, MD) “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (The Old Opera House, Martinsburg, WV) and “The Merry Widow” (Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Rockville, MD) Audio – “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Totem Pole Playhouse, Chambersburg, PA) “The Little Mermaid” (Walkersville High School, Walkersville, MD) “The Wiz” and “Nunsense” (Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore, MD). Steve would like to thank Kimberli and Rhett for giving him the opportunity to bring light to the massive amounts of talent appearing on stage this season. He is forever thankful to his amazing wife, Taylor, for being his constant and endless supply of love and support and bringing light to his stage. Thank you for helping rekindle the love of theatre and believing that anything can be possible with a little bit of work.  Thank you to all the patrons for supporting live theatre, without you, we would not get the chance to do what we love! Break legs to all the performers, crew, directors and staff here at Cumberland Theatre. DO MUCH!

Kimberli Rowley, Artistic Director

(May in Fool For Love, Director/Choreographer of Gypsy, Tonya in Mamma Mia, Choreographer for Mamma Mia, Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off, Anna in Closer, Director of Night of the Living Dead, Judy in White Christmas)

Kim is an actor, director, choreographer and producer who has worked throughout the region for the past 15 years.  Before accepting the position of Artistic Director in late 2016, Kim was a regular on the Cumberland Theatre stage appearing in such roles as Ulla in THE PRODUCERS, Inga in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Dinah in THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, Smitty in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…, the Wicked Witch in THE WIZARD OF OZ, Karen in UNNECESSARY FARCE, Richard Henry Lee in 1776 and Pinky Tuscadaro in HAPPY DAYS the MUSICAL.  She also performed in the ensembles of HAIR and SPAMALOT and, last season, made appearances as Jolene Oaks in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and Sister Augusta in DRINKING HABITS.  Other favorite roles include:  Sally Bowles in CABARET (twice!), Velma Kelly in CHICAGO, Whatshername in AMERICAN IDIOT, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, the Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS, the title role in MARY POPPINS, Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY, Madame Thenardier in LES MISERABLES, Truvy in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT, Van’s Sister in DOG SEES GOD, Bombulurina in CATS, Olivia in SEX WITH STRANGERS, Cathy in THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Lily St. Regis in ANNIE, Rose Alvarez in BYE BYE BIRDIE, Catherine in PIPPIN and Babette in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (twice!).  Kim served as the Artistic Director for Front & Centre Stage Productions for 10 years before stepping down in 2016.  Most recently, she directed the CT production of CARRE the MUSICAL, which was named on the Top Ten Shows in the State of Maryland for 2017 by the Maryland Theatre Guide.  Other notable directing credits include: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, ANNIE, GREASE, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, DOG SEES GOD, GODSPELL, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, and AMERICAN IDIOT.  She also has served as the resident choreographer for Potomac State College of WVU for the past 12 years, in addition to choreographing for CT, the Embassy Theatre, Apple Alley Players and several schools in the tri-state area.  Choreography credits include:  CABARET, MARY POPPINS, OKLAHOMA!, CHICAGO, PIPPIN, HAIR, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, HOW TO SUCCEED…, THE WIZARD OF OZ, THE MUSIC MAN, and HAIRSPRAY.  Kim has been honored twice by the Allegany Arts Council (2012 and 2017) for her contributions to the arts community.  She also is serves as the chair of the AAC Performing Arts Committee.  Highlights of her eventful theatrical career include learning to do a handstand for a production of BARNUM, swallowing a bug in an outdoor production of OKLAHOMA! during her turn as Ado Annie, eating 5 bananas in 15 minutes in ALL IN THE TIMING:  WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, and learning the role of Mary Poppins – just 24 hours before curtain!  Kim is grateful to her family and friends for all their help, support and love over the years.  She is also thankful to get to work with and learn from so many talented artists every day.  Most importantly, Kim is inspired by and thankful to her amazing husband and partner in all things, Tylor, for giving her unconditional love, constant support and unending patience and understanding.

Rhett Wolford, Artistic Director

(Set/Sound Design for Fool For Love, Set Design for Gypsy, Director of Mamma Mia, Set/Sound Design for Noises Off, Johnny in Night of the Living Dead, Set Design for Night of the Living Dead, Mr. Snoring Man/Mike in White Christmas, Set Design for White Christmas)

Rhett is in his second season as Co-Artistic Director for CT, and is excited as ever for the 30th season! Born and raised in PA, he has always had a passion for all things theatre. He has been apart of numerous shows in the area on and off stage, most notably here at CT. He studied Theatre at Point Park University and Indiana University of PA, but has always loved the stage here at CT. He also has his own production company that does magic shows, mascot designs, puppetry and other creative services. He hopes you joy this awesome theatre experience and visits us again!  His past credits include Cumberland Theatre productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy), Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Himself),1776 (Rutledge), The Wizard of Oz (Zeke/Lion), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Himself),  Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Himself), Young Frankenstein (Fredrick Frankenstein), How to Succeed....( Bud Frump), HAIR (Claude), Spamalot! (Robin), Spelling Bee (Chip), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod),   Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), RENT(Benny), Rocky Horror (Brad), Plaid Tidings (Sparky), Jekyll and Hyde (Bishop) and Shenandoah (Chorus). Front and Center Stage Production of Into the Woods (The Baker). He has also performed with CEM1 Productions in Beauty and the Beast (Beast). Much love and thanks to Lisa and Olive for joining him on this crazy life adventure and for all the love and inspiration. Enjoy the show!

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