Titanic the Musical: In Concert

Sharen Camille (Caroline) *

 

Baltimore audiences may remember Sharen when she played Maria in West Side Story appearing in over 400 performances across the US. She also appeared as Maria throughout European opera houses including Paris, Baden Baden, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg. In New York, Sharen joined the historical ranks of NY's longest running musical The Fantasticks as The Girl.

 

Sharen’s musical theatre career has included tours portraying: Ellie in Showboat, Louisa in The Sound of Music, and Lucy in A Christmas Carol. Her numerous musical theatre productions include: Marian in The Music Man, The Mistress in Evita, Cinderella in Cinderella (with Zsa Zsa Gabor), Louise in Carousel, Agnes in George M, and Godspell.  In Los Angeles she appeared with the Attic Theatre in The Frogs, the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera in Showboat, the Open Fist Theatre in the world premiere of Feets! Don't fail me now, and the Garden Grove Theatre in the Los Angeles premiere of Lovesong.  In her hometown of St. Louis, Sharen has been seen at the St. Louis Art Museum in the title role of Alice in Wonder.com (the World Premiere), Evita at the Muny Opera, Carousel and Annie Get Your Gun with Stages St. Louis, and received kudos for her performances of It’s All True as Olive with the Hothouse Theatre Company, and as the Narrator in As the Eagle Flies with Historyonics.

 

She has delighted cabaret audiences in Baltimore, Annapolis, Los Angeles, Denver (“…voice of an angel” – Denver Post), St. Louis, Hamburg and Paris.  Her versatility has led to successful performances on the classical stage where some of her appearances include: The Magic Flute with the Orlando Opera; Die Fledermaus, Faust and Iolanthe with Nashville Opera; An Evening of Opera with the Belleville Philharmonic, Opera at Florham Park, Central Florida Light Opera and the Los Angeles Premiere Chorale. She has appeared as the soprano soloist in Messiah with the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Belleville Masterworks Chorale and sung the Brahms Requiem, Faure Requiem, and Rutter’s Psalmfest as the soprano soloist. Sharen recorded the CD, Angels We Have Heard On High, which is a wonderful collection of Christmas classics that showcases the voice The Connecticut Post called “pure, powerful and meltingly tender”.  Other recorded works include Porgy and Bess, Amahl and the Night Visitors and L’enfant et Les Sortileges with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

 

Since having her son in 2004, Sharen has expanded her talents to include directing, choreographing, teaching voice/dance/theatre and musical theatre.  She has her BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.  Currently she resides outside of Baltimore with her husband and son.

* Sharen is Appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

 

 

Robyn Bloom (Mme Cardoza) is pleased to be back on the Heritage stage after her last show here, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney). She is also very excited to be back on stage with some of her closest friends after many years. Some of her favorite roles include Madame Thenardier (Les Miserables/HCST), Nancy (Oliver, Silhouette) and Violet (9 to 5, Silhouette). She sends thanks to the David’s for including her in this amazing class of performers. To this cast of clowns - although the ship goes down, there have been many great laughs along the way. 

 

Johnny Dunkerly (Bellboy) is making his debut at Heritage Players. Previously at Silhouette Stages, he was in Legally Blonde: The Musical and Cry-Baby. He will be joining Heritage Players again in April in the ensemble of Sweet Charity. Currently, he attends Anne Arundel Community College where he is pursuing a degree in Visual Arts. In his free time, he loves to be with his precious dog and cat, as well as hang out with his family and friends. Nearly every Sunday, he sings on the worship team at his church. He would like to thank his parents, sister, and friends for their never ending support.

 

Keith G Field (Lightroller, Astor) is thrilled to be a part of this company. Coming as it did during this busy holiday season, he is grateful to his family for indulging him as he seized the opportunity to embark on the Titanic and sing this glorious score. During the last 40+ years, Keith has served as a stage manager; on lighting, sound, makeup, and tech crews; as house manager, accompanist, music director, director, and actor. Recent roles include Harold Hill (The Music Man), Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof), and George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life, A Radio Play). Other favorites: Herr Zangler (On the Razzle), Father Drobney, Krojack, and Kilroy (Don’t Drink the Water), Damis (Tartuffe), Ladislav Sipos (She Loves Me), Horace Vandergelder (Hello, Dolly!), Alfie Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Fabian (Twelfth Night), Franz (Sunday in the Park with George), Billy Einhorn (The House of Blue Leaves) and, last but not least, in the ensemble of The Tender Land where he met his wife, Sarah, 19 years ago.

 

Stephen Foreman (Frederick Barrett) is delighted to be performing in his 3rd show with Heritage Players, having appearing as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical earlier this season. Area roles include William Barfee (Spelling Bee), Warner Huntington III (Legally Blonde) as well as roles in Show Boat, and Miracle on 34th Street at Toby's in Columbia. Stephen would like to thank the amazingly talented cast, and crew of Titanic for making this experience so memorable. Thanks for coming along for the journey. I hope you enjoy the show.

 

John Day (Charles Clark)

 

Stu Goldstone (Harold Bride) is pleased to make his debut with Heritage Players.  Stu was last seen as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors with Artistic Synergy of Baltimore, Love Stinks! at Signature Theatre, and as J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic at Dundalk Community Theatre.  Other roles include M. Richard in Phantom of the Opera (Toby's), Dr. Mendel in Falsettos (Fells Point Corner Theater), Charles Guiteau in Assassins (Spotlighters), Dorothy in the all-male production of The Wizard of Oz with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, and Miss Bible Belt in all five Baltimore-area productions of Pageant.  When not cruising to a watery grave, Stu is an oncology nurse at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

 

Amy E. Haynes (Kate McGowan, Mrs. Eleanor Widener) is thrilled to return to the Heritage Players stage after directing Seussical this past summer. She recently began her term as Secretary of Heritage’s Board of Directors, after serving as Historian for several years. Most recently, Amy was seen as Pepper Walker in Crybaby the Musical with Silhouette Stages. Favorite roles include Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (purple light theatre company), Kate Monster in Avenue Q (Phoenix Festival Theatre), and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress (Miracle Players). Amy would like to thank her incredible family and  amazing friends for all of their love and support. A special shout out to her own “tall, good looking one” for all he does to keep her smiling. A final heartfelt thank you to the Titanic cast and production team for keeping the boat afloat and adding remarkable depth to these iconic characters. Enjoy the show!

 

Thomas "Toby" Hessenauer (Isador Strauss) returns to Heritage Players for his second show in this theater, which is also his 86th in the Baltimore/Annapolis area. A graduate of the University of Rochester, he has studied under members of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Most recently, he has been seen at Dundalk Community Theater in I Hate Hamlet and The 39 Steps as well as Towards Zero and An Evening of Murder at Cockpit in Court. Previous roles include: Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Tony Wendice in Dial M for Murder, and Max Bialystock in The Producers. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) he can be seen in the award winning HBO film Something the Lord Made, HBO's series The Wire, and the Renee Zellwegger film My One and Only. He may also be seen briefly in the most recent of House of Cards.

 

Dave Hill (Murdoch) is beyond happy to be back at Heritage, where he has been seen before in Seussical (Mr. Mayor), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero) and Urinetown (Officer Barrel).  Other notable stage credits include The Sorceror (Alexis), Secret Garden (Dickon),and Ragtime (Younger Brother).   Dave is also a member of the Joyous Voices professional Christmas caroling group.  He would like to thank this cast/crew for being so fun to work with, and his wife, Mari, for her love, support, and amazing ability to put up with him.

 

Alyssa Wellman Houde (Kate Murphey/ Marion Thayer) is excited be working on her first production with the Heritage Players. Some recent credits include: Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), The Addams Family (Alice Beineke) and Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise). She would like to thank the dedicated production team and cast as well as her family and friends for all of their support! 

Paul Kennedy (Fleet) is in his first show with Heritage Players. He was most recently seen as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Miracle Players. Other favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell at Liberty Showcase Theatre, and Jack in Into The Woods with Purple Light Theatre Company. Paul graduated from UMBC in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work.  

 

Jim Knost (Third Officer Pittman/Henry Etches) is making his debut with Heritage Players.  Favorite roles elsewhere include Lord Dundreary in Our American Cousin (New Old Theater), Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Cockpit in Court), Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory), Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy (Dundalk Community Theater), Eric Weiss in Brooklyn Boy (Jewish Theater Workshop), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (Annapolis Summer Garden Theater), Giuseppe Palimieri in The Gondoliers (Washington Savoyards), and Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance (Washington Savoyards).  Thanks for joining us this evening

 

Joey Light (Hartley) is thrilled to be making his debut with Heritage Players.   He has been studying voice performance for 15 years and has worked as a professional choral intern in both Frederick, MD and his hometown of Hagerstown, MD.  Favorite roles include Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Charlie Dowripple in Brigadoon, and Hysterium in A Funny thing Happened on the way to the Forum. He has also performed with opera choruses in Bizet's Carmen, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and Mozart's Cozi Fan Tutti. He has received recognition in vocal performance from Hood College where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and soon after a Masters Degree from Shepherd University; he is currently employed as a Financial Aid Counselor at Baltimore City Community College. Joey would like to thank David Jennings and David Zajic for giving him the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful cast.  He dedicates his performance to his husband Dave Light, and to the memory of his mentor and friend, Dr. Noel Lester. 

 

Mark Lloyd (Jim Farrell) is thrilled to be participating in his first Heritage Players show!  So glad to have been able to work with such an amazingly talented cast and crew.  Mark is a local resident of Baltimore and has performed with various local community theatre companies, most recently appearing in DCT's production of Shrek The Musical, and prior to the as Czolgosz in PFT's production of Assassins.  Many thanks to JM for the continued love and support.

 

Debbie Mobley (Ida Straus) is thrilled to be back on the Heritage stage again. She was recently seen as Miss Lark (HCST, Mary Poppins), and Mother Superior (ASGT, Sister Act). She is honored to bring Ida Straus to life. Ida and Isidor were real people who chose to stay aboard the sinking ship, Titanic, so that others could live.  They died very much as they lived - in love. It is a privilege to join the powerful voices of Titanic and to tell Ida and Isidor’s story of true love. We should all have such fortune. 
 

Vince Musgrave (Edgar Beane, Boxhall, 3rd Class Passenger) Vince is excited to be making his debut with Heritage Players and finally singing this amazing score. He has toured the US in A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, Best Little Whore House in Texas, Oklahoma and Godspell. WATCH Award nominated for Best Choreographer in A Chorus Line, Winters Lane Prod. And Best Director for Children Of Eden 2nd Star Productions. Favorite roles include, any one of the ten male roles he performed in A Chorus Line, Gomez in Addams Family (DCT & ASGT), Chad in All Shook Up (ASGT) Billy in Anything Goes (2nd Star) and occasionally Pablo in Sister Act (Toby’s). Thanks to the Local Theaters for giving him a place to perform and create. Thanks to Peter, and the family for putting up with the crazy Schedule. Love you. Enjoy!!

 

Spencer Kate Nelson (Madeline Astor/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut at Heritage Players, especially with such a wonderful cast. She is a graduate of AMDA of NY, having been a student of their Musical Theatre Conservatory program. She has been back in the Maryland area for several years and has been performing all over. Some of her Favorite roles include: Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast (September Song), Annie/Ensemble in Mary Poppins (2nd Star Productions), Jane Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Laurel Mill Playhouse), Dance Captain/Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Tantallon Community Players), and Mary Jane in Big River (Greenbelt Arts Center). She would like to thank the amazing production team for letting her be part of this wonderful musical and for all of their hard work, as well as so much love to her family and friends for supporting her dream of performing.

 

Lisa Pastella (Alice) is excited to return to Heritage for her 5th production. Previous Heritage shows include; Seussical as Mayzie, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown as Lucy, Songs for a New World and Godspell. Lisa has appeared on stages across the region. Recent favorite roles include the Narrator (Joseph…), Melpomene (Xanadu), Madeline True (The Wild Party), Svetlana (Chess), Cosette (Les Miserables), and Sally Bowles (Cabaret). When not performing, Lisa is a pre-K teacher at John Ruhrah ES/MS in Greektown.

 

Daniel Plante (Andrews) is a musician, arranger and conductor from Mount Airy, Maryland. He studied music at Shepherd University, graduating in 2014 with a BA in Vocal Performance. An invited soloist and chorister, He regularly performs in Baltimore, Howard and Washington counties, but has also performed in Madrid, Seville, Avignon, Tarascon and Paris. Show credits include Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), The Duke (Big River), The Mysterious Man (Into The Woods) and Judge Turpin for Laurel Mill Playhouse’s WATCH nominated 2015 production of Sweeney Todd. Daniel most recently appeared as Professor Fredrich Bhaer in Third Wall Production’s rendition of Little Women. This is Daniel’s first show with Heritage and is delighted and honored to be working with a great cast and crew.

 

John "Gary" Pullen (Captain Edward Smith) is humbled to be making his Heritage Players acting debut in Titanic the Musical. Recent local shows include Music Man and Mary Poppins with September Song. Prior to moving to Maryland with his family in 2009, Gary lived and played all over, including in Augusta, GA and Monterey, CA, where some of his favorite roles included The Major-General, in the Pirates of Penzance, Tevye, in Fiddler on the Roof, Jud Fry, in Oklahoma!, McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Cowardly Lion, in the Wizard of Oz. Gary is also currently honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Players as Treasurer.

 

Kelly Rardon (Kate Mullins) – Kelly is delighted to finally make her debut at Heritage Players. Favorite past roles include Mary Aldin in Towards Zero (Cockpit), Louise/Eve in Ruthless! (DCT), Gloria in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cockpit), Ann Collier in The 1940s Radio Hour (Silhouette Stages), Marian Paroo in The Music Man (RTP), Philia in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (PFT), and Mrs. Andersen in A Little Night Music (CBT). Kelly plays with words for a living, is a singer by night, and talks entirely too much about her cat in between. She’d like to dedicate her performance to the memory of her dear friend Autumn Ford Jennings, who introduced her to this beautiful score on a college road trip and would have absolutely loved this production.


Rick Robertson (Mr. Ismay) Rick is very pleased to be returning to the Heritage Players. He studied theater at Catholic University and graduated from MSM University Fine Arts/theater program many moons ago. Favorite roles include Roger De Bris in The Producers (Silhouette Stages), Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress (Cockpit in Court) & Eddie Flagrante in Zombie Prom (Chesapeake Arts Center). Rick wants to thank his overly patient wife for affording him the time to tread the boards. It’s been a real privilege to work with such a "remarkable" cast and professional production team

 

Jack Wiggins (Jack) is excited to be with The Heritage Players, especially in Titanic as he is a Titanic history buff in real life! He has been on stage in other roles including Eli in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Music Man, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. He loves playing baseball, basketball, reading, Legos and being an awesome big brother.  He is greatful for the opportunity! 

 

John Wiggins is pleased to debut with The Heritage Players, especially alongside his son, Jack! Previous performances include Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kralahome in The King and I, the Captain and Muleteer in Don Quixote, Sir Studley in Once Upon a Mattress, the Constable in Fiddler on the Roof, the reptilian malfeasant lawyer in The Plot Like Gravy Thickens, Vice Principal Ponch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as other roles in Murder’s in the Heir, Damn Yankees, A Rented Christmas, Guys and Dolls,  and Kiss Me Kate.  

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

David Jennings (Director) is pleased to be joining Heritage Players for this special project. Other credits include Tobys Dinner Theater, NETworks Tours, Signature Theater, Olney Theater and Disney Cruise Line. Thank you to the cast and crew for great work. 

 

David Zajic (Music Director and Conductor) is pleased to join the Heritage Players team with this production. His first experience of musical theater was playing in pit orchestras for Liberty Showcase Theater, for which he later music directed Into the Woods. David has also conducted shows with Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Wilde Lake High School, and Opus Concert Theatre. David directed the Howard County Ballet Orchestra for seventeen seasons, and has directed synagogue choirs in Baltimore and Chicago. He is the principal violist of the Columbia Orchestra. In his professional life, David is a computer scientist doing research in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.

 

Kathy McCrory (Stage Manager) – is pleased to be back at her home theatre as the stage manager for their first ever Concert Plus version of a show.  Kathy has been stage managing in the Baltimore area for 20 years or more.  There are too many shows to count, but a couple of the recent ones are Heathers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor, to name a few.  This is a wonderful cast!!!!  I want to thank my husband for putting up with my crazy hours and meals. 

Lenny Taube (Producer) is ecstatic to be producing his first ever musical concert show!  He has been performing around the Baltimore area for the past 10 years, and has been involved behind the scenes with several community theatres as well.  Lenny has produced several shows for Heritage Players, but nothing on this scale, and it has been an exciting and welcoming challenge.  He was first drawn to the story of the ill-fated ocean liner years ago, and fell in love with the stage musical when it first opened on Broadway.  He would like to thank the production crew for their creativity, vision and uncompromising work ethic.  The cast is an unbelievable collection of superb vocal talent, and our Music Director has put together an orchestra worthy of such a fine show.   Working with them has been nothing short of phenomenal and Lenny hopes that the audience will lose themselves in the music and story of a time when man constructed a ship which was deemed “unsinkable”.