Bethany Hafer (MISSY): Bethany is excited to be making her TheatreWorks Florida debut in such a “Marvelous” production. Bethany has a passion for performing and has enjoyed working for local and community theaters. Some of her favorite roles include Sandy in Grease, Roxy in Chicago, and Holly in The Wedding Singer. Bethany spent 3 years performing at the Walt Disney Company. Bethany has an extensive dance background and when she's not on stage enjoys working as a dance instructor and choreographer. Bethany has choreographed 11 full-length musicals including Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, and Shrek.
Frida Söderdahl (SUZY): Frida is very excited to be back in the States working with TheatreWorks Florida again, having performed the role of Suzy in the Winter Wonderettes with the company back in 2014. She is an alumni of Florida Southern College, from where she earned a degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Theatre Performance. She is very lucky to serve as a Music Director for Out Of The Box, a theatre troupe for individuals with special needs, at Lakeland Community Theatre. She would like to thank TheatreWorks Florida for the amazing opportunity to join them in this wonderful show, and her husband Sean for always supporting her love of theatre and encouraging her to do what she loves.
Desiree Montes (BETTY JEAN): Desiree is thrilled to be performing again with TheatreWorks Florida for their Inaugural 2017-18 Season! Some of Desiree's favorite credits include: Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Aida in Aida, Sarah in Ragtime, Norma Valverde in Hands on A Hardbody, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line and Sr. Mary Hubert in Nunsense. Thanks to the audience and patrons for keeping the arts thriving! Special thanks to my husband & daughters for their endless support. DesireeMPerez.weebly.com.
Ali Molnar (CINDY LOU): Ali graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in opera and musical theater. Favorite roles include: Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Nimue in Camelot, and Siri in the Orlando Fringe Festival original production of Doro & Diega. She has performed with Central Florida Community Arts, Legacy, Opera Orlando, The Orlando Philharmonic, and an upcoming performance with The Villages Philharmonic. She has perfromed with Busch Gardens Tampa's The Conductorettes, a female barbershop quartet show, and has contributed her talents to benefit performances such as the Beautiful Together concert in support of the Pulse tragedy. Ali is very excited to make her debut with Theatreworks Florida! AliMolnar.com.
WHO’S WHO ON STAFF
Scott A. Cook (ARTISTIC PRODUCER/DIRECTOR): Originally from New York, Scott has been producing, directing and choreographing musical theatre and live stage shows nationally and internationally for over 32 years. He is currently the Artistic Producer of TheatreWorks Florida. In 2010 & 2012, TheatreWorks Florida's productions of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Little Shop of Horrors won many top awards at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival including "Best In Fest". His credits include: Rock Of Ages (Central Florida regional premiere), Hands On A Hardbody (Central Florida regional premiere), Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Rent, Next To Normal, The Wedding Singer, Sweeney Todd, Winter Wonderettes, Nunsense, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Central Florida regional premiere), Little Shop of Horrors, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Parade, Plaid Tidings, Cats, Big River, Footloose, Cabaret, Three Penny Opera, Nuncrackers, Deathtrap, Jekyll and Hyde, Meat Street, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, Blood Brothers, Brigadoon, Company, Dames At Sea, Damn Yankees, Eating Raoul: The Musical, Forever Plaid, Godspell, Grease, Guys and Dolls, The Rocky Horror Show, The Taffetas and The Will Roger's Follies. Scott's original show design and concept works for the stage include: Journey Into Jungle Book, Future Fantasia and Tapestry for the Walt Disney World Company; Stories of Christmas for Universal Studios Florida. Scott is currently an adjunct professor for Florida Southern College Dept. of Theatre & Dance.
Shannon Kropf (MUSIC DIRECTOR): Shannon is a seasoned musical theatre vet with more than 30 years of experience. She most recently worked with TheatreWorks Florida as Music Director for the Central Florida regional premiere of Rock of Ages. She is the Music Director at Christ Church Unity Orlando and a professor at Full Sail University, where she teaches History of Popular Music. Shannon holds a Master of Music from the University of Memphis.
James F. Beck (SET & LIGHTING DESIGN): James is the Designer/Technical Director and Department Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida). He has been designing and directing for various theatre companies as well as teaching at the college level since 1988. He has been the Resident Production Designer for TheatreWorks Florida since its inception in 2007. With this company, he has received awards for Best Scenic Design of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Little Shop of Horrors at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2010 & 2012 and Best Set (professional) for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with the 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards.
Amanda Swing (COSTUME DESIGN): Amanda is excited to be designing her third show with TheatreWorks Florida after Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Hands on a Hardbody. She also works for the Creative Costuming department at Walt Disney World. You can find examples of her work at AmandaBrumbyCostumes.com.
Heather Franklin (HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN): Heather is a Hair Stylist who works and resides in Tavares, FL. She has done wig design for multiple theaters in Lake County as well as Key Hair and Makeup Design for numerous local short films such as Clarity and The Grove. She is very excited to be working with TheatreWorks Florida again on another amazing production after recently designing hair and makeup for their Central FL regional premiere of Rock Of Ages. Heather is grateful for her family's support.
Alfredo Montes (AUDIO DESIGN): Alfredo is excited to be joining the TheatreWorks Florida family for his first show in their inaugural season! With an Associate of Science in Network Administration, a Bachelor's Degree in Information System Cybersecurity and years of Audio tech experience, Alfredo is happy to be on board. He would like to thank his wife Desiree, Scott for bringing him on and the entire TheatreWorks Florida company for welcoming him to the family.
Jennifer Roman (STAGE MANAGER): A native of New York, Jennifer earned her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University in North Carolina. She has been involved in theater for most of her life as both a performer and on the production side. Jennifer has worked on cruise ships, in theme parks, and regional theaters, as well as film and television. While in NY, she worked with The Producer’s Club, The Lark Theatre, Streetsoul Productions and The New York Fringe Festival. She has been a Tour Manager, Assistant Director, Company Manager and Production Manager. Some of her favorite performing roles include Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense, Aldonza in Man of LaMancha, Anita in West Side Story, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Jennifer is thrilled to be back with TheatreWorks Florida where she has been involved in over 7 shows.
Abel Gonzales (COMPANY MANAGER): Abelardo is a 24-year USAF militray veteran. His leadership, management and supervisory skills were most recently applied as Operations Manager, Aerospace Medicine, MacDill AFB, FL. He has a very strong background in management, supervision, training and excels in research & development. He is responsible for creating TheatreWorks Florida’s efficient and effective business and administrative operating procedures and policies, as well as negotiating legal contracts, overseeing company and production budgets and has developed a strong research team.
Alexis Senge Johnson (DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR): Alexis is a University of Central Florida alumni with both an undergraduate degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit focused on organizational development, grant writing and fundraising. Coupling her many years of professional experience in the production of live entertainment and special events at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment with her fields of study, Alexis now gives back to her arts community by merging creativity with analytical insight. She has partnered with organizations such as The Henegar Center for the Arts, VSA Arts of Florida – Brevard, Canine Companions for Independence Southeast Region, Rebuilding Together and UCP of Central Florida on a variety of projects that propelled them to new levels.
Mark S. Graham (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR): Mark has an MFA in Directing from the University of Connecticut. He has directed over 100 plays and musicals. He has served as a board member of Westport Country Playhouse, Playhouse on the Green and The Theatre Artist's Workshop. For ten years, Mark was a producing partner of Tony Award winning producer Lester Osterman. He was general manager of Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theater in Westport, CT. Mark is co-producing a new musical, The Girl in the Red Dress, with music and lyrics by Maia Sharp, Buddy Mondlock and Art Garfunkel. Mark will be directing Lend Me A Tenor and The Clean House at Polk State Theater for their 50th Anniversary Season.