Ali Molnar (JEANNIE): 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 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 excited to finish off TheatreWorks Florida's 2017-18 season after making her debut with The Marvelous Wonderettes. AliMolnar.com.
Casey Sweeney (NORBERT): Hailing from a small town in upstate New York, Casey has called central Florida home for the past decade. Credits include NYC/Orlando - Blue Man Group, Mad Cow Theatre - Company, WDW Entertainment - Jedi Academy, Rock of Ages and Little Shop of Horrors - both with TheatreWorks Florida. Casey has also created award winning original works for local companies and the Orlando International Fringe Festival.
Molly Schoolmeester (PIPPI): Molly is thrilled to be making her debut with TheatreWorks Florida in The Great American Trailer Park Musical! She is a BFA recipient in Performing Arts, Vocal Performance, and Dance from SCAD. Some of her favorite roles include Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Lauren/Grandma Ida in First Date, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Milady/Constance in The Three Musketeers and Woman #2 in Songs For A New World and Edges. She would like to thank her parents and especially her fiancé, Henry, for their undying love and support throughout the years.
Heather Lynn Mendoza (BETTY): Heather is overjoyed to be reprising her role as BETTY and to be joining her lovely TheatreWorks Florida trailer family in a different park in 2018. In TWF’s award-winning original production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Heather won Best Actress in a Musical (Orlando Fringe Festival 2010). Heather was most recently seen as Jenny in Company, where she was Nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by Broadwayworld.com. Along with her many stage credits, Heather also enjoys performing in the band she is a part of. She would like to thank her loving husband, Francisco and her wonderful family for always supporting her dreams.
Kiernan O'Connor (DONNA aka PICKLES): Kiernan is so excited to be working with TheatreWorks Florida for the first time! Recent/favorite credits include: Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (Titusville Playhouse), Tammy in Hairspray (Encore! Cast Performing Arts) and Martha in Spring Awakening (APEX Theatre Studio). Many thanks to her fancy Jacksonville family and friends for all of their continuous love and support.
Patience Elett (LINOLEUM aka LIN): Patience graduated from Florida Southern College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She was most recently seen as a Principal Vocalist in Busch Gardens Tampa’s Christmas Celebration, and is honored to be a part of TheatreWorks Florida’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical! Other credits include Fakir in The Secret Garden, Linda in The Wedding Singer, and Mimi’s Mom in Rent. She would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their love and support throughout her journey.
Tad Kincade (DUKE): Tad is thrilled to be making his debut with TheatreWorks Florida. Recent credits include Fester in The Addams Family, Dan in Closer and Scott in Evil Dead The Musical. He will be directing The Wedding Singer this spring 2018 at Melon Patch Players in Leesburg FL. Tad studied Musical Theatre at Colorado Mesa University. By day Tad is a Character Escort at Universal Studios Florida. He wants to thank Scott A. Cook for this opportunity and hopes you enjoy the show.
WHO’S WHO IN THE BAND
Stephen Luciano (GUITAR): Stephen studied guitar with legendary teacher Joe Tinari. He attended the University of Bridgeport where he studied Jazz with Sal Salvador. He is a founding member of the contemporary jazz group GrooveLogic. Stephen has also recorded with other groups playing Jazz, to Rock N Roll, and Pop. He was a staff musician for Walt Disney World for 18 years and was the guitarist for the “Larry Elgart Orchestra”. Over the years Steve has performed with jazz musicians such as Charles Erland, George Morrow, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb, and Adam Nussbaum and performers such as Donald O’Conner, Robert Goulet, Regis & Kathy Lee, Billy Preston, Pebo Bryson and Brian McKnight. Steve has participated in The Television program “Jazz Here and Now” for WCEU Public Television in Daytona Beach Florida, with one of his original compositions being aired. Steve has been part of the pit orchestra for “The Broadway Series” at the Bob Carr performing arts center in Orlando, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. He is an adjunct guitar instructor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Steve has written a jazz guitar method book for Alfred publishing entitled “Jazz Sounds for Guitar.
Mark Young (BASS): Mark has played bass professionally for over thirty years, in a variety of bands and dozens of musicals. He holds a degree in Music Theory and Composition from Towson University, and when not playing music, can be found working in audio production at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mark is excited to join forces with TheatreWorks Florida for the fifth time, having previously performed in their productions of Little Shop Of Horrors, Legally Blonde, Hands on a Hardbody, and Rock of Ages.
Dave Kropf (PERCUSSION): Dave is a composer and percussionist with nearly 25 years experience in musical theater. His broad body of work includes professional productions ranging from Fiddler on the Roof to Footloose and Grease to Guys and Dolls. With performances in Sweeney Todd, Hands on a Hardbody, and Rock of Ages, Dave is thrilled to be performing once again with Theaterworks Florida! Dave holds a Masters of Music in Jazz & Studio Music from the University of Memphis and by day he teaches commercial music composition at Full Sail University.
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.
Ty Menard (PROPS & SET DECORATION DESIGN): Ty excitedly makes his debut as part of the TheatreWorks Florida family for this production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical! He studied Puppetry at the University of Connecticut and now works with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. Ty has spent the past few years volunteering with Encore! Cast Performing Arts on the Scenic Design and Production team, most recently receiving a Broadway World award for 2017 Best Scenic Design for Hairspray. Other design credits include Buddy’s Tavern (Scenic), The Klemperer’s New Clothes (Scenic), Glimmerglass (Mask Design), Seussical (Puppetry), and Godspell (Scenic). On behalf of the TheatreWorks Florida team, thanks for visiting the "Trailer Park". Do come back and bring the whole clan!
Brad Breaux (AUDIO DESIGN): Brad enjoys working with theaters, theme parks, high schools, churches and various businesses creating quality audio experiences. Each event, venue and show has its own unique challenges and he certainly loves all aspects of a good challenge and helping put on a good show. He has also worked with various businesses setting up, designing, running and training sound ops for different events. He has worked at Legoland Florida as an audio, stage and pryo technician. He is a volunteer at Theater Winter Haven and has been for the past 4 years running audio for shows. Brad has a lifelong passion as a magician and performs every chances he gets! He also DJ's for weddings, proms and local business in the Florida area. Brad was last seen with TheatreWorks Florida running audio for Winter Wonderettes. Last but not least Brad has a degree in Computer Science and a minor in theater.
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.