The Music Man Cast


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast Gruber Michael

Michael Gruber* (Harold Hill) is delighted to be back performing at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. He has also worked at the Guthrie Theater, History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Ordway and Artistry. Before moving to Minneapolis, Michael lived in New York City, appearing in nine Broadway shows over a 23-year period. He also works as a choreographer, director, musical director, composer and vocal coach. He is grateful for all the diverse opportunities that the Twin Cities’ theater community provides to local artists.

Ann Michels - Marian Paroo

Ann Michels* (Marian Paroo) CDT: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, Joseph…Dreamcoat. Ordway: Mamma Mia!, Annie, White Christmas, Paint Your Wagon. Artistry: Victor/Victoria. Guthrie: Sunday in the Park With George, Cocoanuts, My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, A Streetcar Named Desire. Theater Latté Da: Parade, Sunday in the Park With George. Plus, productions at History Theatre, Jungle Theater and Nautilus Music Theater.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast VierlingTony

Tony Vierling* (Marcellus) has appeared in over 40 productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, as well as 20 productions at the Guthrie and Ordway theatres. Regional credits include Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey, TUTS in Houston, Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Louisiana Opera, as well as dancing at Disneyland, Holland America Cruise Line and National Tours of A Chorus Line and Little House on the Prairie. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for 32 years.

Peggy O'Connell - Mrs. Paroo

Peggy O’Connell* (Mrs. Paroo) CDT credits: The Music Man, Nuncrackers, I Ought To Be In Pictures, Mid-Life, Always Patsy Cline and Annie in Annie Get Your Gun. Other credits include: Broadway, Guthrie Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare, Seattle Rep, The Intiman, History Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Park Square Theatre and Minnesota Opera. T.V. credits include Northern Exposure. Check out Peggy’s funny book on theater etiquette in the gift shop.

Keith Rice

Keith Rice* (Mayor Shinn) returns to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ stage after completing a successful run of Disney’s Newsies as Teddy Roosevelt. Other roles have included Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, King Arthur in Camelot, Adam in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Javert in Les Misérables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Santa Claus in Another Night Before Christmas and others. His favorite role is François Villon in The Vagabond King for Houston Grand Opera. His blessings are Dena, Luke, William, Theresa and Amber.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast Barber Michelle

Michelle Barber* (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) has appeared in over 70 CDT productions. Favorites: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Louise), Hello, Dolly! (Dolly, Mrs. Molloy), and Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney). Other credits: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha), Hamlet (Gertrude) at the Jungle; Caroline or Change (Grandma Gellman), Pen (Helen Bayer), Roman Holiday (The Countess), Other Desert Cities (Silda) at the Guthrie; Henry IV, Part I (King Henry), Electra (Clytemnestra) at Ten Thousand Things; and Mama Rose in Gypsy at Theater Latté Da. But her real favorites are her husband Michael, her daughter Cat and son-in-law David.

Jon Michael Stiff

Jon Michael Stiff* (Tommy Djilas) is thrilled to be returning to the CDT stage in one of his all-time favorite musicals! Since his first CDT production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2013, Jon Michael has also appeared in Hello, Dolly!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Mary Poppins (Neleus) and most recently in Disney’s Newsies (Albert/Henry). A lifelong dancer and performer, other credits include South Pacific, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector at Guthrie Theater and Urinetown at Jungle Theater.

Delaney Hunter

Delaney Hunter (Zaneeta Shinn) is thrilled to be returning to Chanhassen! Her CDT credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gargoyle/Ensemble), Disney’s Mary Poppins (Jane Banks) and Hello, Dolly! (Ensemble). She has recently appeared in Cinderella (Ensemble), Matilda the Musical (Acrobat/Ensemble) and Chicago (Roxie Hart) at Children’s Theatre Company. Other credits include A Christmas Carol (Martha Cratchit) at the Guthrie Theater; Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr. (Mary Poppins) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Babette) at Stages Theatre Company.

Hugo Mullaney

Hugo Mullaney (Winthrop Paroo), age 12, is delighted to make his CDT debut. He recently performed in Cinderella (ensemble) and Matilda the Musical (Eric) at Children’s Theatre Company. He has enjoyed roles in The Secret Garden (Colin) and Disney’s Mary Poppins (Michael) at Wayzata High School. Other credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (Randolph MacAphee), Cinderella Jr. (Jaq) and Winnie the Pooh (Piglet) at Bluewater Theatre Company, Minneapolis Family Fringe and Twin Cities Tap Fest with Keane Sense of Rhythm.

Liam Beck-O'Sullivan

Liam Beck-O’Sullivan (Winthrop Paroo) is thrilled to be making his debut at CDT. He has enjoyed roles with Minnesota Opera (The Fix, The Barber of Seville), Artistry Theatre (Disney’s Mary Poppins, Our Town, The Music Man), Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, PRIME Productions, Twin Cities Ballet and Children’s Castle Theater. Liam has studied ballet and tap since age six. He enjoys time with friends, reading and playing board games. Liam is grateful for the support of his mentors, teachers and family.

Ella Freeburg

Ella Freeburg (Amaryllis) is thrilled to make her CDT debut! A freshman at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Ella has performed at various theaters across the metro including the Guthrie (The Music Man and A Christmas Carol), Children’s Theatre Company (How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Matilda the Musical), Jungle Theater (The Nether) and SteppingStone Theatre. Classically trained in ballet, Ella has performed in multiple productions with Twin Cities Ballet. She has appeared in several commercials and short films.

Sofia Salmela

Sofia Salmela (Amaryllis), age 12, is delighted to make her Chanhassen debut. She is a 7th grader at Many Rivers Montessori in Duluth, MN. Recently, Sofia played the title role of Matilda at Children’s Theatre Company. Other favorite roles include Tina Denmark in Ruthless! at the Underground and Young Elsa in Disney’s Frozen Jr. at the Duluth Playhouse. Sofia thanks all her wonderful teachers for their help and inspiration, and the team at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for their warm welcome!

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast AlbrightJay

Jay Albright* (Charlie Cowell) has performed here at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Mamma Mia!, The Producers, The Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Jesus Christ Superstar and many other shows. Locally, he’s performed at the Guthrie, Frank Theatre, Jungle Theater, History Theatre, Penumbra Theatre and Illusion Theater. Regionally, he’s performed at The People’s Light and Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hope Summer Theatre and The Old Creamery. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, children and a dog.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast Zuerlein John Michael

John-Michael Zuerlein* (Olin Britt) is happy to be visiting the lower part of his voice after screaming his face off for the past year as Sam in Mamma Mia! Other credits include the Off-Broadway production of Plaid Tidings (Smudge) and regional productions of Sunday in the Park with George (Boatman), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) and A Tuna Christmas with Jim J. Bullock, among others. He’s happy to be settled back in Minneapolis after being gone for 16 years, traveling and performing all over the world. Proud dog dad and AEA member.

Aleks Knezevich* (Ewart Dunlop) Past CDT credits include Mamma Mia! (Sky) Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Newsies (Jack), Grease (Danny), Camelot (Lancelot), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Others: National Tour of Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), H.M.S. Pinafore at the Guthrie and PBS, and other local and NY theaters. “Much love to wife Jess, family, friends and CDT. Thanks to God for all things.” Proud AEA member.

Shad Olsen

Shad Olsen* (Oliver Hix) Off-Broadway: A Stoop On Orchard Street (Simon), The Magdalene (Yeshua); Off-Off-Broadway: Titus  Andronicus (Bassianus), A New Brain (Roger), Violet (Monty), Forever Plaid (Sparky); National Tours: Les Trois Mousquetaire (Louis XIII), The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (Thomas); LOON: The Mikado (Nanki-Poo); Artistry: Victor/Victoria (King Marchan); History Theatre: Beyond  the Rainbow (Vincente Minnelli); Duluth Play-house: White Christmas (Bob), Mary Poppins (Bert), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph), Cabaret (Cliff), Mamma Mia! (Sam), The Full Monty (Jerry), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast).

Evan Tyler Wilson

Evan Tyler Wilson* (Jacey Squires) is thrilled to return to CDT after appearing as Roger in Grease in 2017. Other credits include All is Calm (Drama Desk Award, 2020 PBS National Broadcast), Star Tribune’s best musical of the decade: Assassins (John Hinckley) with Theater Latté Da and Sweeney Todd (Pirelli) with Theater Latté Da/Asolo Repertory Theatre. Evan is an avid gamer, voice coach and amateur chef. He lives in Minneapolis with his amazing partner and three cats. Proud AEA member.

Tinia Moulder

Tinia Moulder* (Ethel Toffelmier) has appeared in numerous CDT shows and is thrilled to be back for this one. Twin Cities credits: The Guthrie, History Theatre, Mixed Blood, MN Jewish Theatre, Ordway Center, Illusion Theater, Old Log and many more. When not on stage, she freelances as a choreographer, director and teaching artist. She is especially proud of her work with student actors. Tinia is lovingly supported by her family in Minnesota and in Delaware. Proud AEA member.

Janet Hayes Trow

Janet Hayes Trow* (Maud Dunlop) is grateful to return to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres where she has appeared in over 50 productions. Favorites include Lena Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker, Polly in Crazy For You and Marian in The Music Man (2002). Other credits include the Guthrie Theater (Roman Holiday, Guys and Dolls), Ordway Center (The Sound of Music, Heaven), History Theatre (Watermelon Hill) and Theatre Elision (If the Spirit Moves). Love to Danny, Peter and Millie!

Serena Brook

Serena Brook* (Alma Hix) has performed Off-Broadway, on national tours and spent three years acting/announcing on the national radio program, Live from Here. CDT: Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Grease, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Disney’s Mary Poppins. Guthrie Theater: A Christmas Carol (2019) Other: Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Theatre Elision, New London Barn Playhouse, 24 Hour Plays, Shadowland Theatre, Cape Rep Theatre. Serena’s voice can also be heard on regional and national commercials.

Dena Olstad-Rice

Dena Olstad-Rice* (Mrs. Squires) is pleased and proud to be back! Her CDT highlights include Footloose, Oklahoma!, Les Misérables, The Music Man, Annie, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, My Fair Lady and Brigadoon. Her career has led her to numerous leading roles from NYC to California (Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera, T.U.T.S., Off-Broadway, Ordway, Guthrie and more). Favorite role: Carlotta in Phantom (1994 Denver Drama critics award winner). “Love to husband, Keith, and family… Luke, Theresa, William and Amber.”

Andre Shoals

Andre Shoals* (Constable Locke) has appeared at CDT in Disney’s Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid; Sister Act and Joseph… Dreamcoat. Other credits include Marjorie Prime (PRIME Productions), To Let Go and Fall, Man of La Mancha, Ragtime, Peter and the Starcatcher, Aida, Next Festival (Theater Latté Da), Rocky Horror Show (Cardinal Theatricals). Andre is a teaching artist and mentor for the Hennepin Theatre Trust “Spotlight Education.” He is also a co-founder of The Gold Dust Orphans.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast KingMark

Mark King* (Ensemble) was last seen on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Main Stage in Mamma Mia! His Main Stage roles have included: Lumiére in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins, Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain and Carmen Ghia in The Producers. Other favorites are: Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, Xanadu and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Lucas Wells

Lucas Wells* (Ensemble) is excited to be in River City! CDT: Disney’s Newsies (Crutchie), Mamma Mia! (u/s Sky). Theatre: Spring Awakening (First National Tour); Next to Normal (Yellow Tree); Life Could Be a Dream (Old Log); Assassins, Peter and the Starcatcher, Fiddler on the Roof, Marie Antoinette (freeFall Theatre); Small Craft Warnings, The Red and the Black (Off-Broadway); I Love a Piano, Altar Boyz, Forever Plaid (Meadow Brook Theatre). Film: “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO); many national and local commercials. “Much love to B & R!” @TheLucasWells on Instagram!

Brian Saice

Brian Saice* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be here at CDT for another “lit” production! Credits include CDT: Mamma Mia! (Pepper/Eddie u/s), Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (ensemble), Disney’s Newsies (Buttons, Bill, Davey u/s); The Underground Theatre: American Idiot (Theo/Ben), Avenue Q (Princeton), Bare: A Pop Opera (Peter); Duluth Playhouse: Grease (Doody/Teen Angel), 13: the Musical (Evan Goldman). Brian holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Insta: @briansaice

Kate Spence

Kate Spence (Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her CDT debut in The Music Man! She has been seen in Cinderella, Matilda the Musical (Children’s Theatre Company); A Charlie Brown Christmas, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (SteppingStone Theatre) and Hairspray (Ashland Productions). Choreography credits include Junie B. Jones, Nate the Great (SteppingStone Theatre). Offstage, she enjoys baking and fighting for climate justice! She thanks her family and friends for their endless love and support.

Tod Petersen

Tod Petersen* (Ensemble) has played at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Newsies, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie, Footloose, Married Alive!, Mid-life! The Crisis Musical, Anything Goes and Annie. He has also played at Theater Latté Da, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, History Theatre, Illusion Theater, Duluth Playhouse and Artistry. Tod has taught music and theater to kids locally, in Chiang Mai, Thailand and San Juancito, Honduras.

Jessica Fredrickson*  (Ensemble) CDT credits include: Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Lila), Grease (Marty), Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fae) Bye Bye Birdie (Kim McAfee), Sister Act, State Fair and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and Newsies (Katherine). Ordway: Cinderella (Cinderella), White Christmas. Broadway Asia: Joseph…Dreamcoat. Guthrie: The Cocoanuts. Theater Latté Da: The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Evita. Skylark Opera: Mlle. Modiste. Artistry: Crazy For You, The Music Man, The Light in the Piazza, Oklahoma!.“Xoxo Aleks.”

Andrea Mislan

Andrea Mislan*  (Ensemble) Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Guthrie: Guys & Dolls, Cyrano de Bergerac, West Side Story; Collide Theatrical: Dracula, Le Petit Moulin; History Theatre: Dance ’Til You Drop; Chicago International Tour; Cirque du Soleil: Viva Elvis; Celine Dion’s A New Day; Pioneer Theatre Company: White Christmas; CFRT: White Christmas, Peter Pan; Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Corps) TV: “The Toy Castle,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Oprah,” “Ellen,” “Inside the Osmonds.” @mizzymaz.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast Schumacher Thomas

Thomas Schumacher* (Ensemble) was recently seen in Mamma Mia! and has performed on all 4 stages here at CDT. Favorite productions include: Les Misérables (Valjean); Phantom (Phantom); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast). Ordway credits: I Love a Piano, A Grand Night for Singing; and many productions for Minnesota Opera. Career highlights include: Phantom of the Opera (National Tour) and Hello, Dolly! (National Tour with Carol Channing). Thomas holds a B.A. from Yale and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Laura Rudolph

Laura Rudolph* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the CDT stage! Favorite CDT credits include: Grease (Sandy), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), All Shook Up (Natalie), Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Disney’s Newsies, Sister Act and Joseph…Dreamcoat. National Tour: Nunset Boulevard. Guthrie: South Pacific, Roman Holiday, H.M.S. Pinafore. Old Log: Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne). “Love to Eric!” Member Actors’ Equity Association.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia cast BensonTommy

Tommy Benson* (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be in The Music Man! He holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a BA in Music from the University of Minnesota–Duluth. He has performed in Turkey, China and across the Twin Cities, most recently in Mamma Mia! here at CDT. Favorite roles include David DiNotello in Spandex the Musical, Oscar D’Armano in The Wild Party, Cowboy Bob in Footloose, Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad. Proud member AEA.

Evan Latta

Evan K. Latta (Ensemble) is excited to return to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres to join the cast of The Music Man! He appeared previously at CDT as Henry in Disney’s Newsies. Recent credits include Footloose and Our Town at the Artistry and Rooster in Eastview High School’s production of Annie. He started as a gymnast and now studies dance with Ballet Royale. “I’m so grateful to my super-supportive friends, family and teachers who push me to follow my passion!”

Dylan Rugh | Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Dylan Rugh (Ensemble), most recently seen in Mamma Mia! at CDT, is happy to return for The Music Man! Other credits include Chicago at Theater Latté Da (Fred Casely/Billy Flynn U/S), Guys and Dolls at Old Log Theatre (Ensemble), Disney’s Newsies (Jack Kelly), Pippin (Leading Player) at Ashland Productions and Come Blow Your Horn at St. Croix Off Broadway (Buddy). “Thanks to Michael, Tam and Andy. Thanks to my family. All of my love to Emily and Penny.” Instagram: @dylan_michael

Mazzy Jean Wagner

Mazzy Jean Wagner (Gracie Shinn) is honored to make her Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ debut! Her favorite role was in her 5th grade play where she played Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. She was also excited to be a part of James and the Giant Peach at Stages Theatre, Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr. intensive at Children’s Theatre Company as well as many other school and community plays. She would like to give a special thanks to her best friend, Amalie, for coming to all of her shows.

Emma Grace Nelson

Emma Grace Nelson (Gracie Shinn), age 11, is thrilled to be in her first Chanhassen production. Emma caught the theater bug at age 7 and has performed in several local community theater productions. Her favorite roles include Jane Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins and a Workhouse Kid in Disney’s Newsies (Children’s Castle Theater). Emma is grateful to the artistic staff and entire cast for their mentoring and encouragement. Finally, a special thanks to her family for their love and support!

Silas Leer

Silas Leer (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his CDT debut! He is a 5th grader at Greenvale Park Elementary School in Northfield. Silas plays piano and violin, and he enjoys spending time with friends and writing musicals. Other stage credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Children’s Theatre Company), The Secret Garden, The Miracle Worker, A Christmas Carol and The King’s New Clothes (Northfield Arts Guild Theater). “Thanks to Mom, Dad, Elijah & Isaac for all your love and support!”

Liam O'Mara

Liam O’Mara (Ensemble), age 11, is beyond excited to be in his first Chanhassen production. He is a 5th grader at St. Therese School in Deephaven. Liam plays the piano, trumpet and is a member of the youth choir at St. Therese. He has been singing and performing since age 4. His latest role was at Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins. His passion for singing and performing are evident to all who know him. Liam thanks his family for their support.


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia director BrindisiMichael 1

Michael Brindisi (Artistic Director) happily celebrated his 30th year as Resident Artistic Director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 2018; however, he has been affiliated with CDT since 1971 when he first appeared on stage here in The Matchmaker. In addition, Mr. Brindisi is proud to serve on the CDT ownership team (established in 2010). While he continues at the artistic helm, he adds the title of president to his “credits,” seeing and responding to daily operations. (On your visit, you might see him walking through the dining room, holding a door for a guest, taste-testing a new menu item or assisting where an extra pair of hands is needed.) He directed his first CDT production, Private Lives, in ‘88. Since then, Mr. Brindisi has well over 100 Chanhassen productions to his credit. He previously spent several years in freelance directing, overseeing 40 productions in seven consecutive seasons of summer stock; three as Artistic Director of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Playhouse and four with Minnesota Festival Theatre. He directed The Two-Character Play and Translations for Actors Theatre of St. Paul and Once in a Lifetime for Theatre in the Round. Other directing credits include The Beauty Part, The Robber Bridegroom, and Twigs for Chimera Theatre and a Minnesota Music Theatre summer stock series with Winona St. Mary’s. Prior to directing, Mr. Brindisi enjoyed a successful acting career. CDT productions include: Annie Get Your Gun, What the Butler Saw, Loot, The Robber Bridegroom, My Fair Lady and his favorite production, Fiddler on the Roof (appearing in 1978, 1987 and 2013 productions). He performed the role of Kenickie in the national tour of Grease and appeared in the Broadway revival of Once in a Lifetime with John Lithgow and Treat Williams. In 2002, he was a guest artist in the Ordway’s production of Anything Goes with Sandy Duncan and in Singin’ in the Rain. He was honored by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization to co-develop and direct the World Premiere of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, which debuted on CDT’s Main Stage in 2007. When able, he takes time to guest direct locally and around the country. Some credits include: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Grand Night for Singing at the Ordway; and Grease and Hair at the Historic Pantages Theatre. He had the unique pleasure of directing Elmo, Big Bird and friends in the Sesame Street Live national tour of Can’t Stop Singing. On a personal note, life in the theatre is a family affair. Michael is married to actor Michelle Barber, seen on stage here and across the Twin Cities. Their daughter Cat, also a professional actor, is married to actor and director, David Darrow and they reside in New York.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres mama mia Choreographer KangasEricksonTam 1

Tamara Kangas Erickson* (Choreographer) is Vice President at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, as well as its Resident Choreographer since 2004. She has proudly choreographed over 30 CDT Main Stage productions. Tamara became part of the CDT family in 1981 when she appeared as Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Also, she has choreographed and directed in the other CDT theatres – Fireside: Respect (director/choreographer), Altar Boyz (choreographer); Playhouse: The Musical of Musicals: The Musical (director/choreographer). Other credits include Off-Broadway: This One’s for the Girls (director/choreographer) and the national tour of Sesame Street Live Can’t Stop Singing (choreographer). Tamara was named “Outstanding Choreographer” (2005, 2006 and 2008) by the Star Tribune for Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story and 42nd Street and received an Ivey Award in 2008 for her choreography in 42nd Street.

Andy Kust

Andy Kust (Music Director) CDT: Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Grease. Regional Theatre: Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rent, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Bare. Andy is an award-winning music director, vocal coach and pianist, currently serving as the Music Director at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Previously, Andy was the Resident Music Director at the Duluth Playhouse, was on the musical theater faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth and was a Teaching Associate for the Lyric Opera Theater at Arizona State University. Andy keeps a busy schedule as a coach and accompanist, with clients appearing on Broadway and across the country. He is a regular keyboard substitute for national tours and is the Associate Music Director for the Hennepin Theatre Trust “Spotlight Program.” Training: B.A. from Luther College and M.M. from Arizona State University.

Nayna Ramey  –  Scenic Designer

Rich Hamson  –  Costume Designer

Sue Ellen Berger  –  Lighting Designer

Russ Haynes  –  Sound Designer

Paul Bigot  –  Hair/Makeup Designer

Dan Foss*   –  Production Stage Manager

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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