The Music Man Cast

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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.

Mary Gant

Mary Gant* (Mrs. Paroo) is pleased to return to CDT where she has appeared in 15 productions from the role of Shirley Valentine to Mother Superior in the Nunsense series, as well as Mrs. Paroo in previous CDT productions of The Music Man. Other venues include the Guthrie, History Theatre, Jungle Theater, Old Log Theatre and Meadow Brook Theatre for Calendar Girls and Legends. She is also co- founder of Great River Montessori School where she taught theater and directed dozens of plays and musicals.

Tod Petersen

Tod Petersen* (Mayor Shinn) 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.

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 also appeared on the stage at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, and Stages. Delaney is a proud recipient of the 2021 Hennepin Theatre Trust Triple Threat Award. Next fall she will be attending Ball State University to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre. “Love to my family for all their support!” delaneyhunter.com  *Last Performance: August 15.

Hannah Ervin

Hannah Ervin (Zaneeta Shinn) is elated to make her CDT debut! A student at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, she has performed at numerous theaters in Minnesota. Some of her favorite projects include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Light in The Piazza, Sister Act and A Chorus Line. Hannah is a recipient of Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Triple Threat award for 2021. She thanks Kym Chambers Otto, Jen Crist, Lily, and her parents for their unwavering support.  *First Performance: August 17.

Hugo Mullaney

Hugo Mullaney (Winthrop Paroo), age 14, 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 (Albert Herring, The Fix, The Barber of Seville), Artistry Theater (Disney’s Mary Poppins, Our Town, The Music Man), Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, PRIME Productions, Twin Cities Ballet, and CastleCo Theater. Liam, age 13, has studied ballet and tap since age six. 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 junior 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.

Reese Britts

Reese Britts (Ewart Dunlop) is excited to be making his Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut! Other credits include: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Mamma Mia!, Gotta Dance!, Live at the Loading Dock! at the Ordway; South Pacific at the Guthrie Theater; Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Jungle; Footloose, A New Brain at Artistry; Hairspray, RENT, Young Frankenstein at Lyric Arts. “Much love to my partner, Ryan, and to the rest of my family and friends.”

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!

Lauren Hugh

Lauren Hugh (Alma Hix), a Chanhassen native, is thrilled to be making her CDT debut! Credits include: Frankenstein (Elizabeth, Off-Broadway), Broadway in Bryant Park (NYC), A Christmas Carol (Guthrie), Mamma Mia! (Ordway), Rise & Set (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival). Other favorites: Romeo & Juliet (Benvolia), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Pilar), Spring Awakening (Thea). Lauren is a UMD grad and former ATL Acting Apprentice. “Much love to my family for their continued support of my dreams!” Instagram: @lauren_hugh

Suzie Juul

Suzie Juul* (Mrs. Squires) is so excited to be back after appearing in Grease (Jan) at CDT. Other credits include: The Sound of Music (Liesl U/S) and Pirates of Penzance (Mabel U/S), A Christmas Story, and two Cabarets at The Ordway, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Eugenia D’Ysquith) at Old Log, Marie Antoinette (Yolande Polignac) at Walking Shadow, A Little Night Music (Anne) and Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) at Theatre Mu. Suzie is a graduate of Augsburg University. “Thank you Mom and Dad for your love and support.”

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.

Alan Bach

Alan Bach* (Ensemble) is happy to be back on stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in The Music Man Other CDT shows include Grease, Newsies and Mamma Mia!  Alan has a degree in Vocal Performance from North Central University. He has performed with Theater Latté Da, the Guthrie and was also recently featured as a singer and dancer aboard Holland America Line cruise ships. “Huge thanks to CDT for the opportunity and to my supportive family and wife Janette.”

Caleb Michael

Caleb Michael (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his CDT debut in The Music Man! In the Twin Cities, he was most recently seen in A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Old Log Theater); Victor/Victoria (Artistry); Spring Awakening (Shoot The Glass). Outside MN: The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia! (Thingamajig); White Christmas (LaComedia); SilverSea Cruises; West Side Story, Addams Family & Oklahoma! (Thunder Bay Theatre). Caleb holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University. calebmichael.org

Kate Spence

Kate Spence (Ensemble) is ecstatic to return to The Music Man! Favorite projects include Cinderella, Matilda the Musical (Children’s Theatre Company) and Hairspray (Ashland Productions), as well as choreographing Junie B. Jones and Nate the Great (SteppingStone Theatre). This fall, she will attend Colby College as part of their Presidential Scholars Program to study Biology and East Asian Studies. She thanks her family and best friends Symphonie, Jacqui, Marielle and Bailey for their endless love and support.  *Last Performance: August 15.

Daysha Ramsey

Daysha Ramsey (Ensemble) is ecstatic to being making her Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ debut in the production of Music Man! She just recently received her BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Other credits include Duluth Playhouse: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (BJ and  Ensemble) The Mountaintop (Camae), Grease (Cha-Cha DiGregorio). University of Minnesota Duluth: BARE The Musical(Kyra), The  Little Prince (Rose/Snake), Sister Act (Tina). Empire Theatre Company: Heathers (MTV Girl and Ensemble), Hairspray (Loraine, Dynamite Girl,  Ensemble).   *First Performance: August 17.

Andrew Engel

Andrew Engel (Ensemble) is grateful to be working with CDT. Some favorite credits include: Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Roger in Grease, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Gomez in The Addams Family, Amos in Chicago, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Special thanks to my teachers: Patricia Kent, Carolyn Finley & Marit Elliott as well as my family: Chrissy, Wendy, Mom, Dad, Corey, Erik, Everett, Wyatt, Mackson & Daniel.

Melaina Rairamo

Melaina Rairamo*  (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut! The Fulton Theatre: Mamma Mia!, Madagascar. Maine State Music Theatre: I Love a Piano, Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, Singin’ in the Rain, Bye Bye Birdie. Guthrie Theater:  A Christmas Carol and Cabaret* (production cancelled due to COVID 19). Melaina is a 2020 grad from the University of Alabama, Roll Tide! “All my love to Mom, Dad and Jack. MMF this one’s for you.” melainacoreyrairamo.com

Andrea Mislan

Andrea Mislan*  (Ensemble) Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Guthrie: Guys & Dolls, Cyrano de Bergerac, West Side Story, Cabaret (cancelled due to Covid); Ordway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (U/S); Collide Theatrical: Dracula, Le Petit Moulin; History Theatre: Dance ’Til You Drop; Chicago the Musical 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.” @mlifemovement, www.mlifemovement.com

Lucas Pastrana

Lucas Pastrana (Ensemble) is very excited to make his Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut in this production of The Music Man. He has a BFA degree from University of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Other credits include Skylight Music Theatre: Oklahoma! (Curly), Pippin (Pippin), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Sweeney Todd (Anthony); CLOC 2017: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Captain Phoebus); All In Productions: Dogfight (Eddie Birdlace); Duluth Playhouse: Les Misérables (Marius); Peak School of the Arts: Little Women (Laurie), Damn Yankees (Heart Quartet), Women on the Verge (Carlos).

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.

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

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!”  *Last Performance: August 15.

Mitchell Douglas

Mitchell Douglas (Ensemble) is elated to be making his Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ debut! He’s a Minnesota native, hailing from the farming community of Litchfield. Recent credits include: Playlist Dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines, a singer in New Voices Cabaret (Lyric Arts) and Ben/Dance Captain in Night of the Living Dead! The Musical! (Minneapolis Musical Theatre). Favorite collegiate credits include: Mereb in Aida and Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime. “Much love to every person who’s inspired me to get here today!”  *First Performance: August 17.

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 12, 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!”

Jack Errington

Jack Errington (Ensemble) is excited to make his CDT debut.  He has played lead roles in Minnetonka Theater school productions of Annie (Mr. Bundles), Madagascar (Alex the Lion), The Music Man (Harold Hill) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chip).  Jack is excited to be part of The Music Man. Harold Hill has been his favorite role to date and he will be singing along to all of his favorite tunes. Jack thanks his family and friends for all of their support.

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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. andykustmusic.com

Nayna Ramey  –  Scenic Designer

Rich Hamson  –  Costume Designer

Sue Ellen Berger  –  Lighting Designer

Russ Haynes  –  Sound Designer

Paul Toni  –  Hair/Makeup Designer

Dan Foss*   –  Production Stage Manager

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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