2005

DIRECTOR
Alisa Bauer

MUSICAL
DIRECTOR
Rich Alder

PRODUCER
Brian Myers








Audiences delighted in this performance of the spectacular Disney Broadway musical. A cast and production crew of extremely talented individuals allowed CAP's audience base to reach it's highest level to date with music, vision, and pure entertainment.













Alisa Bauer

Director

Mrs. Bauer is currently the Vice President of the Chelsea Area Players Board and is excited to be the Director for her third musical for CAP ('Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' in 2000, and 'Anything Goes' in 1997). She has been involved in several performances with CAP including M’Lynn in 'Steel Magnolias,' and as the role of Gilmer in 'Godspell.' She has also choreographed many dance performances including seven musicals and six professional dance concerts, and has performed professionally as an actress, singer and dancer in over 50 different productions. In addition, she has taught dance at Dance Arts Academy, held the position of Assistant Professor at Marygrove College, where she created their BFA program in Musical Theatre in conjunction with University of Detroit. She also taught Theatre at Jackson Community College. Mrs. Bauer holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from Western Michigan University. She is very involved with her church, St. Joseph's in Dexter, where she sings as a cantor and a choir member, sits on the 'Stairway to the Future' Board to help design and build their new church, teaches eighth grade Catechism, and is a member of Christ Renews His Parish. She has had several of her poems published in various anthologies and is currently working on a book of poetry for publication. Mrs. Bauer is most proud of her family, her husband Bart of 17years, and her three children, Adam, Devyn, and Nathan. Without their love and support her desire to direct wouldn’t have been possible.



Brian Myers

Producer

Brian is currently a CAP Board member and is bringing his creative talents to the production with a dual role by being both Producer and Technical Director.  He has worked on over 200 productions since he first got interested in theatre when he played the role of a snowflake/raindrop in a fourth grade play.  He soon was designing sets and special effects for all the school shows and continued as a designer/performer through high school.  After studying Theatre Design And Production at Eastern Michigan University, he just couldn't get enough of theatre, so today he manages to work on an average of 8 to 10 productions a year.  He was last seen working for CAP, last summer, backstage for 'My Fair Lady,' however he has worked on 8 shows since then.  He's worked with groups in Saline, Clinton, Tecumseh, Manchester, Chelsea, Pinckney, Jackson, Quincy, Ypsilanti, Dexter, and Hillsdale.  Brian has been the Director of a group called Tech. Unlimited, which is creating the amazing invention that Maurice take's to the fair in his current production. Brian loves sharing his knowledge of theatre with others, and is excited to be working on 'Disney's Beauty And The Beast' for The Chelsea Area Players.



Rich Alder

Musical Director

Rich is relieved and excited about being able to be the Musical Director of 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast'  without any outside distractions!  Previously, he was musical director for last summer's CAP production of 'My Fair Lady' and was co-musical director and accompaniment sequencer for the 20th anniversary RE-CAP (a long time ago, in a theatre far across Freer Road . . .).  He has been involved in nearly 260 productions throughout the southeastern palm region of Michigan as a woodwind player, keyboardist, accompanist, conductor, musical director, stage director and/or computer sequencer.  Locally, he was musical director at the Purple Rose Theatre for 'Guys On Ice' and conducted the orchestra for Dexter High School's production of 'Damn Yankees' last year.  In the far distant past, he was Dexter's drama director for six years, which is when he first worked with a very young Brian Myers as technical director.  A complete listing of his shows is too much for this space (detailed resumes available on request), but he is most excited about being able to do one this summer that he has never done before!  When not in the theatre, he is a middle school instrumental music teacher in Wayne-Westland.


Colleen Stano

Belle

Colleen is thrilled to make her CAP debut as Belle! A Disney girl from birth, Colleen dreamed about the day she would be given the opportunity to portray this role! A vocal performance and music education major at the University of Michigan School of Music, she is a member of the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Comic Opera Guild, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Theatrical credits include Eliza Doolittle in 'My Fair Lady,' Helena in 'Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,' Lady Jaquie in 'Me and My Girl,' Lily St. Regis in 'Annie,' Elsa Schrader in 'The Sound of Music,' and Angelina in Stephen Rush’s new Jazz Opera 'Stop Blaming Columbus!' “Special thanks to my parents for their love and support, Nancy and Jim for tolerating the Disney obsession, Professors John Gillas and Rico Serbo for helping me find my voice, and the wonderful Alan Menken, Paige O’Hara, and Susan Egan for helping to bring magic of 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' onto the stage!”


Ty Jacobs

Beast

"I would like to thank God for the opportunity to perform in a wonderful work that has a moral which both children and adults can understand and apply. A show like this which says that love and goodness can overcome anger and sadness is one that touches every heart. I am honored to be part of this production." This will mark Ty's second time performing in a play, as last year he was seen as Freddy in CAP's production of 'My Fair Lady.' In his spare time he enjoys computers, theology, video games, landscaping, and spending as much time with his loved ones as possible. 


Brodie Brockie

Gaston

Like Gaston, when a lad, Brodie also ate four dozen eggs every morning to help him get large. Instead though, they left him with highly elevated cholesterol levels. This is Brodie's third production with CAP following his turn as Alfie Doolittle in last summer's 'My Fair Lady' and as Major Metcalf in 'The Mousetrap' in 2003. Brodie's other favorite stage roles have been Puck in 'Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Jud in 'Oklahoma,' and the Mayor Munchkin in 'The Wizard Of Oz' (though, as you might guess, that was a little while ago). Brodie is the co-founder of the popular humor website www.capnwacky.com and creates movies and videos with his cohorts at A Monkey & A Typewriter Productions in Ann Arbor, MI. For the last twelve years, he has been writing and directing elaborate haunted houses or haunted trails every October in Marshall, MI. In his spare time, Brodie likes to whistle.

John McKenzie

Cogsworth

John was born a poor child, raised by his two loving parents until the age of twelve. He had a happy childhood. It was at this time , the late nineties, when John answered the call of the wild. He left his life behind to live with wolves, and other foul creatures as well. John spent two years carousing with the greater and lesser beasts until another call sounded and drew him to higher aspirations....High School. Here, John developed a lifelong love of theater(and comedy obviously!), first as a stage technician, and later as an actor such as in the role of Piney in 'Bad Year For Tomatoes.' This is John's first musical show and he would like to thank those who gave him the courage to audition: the comb, the ninja, and the booger.


Caroline Huntoon

Mrs. Potts

When Caroline was 6 years old, she saw 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast' nine times in the theatres. Fifteen and a half years later, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to portray her favorite enchanted teapot in the staged musical version with CAP. This is Caroline’s second production with CAP (last summer she appeared as Mrs. Pearce in 'My Fair Lady'). When she’s not playing old British maids in musicals, she enjoys writing, playing four square, and wandering. She is currently a senior at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, majoring in theatre. She has recently returned from a semester abroad at the British American Drama Academy in London, England. When Caroline grows up, she wants to be an actress.

Justin Vidovic

Lumiere

Last summer, Justin drove from his home in Detroit every night in order to play Zolton Karpathy in CAP's 'My Fair Lady.' This summer, the prospect of working again with the dear friends he had made in CAP prompted him to just up and move to Ann Arbor!. Justin's other favorite roles include John Seward in 'Dracula' and Sherrif Reynolds in 'Bat Boy: The Musical.' In his free time, he teaches English at Wayne State University. He'd like to thank the friends and family from Detroit who keep driving out to Chelsea to see plays, and or course his CAP friends, including the ones not in 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast,' who have contributed so much to making him "human again."


David Emmert

Maurice

This is David's first show with the Chelsea Area Players. He is excited to be working with such a wonderful cast of people. When he's not commuting to Chelsea from his home in Ypsilanti, Dave likes to relax with his guitar and enjoys performing for friends. Some of his more notable roles include: Pat Denning from '42nd Street,' Mayor Shinn from 'The Music Man,' and Dr. Alan Swinford in 'David and Lisa.' He is also a founding member of the 'Diverse by Design Theatre Troupe' in Ypsilanti. He hopes that this experience will help prepare him for his freshman year at Western Michigan, where he will be studying theater performance this fall.


Scott Longpre

Lefou

Scott is so excited to be working with his friends in a CAP show that he actually had to consult a thesaurus to get the simple word excited. This is Scott's second production with CAP, you may recognize him from 'My Fair Lady' last summer. Scott has been doing theatre for the past ten years and has been in many productions with Festival Theatre in Wisconsin, school shows both in Wisconsin and here in Chelsea,  Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, EMU, and has performed beautiful musicals while in the shower. His favorite roles include (but are not limited to) Buddy Lehman in 'The Diviners,' Reverand Paris in 'The Crucible,' Otto Von Bruno in 'Bullshot Crumond,' Bobby in 'Cabaret,' and his first role...Tiny Tim. Scott would love to thank everyone involved in BB for this amazing opportunity. Scott is now done referring to himself by name.


Francesca Vitali

Babette

Francesca is fifteen years old and originally from Chicago. She has performed in such Grass Lake High School productions as 'Bye Bye Birdie,' and played Cinderella in Roger and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella.' She is currently taking choral lessons and thinks Babette in 'Disney's Beauty And The Beast' is a great role because it surely is a change of pace for her since she has never done any real comedic roles. "Everyone in the production has been great and it's sure to be a wonderful show! Special thanks to my parents and my best friend, Char. Love ya, guys!"


Diane Du Russel

Madame de la Grande Bouche

Diane (Dd) started acting locally at the now defunct Black Sheep Repertory Theater. Perhaps you saw her in one of the Christmas productions? Of her other countless (because she can't remember them all!) roles her favorites have been: Jenny Diver in 'Three Penny Opera' with the Tecumseh Players, C Thompson in '1776' a Tecumseh Civic production, and as Janet MacLeash in 'The Bride of Brackenloch' on the Croswell stage. Dd has also sung in operas with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Lenawee Community Chorus March of 2006. She is proud to be showing off her drawers in this fine CAP production!


 

Kyle Kooyers

Monsieur D'Arque

This is Kyle's second production with CAP as an actor (last year as Jaime in 'My Fair Lady'). A longtime crew member, Kyle thought he'd give the other side a shot. Now he is the old and creepy Monsieur D'Arque, which, according to some isn't far from his true self. Kyle is also working with director, Alisa Bauer, and doing the choreography for 'Disney's Beauty And The Beast.' Aside from theater but not on the stage, Kyle has been taking ballet under Wendi DuBois for the past ten years. Performing such roles as The Cavalier, Arabian, and the Snow Prince in 'The Nutcracker.' In his spare time, Kyle enjoys all the usual activities, like driving 'til one gets lost, or singing in a cemetery. Kyle would love to thank all his friends, especially his Miffles and new found BeauBeas for all the joy they bring in his life, and his parents for putting up with all his...'stuff.' "Now lets all go jump in puddles!!!"

Devyn Bauer  Chip

Devyn Bauer is happy to be performing in her second CAP production. She was also in CAP Connection, and has also performed with CAP Jr. in 'Annie' as a Hobo. She has been taking dance classes (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop) since she was three at Dance Arts of Chelsea. She is also a member of  Youth Dance Theatre for three years where she performed in 'The Nutcracker' as a Mouse, an Angel, a Polichinelle and a Candy Pedal. She performance last year in 'The Five Dancing Princesses' as well. Devyn enjoys playing softball, learning to knit, and playing with her cat, Sprinkles.

Harold Eyster  Chip

Although only 11, Harold is a veteran of three previous CAP productions: 'Oliver,' 'CAP Connection and 'The Seven Year Itch.' He also performed in three CAP Jr. plays: 'A Christmas Carol,' 'Wonka,' and 'Peter Pan' and is a member of the Rainbow Players Acting Company. In addition to dressing up as a cup, Harold enjoys bird watching (231 species so far!) and he ranks sixth internationally in the Youth Division of the World Atlatl Association. "I'd like to thank my family for drinking so much tea."

Sarah Maynard  Silly Girl

Sarah, slightly typecast as a Silly Girl, is excited to perform with CAP in such a fun Disney show! This is her fifth CAP show, seen most recently as Roxanne in 'CAP Connection.' Another favorite role was Dorothy Brock in Chelsea High School's '42nd Street.' When she is not fainting or swooning, she is a senior at the University of Michigan Business School where she is involved with Campus Crusade For Christ and is the Executive Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra. This summer she is interning with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and teaching violin. Sarah would like to thank the amazing production team and talented cast (especially a certain enchanted chair that she happens to be related to!), as well as her family, friends and supporters of CAP!

Rachel Severin  Silly Girl

Rachel is terribly excited about the opportunity to swoon as one of the Silly Girls! She has had past experience swooning over Lex Williams, the two mile state champion running stud, but this is her first true CAP production. Her previous roles include Sister Rita in 'The Runner Stumbles,' Mrs. Bucket in 'Wonka,' and Reba Harper in 'A Bad Year For Tomatoes.' Rachel would like to thank Lex Luthor for being her inspiration, and sends a big affronted yelp out to her brother John Paul "White Lightning" Severin. Her parents are also pretty much superstars. "If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize." -Tom Hanks

Lauren Wright  Silly Girl

Lauren Wright is very excited about her first appearance in a CAP production! Her previous shows include 'Oklahoma,' 'Twelfth Night,' and 'The Crucible,' all of which she participated in at Grandville High School. Her more recent roles include Audrey in 'Little Shop Of Horrors,' Carol Melkett in 'Black Comedy,' Hildegard in 'The Life And Death Of Hildegard Of Bingen,' and Ruth Wilkins in 'Dear Ruth.' Lauren would like to thank everyone in the show for all the hard work they have put into it.  She would also like to thank the directors for giving her the opportunity to be a Silly Girl! She is super pumped and hopes that everyone enjoys the show!!!

Enchanted Objects Ensemble

Clif Ballard - napkin

Karin Collins - cheese grater

Athena Eyster - plate

Teddy Eyster - napkin

Javarr Hill - whisk, *also a wolf

Eric Hohnke - hat rack, *also a wolf

John Maynard - chair

Amanda Patton - bowl

Katie Personke - bowl

Lottie Prenevost - vanity brush

Jessica Rising - napkin

Rachel Trimas - pepper shaker

Kiana Weber - plate

Katie White - vanity comb

Villager Ensemble

James Daly - produce seller, *also a wolf

Tomi Dres - bar maiden

Andrea Evans - marie, *also a wolf

Maia Evans - daughter

Deanna Fulton - hat seller

Liz Hood - single girl

Sarah Gibson - daughter

Angelica Hafner-Canter - daughter

Christina Hafner-Canter - daughter

Jon Hafner-Canter - bar worker

Jenine Hanna - young couple, *also a wolf

Diana Hunt - mother

Emily Meloche - bar maiden
Meredith Reynolds - baker

Brad Richert - bookseller

Thalia Schramm - mother, *also a wolf

Casey Sullens - single girl

Nathan Taylor - bartender

Alexis Weaver - daughter

Production Crew

Larry Hafner - Costume Designer

Technical Director - Brian Myers

Bartley Bauer - Original Set Designs

Kyle Goedert - Stage Manager/Assistant Director

Tyler Driskill - Rehearsal Pianist

Choreography - Alisa Bauer, Kyle Kooyers

Props Manager - June Weiland

Videography - Ryan Wilcox

House Manager - Vicky Kooyers

Hair - Mary Alber

Make-Up - Dotti Barnes

Publicity - Mark and Meredith Nelson

Program/Production Photographer - C.Don Paulsell

Kid Wranglers - Rebecca Groeb-Driskill, Marybeth Seiler

Catering - Ginny Wheaton

Set Construction Site - Bob and Ellie Strong

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