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The Circus in Winter Cast and Creative Team

The Circus in Winter Cast and Creative Team


Shannon Antalan SHANNON ANTALAN* (Pearly) is ecstatic to be returning to Goodspeed after portraying the title role in Abyssinia at the Opera House, many moons ago . She has also been seen on Broadway in Caroline, or Change and Xanadu; Off-Broadway in Red Clay, Junie B Jones; the 1st National Tour of Hairspray; and many, many more. Shannon would like to thank her family and friends and the ANGELES DE POLLO (Love you all)! Live Laugh LOVE.
Avery Baran AVERY BARAN (Young Gordon) has been performing since the age of five as a comedian and actor.  He is thrilled to be working with Goodspeed and the amazing cast and crew of The Circus in Winter! His previous productions include My Funny Valentine (2014), Two Very Odd Couples (2013), and The Legend of Simon Smith (2011). His signature comedy roll is performing Abbott & Costello's “Who's On First”!
Emily Behny EMILY BEHNY* (Irene) is so excited to be back at Goodspeed! As part of the student team that originated The Circus in Winter, she is honored to take part in the magic once again. Favorite credits include: WICKED 2nd National Tour (Nessarose), Beauty & the Beast National Tour (Belle), and Goodspeed's Something's Afoot (Hope u/s). BA, Ball State University 2010. Thanks to the entire creative team, Henderson Hogan Agency, Mom, Dad, and her love Adam. Jeremiah 29:11.
Sarah Dacey Charles SARAH DACEY CHARLES* (Mrs. Colonel) covered Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables (original Broadway). Favorite regional roles: Vivian Bearing in Wit (The Penobscot Theatre), Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George (Arden Theater Company), Annie Jump Cannon in Silent Sky (TheatreWorks), and the title role of Julius Caesar (Smith Street Stage). Sarah was in the National Tours of both 9 to 5 and Sunset Boulevard. Recently, Sarah played Patty in Clouds are Pillows for the Moon (dir. Leigh Silverman). Film: won the 2011 LIFF Best Actor Award for portraying Barbara Stanwyck in Agnes Moorehead is God!. TV: co-starred opposite Kevin Bacon in The Following. MFA-UC Irvine. www.sarahdaceycharles.com
Scott Richard Foster SCOTT RICHARD FOSTER* (James Porter/Tony Colorado/Slater) is thrilled to be making his debut at Goodspeed with this wonderful show.  Broadway/National Tours: Brooklyn the Musical; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up; Forbidden Broadway. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging; Forbidden Broadway, Alive and Kicking; Power Balladz; Sessions; Magnetic North.  Commercials: Breyers, CharcoCaps, Heineken, Digiorno. Much love to the cast and crew, and thanks to my family. Miss you and love you.)
Alex Goley ALEX GOLEY* (Young Wallace) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut with this incredible show.  Recent credits: Wally Waterman (Cloned!, 2014 NYMF Best of Fest), Huck Finn (Big River), Chris Partridge (The Bardy Bunch), Andrew Boyd (Standby, The Musical), Prince Edward (Richard III), and his favorite credit, Brother Bear (The Berenstain Bears Live!, original Off-Broadway Cast) He would like to thank his family and friends, John, Katie, and would like to dedicate this performance to his Papa, a farm boy, just like him.
Charles Gray CHARLES GRAY* (Gus/Jo-Jo) is thrilled to be a part of this production and back on stage. Broadway/Regional: The Color Purple, The Lion King, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. TV/Film: I Origins, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order - SVU & CI. "Believe and Never Give Up."
Kristen Hoagland KRISTEN HOAGLAND* (Young Jennie) is grateful to be part of such a talented cast and an amazing show! Credits: West Side Story (Mugsy/Swing/ Anybody's u/s), Propaganda! The Musical (Assistant Choreographer), America’s Got Talent, The Rachel Ray Show, Wonka Pop Star. A huge thank you to the creative team, MSA, and my family and friends for their continued love and support!
Jim Hogan JIM HOGAN* (Gordon) Goodspeed debut! National Tour: Spring Awakening. Regional Credits include Huey Calhoun in Memphis (Arvada Center), Henrik in A Little Night Music (Arden Theatre Company), and Buddy Foster in Side Show (11th Hour Theatre Company). Soloist with International Symphonies, including Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Training: Penn State University. Special thanks to the whole CIRCUS creative team, CGF, S13, and the Hogans. For Mom. @jimhogan220
Victoria Huston-Elem VICTORIA HUSTON-ELEM* (Elizabeth/Ethel Hobzini/Mary) was most recently seen selling her hair and dreaming some dreams as Fantine in Lyric Theatre's Les Misérables. Other favorites: The Addams Family (1st National Tour), Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (Prospect Theater Company, cast album on iTunes), Little Women (Village Theater), and Meet John Doe (Goodspeed). Victoria is currently planning to remount her cabaret, The Way I've Always Told It, which played two successful shows at 54 Below last fall. More information at www.victoriahustonelem.com. As always, this performance is fueled by seasonal fruit and the love of her ever-supportive family: Momma Huston, Papa Elem, Big Bro, Honeeey, Stellybean, and Mr. Jack.
William Parry  WILLIAM PARRY* (Colonel/Hollenbach) is happy to return to The Norma Terris, having done Blanco!, The Gig, and Good Sports here. Broadway: James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and Passion, Camelot with Richard Burton and Richard Harris, Gypsy with Bernadette Peters, Agamemnon at Lincoln Center, and Jesus Christ Superstar (original), among others. National Tours: A Few Good Men, Memphis, and Titanic as Capt. Smith. Off-Broadway: original Assassins and Road Show (Public), both by Sondheim and John Weidman; Dessa Rose; Cymbeline (The Public); others. Over 50 regional theater productions, including in the last four months, Joe Keller in All My Sons and Zorba in…well…Zorba!
James Penca JAMES PENCA* (Ollie) Goodspeed debut! Appeared in world-premiere productions of Nine Wives (TriArts Sharon Playhouse), Save the Date (NYC Fringe Festival), Giraffenstein and The Pokemusical (Color & Light Theatre, Los Angeles). Other favorite projects: Sondheim on Sondheim (Regional Premiere, Great Lakes Theatre, Playhouse Square), Titanic The Musical: Centennial Concert (Akron Symphony), The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (54 Below), and the annual Baldwin Wallace Beatles Festival, of which he is a founding member and co-director. Much love to the Penca family and the brilliant Nicolosi and Co! When not on stage, James pursues his lifelong dream of going back in time to sail on the Titanic. jamespenca.com
Noah Plomgren NOAH PLOMGREN* (Elephant Jack/Dodd) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed debut with this incredible company. Recent credits include: Garry in Noises Off (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Max in Lend Me a Tenor (Bay Street Theatre), Claude in the national tour of HAIR (dir. Diane Paulus), Charles Clarke in Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Gabe in Next to Normal (Hangar Theatre), Zack in Tigers Be Still (City Theatre Company). Proud graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.
Aaron Ramey
AARON RAMEY* (Wallace Porter) Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County (Orig. Cast), Jekyll & Hyde (Orig. Revival Cast), Young Frankenstein, Curtains, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Orig. Cast). National Tours: South Pacific, Jekyll & Hyde, Sweet Charity, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional/NYC: Williamstown Theater Festival, Weston Playhouse, Arena Stage, Barrington Stage, Baltimore CenterStage, Arden Theater Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Prospect Theater Company, York Theater, NYMF, NAMT. TV: A Gifted Man, Kings, New Amsterdam, Guiding Light, All My Children, As The World Turns. BFA Musical Theater, Otterbein University. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Dee Roscioli DEE ROSCIOLI* (Jennie Dixianna) is best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the smash hit Wicked.  She has performed this role on Broadway, in Chicago, and across the US. She holds the distinction of having performed Elphaba in more performances than any other actress. NY credits: Little Miss Sunshine (2nd Stage), Murder Ballad (Workshop, MTC), Dedalus Lounge opposite Anthony Rapp, The 24-Hour Musicals, and Therapy Rocks (NYMF). Other Credits: Grizabella in the National Tour of Cats and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (PSF). She has performed her solo show to sold-out audiences at Birdland and 54 Below in NYC and in Chicago.


Ben Clark
 BEN CLARK (Music & Lyrics) is proud to be premiering his first musical theatre composition at Norma Terris. Ben became the composer/lyricist of The Circus in Winter in 2010 at Ball State University in a collaboration with fourteen fellow students at the Virginia Ball Center, and is stunned to see how far it has come. Thanks to family, Beth, Bill, Sean, Ken, NR, JC, HF, SF, MH, the greatest friends, and Goodspeed for help cultivating Circus, which means so much to so many. Keep a lookout for Ben’s solo record release and his next musical, Skin and Bones, a collaboration with University of Nebraska playwright Andrew Kramer. @blcofficial
Hunter Foster HUNTER FOSTER (Book) Wrote the librettos for the Off-Broadway musicals Summer of '42 (Outer Critic nomination for Best New Musical), which had its premiere at Goodspeed at Chester, and Jasper in Deadland, which opened in 2014 at the Prospect Theatre in NY. Has also written the librettos for Clyde and Bonnie, which premiered at NYMF (Winner of Most Promising New Musical) and at the Aurora Theatre in Atlanta (Winning 6 Suzie Park Awards), and The Hollow, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Has also directed Ain't Misbehavin', Summer of '42, and The Rocky Horror Show for The Bucks County Playhouse. @hunter_foster
Beth Turcotte
 BETH TURCOTTE (Book) has been an inspirational theatre artist and educator devoted to the development of new work and emerging talent for the past thirty years. She has earned accolades in both professional and educational arenas for her visionary projects and passion for arts education for the underserved. Her immersive learning undertaking, The Circus in Winter, an original musical inspired by the novel by Cathy Day, was the culmination of her classroom project by 15 undergraduate students at the Virginia Ball Center of Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. Beth is a George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Dance Performance at Ball State University and received her MFA from Southern Methodist University.
Joe Calarco
JOE CALARCO (Director) Goodspeed: LMNOP. New York: Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Second Stage, the Lucille Lortel, The Transport Group, and Lincoln Center. Regional: Signature Theatre, The Old Globe, Barrington Stage Company, the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. As a writer, his published works include Walter Cronkite is Dead, In the Absence of Spring, and Shakespeare’s R&J. Drama League Directing Fellow. Executive Board of SDC, the directors union. Awards: Lucille Lortel Award, 2 Barrymore Awards, and four Helen Hayes Awards.  JoeCalarco.blogspot.com  @joecalarcoNYC


Spencer Liff

SPENCER LIFF (Choreographer) Spencer’s choreography can be seen on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He choreographed on the last six seasons of Fox's hit show So You Think You Can Dance, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography. Other TV includes How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, Mike and Molly, 2 Broke Girls, and the 2013 Emmy Awards. Other favorite theater choreography includes Spring Awakening (Deaf West Theater), Sleepless in Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse), Two Gentleman of Verona: A Rock Opera (The Shakespeare Theater Company), Oliver! (The Human Race Theater), On a Clear Day... (MTW, Director/Choreographer), Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean), and Broadway by the Year (Town Hall, NYC). @spencerliff

Matt Hinkley  MATT HINKLEY (Music Direction & Orchestrations) is extremely grateful for his nomination as a candidate for "Best Musician" in Broadway's first Ghostlight Awards. On Broadway: Violet (guitars, Assistant Conductor/Piano), First Date (Associate Music Director, keys/guitars), Godspell (Associate Music Director, keys/guitars/vocals); cast albums for above and for Glory Days (guitars). Other NYC includes ROOMS (Music Director), 35MM (Guitars, Additional Arrangements), Bloodsong of Love (Music Director, Orchestrations), The Burnt Part Boys (Associate Music Director, guitars, dobro, banjo, piano), Andrew Kober’s Koberet (Music Supervisor, Arrangements), numerous concerts. Studio supervision, arranging, and producing includes Caissie Levy, Natalie Weiss, Joe Iconis (Things To Ruin, Rock ‘n’ Roll Jamboree), Jonathan Reid Gealt. Love to Kymberly, Brutus, Dexter, Mom, Dad.
  JASON SHERWOOD (Scenic Design) recently designed the Drama Desk Award-winning, NY Times Critics' Pick, The Mysteries at the Flea Theater, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Upcoming: The C.A. Lyons Project (World Premiere) at Alliance Theatre, Choir Boy at Studio Theatre DC, 4000 Miles at Aurora Theatre. Recent design: Alliance Theatre (2013 Suzi Bass Award nomination), New York Stage and Film Powerhouse with Naked Angels, Yale Dramat, Serenbe Playhouse, Two River Theater, and runway shows for NY Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Jason is the 2013 LiveDesign Magazine "Young Designer to Watch" and a 2013 USITT Rising Star Award Nominee. NYU grad. www.jasonsherwooddesign.com
  MARINA DRAGHICI (Costume Design) Broadway: Fela! (Tony and Lucille Lortel Awards). Theater: An Iliad, Cymbeline, Mother Courage, The Skriker, Hamlet, Woyzeck, Les Indes Galantes (Opera National de Paris),  L’Italiana in Algeri, La Traviata (Bordeaux Opera), 24 Images Secondes (Lyons Opera). Film/TV: Precious, Rage, Heights, 12 and Holding, The Grey Zone, Dexter, Blue Bloods, Homeland, Elementary, Black Sails.
  DONALD HOLDER (Lighting Design) Goodspeed: All Shook Up, Redhead, Battle Cry of Freedom. Broadway credits include: The Lion King and South Pacific (Tony Awards); The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Ragtime, Les Liasons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Movin’ Out,  Gem of the Ocean, and Juan Darien (all Tony nominated); You Can’t Take It With You; The King and I (Upcoming: Spring 2015); Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark; Big Fish; Bullets Over Broadway; Annie; Promises, Promises; La Cage aux Folles; Cyrano de Bergerac; The Boy From Oz, many others. Television: Smash Seasons 1 and 2.
  JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals. Jay has designed countless productions at both the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at Regional Theatres from coast to coast. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay serves as their Lighting & Sound Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.