HAIRSPRAY

Taylor Hartsfield [Tracy Turnblad] is bursting like bubble gum with excitement to make her Theatre Aspen debut! Taylor received her BFA in Musical Theater from CSU, Fullerton and resides in Los Angeles. Tracy is one of Taylor’s favorite roles, and she has had the pleasure to perform it often. Some other recent credits include: Mdme. Bouche in Beauty and the Beast, Judy Denmark in Ruthless!, and Norma in Carrie. Taylor is also a proud youth theater educator and gives a shout out to all her students. Taylor looks forward to exploring Aspen and would like to thank the Theatre Aspen team, Natalie Kollar with Smith and Hervey/Grimes talent agency, her family, and her LaDucas for their undying support. #NMW. taylormhartsfield.com, @tmhartsfield. Taylor is sponsored by Kimberly and Brad Schlosser as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Kevin Carolan [Edna Turnblad] is thrilled to be spending the summer in Aspen with Edna. Broadway/National Tours: Roosevelt in Disney’s Newsies, Amos in the 10th Anniversary of Chicago, and Charlie understudy in Dirty Blonde. World Premiere: Colonel Mustard in CLUE On Stage directed by Hunter Foster (Bucks County Playhouse) and Baloo in Disney’s The Jungle Book directed by Mary Zimmerman (Goodman/Huntington-Winner, IRNE Award, Best Supporting Actor). Television: Gotham, Orange is the New Black, The Good Wife, The Middle, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, White Collar, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spin City, Boardwalk Empire, and Vinyl. Film: Before We Go, Bear With Us (2016), Disney’s Newsies (2017), and Can You Ever Forgive Me (2018, as author Tom Clancy, with Melissa McCarthy). kevincarolan.com. Kevin is sponsored by Katherine and Dane Chapin as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Patrick Richwood [Wilbur Turnblad] made his Theatre Aspen debut as Clown #2 in The 39 Steps. Patrick’s favorite stage roles include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Goat in The Robber Bridegroom, Duane/Duarto in First Wives Club,  Renfield in Dracula, Clarence in A Wonderful Life, and Ellard Simms in The Foreigner (Helen Hayes Award). He has appeared in numerous television shows and 24 films including: The Princess Diaries, Beaches, The Race to Space, Dear God, Runaway Bride, Streets, Armageddon, The Other Sister, and Soul Surfer. Patrick is most often recognized as Dennis, the night elevator operator in the film Pretty Woman; least often, as White Rabbit--a 65 year-old British bunny (underneath 3 hours of prosthetic makeup) in Disney's TV series Adventures in Wonderland. Patrick is sponsored by Barbara and Franklin Carson as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Elise Kinnon [Velma Von Tussle, Dance Captain, Associate Director, Co-Choreographer] is thrilled to return to Theatre Aspen for her fourth season. Previous Theatre Aspen credits include: Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Fritzie in Cabaret, and Estelle in The Full Monty. Other favorite credits include: Factory Girl  in Les Misérables (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Anytime Annie in 42nd Street (Goodspeed Opera House and Asian Tour), Rita in White Christmas (Theater Under the Stars and Ogunquit Playhouse), Brooke Wyndam in Legally Blonde (The Cape Playhouse), and Ensemble in The Great American Mousical directed by Dame Julie Andrews (Goodspeed Opera House). Elise gives her love and thanks to Mark Martino and Agents at TKO. Special thanks to Paige Price. Love to J, Mum, and the Killen Klan. This show is dedicated to her brother, Stuey, for his cheeky friendship and support. elisekinnon.com. Elise is sponsored by Billie and Greg Erwin and Michelle and Jared Goldberg as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Tamara Anderson [Motormouth Maybelle] is excited to be at Theatre Aspen playing one of her favorite roles! She is a singer, actor, writer, and director. Tamara just produced her first short film, Dating Chronicles (2016), available on YouTube. She has been featured in film, television, and numerous regional productions across the country including Ghost the Musical, Lysistrata Jones, Yellowman and more. Tamara can also be seen as Deborah in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, Seasons 1 and 2) and on Nurse Jackie (Showtime). Thanks for the never ceasing support of my family. Maya, you are my heart! tamara-anderson.com. Tamara is sponsored by Melanie Sturm and Marc Zachary as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Denis Lambert [Corny Collins] Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, A Chorus Line. Tours: The Producers, White Christmas, A Chorus Line.   Off-Broadway: Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), Pipe Dream and Finian’s Rainbow (Encores!), Yank! and Zorba (York Theatre), Dying City (TBG Theatre). Regional: Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theatre Group, Syracuse Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Hudson Stage Company. Roles include Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Burrs in The Wild Party, Bert in Mary Poppins, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, The Visitor in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Wykowski in Biloxi Blues, Rooster in Annie, Frank Schultz in Show Boat, and both Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in White Christmas. denislambertonline.com, @emiledenis1. Denis is sponsored by Darlynn and Tom Fellman as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Christian Probst* [Link Larkin, Linus] is from St. Louis and recently graduated from Yale University. College Credits: Burrs in The Wild Party, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone, Frankie in Parade, Primitivo in Icarus, Paul in A Chorus Line, Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, Princeton in Avenue Q, Tulsa/Mazeppa in Gypsy, and Tennessee Williams in the original musical Tenn. National Tour: Flounder in Disney's The Little Mermaid (2013). At Yale he choreographed numerous productions-- including the 2015 mainstage musical Merrily We Roll Along--and several Yale School of Drama third-year theses. He couldn’t be more thrilled to spend the summer at Theatre Aspen and thanks Paige, Mark, and all of his family, friends, and teachers for their support. christian-probst.com, @christianbprobst. Christian is sponsored by Melanie Sturm and Marc Zachary as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Annabel O’Hagan [Amber Von Tussle] is thrilled and honored to be returning to the Hurst Theatre stage. She grew up performing in Theatre Aspen School productions like Romeo and Juliet and Working and is a rising junior at Harvard University studying Psychology with a secondary field in Theater, Dance, and Media Studies. At Harvard, she has appeared in Nine, Into the Woods, Gypsy, and Cabaret. Next fall, she makes her directing debut with She Loves Me. She wants to thank her wonderful family, the Broadway Dreams Foundation, voice coach Stephen Rudlin, Paige, Graham, and all at Theatre Aspen for guiding her along the way! Annabel is sponsored by Natasha and Mark Leydecker as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Abigail Isom* [Penny Pingleton, Peppermint Patty] is ecstatic to be working with Theatre Aspen this summer! She grew up in St. Louis where she performed at The Muny, Stages St. Louis, and Variety Children's Charity Theatre. She is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance at Otterbein University and was most recently seen as Gloria in Damn Yankees and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. She sends thanks and love to her parents, family, and friends! Enjoy the show! Abigail is sponsored by Lisa and George Baker as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Stephen Scott Wormley [Seaweed J. Stubbs]. Off Broadway: Black Nativity Now!. International Tour: Disney on Classic (Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra). Special Engagements: Marius in Les Misérables (Symphony of the Mountains), Seaweed in Hairspray (John Waters and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Can I Sing For You,Brother? (MU Healfaer Theatre). Selected Regional: Marius in Les Misérables and Terk in Tarzan (Barter Theatre), Hairspray (Helen Hayes Winners - Best Ensemble), DC premiere of Jelly’s Last Jam (Signature), Andre in Ain’t Misbehavin' (Syracuse Stage), Will in Big Fish (Theatre Lila), and Once on This Island  (Olney Theatre Centre). He originated the role of Dorian Corey in the world premiere of Dorian's Closet (Rep Stage). Stephen is blessed to have the support of his siblings, family, and friends. He dedicates this--and all he does--to his mother. stephenscottwormley.com. Stephen is sponsored by Melony and Adam Lewis as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Wesley J. Barnes* [Duane/Ensemble, Woodstock] is a Los Angeles native now living in NYC. He received a BA in Theatre Performance/Musical theatre from Concordia University Irvine. As a member of the Kennedy Tap Co., he has performed for the NAACP Image Awards, PBS Holiday Spectacular, and Michael Jackson’s 45th Birthday Party, and other events and tours. He has toured as a featured performer in Magic of the Dance in both Germany and Taiwan. Favorite credits include: Scottsboro Boys, In the Heights, Choir Boy, Songs for a New World, Reckless, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Footloose!. Thank you to my friends, family, and Baker Management! Jeremiah 29:11. @Mistahwes. Wesley is sponsored by Jamie and Bush Helzberg as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Gabriel Bernal* [IQ/Nicest Kid, Snoopy] received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas State University and is ecstatic to be making his Theatre Aspen debut this summer! National Tour: The Lightning Thief. Regional: West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and Peter Pan (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); and A Little Princess (Texas Music Theatre). All of my love to my mom and dad, teachers, and BRS/Gage family. Enjoy the show! Gabriel is sponsored by Melony and Adam Lewis as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Michael Gorman [Male Authority Figure]. Broadway/National Tours: Weisel/Jacobi/Mayor in Newsies (1st National), Associate Choreographer for A Chorus Line (Revival), Amos/Dance Captain in Chicago (Revival), Assistant Choreographer for Harrigan ’n Hart, Ensemble in Copperfield, Bobby in A Chorus Line (Original Production Broadway/International Company). Regional: Denver Center Theatre Company, Arvada Center, MUNY, Country Dinner Playhouse, Littleton Town Hall, Denver Civic Theatre. Film: Every Little Step, Newsies Live, and The Intern. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Michael is sponsored by Sara Broughton and John Rowland as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Keith Gruber* [Nicest Kid, Charlie Brown] is elated to be joining Theatre Aspen for a sunny summer in the mountains! Keith is originally from Austin, Texas and is a rising sophomore majoring in Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. Previous credits include: Greg in Hands On A Hard Body, Jack in Into The Woods, and Roy/Harv understudy in Curtains. Keith would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support and Theatre Aspen for welcoming him into such a loving community. Keith is sponsored by Amanda and Justin Leonard and Allison and Randall Bone as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Karma Jenkins [Dynamite/Ensemble] is thrilled to making her debut at Theatre Aspen. Karma most recently performed in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Grand Ole Opry). Some of her favorite credits include Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Rosalia in West Side Story, Sillabub in Cats, and Ensemble in In the Heights. She would like to thank her friends, family, and her agency for all of the love and support! karmajenkins.com, @Karmanoelle. Karma is sponsored by Melinda and Dr. Mark Sinnreich as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Taylor O’Toole* [Lou Ann/Ensemble, Lucy] is a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma in the BFA Musical Theatre program and is thrilled to be making her Theatre Aspen debut this summer! Credits: Female Swing in Nice Work if You Can Get It, Ensemble in Beauty and the Beast, Featured Ensemble in Oklahoma!, Soul Girl/Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Ensemble in Mamma Mia (Music Theatre Wichita);  Niki Harris in Curtains, Kelli Mangrum in Hands on a Hardbody, Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show directed by Richard J. Hinds, and Featured Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie (University of Oklahoma). Love to my parents, little brother, and Moo for your unwavering support. For Beege, who never missed a show. Taylor is sponsored by Tracy and Bubba Eggleston as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Isaiah Reynolds [Gilbert/Ensemble] is so excited to be making his Theatre Aspen debut! Isaiah is a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory where he is pursuing his BFA in Musical Theater. Boston Conservatory: Soloist in Bernstein’s Mass, Georg in Spring Awakening, Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, Man 1 in New World Waking (Boston premiere), and Eric in Lord of the Flies. Regional: Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates in The Scottsboro Boys (IRNE winner), Ensemble in Young Frankenstein, Ensemble in Little Mermaid, Male Swing in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Ensemble in Big the Musical, Donkey understudy in Shrek, and Spider in  Diary of a Worm, Spider, and Fly. He would like to thank the creative team for this opportunity and his family for their love and support. Isaiah is sponsored by Maura Bradshaw as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Carlita Victoria [Little Inez] is excited to reprise her favorite role and make her Theatre Aspen debut! She has studied and performed around the world. New York: Glee Project Promo, The Color Purple. Regional: Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rock of Ages, The Wizard of Oz, Disney’s Aladdin, Lucky Stiff, Chicago, and Hairspray. Off-Broadway/Tours: Broad Comedy, Respect, Chuck Davis & The African American Dance Ensemble. International: Madagascar Live! (China, tour), Circus Conelli (Switzerland), Pas Jazz Co. (Seoul), Dzanonmo Dance Co. (Ghana). Film/TV: Dr. Oz, Apple, AARP, Live Person. Creator of comedy shorts featured on Funny or Die and YouTube.com/c/CarlitaVictoria. Thanks to Gayle, Scott, and Holly! Love to Mom, Sis, and Pants! Jeremiah 29:11.carlitavictoria.com, @CastCarlita. Carlita is sponsored by Laura and Mike Kaplan as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Kayla Ryan Walsh [Female Authority Figure] hails from Bend, Oregon and is thrilled to be making her Theatre Aspen debut. She recently received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University and is a New York-based actor. NYC Theater: Squeaky Fromme in Assassins, Clown #2 in The 39 Steps, and Molly in I Want to Eat Brains. Regional Favorites: Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Eileen Evergreen in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Dolly in One Man Two Guv’nors. Kayla is a proud recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, which enabled her to study at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Thank you to Paige, Mark, and Holly Buczek at Wojcik/Seay for giving me this incredible opportunity! kaylaryanwalsh.com. Kayla is sponsored by Beverle and Marc Ostrofsky as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Rachel Webb [Dynamite/Ensemble], a Dallas native, attends Texas State University for Musical Theatre and will be entering her sophomore year this fall. At Texas State, Rachel appeared as Mayme in Intimate Apparel and in the staged reading of Black Superhero Magic Mama, a new play workshopped by Texas State’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. She is grateful to be a member of this great company because each new opportunity to perform is an opportunity to learn! Rachel is sponsored by Amanda and Justin Leonard as part of the Adopt an Apprentice program.

Gianna Yanelli* [Brenda, Sally] is elated to return to Theatre Aspen this season after playing the role of Junie B. Jones in 2015! Her credits include Annette in Saturday Night Fever (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Debbi in Old Jews Telling Jokes (Trinity Rep), Kitty in Drowsy Chaperone (Connecticut Rep), and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Walnut Street Theatre). Special thanks to Paige Price for being a ROCKSTAR. Eat 'em up Bobcats! Gianna is sponsored by Clare Evert-Shane and Steven Shane as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

* Also appearing in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY!

 

SEX WITH STRANGERS

Jessica Robblee [Olivia] is pleased to be making her Theatre Aspen debut.  She appeared in Drowning Girls (Arvada Center Black Box); Frankenstein, All the Way, Lord of the Butterflies, and Drag Machine (DCPA Theatre Company); After the Revolution, Homebody Kabul, Rabbit Hole, and Aphrodisiac (Curious Theatre); Dust (Wonderbound and Curious Theatre); This (Boulder Ensemble Theatre); Gidion's Knot (Sis Tryst Productions); 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Square Product Theatre); Siren Song, Duck Duck Dupe, Trunks: a live comic book, Yesterado, Unbeweaveable, Eating Words (Buntport Theater for All Ages); and The Odyssey: A Walking Tour (Buntport Theater). She was honored with Westword's Mastermind Award for Innovation in Performing Arts and the Jon Lipsky Award for her playwriting and performance collaborations with the Denver Art Museum. Jessica is sponsored by Mary and Adam Cherry as part of the Adopt an Actor program.

Patrick Ball [Ethan] is very excited to be making his Theatre Aspen debut. Based out of NYC, Patrick's recent credits include: All My Sons (The Rep of St. Louis), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Triad Stage), Sex with Strangers (Theatreworks Hartford), and Shining City (Barrington Stage). Originally from North Carolina, he studied acting at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Patrick is sponsored by Ann and Don Short as part of the Adopt an Actor program.