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Romeo & Juliet, August 2006

Meet the Cast:

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Romeo - Tobie Windham
Tobie is a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying Theatre and is proud to be making his debut with the Park Players. He has been studying the art of theatre for many years now and upon graduation he plans to attend grad school in hopes of receiving his Masters. His most recent theatrical credits include American Buffalo where he played Bobby with City Equity Theatre, and many roles and productions at UAB, including, this past year: The Food Chain, The Piano Lesson, and The Doctor in Spite of Himself.

Tobie Windham would like to thank Park Players for having the faith in him and giving him the opportunity to portray one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters. Much love and respect to the Cast and Crew.

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Juliet - Gabrielle Metz
Gabrielle is thrilled to be performing her 7th play with the Park Players along side such a talented cast and crew. Her first foray into the Bard's work was with the Park Players' 2002 inaugural season performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" where she was cast by Ted as a drunken man posturing as another man. From then on she was hooked, and she continued on in 2003 as the Mad Host of the Garter in "The Merry Wives of Windsor", and as Margaret in "Much Ado About Nothing." In 2004, she portrayed Hippolyta and Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream;" and in 2005 as Ariel in "The Tempest," and Olivia in "Twelfth Night." Other favorite roles include Mollie Ralston in "The Mousetrap," Venticello in "Amadeus," a tribe member in "HAIR," Sylvie in the female version of "The Odd Couple," Susan Johnston in "The Heidi Chronicles," Candy Star in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Pheni Rosensweig in "The Sisters Rosensweig," the mother in "A Christmas Story," and Rachel in "Judge Roy Moore is Coming to Dinner." She was last seen on the Birmingham stage in June in "Spoon River Anthology" at TNT. She thanks Ted for believing in her to help realize his vision. Gabrielle sends peace, love, & happiness to all; as well as heart-felt appreciation to her friends for their invaluable support!

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Mercutio - Sylvester Little, Jr.
Sylvester , a member of the WordSpeak poetry group, is a Birmingham native who is making his second appearance with Park Players having played Othello in 2004. He has also worked locally with the Carver Theater playing Troy Maxon in "Fences", the Terrific New Theatre's production of "The Exonerated" playing Robert Hayes, and, various productions with the Birmingham Children's Theatre. A graduate of Drama from Berea College, in Berea, KY, Sylvester, also known as Sly, returns home after completing productions with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where he has worked on and off since 1999.

"Acting is my life. I'm blessed to wake up with a smile knowing that my career is filling my pockets as well as my soul." He attributes all of his success to the Almighty, his mother, sister, and father, Sylvester, Sr.

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Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Sampson - Jonathan Chapman
Jon is currently a senior at the University Of Alabama, majoring in Theatre with a focus in acting. This is his first production with the Birmingham Park Players and he is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful process, with such amazing people. University of Alabama stage credits include Charles Lomax (Major Barbara), Orin Hart (Holy Ghosts). Other credits include Denny (The Soldiers of No Country), Ellard Simms (The Foreigner) and Alan Seymour (Picnic). While Jon has a love for stage performance, he is also interested in Film Acting and Theatre Education, branching out to experience as many aspects of entertainment as he can. Awards and honors include placing 3rd in state at the 2003 Walter Trumbauer State Theatre Competition in Solo Dramatic Classic Monologue.

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Tybalt - Grey Tilden
Grey knows it's summer when he's on stage. He is thrilled to be making his fifth appearance in four years with the company. Other roles with the "Players" include Fenton in "Merry Wives", Claudio in "Much Ado", Hammett in "Headset", and various other roles in "Complete Works". Pleased to be working with yet another fine cast and crew, he would like to give special thanks to his family and lovely girlfriend for all of their support.

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Lord Capulet - Todd Ponder
Todd is thrilled to be back with the Park Players doing Shakespeare and to be working with Ted again! He made his debut with the Park Players as Antonio in "Twelfth Night". Todd recently played the role of Jonathan Brewster in South City Theatre's smash hit production of "Arsenic & Old Lace". He has also been a regular performer at the Looney's Tavern Entertainment Center in Double Springs for five years in a row, his favorite roles have been the Stage Manager(Narrator) in Thorton Wilder's "Our Town", Fleetwood Dashaway in "He Done Her Wrong", Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!" and Stoke Roberts in the outdoor Civil War musical, "Looney's Tavern: The Aftermath & The Legacy" written by Lanny McAllister. Todd has also played the lead role of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" and the role of Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's "Dracula", both produced by the Jasper Children's Theatre. At the Birmingham Festival Theatre, he has appeared as Hamlet in "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" and he also appeared with Ted in "Threepenny Opera" as gang member Jimmy. His previous Shakespeare credits include Bottom in "Midsummer Night's Dream" and Don Pedro in "Much Ado About Nothing" at Jefferson State Community College. Thank you so much, Ted! Much love to Mom and Dad!

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Lady Capulet - Sheila Snoddy
Sheila played the role of Jil Friday, mid-day on-air personality at Magic 96, for seven years and hosted two seasons of Outdoor Alabama on APT before leaving for her greatest production her four wonderful children. Now a full time Mom and part time freelance voice talent, she is thrilled to be making her debut with Park Players. She was honored to be on stage with her son earlier this year in the CDF StageDoor production of "Searching for David’s Heart" (Enid). Thanks to Ted for this opportunity and to the cast for a great experience! Thanks to David for nights with the girls and Brandi and Blake for all your support. Thanks to God for my many blessings!

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Lady Montague - Marie Bolivar-Cano
Marie is delighted to be making her community theatre debut with Park Players! She previously attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and is currently a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, majoring in theatre. Her acting credits at UAB include: UAB’s Festival of Ten- Minute Plays as “Granny” in Dirty Laundry; “Ismene” in Antigone; and “Teresa” in The Praying Mantis. She also served as the assistant stage manager in UAB’s The Food Chain. Theatre is not only Marie’s passion, but TV and film as well. She was seen in 10-30-38, a short film featured in Birmingham’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 2005. Marie would like to sincerely thank Ted for giving her the opportunity to be a part of the wonderfully talented cast and crew of Romeo and Juliet and most importantly, for believing in diversity in the performing arts. All her love, hugs and kisses are extended to her family and friends for supporting her on this incredible journey and to her heavenly Father for his spiritual faith and guidance!

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Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Prince Escalus - Donald Cano
Donald is thrilled to be making his debut with Park Players. He was last seen in South City Theatre's productions of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Course Acting Show". He has appeared in local commercials, short films and various industrial videos. Donald recently attended the Summer 2005 session at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York to study acting, voice and movement. Thanks to the wonderful cast for such a great experience. Thanks to Ted for this fantastic opportunity!

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Paris - Luke Harlan
Luke is making his debut with the Park Players in Romeo and Juliet. He has most recently been seen touring the state with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Also with UAB, Luke appeared in The Grapes of Wrath and received an Irene Ryan Nomination for his work in The Praying Mantis. Other credits include: Vanderbilt University…As You Like It, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hay Fever, Duet for Bear and Dog, NWA Arkansas Repertory…You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Fools, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Luke is an aspiring director and recently directed Romulus Linney’s Can Can at UAB and is set to direct a play in the Ten Minute Play Festival at UAB this fall. Luke would like to thank Ted for giving him this opportunity. I’ll miss you Alex!!

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Nurse - Donna Love
Donna is making her second appearance with Park Players, having played Ursula in "Much Ado About Nothing" in 2003. She has appeared in such productions as Our Town, Arsenic and Old Lace, Agnes of God and Night Watch. She was last seen as The Narrator in Alice in Wonderland. She originated the role of Becky Lee Dish in the southern comedy Covering Dish. In December, Donna is looking forward to directing "Home for the Holidays" an original Christmas musical, written by Donna and her daughter, Courtney.She is delighted to be performing with such a wonderfully talented and professional cast. Donna would like to especially thank Ted for letting her have this wonderful part.

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Friar Laurence - Terry Hermes
This marks Terry's seventh show, and fourth summer, with the Park Players. Shakespeare geek that he is, Terry pops up every summer ready to play in the great outdoors with his favorite troupe. His most memorable Bardic roles include Sir Toby Belch in "Twelfth Night" and Peter Quince in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Friar Laurence ranks right up there with these! To fill the yawning voids between summer outdoor romps with Will, Terry appears all over town--South City Theatre, Centerstage, the Leeds Arts Council, ACTA, and the Birmingham Festival Theatre. His most recent stints were as Reverend Brown in South City Theatre's "Inherit the Wind" (with our esteemed director Ted!), and the role of Dolan in BFT's production of "Line" (with Grey, our talented Tybalt). A special thanks to my wife Lisa and daughter Leah for putting up with all this histrionic nonsense.

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Juliet (under study) Citizen - Amanda Kramer
Amanda is delighted to make her community theatre debut with Park Players and the wonderful company of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently a sophomore Theatre Arts student at Birmingham-Southern College. Amanda is also employed as a historical interpreter at the American Village; her favorite roles there include both President Washington's granddaughter and King George the III's wife. Amanda discovered her love of theatrics at an early age when her parents discovered that her quite ordinary love for playing dress-up and pretend grew to quite extraordinary degrees. Recently, some of her favorite credits have been in Little Women, Ten Little Indians, and Twelve Angry Women, all at Briarwood Christian High School. She has also fallen in love with the technical side of theatre, especially going on props treasure hunts and hanging upside-down from lighting grids. She thanks her family and friends for their patient indulgence, as well as Ted for this amazing opportunity and Gabrielle for her great support!

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Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Rosaline - Cherie Fields
Cherie is ecstatic about making her Birmingham Park Players debut! She most recently starred as the rebellious “Vennie” in Birmingham Festival Theatre’s production of Jar the Floor. Prior to that, she performed in the Cabaret Performance Showcase at the WorkPlay Theatre, the premiere entertainment complex in the Southeast. With an extensive background in television and film, Cherie was the host of Birmingham’s own home redecorating show, Time 4 Change, which aired weekly on CBS. She has been featured on MTV’s Total Request Live and FOX’s Ambush Makeover. She also appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Fish. Throughout her career, she has emceed various special events, modeled in fashion shows and starred in commercials. Cherie was recently honored on Birmingham Magazine’s Hot List of 2006 for her work as the director of Catalyst, an organization of socially diverse, progressive minded people who join together in fun and purpose to make Birmingham a better place to live. Cherie is honored to have this opportunity to work with Ted O’Brien and such a wonderfully talented cast. She thanks her husband, Ed, for his undying support and her family and close friends for their cheers and enthusiasm.

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Gregory - Andrew Olds
By day Andrew is an architect with the firm Erdreich Architecture. Andrew is excited to be putting down his pencil and picking up a sword for his debut with the Birmingham Park Players! He was seen as one of Mary Steinbergen’s traveling missionary children in the movie The Grass Harp. Other activities include the offices of Secretary as well as Urban Sustainability Chairperson for the civic group Catalyst for Birmingham. He would like to thank everyone in the company for this amazing opportunity to learn and have fun!

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Abraham - Michael B. Lang
Michael is a current graduate of Troy University majoring in Communication and Fine Arts with a Dramatic Track. Mr. Lang has done a plethora of professional theatrical productions such as The Grapes of Wrath as the Starving Man and Narrator, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He also has been apart of numerous of productions at Troy University and such productions are Godspell as a dancer and narrator, Into the Woods as the Wolf, Antigone as a soldier, A Raisin in the Sun as Walter, She Loves Me as a Waiter, Hamlet as Lucianus, and Pippin as the phenomenal Leading Player. Michael Lang has been classically trained in dance focusing on ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom dance, and hip-hop. He has also been apart of the technical crew as a director directing The Colored Museum, Alabama: Southern Wisdom, Simply Heavenly, and God’s Favorite. Mr. Lang has also been assistant choreographer for Antigone done by Troy University and a dance instructor at the Troy School of Dance and Arts. Michael has receive numerous of honors such as a modeling contract with the National and Film Fashion Board where he won Best Overall Model in Alabama, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Mr. Lang is making his debut in with Park Players

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Balthasar - Samuel Akins
Samuel first appeared on stage in "Joseph and His Techni-Color Dream Coat" at Birmingham's Jewish Community Center. Samuel has studied dance at the Preparatory Program at Alabama School of Fine Arts for the last three years. Most recently, Samuel danced the role of Hansel in "Hansel and Gretal" at ASFA. He also danced in Birmingham Ballet's performance of "Peter Pan" this year. This will be his debut performance with Park Players. Samuel's approach to life is simple: approach each day like opening day, treat every person you meet like the star of the show and believe that the whole world is our stage! He would like to thank Ted and the entire cast for their guidance and support.

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Benvolio- Steven Alaric Allen
This is Steven’s first play with Park Player, but he is not a novice in acting. He has done many plays such as: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Rip Van Winkle at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, The Amen Corner at The Carver Theatre and Broadway Our Way at Alabama State University. He also supported his school’s plays by performing as the character Elmer in Thornton Wilder’s The Happy Journey and he played the leading role of Phineas Flatworm in Wash Your Troubles Away. Now at the age of sixteen he attends Indian Springs School and enjoys acting, playing soccer and the playing the piano. He is very happy to have the opportunity to gain more experience from the Park Players to expand his career in acting.

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Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Apothecary/Peter- Lewis Munn Armstrong, Jr.
Lewis has done television, radio, stage and motion picture work in the U.S. and abroad. He has been in everything from Birmingham Children's Theatre to the old "Town & Gown" and Summerfest productions. He has a musical theatre degree from Birmingham-Southern College. Lewis has been in several choral groups and almost every theatre group in and around the Birmingham area. Indeed, his legend here will last a lunchtime! Thanks to Ted, my family and Angie.

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Frair John/Body Guard - William P. Brisky
William is making his debut with Park Players. He has been in numerous productions in high school and college but has just recently gained interest in acting again. He would first like to thank the wonderful and talented cast of Romeo and Juliet for all the help, encouragement, and friendship he has received while working with this marvelous cast. He would also like to thank his acting instructor,Jonathan Goldstein, for his constant help, encourgement, and belief in him. And, finally he would like to thank his co-workers for all the encouragement and excitement they have given him.

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Dancer - Charlie Anne Grimes
Charlie is proud to be in her first Park Players production. She has appeared at South City Theatre in The Jungle Book (Baloo), Annie, Jr (Lily St. Regis), and most recently, Inherit the Wind (Mrs. Blair). She also performs with the Evangel Tutorials drama team and studies voice at the FBC Pelham School of Fine Arts.

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Dancer - Victoria A. Boyce
Victoria has been helping Park Players since they opened their "doors" three years ago. She has served as an assistant to the director (her dad) and head usher. She appeared as a fairy in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and is thrilled to be back on stage again. She would like to thank her mom, Vicki, and her dad, for all their love and support.

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Dancer - Ashley Long
Ashley is very excited in being in her first stage debut. She is currently a historical junior interpreter at the American Village where she plays Abigail “Nabby” Adams, daughter of John Adams. Ashley has preformed in many church plays and musicals at her home church. She has taken 6 years of professional voice lessons at Pelham’s School of Fine Arts. She enjoys ballroom dance and spending time with family and friends. Ashley thanks Park Player’s director and staff for letting her participate in this historical play.

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Dancer - Kendal Stine
Kendal is a junior at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she studies History and French. This is her first appearance with the Park Players. Her stage credits include Captive Audience and On the Verge, and she recently attended a summer session of acting instruction at New York University. She has enjoyed working with the friendly cast and crew and thanks her parents for their encouragement.

 

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Citizen - Joseph Glen

 

 

 

 

 

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Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Director - Ted O'Brien
Last summer, Ted directed "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" with Park Players. If he hasn't told you already, he played ROMEO, on Broadway...quite a few years back. If you get him talking about himself, he'll go on and on and...... He began his professional career in New York City; appearing in "L'Histoire Du Soldat" at Lincoln Center, "Glengarry Glen, Ross" at Circle Repertory Theatre, "Take A Giant Step" with The Negro Theatre Ensemble Company, and the Broadway Musical: "Runaways". His national tour credits include The Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein's "Mass", Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet", Orlando in "As You Like It", and Kevin in the American Premier of the Pulitzer Prize winning play: "Ourselves Alone". He has appeared extensively on network television in NYC and LA, including 5 years as Chip Davis on ˜All My Children", 2 years on Craig Stevenson on 'Search for Tomorrow', and various guest appearances on "Who's The Boss", "Murphy Brown", and "Designing Women". As a director for stage and TV, his work includes "Betrayal", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Twelfth Night", "Much Ado About Nothing", and "Taming of the Shrew", he also wrote & directed "Blind Justice" and "Secret Lives" for the Lifetime Channel. Since moving to Birmingham, he has taught a variety of acting classes through the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Birmingham Children's Theatre educational outreach programs, and has worked with the University of Montevallo teaching voice, movement, and stage combat. Here in Birmingham, Ted has played Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", Mack the Knife in "Three penny Opera", King Richard in "Richard II", the characters of Walker & Ned in "Three Days Of Rain", he reprised his role as Frog in Park Players' "Catfish Moon", and just recently played McMurphy,(the JACK role), in South City Theatre's Production of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", and Inspector Goole in their mystery, "An Inspector Calls". This past March, Ted had the opportunity to direct "Inherit The Wind", with John Wright.


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Stage Manager - Lisa Weaver
This is Lisa’s first time stage managing. She has appeared in various productions most recently Inherit the Wind (at South City Theatre) and Hello Dolly (in Oklahoma). In the past she has also worked with The Library Theatre, BFT and Canterbury Players. She attended Auburn University as a theatre major. Lisa would like to thank Ted for this opportunity and to everyone involved with the show for being able to deal with someone who can’t plan more than five minutes into the future.

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Choreographer - Lauren Barré
Lauren is an upper school instructor at Children’s Dance Foundation in Homewood where she teaches jazz and technique. She is also a member of Sanspointe Dance Company, a local modern company directed by Michelle Whittington. In addition, Lauren is a former captain of the Birmingham-Southern dance team and has worked as a dance instructor for American All-Star, Inc.

 

 

 


 

Birmingham Alabama outdoor community theatre Fight Choreographer Luke Harlan
Luke is making his debut with the Park Players in Romeo and Juliet. He has most recently been seen touring the state with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Also with UAB, Luke appeared in The Grapes of Wrath and received an Irene Ryan Nomination for his work in The Praying Mantis. Other credits include: Vanderbilt University…As You Like It, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hay Fever, Duet for Bear and Dog, NWA Arkansas Repertory…You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Fools, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Luke is an aspiring director and recently directed Romulus Linney’s Can Can at UAB and is set to direct a play in the Ten Minute Play Festival at UAB this fall. Luke would like to thank Ted for giving him this opportunity. I’ll miss you Alex!!

 

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