MICHAEL COALE (Paul Bratter) - Michael is thrilled to be making his Fort Wayne acting debut at the Arena Dinner Theatre. After studying Opera/Music-Theatre at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he appeared in dozens of productions performing in over 20 states. He was most recently seen in Chicago as Dromio of Syracuse in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors and as Yvonne in The Book of Liz by Amy and David Sedaris. Other favorite credits include Baby With the Bathwater (John), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Gross Indecency...(Carson), and Cabaret (The Emcee). Michael would like to thank the wonderful cast and everyone at Arena for their hard work and dedication, and his family (especially his wife Allison) for their love and support.
GLORIA MINNICH (Corie Bratter) - Gloria Minnich was most recently seen in The Mousetrap at Arena. Other shows at Arena include Blithe Spirit, Laughing Stock, Same Time, Next Year, Stepping Out, Plaza Suite, Almost, Maine, Any Wednesday, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Vanities, Crimes of the Heart, and Death By Chocolate. She appeared in The Road to Mecca, Durang: 5 Comedies in 1, Private Lives and Proof at the Civic Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You, Henry IV, and Eleemosynary at First Presbyterian Theatre. When not onstage, she teaches drama and dance classes at area schools. She is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company, which performs in schools across Indiana. This past summer she spent time in England and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also worked with Drama Resource where she trained in Commedia dell’Arte. She is honored to be a part of this fantastic cast and would like to thank the director and crew for all of their incredible work. She would also like to thank her loved ones for all their support and encouragement, and the spirit of her mom, Clara, who always reminds her to get a “terrific kick out of living.”
CAROL HOWELL –WASSON (Ethel Banks) - Carol was last seen on the Arena stage as Maxine in Stepping Out. Prior roles include an ensemble member in A Christmas Survival Guide; Mrs. Stancliffe in Sex Please, We’re Sixty (Arena Award); Mildred Sloan in Squabbles; and she won Arena Awards for the roles of Mama Rose in Gypsy; Mother Superior in Nuncrackers; Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman; Rosemary in Picnic; and Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. At the Civic Theatre, she appeared as Martha in White Christmas (Anthony Award); and as Yenta in Fiddler on the Roof. Regional credits include performances at the Black Hills Playhouse, Chicago Light Opera Works, and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Carol will be directing the play Rounding Third this season and is thrilled to return to the Arena stage during the holiday season! Happy holidays to all!
(Victor Velasco) - We welcome Kim back to our stage after his
having last been seen in his Arena Award winning
role as James in See Jane Quit last season. Kim has appeared
inSex Please, We’re Sixty, Squabbles and Love, Sex and the
BRIAN H. WAGNER (Harry Pepper the Telephone Repairman) - Brian is so pleased to return to the Arena stage after having last been seen as the waiter in Plaza Suite. He last stage managed Arena’s season opening production of Violet. Brian directed See Jane Quit and Same Time, Next Year in Arena’s 2013–2014 season. He won the Arena Best Director Award for the 2011–2012 season’s Sex Please, We’re Sixty. Brian also won a Best Actor award for that season’s Moonlight & Magnolias. He is a multiple award-winning actor and technician having won several Arena and Civic Awards since costuming his first show at Arena in 1979, Play It Again, Sam. By day, Brian is proud to be employed as the Executive Director of Arena Dinner Theatre.
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