Eileen Ahlersmeyer (Kathy) is honored to be working with such a talented (and fun!) group of people. Eileen returns to Arena after a long absence- she made her community theatre debut here over 15 years ago. Since then she has been involved in a number of FW productions, most recently as the overly aggressive-yet-irresistible reporter Phineas Trout in Willy Wonka at USF/Fort Wayne Youtheatre. Eileen spends her “free” time as a piano accompanist for the choirs of Leo Jr./Sr. High School, local theatres and her church. “All my love to my at-home choreography and singing coaches, Catherine and Nolan. Thank you for your love and encouragement in my creative endeavors away from home. Bob, thank you as always for giving me a little (big?) push and being my biggest fan. I love you so much.”
Emily Arata (Jenny) is thrilled to be back on stage at Arena and feels insanely lucky to be able to work with SO MANY of her freakishly talented and hilarious friends. Previous Arena credits include Mary Pierre in Laughing Stock, Gabriella in Boeing Boeing, Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace and Doatsey Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, two of which earned her Arena Awards for “Best Supporting Actress.” Emily also recently made her debut at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre as Maria in 9 to 5 and as various offensive characters in Working Dog Theatre Group’s Production of The Santa Land Diaries. In her other life, Emily teaches 2nd grade at Weisser Park Fine Arts Magnet School. She would like to send a REALLY BIG LONG HUG to her crazy, perfect, supportive, smart-mouthed, thoughtful, hysterical friends and family.
Brad Davis (Larry) is a long time Fort Wayne resident transplanted from the East coast. Singing all of his life, he was the lead singer of a traveling Southern gospel quartet. He is now active in his worship team at his church. Just coming off of his run as Dwayne in 9 to 5 at the Civic Theater, this is his first production at the Arena Dinner Theater. "I am so thrilled to be in this show. I really enjoy the cast, and the directors and staff are wonderful. Sit back and enjoy the show!"
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Todd was born a Russian immigrant, from Hoboken, NJ. Living on the streets, he had no lawn to mow, and “curb appeal” meant more to him than to others. He began line dancing in a small but tastefully designed Honky Tonk, but lost his way on a one way street. He fell in love and hit his head but survived. He started drinking to forget and then forgot why he was drinking to forget, so that worked out well. He is known by many names, but answers to none. He would like to thank everyone, and since that’s a lot of people he can’t list them all.
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Thank You For Your Attention: And Enjoy The Show.
Pam Good (Joanne) is honored to have the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and work with this talented cast of Company! Arena first presented the show thirty years ago, and Pam was cast as Kathy. That was her first role in an Arena show, and it has been a great journey to be cast in numerous musicals and plays since 1984. She has received acting awards in the role of Lola in Damn Yankees, Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Arena, Emily Arden in the Civic’s production of State Fair, and the award for Best Costume Design in Arena’s Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Other roles at Arena include Tesse Tura in Gypsy and Sister Mary Hubert in Nuncrackers, and ensemble of Smokey Joe’s Café at the Civic. Pam would like to thank her husband, Mike, family, and friends for their continuous support.
Lindsay Hoops (Susan) is thrilled to make her
debut at Arena Dinner Theatre! With a B.A. in Theatre Performance
from Huntington University, she plans to pursue all realms of
acting, already having both film and television credits. Some of
her favorite stage roles include: Cosette in Les Miserables,
Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown: the
Judy Bernly in 9 to 5 and Rachel in Reckless.
“Special thanks to Chris Murphy and Bed Wedler for allowing me to
dive into such an incredibly talented and established group of
artists. I'm so honored to work with such a gifted cast and crew,
full of old and new friends. "
Jim Matusik (Harry) A veteran in
the Fort Wayne theatre community, Jim is thrilled to be back at
Arena, working with such crazy-talented people. He was most
recently seen (or not seen, actually) behind the scenes working
backstage on the record-breaking run of Willy Wonka at
the University of St. Francis. His most recent on-stage performance
was the wickedly dense Dickie Bell in last fall’s production of
The Fox on the Fairway at the First Presbyterian
Theatre. Other recent favorite roles include Atticus Finch in
To Kill a Mockingbird (USF), Richard Hannay in The
39 Steps (Arena), Jon Trachtman in Love, Sex, and the
IRS (Arena), Franz Liebkind in The Producers
(Civic), and Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace
(Arena). There are many, many more, but if we listed them
all, we’d run out of ink. Special thanks goes to Chris Murphy for
all the bumps, bruises, and head wounds that come with a Murphy
production. Two words – hazard pay.
Megan Meyer (Marta) This is Megan's first show back in the Fort Wayne area since 2009, having recently returned from New York City where she graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Upon graduation, she earned two Broadway credits, first in Broadway's Rising Stars at Town Hall. She then went on to the Off-Broadway production of Red Hot and Blue at Theater Row. Now she is in Fort Wayne working with Homestead show choirs. Previously Megan has been seen in many shows around town at the Civic, Arena Dinner Theatre, and IPFW. Some credits include; The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Waitress in Working, Hope in Urinetown, Kay in Father of the Bride, and the starlet in And the World Goes Round. She would like to thank her parents for always supporting her and being her number one fans.
Jimmy Mitchell (Peter) is excited to be performing with Arena Dinner Theatre, and director Christopher Murphy for the first time. Jimmy has been seen in a number of Fort Wayne Civic productions over the last two years, including: Les Miserables (Marius), 9 to 5 (Joe), Cinderella (Herald), and Dreamgirls and The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble). He also performed in the Fort Wayne Dance collectives production of Starcrossed and in Saint Francis' production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealot). "Thank you to everyone for coming and showing support. Special thanks to Greg, Debbie, and Joan Mitchell. And to Greg Stieber, for being an inspirational, encouraging, and spectacular friend in a life changing year. Love all of ya!"
Suzan Moriarty (Sarah) is excited to once again be under the direction of Christopher Murphy for another challenging and physical role. A familiar face on stage and behind the scenes, she directed the Fort Wayne premiere of The Dixie Swim Club this year at Arena Dinner Theatre. Earlier this season, she portrayed Muriel in Fox on the Fairway at the First Presbyterian Theatre. Suzan is an award-winning performer whose credits are extensive and include local performances in: Boeing Boeing, Plaza Suite, The Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Xanadu, Shadowlands and Broadway Bound. Additionally, she has been working in conjunction with the Fort Wayne Parks and Rec community center to bring acting classes to children ages 8-12. The program will soon be expanded to children and their grandparents. Suzan is the Director of Home Care and Adult Day Care for Lutheran Life Villages and is currently serving on Arena Dinner Theatre's Board of Directors.
Emilie Murphy (Amy) is excited to be back on Arena’s stage after last appearing in Boeing Boeing (Gloria). Emilie studied Musical Theatre Performance at Columbia College in Chicago and went on to make her living in theatres from Florida to Idaho for over five years. Since moving back to Fort Wayne, Emilie spends her days as Media Manager at Patterson Riegel Advertising. Prior to that, she was executive producer and co-host of ABC 21-Alive’s Insight show. Favorite roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood here at Arena, Kaye in The Taffetas (Broward Stage Door Theatre), and Maxene Andrews in the premiere production of The Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters’ Story. “Thanks to mom and dad for continued support, and thanks to Christopher for casting me in many of my best and most challenging roles, including that of ‘wife.’
Bridget Pearson (April) is thrilled to be making her Arena Dinner Theatre debut and to be sharing the stage with such an incredibly talented cast. Bridget most recently appeared as Eponine in Les Miserables at the Civic Theatre. She also played Ziegfeld’s Favorite in Will Rogers Follies at the USF Performing Arts Center. She’s been awarded an Anthony Award for Best Female Dancer for her role as June in the Civic Theatre’s Chicago and for her role as Mazeppa in Gypsy. Bridget works at One Lucky Guitar, a design and marketing boutique in downtown Fort Wayne. She also volunteers as a “Big” with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She’d like to thank all her friends and family for their endless support.
Chris Rasor (David) is very excited to be back on the Arena stage with this amazing cast and friends! His recent Arena credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dames At Sea as Dick for which he won an Arena Award and World Goes Round. Other local credits include Chicago (Sergeant Fogarty/Judge), Crazy For You (Bobby Childs), A Chorus Line (Mark) at the Civic and Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter) at University of Saint Francis. Chris teaches music at Shambaugh Elementary and is the resident choreographer for Northrop Show Choirs Charisma and Allure and Homestead’s Elite. Chris would like to thank his wife Stacey and daughters Eden and Emery for all of their love and support!
Jake Wilhelm (Paul) is the father of two beautiful daughters, Mackenzie and Mary. He is a server at Eddie Merlots and the lead vocalist for the band djenetic drift. He was most recently seen onstage here at Arena as Gordon Pagen in Laughing Stock. Other recent credits include; Enjolras in Les Miserables at FW Civic Theatre, Almost, Maine and Chris Colcord's True Life Christmas Disasters, both at Arena, and the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the U. of Saint Francis. He is very pleased to have another opportunity to work with Mr. Christopher Murphy and such a talented cast of friends and new faces. He would like to thank his mother, Jan, for her constant support and Eddie Merlots for being so flexible with his schedule during the shows he does.
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