Emily Caudill (Gerty Fail, Mae the Monk Parakeet, Musician-flute) is delighted to make her second appearance on stage with Arena Dinner Theatre. She has most recently performed as part of the ensemble in the Civic Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, Ensign Connie Walewska in Arena Dinner Theatre's South Pacific, and Nurse Flinn in First Presbyterian Theater's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from IPFW. Stage credits at IPFW include Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes, and Mrs. Spencer, Ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along. Emily thanks her family for all of their support. She hopes to become a fixture in Fort Wayne's theatre community.
Brian Wagner (Henry Fail, Pal the Dog, December the Monk Parakeet, Mantle Clock, Doctor, Reporter) - Brian is thrilled to return to the Arena stage in this production. He was last seen onstage as the telephone repairman in Barefoot in the Park. He has kept busy behind the scenes at Arena in recent seasons as the director of They Came From Mars..., Exit Laughing, The Smell of the Kill, Same Time, Next Year, and See Jane Quit. Brian has won many Arena and Civic awards for his work as a performer, director, and technician. During the day, he serves as the Executive Director of Arena.
Rachel Dirig (Jenny June Fail) is happy to be returning to the Arena stage. She performed as Mavis in Stepping Out in 2013, and as Joanne in Vanities in 2007. Rachel works at Bishop Dwenger High School, and Phoenix Associates. She would like to thank her amazing family members for helping to take care of her kids during rehearsals, and for all of their love and support.
Emma Jean Baker is excited to make her Arena Dinner Theatre debut. She recently graduated with her BA in Theatre from Purdue University in West Lafayette. Some of her credits include Eurydice (Loud Stone), Macbeth (Witch), The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Bennet), The Spoon River Anthology, and Betty’s Diner (Female Understudy). Also, Emma appeared as Shakespeare's Juliet in Love and Death with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Emma worked as an Acting Apprentice at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, appearing in workshop productions of The Winter's Tale and Batter The Doom Drum. For more information, please visit:www.emmajeanbaker.com
Brock Eastom (The Front Door, Grantland Rice, Johnny Weismuller, The Window, Ellis Island Desk Clerk, Picnicker, Tugboat Captain, Dockworker, the Bust of Ian K. Bonner, Medic, Customer, Comatose Tabby Cat) was on stage at Arena last season as Rob the Camera Guy in The Kitchen Witches. He also just finished stage managing and designing sound for Arena’s previous show, The Cemetery Club. Brock is a Junior at IPFW for Communications, and in his free time, he enjoys writing scripts and novels. He published his debut novel, Too Late, last May, which is available at the Allen County Public Library. By day, Brock loves working as an Administrative Assistant for the Fort Wayne Youtheatre.
Janet K. Piercy (Chorus, Marietta Fail- mother, Gramophone) is an award winning actress (A Christmas Story-Anthony Award, Love, Sex and the IRS-Arena Theatre Award). Busy this season she was seen as Mrs. Mops and Granny Chuzzlewit in A Christmas Carol at Civic Theatre and as Mrs. Armstrong in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Fort Wayne Youtheatre. She was also in last spring’s show here at Arena, Always a Bridesmaid. She has been active in nearly every theatre in town over many years and is enjoying getting to work with new actors in this show. Janet is a music educator at Arlington Elementary School and the Choral Associate at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Jordan Plohr (John N Fail, Musician- Piano and Accordian) is happy to be returning to the Arena stage in this fun, though somewhat somber role. Other recent credits include roles in South Pacific, Coriolanus, and Jane Eyre. He would like to thank Gloria for the opportunity to bring this character to life. He would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support. he would like to extend a special thank you to his grandpa, Frank, for the gift (and burden) of the accordion that makes an appearance.
Justin Dirig (Mortimer Mortimer) is excited to make his arena dinner theater debut! His last role was in the box factory. You might also recognize him from a great performance in that bar you once liked.
On a serious note, Justin would like to thank his beautiful wife, Rachel for the encouragement to get back on stage after 14 years and his well-behaved children (Layla, Cordelia and Teddy) that never make a scene anywhere they go! He should also thank his friends and family for all of their love and support. Finally, he would like to thank Gloria for the opportunity to work with this wonderful cast!
Kevin Knuth (Chorus, Grandfather Clock, Captain, Barkeep Dodd, Reporter, Musician- guitar).
Kevin is an award
winning actor well known to Arena audiences. He last appeared in
Rounding Third. Other shows include Same Time, Next
Year, Plaza Suite and Almost, Maine.
Kevin also serves on the Arena Board of Directors. He is honored to
share the stage with such a talented cast. A special thank you to
his friend and director Gloria Minnich for this unique opportunity.
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