(Gloria): Chali is making her official debut with the Arena Dinner
Theatre, though she is no stranger to the stage. Most recently she
starred as Ralphie Parker in A Christmas Story the Musical at
the Civic Theatre last November. Chali has been seen as an orphan in
the IPFW and FW Youtheatre production of Oliver!, and an
Oompa Loompa in the Saint Francis and FW Youtheatre production of
Willy Wonka. She also helped write, and starred as Hades in
Weisser Park’s 5th
grade musical, The Gospel Truth. Chali would like to thank
her family, her mom and dad, and her friends Eliza, Kennitha, and
Vada who have all supported, encouraged, and inspired her.
Emily Arata (Susy Hendrix): Emily is thrilled to be returning to the Arena stage. She most recently appeared at First Presbyterian Theatre, playing Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Emily has appeared on Arena’s stage numerous other times, in Frost/Nixon, Company, Laughing Stock, Boeing Boeing, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In her real life, Emily is the Drama teacher at Weisser Park Elementary. She could not be more proud of Joel for his directorial debut and is honored to have been a part of this creepy awesome show. Thanks to the hilarious cast for being patient with my “blindness” and for making the rehearsal process so much fun.
Nicholas Just (Mike Talman): Nicholas is humbled and gracious for the opportunity at Arena Dinner Theatre to be back onstage for the first time in 13 years! Many thanks to Joel for believing that I could be a part of his vision for this production. Also, many thanks to my wife and family for their steadfast support and love through the entire process, and finally, thank you to the cast and crew for pushing me to do my best. Hope you enjoy the show!
Travis Grams (Roat): Few
remember the days of March 1987; but I do. For that was the day
life was bestowed upon Travis J. Grams. Once he first stepped onto
the stage, he was forever hooked. He could be found in shows such
as: Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Diary of
Anne Frank, and at least 3 other shows. Possibly even 4. It
was safe to say he fell in love and wanted only to perform on
stage. Ironically, after high school, he took an 8-year hiatus from
acting. But, to his extreme delight, he returned to acting in 2014
with, Sisters of Swing at the Civic. If he looks familiar,
then you most likely saw Bat Boy at Arena last summer. Or
it’s just because we live in a small city. When not on stage,
Travis can be found mixing cocktails at Olive Garden, so come in and
say things such as, “Hello,” “Did I see you in a show,” or my
favorite, “I like your hair.” His only regret about Wait Until
Dark is that Nick Chaney is not in the show with him.
Chip Davis (Sam) is excited to
be making his debut at Arena Dinner Theatre. In the past, he
has held roles in productions such as "Midsummer Nights Dream",
"Three Sisters", and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". When
not on the stage, he is a youth director at Leo United Methodist
Church. Chip would like to extend his greatest thanks to the
cast and crew and all of those attending, especially his friends and
Cortney White (Carlino)- "I'm
excited about my first production with Arena Dinner Theatre and
assisting my buddy Joel Grillo with his directorial debut. I
have a fond respect for him and look forward to helping him bring
his show to life.
Paul R. Faulkner (Patrolman 2) is thrilled to make an appearance in
his third show in a row at Arena. He was Gordon in They
Came From Mars... and
was Captain Brackett in the final show of last season, South
last season he won an Arena Award for playing Swifty Lazar inFrost/Nixon. The
season prior he was nominated for 'Christopher Wren' in "The
Mousetrap." His most recent non- Arena credit was Jesus
Christ Superstar at St.
Francis. He will next be seen in The
Wizard of Oz as
Uncle Henry/Head Emerald City Guard for St. Francis. He is head
organist at Zion
Lutheran Church in Garrett and is part of the extended teaching
staff of Fort Wayne Youtheatre.
Nick Stieber (Patrolman 1): This is Nick's second show at Arena Dinner Theatre, previously working behind the scenes as co-stage manager for Bat Boy: The Musical last season. Most recently seen in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at First Presbyterian Theater, Nick has also worked as a contributing playwright for Adam Hamilton's “Short Attention Span Theater!” at IPFW, in addition to playing various character roles in Northrop High School productions under the direction of Tim Miller.
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