Meet the Factory: Sid and Babe

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory. Today we’re introducing you to the last two members of the assembly line: Sid Sorokin and Katherine “Babe” Williams.


pg_josh-davis-webJosh Davis (Sid)

Josh is making his 5th Avenue debut with our production of The Pajama Game! Most recently, Josh was seen on Broadway as an original cast member in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Off-Broadway, Josh has graced the stage in White’s Lies and My First Time. Regional credits include Bella: An American Tall Tale, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls and Beauty and the Beast. Josh has been seen on TV and in film in Law & OrderAs The World Turns and The Graduates. He also has an extensive voice over career with clients that include Papa John’s, Chase Sapphire, Hulu, Vizio Smart Cast, 3M, Royal Canine and Shark Week. You can find out more about Josh by following him on social media, on Twitter and on Instagram.

pg_billie-wildrick-webBillie Wildrick (Babe)

Billie Wildrick is a fan favorite here at The 5th, having graced our stage numerous times in the past. Audiences may have seen her previously at The 5th in Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Sunday in the Park with George, Pirates of Penzance, Candide, Wonderful Town, Into the Woods, Hair and Company. She has been seen on Broadway in Scandalous. You may also recognize her from her other appearances on stages around Seattle, including Vanities, First Date and Das Barbecu at ACT; and Cabaret, Lizzie Borden, Man of La Mancha and Hello, Dolly! at Village. Other regional credits include The Sound of Music and A Christmas Story at the Ordway, and The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Billie has a vibrant career as a director in addition to being an actor, and for her many roles both on and off stage she has received three nominations, a Gregory and three Footlight Awards. Find out more about Billie at her website.

Check out this sneak peek at the show of Josh and Billie singing “There Once Was a Man” at our Spotlight Night for The Pajama Game.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Hines, Gladys and Prez

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_greg-allen-webGreg McCormick Allen (Hines)

Portraying tap dancing, Time Study company man Hines is Greg McCormick Allen. Most recently, you saw him tapping away in Singin’ in the Rain and Billy Elliotat Village Theatre. Most recently at The 5th, Greg was part of the numerous cast members who graced our stage in last season’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His favorite shows include White Christmas (Phil), Mary Poppins (Bert), Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite) and Cinderella (Lionel, the Herald). His upcoming projects include Fire Station 7 at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

pg_sarah-rose-davis-webSarah Rose Davis (Gladys)

Sarah is no stranger to The 5th: she starred last season as Rosemary Pilkington in, you guessed it, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! This is her 22nd show with The 5th, and some of her favorite credits include: Paint Your Wagon (Lotta), A Chorus Line (Maggie), Grease (Frenchy), RENT (Mark’s Mom), A Christmas Story (Mrs. Schwartz), CarouselJasper in Deadland (Hel) and many more! She also starred as Fanny Brice in Village Theatre’s production of Funny Girl. For more information about Sarah, visit her website.

pg_kyle-robert-carter-webKyle Robert Carter (Prez)

Kyle is stepping into the shoes of union president “Prez.” Rounding out the trifecta, Kyle was also in our production of How to Succeed… last season. Or perhaps you saw him even later last season in our revisal production of Paint Your Wagon as Wesley. Other 5th Avenue credits include Grease (Teen Angel) and Jasper in Deadland. Kyle played Benny in the National Tour of In the Heights, as well as playing the role regionally. Other regional credits include Cubamor (Renato) and Sister Act (Eddie Souther). Off-Broadway, Kyle portrayed Butch “Cobra” Brown” in Storyville. Find out more about Kyle at his website.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

iHeartMedia Interview with Pajama Game’s Greg McCormick Allen

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Greg McCormick Allen, who is portraying Hines in our production of The Pajama Game, recently did an interview about the show and the process with iHeartMedia. Take a listen below!


Originally broadcast on Recovery Coast to Coast via iHeartMedia. Thanks to Neil Scott for sharing.

Find out more about The Pajama Game and buy tickets here.

Meet the Factory: Mabel and Mr. Hasler

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_shaunyce-omar-webShaunyce Omar (Mabel)

Stepping in as Sleep Tite Pajama Factory staple Mabel is Shaunyce Omar. We are thrilled to have Shaunyce here for her 5th Avenue debut! Her regional credits include: Wedding Band, Crowns, My  Heart is the Drum, Rejoice, Chicago, Hi Hat Hattie, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Menopause the Musical (National Tour). Her TV/film credits include The Librarians and Last Seen in Idaho. She holds a BA degree in Theatre and dedicates her performance to her children Ayanna, Isyss and Nate. Find out more about Shaunyce at her Facebook page.

pg_david-pichette-webDavid Pichette (Mr. Hasler)

David, who is playing boss man Mr. Hasler, will be no stranger to our audiences – he’s a veteran of The 5th. Previous appearances include Pirates of Penzance (Major-General Stanley), 1776 (John Adams), My Fair Lady (Higgins), Candide (Pangloss/Voltaire), Wonderful Town (Apopolous), Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), Oliver! (Fagin) and last season, The Sound of Music (Max Detweiler). Some of David’s other regional credits include Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman) at ArtsWest. In recent years, he has been a company member at Utah Shakespeare Festival in productions of King Lear (Fool), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), King Henry IV Part Two (Justice Shallow), Taming of the Shrew (Gremio) and Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man).


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Mae and Pop

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


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Stepping in as Babe Williams’ father Pop is Allen Galli. Allen is returning to our stage after appearing at The 5th in the dual role of Twimble/Wally Womper in last season’s production of How to Succeed… Other 5th Avenue credits include Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls, Mike in White Christmas, Krupke in West Side Story and Moonface in Anything Goes! Allen has also appeared locally at Seattle Rep, SCT, ACT, Intiman, Village and PNB. His regional credits include Arizona Theatre Company and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and TV credits include GrimmFrasier and cult classic Twin Peaks.

pg_taryn-darr-webTaryn Darr

Portraying Sleep Tite Pajam Factory worker Mae is Taryn Darr. Taryn is a veteran of The 5th. She was seen last year on our stage in…you guessed it, How to Succeed… as well as our revisal production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. Some of her favorite roles at The 5th over the past 16 years include: A Chorus Line (Val), White Christmas (Judy), Jasper in Deadland (Secretary Hathaway), ElfCatch Me… and Spamalot. Taryn has been seen regionally in Chicago (Roxie), South Pacific (Nellie), Legally Blonde (Brooke) and in the NYC lab of Something Rotten. Find out more about Taryn at her website.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Strikers and Scabs

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


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Richard recently returned from Tucson where he was a featured dancer in Fiddler on the Roof at the Arizona Theatre Company. You may have seen earlier this season at The 5th in Man of La Mancha, last season in How to Succeed…, or in A Christmas Story and A Chorus Line.

pg_paul-flanagan-webPaul Flanagan

Like many of our motley crew, Paul was in our production of How to Succeed… last season. Or perhaps you saw him in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, or in one of his numerous previous roles at The 5th. He was also recently in SCT’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Find out more about Paul at his website.

McKayla Marsopg_mckayla-marso-web

McKayla was also seen last season in our production of How to Succeed…, and earlier last season in The Sound of Music. Other 5th Avenue credits include A Christmas Story and A Chorus Line. She’s also been out on the road several times in National Tours of Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Wizard of Oz.

pg_lauren-du-pree-webLauren Du Pree

Lauren graced our stage earlier this season in Man of La Mancha and was part of the steno pool last season in How to Succeed… She’s been seen regionally at Village Theatre, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre. Lauren has also been seen on TV in Biz Kid$. Find out more about Lauren at her website.

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Ryan is making his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! Ryan performed on Broadway in Wicked, and has been seen regionally in productions of Cats, Music Man, Sweet Charity and Pippin. He’s performed in a Radio City Christmas Spectacular and at Tokyo Disneyland. Film and television credits include Smurfs, Across the Universe, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Two and a Half Men, Mozart in the Jungle, America’s Got Talent and Nurse Jackie.

pg_carolyn-willems-van-dijk-webCarolyn Willems Van Dijk

Carolyn is returning to The 5th after having previously trod the boards in productions of Paint Your Wagon, The Sound of Music, ELF, Oklahoma! and Cinderella. She received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma.

 


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Operators and Stitchers

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_trina-mills-webTrina Mills

Trina was seen at The 5th last season in Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon and How to Succeed… Other 5th Avenue credits include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story, RENT, ELF and Spamalot. Trina is a native Seattleite who earned her BA in acting from WWU. She is pulling triple duty in this production; in addition to her role in the ensemble, Trina is also the Associate Choreographer and the Dance Captain.

pg_katherine-strohmaier-webKatherine Strohmaier

Katherine is returning to The 5th after having last performed on our stage as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, among others. She has worked regionally at Village, SCT, Showtunes, Harlequin, Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Symphony, Pasadena Pops and Opera de Rennes. She is a soloist with pianist Peter Nero, and an instructor at Cornish.

pg_emily-ann-johnson-webEmily Ann Johnson

Emily made her 5th Avenue debut as a performance intern last season in How to Succeed… Regional credits include Village Theatre, SecondStory Rep, Leavenworth Summer Theater (where she was Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain) and others. To find out more about Emily, visit her website.

molm_davione-gordon-webDavione Gordon

Most recently, Davione was on stage at The 5th in our production of Man of La Mancha earlier this season. Prior to that, he made his debut at The 5th in Carousel the season before. Davione has been part of the company at Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, and is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland.

Aaron Shanks
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Like many of our amazing cast members, Aaron was part of the How to Succeed… cast last season. He was also in Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include A Christmas Story, Carousel, Oliver! and Pirates of Penzance. Aaron has worked regionally at Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes Theatre and Spectrum DAnce Theatre.

pg_greg-stone-webGreg Stone

Greg is no stranger to The 5th. You may have seen him in Pirates of Penzance, Music Man or Titanic in Concert. Greg has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Urban Cowboy and The Pirate Queen. He toured extensively with Les Misérables as Jean Valjean and as Chris in Miss Saigon.

 


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Factory: Time Study Guys and Union Gals

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory.


pg_eric-ankrim-webEric Ankrim

You may have seen Eric earlier this season as the Duke in our production of Man of La Mancha. Or perhaps you saw him last season as J. Pierrepont Finch in our blockbuster production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, also directed by Bill Berry, or in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel…, Carousel, First Date, Oklahoma!, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon.  Eric also returned to the role he originated in First Date on Broadway. In addition to being a Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory worker, Eric is also serving as the Associate Director of this production.

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Kevin makes his 5th Avenue debut with The Pajama Game! He’s had an extensive career on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including A Little Night Music, Most Happy Fella, Juno, On the Town, Lost in the Stars, Applause, Fiorello!, Stairway to Paradise and Paint Your Wagon. Kevin has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and Omaha Symphony.

pg_matthew-posner-web Matthew Posner

Many of our amazing How to Succeed… cast members are returning for The Pajama Game, and Matthew is one of them. In addition to How to Succeed… last season, you may have seen him previously at The 5th in Damn YankeesPirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions, Oliver! and A Christmas Story. He’s also been seen at Village in Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof and Billy Elliott. His tour/regional credits include Camelot and Les Miserables, and also has a prominent voice over career. You can hear his voice over work at Voices.com!

pg_hannah-schuerman-web Hannah Schuerman

Hannah is returning to The 5th after making her mainstage debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music last season. Hannah recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University.

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Jasmine is also making her 5th Ave debut! However, you may have seen her around town: she is a member of ACT Theatre’s Core Company 2016, and has been seen regionally in Dangerous Liaisons, Winter’s Tale, Bonnie & Clyde, Stupid F*cking Bird, 9 to 5 and A Christmas Carol. Find out more about Jasmine at her website.

pg_alexandria-henderson-webAlexandria Henderson

Like Eric and Matthew, Alexandria is returning to The 5th after appearing in How to Succeed… last season. Other 5th Avenue credits include Little Shop… and Hairspray in Concert. Regional credits include Stardust Christmas Enchantment with Harlequin, Working with Seattle Musical Theatre, Hairspray with Twelfth Night Productions and The Wiz with Tacoma Musical Playhouse.


The Pajama Game is directed by our own Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, and runs February 10 through March 5. To find out more and to purchase tickets, click here.

More Than a Fairy Tale: An Interview with Diana Huey, Matthew Kacergis and Glenn Casale

By KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist

Disney’s The Little Mermaid has enthralled international audiences across generations and cultures. Its score is enchanting and visuals captivating, but it’s more than just a fairy tale about a beautiful princess who falls in love with a dashing prince. In an interview with Director Glenn Casale and actors Diana Huey and Matthew Kacergis, we discuss this beloved story and our own spectacular production.

WHAT DREW YOU TO DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID?

blog_qa_dianaDIANA HUEY (DH): Singing “Part of Your World” as a child is one of my earliest memories. I vividly remember knowing every word and mimicking each intonation while daydreaming that I was a beautiful mermaid princess. The opportunity to live out one of my childhood dreams is incredible!

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