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.

Jasmine Jean Simpg_jasmine-jean-sim-web

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.

Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game

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Bill Berry will be directing our spring production of The Pajama Game. He recently directed another workplace comedy for The 5th-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Find out more about Bill below!

Is this your first time directing at The 5th?
This is not my first time directing here, as Producing Artistic Director I have the privilege and honor or shepherding one or more projects each year at The 5th Avenue.  What keeps me excited and constantly engaged is the level of talent and the craftsmanship that The 5th is able to bring to the work on the stage- and this is largely about the designers, the crew, the artisans, the actors, musicians and admin teams at The 5th. All of them are top notch, and bring such dedication to the work, and always invest fully whether we are producing a new show, a revival of a well known title, or a little known show from the past.

What has been your favorite directorial experience, either here or elsewhere?
That question is hard- each thing I have directed in the past 20 years have been my favorites for various reasons-  but a constant theme in my favorite experiences has to do with the people I get to work with. That is what turns a good experience into a great experience.

Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
I love the score, I love the story, I find the show so relevant to the world we live in, including union vs. management, Fair Pay (what constitutes fair pay?).  These are things we are still talking about today, and getting to engage in that dialogue through a fun musical- that is really exciting for me. Continue reading “Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game