Meet the Dreamers: Eric and Marlette

Two more cast members are running where the brave dare not go: Eric Ankrim as Duke/Carrasco and Marlette Buchanan as Maria/Housekeeper!

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Eric Ankrim

Eric will be very familiar to our audiences. You may have seen him last year at The 5th in both our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon and as clever ladder-climber J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (for which he received a Gregory Award nomination). Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel… (also Gregory Award-nominated), CarouselFirst Date (another Gregory Award nomination!), Oklahoma, RENTInto the WoodsThe Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. After originating the role of Aaron in First Date in Seattle, Eric also went with the show to Broadway!

molm_marlette-buchanan-webMarlette Buchanan

You may recognize Marlette from her previous role treading the boards at The 5th in Carousel. She’s been seen in many other regional productions, including Violet (ArtsWest), Passing Strange (ACT/Sidecountry), Once On This Island (Village), Ain’t Misbehavin’RagtimePorgy and Bess (Seattle Opera), Tin Pan Lady and Show Boat (Village). You may also have seen her in numerous television and film roles, including The DetailsFreedom Riders and Seattle’s Stars. Marlette is a graduate of Boston University and Fisk University.


Don’t miss Eric, Marlette and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, inspirational musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Dreamers: Allen and Jose

Two more cast members are fighting the unbeatable foe with us: Allen Fitzpatrick as The Governor/Innkeeper and Jose J. Gonzales as The Barber!

molm_allen-fitzpatrick-webAllen Fitzpatrick

Allen is no stranger to our stage. You saw him most recently in our revisal production of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon last season, and as the big boss himself, J.B. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying last season. Allen has over 40 appearances on Seattle stages to his name, 22 of those at The 5th (including Sweeney in Sweeney Todd). Allen has also been in 10 Broadway shows, including Les Misérables42nd StreetDriving Miss DaisyThe Scarlet PimpernelPassionMemphisSweet Smell of Success and Damn Yankees. He is the Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek New Play Festival. You can find out more about him on his website.

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Jose is making his 5th Avenue debut with Man of La Mancha. He is a professional jazz pianist and singer, and has been involved in the theater scene in Seattle since 1989. His credits include In the HeightsThe Gypsy KingIn the Penal ColonyA Streetcar Named Desire and Nine.

 


Don’t miss Allen, Jose and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, inspirational musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

 

Meet the Dreamers: Annie, Richard and Davione

Check out some more of our amazing cast members! Today we’re meeting Annie Morro, Richard Peacock and Davione Gordon.

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Annie is making her 5th Avenue debut with Man of La Mancha. Regional credits include Village Theatre’s My Fair Lady and UW Musical Theatre’s Sweet Charity.

 

 

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Richard is returning to his 5th Avenue family after spending five months dancing in Mumbai! Previous Seattle credits include A Chorus LineHow to Succeed… and A Christmas Story at The 5th, and Xanadu at Village Theatre.

molm_davione-gordon-webDavione Gordon

This is Davione’s second production with The 5th, having performed last in Carousel during our 2014/15 season. He is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland, and moved to Seattle in 2012, where he joined Spectrum Dance Theater and danced with the company for four seasons.

 


Don’t miss Annie, Richard, Davione and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, classic musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Dreamers: Dane, Maisha and Steven

Three more dreamers to meet today: Dane Stokinger, Maisha Mercee’ and Steven Sofia.

Dane Stokinger

dane-stokinger-webWe’re pleased to have Dane back with us for this production. Dane was last seen at The 5th in last season’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Mr. Gatch. He’s also been on our stage in A Christmas Story and Monty Python’s Spamalot. You may also recognize Dane from his roles at Seattle Children’s Theatre (the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) or his roles at Village Theatre (Jerry in Full Monty, Mike in Trails and Morris Brummell in No Way to Treat a Lady). He’ll be playing the role of Anselmo.

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We’re thrilled to have Maisha making her debut at The 5th in Man of La Mancha! Mercee’ is a trained dancer of both the Debbie Allen and Alvin Ailey schools. She was also a dancer/teaching artist at the company CONTRA-TIEMPO.

Steven Sofia

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We’re excited to welcome Steven for the first time at The 5th as well! Steven is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the UW’s Musical Theater program. He has been seen on Broadway in Chita Rivera’s The Dancer’s LifeKiss Me, KateChicagoBeauty and the BeastGuys and DollsBetty Buckley: An Evening at Carnegie Hall and Applause at Encores.

 


Don’t miss Dane, Maisha, Steven and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, classic musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show, and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Dreamers: Eric, Sarah and Wilson

Continuing our introductions of the amazing Man of La Mancha cast, here are three more of our dreamers: Eric Esteb, Sarah Rose Davis and Wilson Mendieta!

Eric Esteb

molm_eric-esteb-webWe are glad to have Eric back with us for this production. Most recently you may have seen him in our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, but he’s been on our stage a number of times over the years. When not performing at The 5th, Eric performs in Duo Rêves as an aerialist and dancer with his partner Quynbi. See video of their work together at duoreves.com. Eric will be stepping in as Juan, in addition to contributing to the ensemble.

 

molm_sarah-rose-davis-webSarah Rose Davis

Sarah may be familiar to audiences at The 5th: she starred as Rosemary in our production of How to Succeed… last season! Other 5th Ave credits include A Chorus Line and Grease. You may have also seen her as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at Village Theatre. Find out more about Sarah at her website. Sarah will be portraying Fermina in the show, in addition to her part in the ensemble.

Wilson Mendieta

We are stoked to have Wilson in Man of La Mancha for his 5th Ave debut! Wilson has been seen on Broadway or on tour in Man of La ManchaBombay DreamsChicago. He’s been off-Broadway in Celia. You may also have seen him in one of his TV roles, on Law & OrderAll My ChildrenDancing with the Stars. Wilson is the Director of the Musical Theater Program at the University of Washington. Find out more about Wilson at his website. He will be Tenorio in our production, as well as his role in the ensemble.


Don’t miss Eric, Sarah, Wilson and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, classic musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.

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

Meet the Pioneers: Silas, Timberline and Merchant Reed

Three more pioneers pursue the American Dream: Silas (Paul Flanagan), Timberline (Trina Mills) and Merchant Reed (Aaron Shanks). Silas is an immigrant from London who has come to find his fortune. Timberline arrives with the other girls with an iron will and a drive to make money. Merchant Reed is a hard working man who sells mining equipment to prospectors.

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Paul is returning to The 5th Avenue stage after two forays earlier this season in How to Succeed… and The Sound of Music. Before that, Paul was already a regular on our stage before this season, having been in productions of Oliver! and A Chorus Line. You may also recognize him from The Fiddler on the Roof or Chicago at Village.

 

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Trina is a well-known face at The 5th, also having performed in How to Succeed earlier this year. She’s also been in our productions of West Side Story (Velma), A Chorus Line (Sheila), A Christmas StoryELF and Spamalot. Trina is pulling double duty in this show as the Dance Captain in addition to her role as Timberline. She also choreographed our production of The Sound of Music this past winter.

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Aaron is rounding out this trio nicely by also having been in How to Succeed…! What a reunion! Before that, you may have seen him in A Christmas StoryCarousel or Pirates of Penzance. Audiences may also recognize him from other regional roles at Village, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes Theatre, Tacoma Opera, Spectrum Dance Theatre, or numerous cabarets and concerts.

Don’t miss Paul, Trina, Aaron, and the other dreamers in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Nathaniel, Lotta and Vlad

Three more No Name City citizens join the ranks: Nathaniel (Ethan Carpenter), Lotta (Sarah Rose Davis) and Vlad (Eric Esteb). Nathaniel travels from Cleveland to find a new home (and hopefully gold) in California. Lotta arrives with several other ladies, all of whom are entertainers for Jake’s Palace of Pleasure on Main Street. Vlad is an immigrant from Poland who is driven and determined to make his way in a new country.

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Ethan is returning to our stage after making his debut last season in A Chorus Line. His other Seattle credits include Les Miserables, Funny Girl and My Fair Lady at Village, and The Fantasticks at Showtunes.

 

 

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Sarah is no stranger to The 5th: she was seen earlier this season as lovelorn secretary Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other favorites at The 5th include A Chorus Line (Maggie) and Grease (Frenchy), among others! Sarah has also been seen at Village in Funny Girl as Fanny Brice.

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Eric is a regular here, having most recently been in our production of A Chorus Line last season. Other 5th Ave credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot, Secondhand Lions and others! Eric is also an aerialist with his partner Quynbi, who perform together under the name Duo Reves.

 

Don’t miss Ethan, Sarah, Eric, and the other new California citizens in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Deza, Angus and Chee Weng

Three more hope to strike it rich in California: Deza (Kyle Bernbach), Angus (Jared Michael Brown) and Chee Weng (Ulyber Mangune). Deza hails from Peru who was already a miner in Chile, and arrives carrying lots of knowledge of how to be effective at mining. Angus has traveled across the country from the mid-West in hopes of finding gold. Chee Weng is originally from Hong Kong, where he first learned English, and hopes to achieve the American Dream.

Kyle Bernbach WebKyle was seen earlier this year in our production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as last season’s productions of Jasper in DeadlandCarousel and A Chorus Line. He was part of the Broadway and First National Tour casts of Memphis.

 

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Jared (who is pulling triple duty by playing Angus, understudying Jake AND serving as Fight Captain for the show) was at The 5th earlier this season in The Sound of Music. Other 5th Avenue credits include Jasper in DeadlandOliver!Secondhand LionsPirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!.

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Ulyber is returning to The 5th after previous performances in A Christmas Story and Secondhand Lions. He was trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center, as well as Benjamin Bentler and Marianna Groves.

 

 

Don’t miss Kyle, Jared, Ulyber, and the other prospectors in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Meet the Pioneers: Jameson, Mary and Craig

Three more pioneers journey west: Jameson Woodling (Allen Fitzpatrick), Mary (Taryn Darr) and Craig (Eli Lotz). Jameson Woodling is the husband of Cayla, until she frees herself from him. (Allen is pulling double duty, also portraying Craig’s Dad.) Mary is one of the ladies who comes to town after the miners have set up camp. (Taryn is also pulling double duty, starting out as Sarah Woodling, the second wife of Jameson Woodling.) Craig is a young man who travels west with his father, both hoping to make a new start for their family.

Allen Fitzpatrick WebPortraying Jameson Woodling is 5th Avenue veteran, Allen Fitzpatrick. Most recently on our stage, Allen was seen as big boss himself Biggley in How to Succeed… He has over forty appearances on Seattle stages, including 21 here at The 5th. Allen was also a regular on Broadway, having performed in ten shows on the Great White Way. He is also the Artistic Director of the Icicle Creek New Play Festival. You can find out more about him at allenfitzpatrick.weebly.com.

Taryn Darr WebTaryn Darr is also no stranger to our stage, having also been seen earlier this season in How to Succeed… Some of her other favorite roles at The 5th include A Chorus Line (Val), White Christmas (Judy), Jasper in Deadland (Secretary Hathaway), ELF, Catch Me… and Spamalot. Taryn has also been seen regionally in Chicago (Roxie), Legally Blonde (Brooke), South Pacific (Nellie) and Something Rotten (NYC Lab).

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Eli is returning to The 5th for the first time this year, but he’s practically a veteran of our stage at this point: he has been in our productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver!, as well as the Rising Star Project: Spamalot. Eli has also been seen in A Christmas Carol at ACT, and has been involved with over 30 shows at Edmonds Heights K-12.

Don’t miss Allen, Taryn, Eli, and the other pioneers, in our ‘revisal’ production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon. The show runs June 2 through June 25. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.