Thursday, February 28, 2013

Meet IT's "Run for Your Wife" Cast

Grant Stellflug (John Smith) - A veteran IT! performer and long time Placerville resident, Grant’s most recent involvement was Assistant Director for Camelot. Prior to that he has been seen on stage as The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Owen in The Foreigner, and Vince Fontaine in Grease. Grants upcoming projects include directing Deathtrap, later in IT!’s 2013 season. He is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful cast and crew who have put in many hours of hard work bringing this play to life.

Jody Wills (Mary Smith) - Jody is thrilled to be performing again at IT.   She was last seen at IT! as Mammy Yokum in Li'l Abner.  She is excited to be working again with Lanny Langston who also directed her in Lil’ Abner.  She has performed locally for over 30 years and has many roles under her belt; her favorite shows include A Few Good Men (Lt. Ross), Quilters (Ensemble), Li'l Abner (Mammy Yokum), A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Maude), Cabaret (Freulein Kost) and The Odd Couple (Gwendolyn Pigeon). When she's not on the stage, Jody works as an administrative assistant for a nationwide association, hikes tall mountains and is Nana to five grandchildren (with one more on the way).  Jody thanks IT! for welcoming her back and a HUGE thank you to her family and friends for all their love and support.

Kathleen Mini (Barbara Smith) - Kathleen followed in her daughter’s footsteps to their first audition together for the Imagination Theater Musical, Lil’ Abner. Since that time, she has gone on to perform in several other IT productions. She was Glinda in the Wizard of Oz, Babette in Beauty and the the Beast, Mrs Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Mrs. Banks in Father of the Bride. Most recently Kathleen was challenged by “attempting” to tap dance in White Christmas. She looks forward to performing as Barbara Smith in Run for your Wife.

Chris Celestin (Stanley Gardener) - Chris, age 19, has been involved in theater for the last 5 years. He is happy to be returning to the IT! stage after playing Dickon in The Secret Garden. Some of his favorite roles include Lancelot (IT’s Camelot), and his hangwon debut a s Eddie Marinara in the Carsino Show! When Chris is not on stage he enjoys pretending he is on stage, dancing wherever he sees fit. He also enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. Chris would like to thank his parents for their undying support and encouragement.

Marc Bonham (Detective Sgt. Troughton) - Marc has been performing for local audiences off and on for the past eight years. This includes choir, drama, marching band, glee club in high school and college. Marc’s love for community theater started later in life after his first IT! performance in 2005. He performed in Lil’ Abner and most recently, The Secret Garden. Marc would like to thank his wife and children for their love and support of his hobby.

Sean Conley-Widing (Detective Sgt. Porterhouse) - Sean has been interested in theater for a long time and helped with lights and set construction in Sacramento. While assisting with an IT!’s fundraiser, he was approached to play a knight in Camelot . Sean joined the chorus, had a few lines, and even a small solo during “Fie on Goodness.” He continued to assist IT! with light and sound and auditioned for Run for Your Wife, This is his first time on stage as part of an ensemble cast and he looks forward to having a good time bringing laughter to the audience.  

Richard “Rick” Gaylord (Bobby Franklin) - A telecommunications technician by trade, Rick has performed leading roles in more than ten of 45+ plays since 1980. Rick’s favorite role was Charlie in Theatre El Dorado’s The Foreigner (1997) and more recent roles Froggy in IT’s The Foreigner (2010), Greater Tuna, Godspell, Big River, Music Man, and A Christmas Carol. Rick is proud to be the first recipient of IT’s Rodney Roberts Theater Achievement Award.

Gordon Prow (Newspaper Photographer/Stage Manager) - Gordon is very excited about stage managing this fun farce. He last stage managed IT”s 2010 production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula along with his wife, Sandra. His first stage appearance at Imagination Theater was playing the Nazi general in The Sound of Music. Gordon hopes that you enjoy this show. He thanks his friends and family in supporting his endeavors at Imagination Theater.

Come see the show this last week.  Only four more performances!  Tickets are available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets available online, by phone (530-642-0404), and at the door.  The box office and theater doors open a half hour prior to show time.