2014 Production - Cast and Production Crew
CAST (in alphabetical order by character name)
ARTHUR - Playing anthropomorphic non-humans is nothing new for Dylan Olmsted as he has played a bullfrog in Honk! and a horse in Man of La Mancha at "Festival Theatre" in St. Croix Falls, WI, as well as playing the Beast at "A Center for the Arts" production of Beauty and the Beast. Dylan is a 2013 graduate with a BA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he performed in South Pacific, The Odyssey, Cinderella, and the premiere of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk's Tales from the Bad Years. He also played Hanschen in Renegade Theater's production of Spring Awakening and had an ensemble role in The Duluth Playhouse's production of Godspell. Since moving to the Twin Cities, Dylan has performed in the ongoing murder mystery dinner show Dinner Detective at the Courtyard Marriot in Minneapolis and has taught some K-5 drama classes with Drama Kids International. Special shoutouts go to his parents Mark and Christine Olmsted and his brother Vinny Olmsted, and to all that have supported him throughout the years.
BERT - Daniel Flohr is happy to be joining 'Bigfoot Central' in this regional premier. He has a B.A. In Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota. Relatively new on the Twin Cities Theater scene, Dan has performed with numerous small and upstarting theaters in the area. His most recent work has been with Youth Performance Company's productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potiphar/Pharaoh) and Freedom Riders (Sheriff). Past credits include A Threepenny Christmas (Nick the Saint), The Laramie Project (Andy Paris), Sorry! Wrong Chimney! (David Tuttle), and Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog (Dr. Horrible/Niel).
CHAZ - Rick Baustian is a recent graduate of Saint Mary's University of Winona, Minnesota and is just entering the professional theatre scene in the Twin Cities. He has recently worked with the Dakota Players (X is for Zebra) and the Sioux Empire Community Theatre (The Hobbit). He performed in God’s Country (Berg) at the TARA Arts Center in London, and he has also appeared in many productions at St. Mary’s University, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Panch), Fallen Angels (Maurice), All’s Well That Ends Well (King), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Teddy). Rick has also served as a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for several productions including: The Playboy of the Western World, Interrogation, and The Crucible. He would like to thank his amazing family for their continued support.
CHRIS (Roland Hawkins) – enjoys playing Chris the Seismologist in Imagined Theatre’s 2014 production of Sasquatched! The Musical. Roland has a BM in Vocal Performance from Simpson College in Indiana, and has played numerous roles in both musical theatre productions and operas. Recent musical theatre roles include: Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Chuck Cranstin in Footloose, and Seaweed in Hairspray. Recent operatic roles include: Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Danforth in The Crucible, and George W. Carver in George Washington Carver at the Des Moines Metro Opera.
CINDY - Christy Jones has long been a fan of The X-Files, and she fervently believes the truth is out there about Bigfoot, too! Christy maintains an active vocal career around the Twin Cities, having performed with the Minnesota Opera, Guthrie Theater, Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Open Window Theatre, and in two-person operettas alongside soprano Maria Jette. Most recently, she was seen in Chameleon Theatre Circle’s productions of Sweeney Todd (Johanna) and Ruthless! (Judy). Christy received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. Favorite shows include: Into the Woods (Baker's Wife and Witch), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rosa Bud), Ruth: the Opera – world premiere (Ruth), Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive). Upcoming performances include A Summer Night Romance concert series - an evening of classic jazz standards at the Dakota Jazz Club and other Twin Cities venues in August 2014. Deepest gratitude to Mom & Dad, Evan, and God! www.cjosings.com
DAKOTA - Cayla Marie Wolpers is thrilled to be in the cast of Sasquatched! The Musical. She has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Drake University, and graduated Cum Laude with honors. She has performed many shows with CLIMB Theatre for two years and has also toured with The National Theatre for Children. Other professional theatre credits include: Open Window Theatre: Leaving Iowa (Sis), and The Hobbit (Kili), Theatre Terra Firma: Love's Labours Lost (Costard), and The Tempest (Ariel), Pioneer Place: Laughing All The Way (Shirley Shepherd), Old Gem Theatre: Peter Pan and Tink! (Peter Pan). Check out Cayla's website at: http://caylamarie07.wix.com/caylamarie
JIM - Mike Ausmus has performed with many theatre groups across the metro including The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Off-Broadway Musical Theatre, Morris Park Players, and Anoka Community Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Don Quixote (Man of LaMancha), Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Gaston (Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Mayor George Shinn -twice! (The Music Man), Charlie Brown (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), and Anthony J. Lefcourt (The Butler Did It). Mike is the President, Executive Producer, and Director for Coon Rapids Community Players where he recently directed Dames at Sea and The Beverly Hillbillies. He will be directing The Producers for Coon Rapids Community Players this fall. In his spare time Mike is a pharmacist that enjoys playing baseball and hockey. Mike lives with his crazy and destructive dog Gretzky who ate his couch.
PAT - Ali Daniels is beyond grateful to be a part of Sasquatched! The Musical. She is a graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at University of WI-Stevens Point and has since been working as much as she can in theatre and film around the Twin Cities. Favorite roles include Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank (Yellow Tree Theatre), Tracy in Sans Merci (Gadfly Theatre Productions), The Mute in The Fantasticks (Eat Street Players) and Kit in What Happened to the Dollar (Box Wine Theatre). She has also worked with Freshwater Theatre, Shadow Horse Theatre, Ghostbridge Theatre Productions, Silver Slipper Productions, and many more. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support and for putting up with her insanely busy and constantly changing schedule! Now let's do this!
SAM - Alexander Michuda is very excited and proud to be joining the cast of Sasquatched! The Musical. Alex is a fun, energetic 10 year old who loves to perform, make people laugh with his silly sense of humor and looks forward to learning and growing with future theater adventures. Over the past 3 years, Alex has been singing in his school and church choirs, has taken karate lessons, an acting class from the Minneapolis Children’s Theater Company, dance lessons at Kay Marie & Carol’s School of Dance and singing lessons from The Studio of Kenny Kiser. He enjoys spending time with his dog Sophie, playing in the snow, watching sports, swimming and is very good at math. Alex would like to thank his family for all their love and support!
STEVE - Grant Hooyer has a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts and Psychology from Augustana College has appeared in many productions there including: Into the Woods (Baker), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Van), [title of show] (Jeff) and Zombie Prom. He has also appeared in roles at the Dakota Players Children's Theatre including Imagine Nation, On the Road to Bremen Town and Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), and in several productions at Theatre in the Round in Minneapolis including Obscene Lawless Hideous Dangerous (Carnegie) and Spider's Web (Constable Jones). Grant enjoys doing improv and stand-up comedy, and is excited about doing a musical which is fresh from the 2013 NYMF Next Link!
THELMA - Alana LaBissoniere - wife, mother, actor, singer, and merchandiser highlight Alana's every day activities. Sasquatched!, the Musical marks Alana's return to musical theatre after performing in Precious LIttle with Gadfly Theatre Productions as 4 different characters, including an ape! Favorite roles include Jack's Mother (Into the Woods), MImi Schwinn (A New Brain), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma!), Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man) and Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast). Alana has worked with the Guthrie Theater, Bloomington Civic Theater, Eat Street Players, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, and Freshwater Theatre among others. She would like to thank her family for putting up with her crazy schedule and hopes you enjoy the show!
ZEKE - Mike Ellison is totally stoked to be in “Sasquatched, the Musical” with all of his awesome fellow cast members and his wonderful and talented wife Cornell. He was recently seen in the Cities as Lt. Ward and Harold Ickes in CVFT’s Annie, Constable Locke in WCT’s The Music Man and in the ensemble of It’s a Wonderful Life also at CVFT. Some of his favorite roles he’s done in the past are George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! and Judge Roane in Parade. Mike and Cornell moved to the Cities in September of 2012, where he grew up, after living in California for many years. Mike retired from the U.S. Navy in 2000 with twenty years of service. He would love to thank Phil and Jules for giving him the privilege of being in this awesomely touching and hilarious production and you for supporting live theater. Psalms 33:3
SASQUATCHED! CHORUS - Cornell Ellison can’t wait to be on stage with this great group of talent in her first production with Imagined Theatre and, of course, hubby, Mike. After 50+ years in California, she is finally settling into life in the Midwest. Cornell just finished A Year with Frog & Toad in Chaska where she has also been in It’s A Wonderful Life: the Musical and Annie. Cornell enjoyed performing with Woodbury Community Theatre’s The Music Man last summer. Before leaving California, she kept busy in theatre around Southern and Central California not only on stage (Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, and Lady Beckonsfield in Jekyll & Hyde) but she directed, choreographed, and even designed a set one time. In October of 2012, Cornell opened her own pet grooming business, Everything Furry, in St. Paul Park. “Thanks to Phil and Jules for this fun show, to the cast and crew, and the audience for supporting live theatre.” Romans 12:2
SASQUATCHED! CHORUS - Jamila Joiner is extremely excited to be a part of the Sasquatched! The Musical cast. She has been in many musicals in recent years, including Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Jamila has also been the dance captain for all of these shows, working closely with the choreographers. She has also participated in choir for five years and been a dancer/gymnast for 16 years. Jamila is currently studying Theater Arts at the University of Minnesota and hopes to be able to continue performing onstage in the future.
SASQUATCHED! CHORUS - Marcus Adams is happy to join the cast of Sasquatched! The Musical and excited to be in his first professional production! Marcus played the bullfrog in his school’s production of Honk Jr. He has also performed in several plays and musical productions at Top Hat Theater. Marcus participates in his church choir and takes vocal lessons. He enjoys being on his computer playing games with his friends, creating things, and figuring out new stuff. Marcus would like to thank his family for supporting his interest in musical theater and he hopes you enjoy the show!
SASQUATCHED! CHORUS - Ben Tracy was last seen performing in the Twin Cities as Harvey in Teenage Misery with the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Locally, he has also performed with Steppingstone Theatre, CLIMB Theatre, and Summer Theatre on the Lake Harriet Streetcar, among others. Having graduated from Southwest High School, he received a Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Award for the role of Marius in Les Mis in 2011. Other performance venues include Zoot Theatre Company in Dayton, OH, and Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at Wright State University in OH. Other dreams include writing and producing new works, opening a professional Haunted House, and conquering the world in a game of Risk.
PHIL DARG (Book, Music and Lyrics). Phil Darg is an actor, playwright, writer, and composer. He has been seen in many roles both on stage and in local television including Charley in Where’s Charley? Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Patrick O’Reilly in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and Charlie Fox in Speed the Plow. He has also appeared on local television and in several independent films. Phil is the author of more than a dozen plays and musicals, and the composer/producer of more than an estimated 200 musical works (some of which have been broadcast on MTV, The History Channel, and Turner South). His latest creation is Sasquatched! The Musical, which recently premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). In 2013, Phil co-founded the non-profit Imagined Theatre, which has future plans to develop new musical theatre pieces. www.PhilDarg.com
JULES DARG (Co-Director, Producer). Along with her husband, Phil Darg, Jules is co-founder of Imagined Theater in Maple Grove which creates and produces original musical theater. Past roles include: Nancy (Oliver!), Susan (All American), Reno (Anything Goes), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Filia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Wife (Rashomon), and Karen (Speed the Plow). Past work projects include planning, promotion, and management for visiting film artists, including film directors Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Mildred Pierce), and Ali Selim (Sweetland) at the University of Minnesota. Jules was the producer of Sasquatched! The Musical at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) in 2013 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Maple Grove Arts Center. Her latest project is completing a Ph.D. dissertation on college graduates in the arts.
JIM LICHTSCHEIDL (Storieography) is an actor, choreographer, director and instructor based in the Twin Cities area. His recent choreography credits include The Music Man for Ten Thousand Things Theater and Johnny Baseball for Park Square Theater. Jim has also choreographed for the Brave New Workshop, Plymouth Players, Actors Theater of Minneapolis, Theater Latte Da, Southern Theater, Red Eye Theater, Fifty Foot Penguin, and 15 Head. Recent acting credits include The Music Man for Ten Thousand Things, The History of Invulnerability for the Minnesota Jewish Theater, and Uncle Vanya, Clybourne Park, and Nice Fish for the Guthrie Theater.
SAMANTHA KUHN STANEART (Costume Designer) has her BA in Theatre and Economics from Hamline University and her MFA in Costume Design from The Ohio State University. Her most recent designs include: The Laramie Project and It's a Wonderful Life at Lyric Arts in Anoka, Six Degrees of Separation at Theatre in the Round, Silkworms with Theatre Unbound and Choices with Chain Reaction Theatre Project. Samantha is the national costume rental sales rep at Norcostco in Golden Valley, MN.
BRIANA ROSE LEE (Stage Manager) graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre Arts. She loves to be part of productions both on- and offstage. Her recent stage managing credits include: The Imaginary Invalid at Theatre in the Round and The Children's Republic with the JCC in St. Paul. She has served as an Assistant Director at the Bloomington Civic Theatre and a directing intern at the Guthrie Theatre (Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol). She was also a stage management intern at the Children's Theatre Company for A Christmas Story and for the senior summer camp production of Tommy: A Rock Musical. Briana enjoys dancing, and still takes dance classes at Hopkins Dance Studio. Briana loves to stay busy and is so excited to be a part of a new musical!
CORRY HAMMETT (Assistant Stage Manager/ Properties Master) is, as of May 9th, a graduate of North Central University (Minneapolis), where she earned a BA in Theatre. Corry was exposed to the production side of theatre in high school and it has been her passion ever since. She stage managed through high school and college, working on such shows as You Can’t Take It With You, Our Town, and The Secret Garden, as well as numerous productions with local ballet company Reign Dance Theater. She made her professional debut stage managing two shows during Open Window Theatre’s season in 2011-2012. Her other production work includes costume design (The Sound of Music), and scenic design (She Stoops to Conquer) at North Central. Now out in the “real world,” Corry is excited to pursue stage management and production work here in the Twin Cities as well as developing the position of Technical Director as a part of North Central’s growing theatre program. On the stage and off: all glory goes to God!
GWEIR GLEWWE (Sound Design/Projection) is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota studying Theatre Arts and Biology (SCIENCE!!!). Originally pursuing a performance focus, Gweir made his first foray into sound design and production working on a U of M production of The Cherry Orchard in 2011, continued with the 2013 showboat production of Sweet Revenge! and is excited to march further down this path of dark wizardy with the cast and crew of Sasquatched! The Musical (he now only does shows with exclamation points in them as a matter of principle).
MATT JANSEN (Sound Engineer) is currently a student studying Information Technology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Matt has interests in both theatrical lighting and sound engineering, he has worked on numerous productions in such roles as lighting electrician, assistant sound design, and sound technician. Matt made his first debut in technical theater when he was a freshman in high school, he was a lighting electrician for Minnetonka High School’s production of Blood Brothers. Matt also works at the Minnetonka school district as a Technical Director for their elementary and middle school theater programs. He also works as the Lead Sound Engineer for a local church. Matt is excited to work with the Sasquatched! The Musical team and help to put on a great show!
BRIAN WALKER (Technical Director/Light Board Operator) is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Brian graduated in 2006 from Mercyhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in Teaching and Choreography. Brian then joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a professional ballet dancer, and was the company's Technical Director for eight years. His duties involved designing and building set pieces for all productions, running scene changes during performances while also being on stage dancing lead roles! Brian and his wife are now retired from performing professionally, and just moved to Minnesota in June. He is excited to begin his theater work in the Twin Cities area as the Technical Director for Imagined Theatre.
SHADOW ZIMMERMAN (Light Design) is a freelance designer and director in the Twin Cities area. A proud native Minnesotan, he always enjoys working in his home state. As a lover of color, humor, and fun storytelling, Shadow has been thrilled to work with the cast and crew of Sasquatched! The Musical. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and ancient studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he held a post-graduate position as the 2013 Anna K. Bonde scholar. Recent designs include As You Like It at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN; I Was a Rat! at the Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN; and several summer stock productions with the French Woods Festival of Performing Arts, Hancock, NY.