Not pictured: Cole McGlumphy (Feldzieg), Aubrey Johnson (Gangster 1), Kiley Eberhard (Kitty), Dennis Taylor (Production Vocal Director AND Man in Chair), Justin Eicher (Superintendent), Jeff Zollars (Underling), Sarah Araujo Cabral da Silva (Ensemble), Kathy Hawk (Ensemble), Kim Pijanowski (Ensemble), Sarah Schultz (Ensemble), Garrett Smyth (Ensemble)
Samantha Hawk (Janet) is excited to be in her first production with Washington Community Theatre. Samantha has performed at many different theaters in the area, most recently participating in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival in “Things, or the Rothko” (Sandra) with Riverfront Theater Company. She has also performed in These Shining Lives (Catherine) and Why Do Fools Fall in Love (Dee Dee) at South Park Theatre, Miracle on 34th Street (Doris U/S) and Amélie (Amélie U/S) at Little Lake Theatre, and Urinetown (Little Becky) at Stage 62. Later this year, Samantha will be performing as Judy alongside her sister, Alexis, in White Christmas at Little Lake. Samantha would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support.
EJ Christopher (Robert Martin) is grateful to return to the WCT stage and perform with all of his dear friends - old and new! EJ received his B.A. in Theatre (w/ a Concentration in Musical Theatre) from PennWest California in 2021. Theatre credits include but aren't limited to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Director), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hysterium), Into the Woods (The Baker), Edges (Man 1), and Doubt: A Parable (Director). EJ would like to thank Bella, his nephews, and his WCT family for believing in him and giving him a reason. He hopes you can escape from the anxieties of the world for this performance, and that you can find "your tune" with this hilariously beautiful show.
Christine Pittman (Mrs. Tottendale) is thrilled to be performing such a lovely role in this amazing production. She was last seen in Washington Community Theatre’s production of Kiss me, Kate, as a featured dancer & ensemble member. Some of her favorite roles include Berthe in Pippin (Little Lake Theatre) and Tessie Tura in Gypsy (Mon River Arts). Christine is currently choreographing White Christmas at Little Lake Theatre and in the spring she will be choreographing Finding Nemo JR at Mon River Arts. A huge thank you to her husband David and her sons, Adam and Alex.
Kathy Hawk (Director) is thrilled to be making her WCT directing debut. She was fortunate to have appeared on stage several years ago as JoAnn in Company and is very happy to be back! Kathy has been performing and directing at many Pittsburgh theater companies for over 30 years!!! She has been working regularly with Little Lake Theater teaching, directing and performing for the past 8 years. Other companies she has been involved with are PMT, South Park, Mon River Arts, Stage 62, MLT Heritage and OSP. She has been the director of the middle school musicals in the Baldwin Whitehall School District where she created the program 28 years ago and where she will take her final bow this May with Mary Poppins Jr. In her free time (ha ha) you can find Kathy working at her family's limited distillery, Li'l Dog Moonshine in Elizabeth, PA. Kathy wants to thank her ever-patient husband for indulging her theater mania and hopes that you enjoy this show as much as she has enjoyed working on it.
Sam Campbell (George) is excited to be making his WCT debut in the role of George! Sam lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he has been in his fair share of shows over the past few years. Some of his favorites include Anastasia (Gleb Vagonov), Sister Act, (Curtis Jackson), and most recently, Spongebob the Musical (Electric Skate 1 / Ensemble). Sam would like to thank his parents for always showing their support, and he hopes you enjoy the show and have a few good laughs!
Kristin Pacelli (Trix) is thrilled to be back onstage at Washington Community Theatre after having performed some of her favorite roles with the company in previous years; namely Betty Jean Reynolds in 2014’s The Marvelous Wonderettes, Marta in 2015’s Company, Little Sally in 2017’s Urinetown, and Rosie in 2019’s Mamma Mia. An avid performer, Kristin can be seen on stages all over the Greater Pittsburgh Area, and is a resident artist with Mariposa Theater for Young Audiences. Recent credits include Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Comtra Theater), Sandy Cheeks in The Spongebob Musical (Comtra Theater), and Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (Old Schoolhouse Players). A big thank you to Kristin’s family and friends for their unending support, and to her dad, who is always watching from the best seat in the house."
Cole Keegan McGlumphy (Feldzieg) is a resident of Venetia, PA. Being both enthusiastic and thrilled, this is Cole’s first appearance with Washington Community Theatre. Cole has performed in a variety of productions including Amélie (Blind Beggar), Saving the Greeks: One Tragedy at a Time (Peon), God of Carnage (Michael Novak), Godspell (Telly), Elf the Musical (Mr. Greenway), The Book of Will (Compositor, Barman, and Bernardo), PennWest’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzieg), Perspectives (Oscar), and many others. Past recognition for his work includes Best Character Actor Award , Best First Year Performance Award (CalU Theatre), & Best Sophomore Year Performance Award (CalU Theatre). Cole loves to sing, write short plays, ventriloquism, voice impersonations, and critiquing movies. Cole is a very recent graduate of PennWest University with a BA degree in Theatre, and a concentration in Musical Theatre. Cole thanks Kathy, the cast and crew, and everyone within the Washington Community Theatre family for welcoming him. He also thanks his family and friends for their constant love and support!
Chelsea Contino Eicher (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her 4th show with Washington Community Theatre. Past credits include Gymnasia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Ensemble/Friend in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chelsea has been dancing for 15 years - everything from ballet and lyrical to tango and waltz - and has been involved in theatre for nearly as long. When she isn't teaching preschool ballet & tap at the Washington Dance Center or taking ballroom classes at the Arthur Murray Dance Center with her partner, Justin, she works in nonprofit communications. Dewayne has appeared in several shows with WCT over the years. Most recently this summer in Kiss Me Kate as General Harrison Howell. The Drowsy Chaperone is one of his all time favorite shows. He is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to perform it with his true theatre family. The best part is that he gets to do that playing Aldolpho! It isn't often that an actor gets to really cut loose. He intends to take full advantage of the opportunity.
Lisa McCoy (Drowsy Chaperone) is a musical theater powerhouse, renowned for her captivating performances across Texas, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. With a voice that soars and a stage presence that enchants, Lisa has brought iconic characters to life in productions such as "Annie," "She Loves Me," "Beauty and the Beast," "Into the Woods," and "The Drowsy Chaperone." From the heart of Texas to the historic stages of Pennsylvania, Lisa's journey through regional theater has been marked by her ability to seamlessly transition between genres, showcasing her versatility as a performer. Beyond the spotlight, she dedicates herself to nurturing young talent, leaving an enduring mark on the musical theater community. Lisa McCoy's indelible contributions continue to resonate with audiences, ensuring her legacy in the world of musical theater. Lisa would also like to add “I am eternally grateful to my ever indulgent family.” Carleen Vilella (Choreographer): Carleen is thrilled with another wonderful choreographic experience and adding the right amount of *camp* to all those 1920's dance styles. After all the years, Carleen never tires of the challenge...helping actors find their inner dance. Beware of the bunny! Break-a-leg! Ok...from the top...5...6...7..8! Dennis Taylor (Man in the Chair/Vocal Director) - Dennis is very excited (and terrified!) at getting to perform one of his "bucket list" roles. It has been quite a while since he has had to say more than a few lines onstage so he will do his best to remember "most of them"! A huge thanks to Kathy for entrusting him with this part and to all the "Drowsy" cast for being such gems to work with musically. To you, the audience, here's hoping that as you sit in your chair tonight, you will laugh a lot, perhaps even tear up a bit and when you leave, take with you a little tune to carry along whenever you're feeling "blue". John "Jack" Popielarcheck (Gangster 2) could not be happier to finally return to the stage with the amazing cast of The Drowsy Chaperone! Jack is finishing his degree at PennWest University in December and then begins his journey as a flight attendant with American Airlines in early 2024. Jack's history in theater includes Foster Wilson (Annie Get Your Gun), Uncle Henry/Guard (The Wizard of Oz), A Statue (The Music Man) and a number of Ensemble roles with past WCT productions like Mamma Mia, Hairspray, and Urinetown! Jack would like to thank everyone in his family for being his biggest supporters, and helping him "stumble along" all of these years!