Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meet the cast of Spamalot!



Stephanie Gaia Chu (Ensemble, Laker Girl, Minstrel) is excited to return to LTA after playing Christmas Eve in Avenue Q. Having graduated from the George Mason University’s Theater Program, she has worked on more than 50 dance and theater productions, receiving two WATCH nominations in Lighting Design and as a Supporting Actress. Other recent favorite performances include TAT’s Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and Legally Blonde (Pilar). In her real life, she consults with dentists and other medical and small business owners on marketing and business efficiency, and is pursuing her Masters in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support. 

Carla Crawford (Ensemble, Laker Girl) is beyond thrilled to be back at LTA!! (Mrs. Fezziwig in Scrooge, The Musical). Much love to her husband Tom and to her children - Trice, Grace and Witt for making every day the "bright side of life".  She also gives a big "Woop! Woop!" to her dear friends. Carla has never eaten Spam but plans to real soon. 

Graham Dickerson (Ensemble) This is Graham Dickerson's first on-stage play in a long time, since high school in fact, and he could not be more thrilled to be a part of such a swell bunch of cast-mates, as well as being a part of such a hilarious musical like Spamalot. Graham has been a part of such shows like Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bye Bye Birdie, among a myriad of student directed films. He would like to thank his parental units for their support of his obsession, as well as all of his friends who have helped him on his own quest for the proverbial grail (the "cheese" factor is off the scale at this point.) Thank you and enjoy the show!! Amenders Assemble! 

Katie Doyle (Ensemble, Laker Girl) is thrilled to be in her second production at LTA. She currently works as a preschool special education teacher in Arlington County. Previous roles include Gloria in Boeing Boeing (LTA), Lola in Damn Yankees (Gonzalo Dramatic Association), Wendy Jo in Footloose (Gonzalo Dramatic Association), and Chorus in Cinderella (Play On). Thanks to friends and family, especially to mom and dad for meeting at LTA and for all the puppy sitting. 

Christy Fischer (Ensemble, Laker Girl) is thrilled to be performing this summer in Spamalot with LTA. She is a rising junior Musical Theatre Major at James Madison University. At JMU, Christy was recently seen in the world premiere production of Our Glorious Cause and will appear this fall in JMU’s production of Gone Missing. Other theatrical credits include Anita in West Side Story and Vivienne in Legally Blonde. She’d like to thank her family and friends for all their support. 

Michael Gale (Ensemble) a long-time Monty Python fan, is delighted to be making his fifth third appearance on LTA’s stage in such a ridiculous show with such a talented cast and crew. Past roles at LTA include Tateh in Ragtime and Malcolm McGregor in Full Monty. Elsewhere in Alexandria, Michael can be found singing tenor with the Alexandria Choral Society. Off-stage, Michael works for an international development non-profit and is a regular write-in candidate for the slightly silly party. 

Dimitri Gann (Sir Robin, Guard 1, Brother Maynard) is thrilled to be making his LTA debut! Recent credits include William Barfée in Spelling Bee at George Mason University, A Chorus Line with The Arlington Players, and a New Hampshire tour of The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Taming of the Shrew. Thank you so much to my family for supporting me, and for putting up with excessive singing around the house. 

Patrick Graham (Historian, Not Dead Fred, French Guard, Minstrel, Prince Herbert, Dancing Nun) is thrilled to be making his LTA debut.  Previous roles include Legles/Babet in Les Miserables (Reston Community Players), Rod in Avenue Q (Dominion Stage), Dewey/Carlos in Legally Blonde (Reston Community Players), and Ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Elden Street Players). 

He would like to thank the hilarious cast and crew for their hard work and seriousness, his family and friends for their shenanigans, and most of all, his beautiful girlfriend Katie for her support and love. If you ever wish for that rematch in Mario Kart, it's yours and good luck. You'll need it. 

Peter Halverson (Sir Dennis Galahad, Black Knight, Prince Herbert’s Father) has run out of synonyms for “thrilled”, but wants you to know that he has enjoyed working with the wonderful cast and crew of Spamalot very, very much. His most recent theatrical roles include Pedro in Man of La Mancha (MCP) and The Governor in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (DS), as well as performances in Grand Night for Singing (VCT), Follies (TAP), and PetPourri (SCT). Big thanks to family, friends, and especially JR, his best coach, critic, and fan. 

Ashlie-Amber Harris (Lady of the Lake) is beyond excited about making her first appearance here at LTA. She has been performing professionally for years with some of her favorite performances in Rent (Joanne), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Pippin ( Leading Player), The Color Purple (Shug Avery), American Idol (2012 Season), and many more. Having just moved to the east coast from Colorado, she couldn't think of a better way to spend her summer than with this amazing cast and crew. For other up-coming performances/events please visit www.ashlieamber.com. 

Drew Holcombe (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his LTA debut! Drew is a rising sophomore at James Madison University, where he is pursuing a BM in Music Theatre.  Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon). Drew would like to thank the cast and crew, his family, all of his acting, voice, and dance teachers, and everyone else who has supported his theatrical journey. 

James Hotsko, Jr. (King Arthur) is ecstatic to be again working at LTA after appearing in The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski) and Avenue Q (Brian). He hails from Panama through Virginia Tech, where he appeared in You Can't Take It With You; Chicago; Kiss Me Kate; Oliver!; Into the Woods; and Batboy:  The Musical.  He has also been the music/orchestra director A Chorus Line, played keyboard in the Panamanian production of Beauty and the Beast and served as technical director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  James would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. 

Matt Liptak (Mayor, Patsy, Guard 2) is excited to be returning to the LTA stage this summer.  Last year he appeared in LTA's production of Avenue Q as Nicky, Trekkie Monster and a Bad Idea Bear (WATCH nominee).  This past winter he appeared as Bobby Strong in Dominion Stage's production of Urinetown. Notable roles outside of the DC Metro Area included Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Hunter ([title of show]) and Dr. Scott (The Rocky Horror Picture Show).  Liptak, like always, thanks his friends, family and loved ones for all they have given him and all they continue to give. 

Patrick McMahan (Sir Lancelot, The French Taunter, Knight of Ni, Tim the Enchanter) is thrilled to return to LTA where he was last seen as Robert in Company. Favorite past roles include Archibald in The Secret Garden, Giorgio in Passion, André in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Terry in Side Show, Starbuck in 110 in the Shade, Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty, Burrs in The Wild Party, Mr. Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (WATCH Award Recipient) and Mr. Bungee in A New Brain (WATCH nomination). Our quest is a blast with such a talented cast and crew! Much love to Maureen and son Brendan...Ni! 

Derek Marsh (Ensemble, Sir Not Appearing, Dancing Monk, Minstrel,) is thrilled to be returning to the LTA Stage and joining this amazing cast of Spammers! He would like to thank his friends and family for continuously supporting him and helping him on his journey! Derek's recent theater credits include The Most Happy Fella (TAP), and Hairspray and Ragtime at LTA. Television credits include HBO’s John Adams, a small role in The History Channel's The World Wars, and an appearance in Season 2 of House of Cards. 

Todd Paul (Dennis’s Mother, Sir Bevedere, Concorde) is happy to be back at LTA! He was last seen in La Cage Aux Folles – Francis (MCP). Previous shows include Damn Yankees – Smokey (MCP), Grease -- Eugene (MCP), The Producers - Kevin/Jason Green (TAP), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - Aggie Mascot (DS), Xanadu - Hera, The Pajama Game - Prez (LSDT), Little Shop of Horrors – Seymour (RCP) as well as many others shows and roles. He is also a long time member of the award-winning Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. Thanks and hugs to Jonathan for all of his support! 

Molly Spooner (Ensemble, Laker Girl) is excited for her debut performance with the incredible LTA team! Molly recently moved here from the NYC area, and is enjoying teaching music in the Arlington Schools.  Favorite roles include Godspell (Robin) at the Manhattan School of Music, Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) at University of Michigan, Pirates of Penzance (Edith) with Lake George Opera and Michigan Opera Theater, and Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther Smith) at Schenectady Light Opera.  Molly is thankful for her wonderful family, her teachers and coaches, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jake. 

Matt Stover (Ensemble, Sir Bors, French Guard, Minstrel) thought he ought give it a shot, and was given a chance to sing and dance, he might be still be learning but his heart is yearning, for continue he must in such a zealous production of  Spamalot... He hopes you laugh a lot. 

Griffin Voltmann (Ensemble, French Guard) is a long-time fan of the LTA, excited to be working on the other side of the stage for the first time since high school. He would like to thank the cast and crew, the producers, his family, the Academy, Oprah, and anyone else he ran out of room for here. Enjoy the show! 

Sarah Weinhardt (Ensemble, Laker Girl/Dance Captain) is thrilled to be making her debut at LTA after a 5 year hiatus from theatre!  Sarah has a degree in Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Wright State University and has been living in Virginia for two years.  Some of her favorite past credits include Rizzo in Grease at Festival Playhouse and The Witch in Into The Woods at Waterside Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support as she makes theatre and performing a part of her life again! 

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