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Actors, artists, directors, filmmakers and events in the news June 15-21, 2022

Grouped under headings that include art openings, film, outdoor art fairs and festivals and theater are advances, announcements and articles about the actors, artists, filmmakers and events making news in Southwest Florida this week:

1     ACTORS


Aubrey Barnhouse plays Katherine Plumber in ‘Newsies’

Aubrey Barnhouse plays the part of Katherine Plumber in Newsies for Belle Theatre, an independent and strong female figure who defies gender norms and fights for what she wants. Aubrey says that she identifies with Katherine in many ways, which make this a dream role she’s super excited to portray.

You will find Aubrey’s stage credits here.



Lucas Campero plays Mike Costa in ‘A Chorus Line’

Lucas Campero plays the part of Mike Costa for Fort Myers Theatre in A Chorus Line. Zach, the director who is casting a brand new Broadway musical, begins with Mike, who replies, “Don’t you wanna start at the end?” But once he gets untracked, he reveals that he’s the youngest of 12 siblings and he reveals in his solo number “I Can Do That” that he took his sister, Rosalie’s, place when she stopped going to dance lessons. You can read the rest of this Spotlight here.



Danielle Channell plays ‘Clark Gable Slept Here’ fixer Morgan Wright

Morgan Wright is a Hollywood fixer. She’s paid handsomely to keep the lid on the unsavory details of the stars’ lives. She’s loud, sarcastic, superior and condescending. Some might even call her a beeatch. One thing’s for sure – you don’t want to get on this woman’s wrong side. The role calls for an actor with a big personality. Someone who doesn’t just command the stage, but commands every scene. Someone who has a definitive feel for comedic overdramatization. In other words, it’s a role tailor made for the Southwest Florida’s Queen of Farce, Danielle Channell. Go her to discover how Danielle became a royal.



Steven Coe is Mitch Brenner in Lab’s ‘The Birds: A Parody’

Steven Coe portrays Mitch Brenner in Lab Theater’s spoof of the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds. His evolving body of work includes the impudent, bitingly witty rake Vicomte de Valmont in Lab Theater’s production of Dangerous Liaisons, Chris in Killer Joe, Jim Fingal in Lifespan of a Fact for Players Circle Theatre, Joe Gillis in Lab Theater’s summer spoof Sunset Schmoulevard, Sandro Botticelli in the regional premiere of Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the Fire, John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Thomas Novachek in David Ives’ Venus in Fur for The Studio Players and Andri in Andorra. You can view Steven’s full profile here.



Parrish Danesh is director/choreographer Zach in ‘A Chorus Line’

Parrish Danesh is local actor. He is playing the part of director/choreographer Zack in A Chorus Line. His previous stage credits at Fort Myers Theatre include the roles of Gomez Addams in The Addams Family musical, Teen Angel & Johnny Casino in Grease (March 2022), Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol the Musical (December 2021) and Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose the Musical (September 2021). You can view the rest of Danesh’s theater credits here.



Sydney DiBiase plays Val Clark in ‘A Chorus Line’

Sydney DiBiase plays the part of Val Clark in A Chorus Line for Fort Myers Theatre. Val is featured in a number of scenes in the musical, but is front and center in the song “Dance 10; Looks 3,” in which she describes being passed over at auditions even though she danced circles around the other girls. Then one day, she got a glimpse of the casting director’s dance card, which rated her dancing abilities a 10, but her looks just a 3. So she had her boobs and nose done, and “tightened the derriere,” and ever since her life has turned into an endless medley of “Gee, it had to be you!”

Please go here to read the rest of this Spotlight.



Harvey Evans is Jack Kelly in ‘Newsies’

Harvey Evans plays Jack Kelly in Newsies, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city but who answers the call to unionize the Newsies and lead them in a strike of powerful publisher Joseph Pulitzer and his New York World newspaper. Evans’ stage credits include Ned Schneebly in School of Rock for Belle Theatre, Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for Players Circle Theatre and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for Melody Lane Theatre. Go here for more.



Dave Goldberg plays Mark Anthony in ‘A Chorus Line’

Dave Goldberg plays the part of Mark Anthony in A Chorus Line. Goldberg’s character has one of the more memorable stories in the play. When he was 11, he came across a medical textbook in his father’s library and diagnosed his own appendicitis. But his career as a diagnostician abruptly ended two years later, when he mistook his first wet dream as the symptoms of gonorrhea. Fortunately, his parish priest set him straight in the confessional when Mark admitted he hadn’t been with anyone. The rest of this Spotlight is here.



Bry Grant plays Sheila Bryant in ‘A Chorus Line’

Bry Grant plays Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line for Fort Myers Theatre. Grant’s character is a stand-out in the show within the show. Haughty and naughty, she cops an attitude with the director, Zach, with whom she apparently has history, for good or ill. But her “A” seems to come from her personal, family history. Growing up, she watched her father denigrate her mother, on whom he cheated from at least the time Sheila was five. Placing her fate in the hands of a man, any man, including Zach, runs counter to her sense of self-worth and independence. With the expiration date on her career as a performer fast approaching, the 29-year-old is thinking about trading in her dance shoes for a dance studio of her own. Originally portrayed on Broadway by Kelly Bishop (who won a Supporting Actress Tony for her performance), the character’s background is largely drawn from her own life story.

Go here to view Bry’s stage credits.



Heather Johnson appears for Lab in ‘The Birds: A Parody’

Heather Johnson appears for the Laboratory Theater of Florida in its summer spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic 1963 American horror, The Birds. Heather’s stage credits include Sharla in the Southwest Florida premiere of Killer Joe, Jane in the Florida premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, Rebecca Nurse in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, an aggrieved soccer mom (and the only adult cast member) in The Wolves, Andre’s mother in Max Frisch’s Andorra, multiple roles in Every Christmas Story Ever Told and the dip-spittin’ sheriff in Hush Up Sweet Charlotte. You will find the rest of Heather’s stage and other credits here.



Steven Michael Kennedy portrays Melanie Daniels in Lab’s spoof of ‘The Birds’

Steven Michael Kennedy portrays Melanie Daniels in Lab Theater’s summer spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 American horror movie The Birds. At Lab, Steven previously played Princeton in Avenue Q,  Leonardo da Vinci in Botticelli in the Fire, Dan Anderson in the first U.S. licensed production of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man and Elvis-impersonator-turned-drag-queen, Casey, in The Legend of Georgia McBride. But go here for all of Steven’s stage and film credits.



Mark King plays multiple roles for Lab in ‘The Birds’

Mark King appears in various roles (Sholes, Harry, Bird) in Lab Theater’s summer spoof of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock horror film The Birds. Mark has previously appeared as Major Domo in Dangerous Liaisons, as Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q and comedian Eddie McCuen in The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940sGo here for the rest of Mark’s stage credits.



Guin Kiniry plays Maggie Winslow in ‘A Chorus Line’

Guinevere Bortnicker Kiniry plays the part of San Mateo auditioner Maggie Winslow in Fort Myers Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line, who the audience meets “At the Ballet.” Her parents supposedly had her to fix their strained marriage, but it didn’t work, leaving her to be raised by her mother and grandmother. She would dance around her living room with her arms raised as if dancing with her father, who she imagined as “an Indian chief.” Please go here to see Guin’s theatrical credits.



Wedler Lordeus plays Richie Walters in ‘A Chorus Line’

Wedler Lordeus is a beatboxer, singer , actor , and dancer from the University of Houston majoring in BFA Acting.  He portrays Richie Walters in A Chorus Line for Fort Myers Theatre, a terrific dancer from a small town in Missouri with a quick smile and a great deal of enthusiasm who’s opted to pursue a career as a professional dancer for life in a kindergarten classroom.

Go here for Wedler’s theatrical credits.



Todd Lyman appearing in ‘The Birds: A Parody’

Todd Lyman is appearing for Lab Theater in its summer spoof The Birds: A Parody. Todd Lyman is a Fort Myers actor whose credits include the roles of Nicky in Avenue Q, Antonio in The Tempest, Assemblyman Paul Gordon, Dr. Tim and Mr. Yarmowich in Topher Payne’s Let Nothing You Dismay, Thomas Putnam in The Crucible, multiple roles (Customers 3, 6 and 9) in Lab Theater’s production of Zalman Velvel’s farce D.M.V.,  and Teddy LaPetite in Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is … Go here to see all of Todd’s stage credits.



Adrial McCloud appearing in ‘The Birds: A Parody’

Adrial McCloud appears in Lab Theater’s summer spoof, The Birds: A Parody. McCloud has been a performer from the age of 4 and has a passion for all aspects of theater. Her performances have ranged from church plays to Broadway reviews to Shakespeare and more. In her most recent performance, she played Cecile de Volanges in Dangerous Liaisons. 

Go here for more on Adrial’s stage and other credits.



Jake Raterman is Paul San Marco in ‘A Chorus Line’

Jake Raterman plays Paul San Marco in A Chorus Line. He panics when director/choreographer Zack asks him about his life. The musical is set in 1975, and coming out was considerably more difficult and risky than it is today (not that it’s exactly easy now).  As Paul, Raterman has one of the longer monologues in the musical. Please go here for Jake’s stage and other credits.



Anna Reed is Kristine Urich in ‘A Chorus Line’

Anna Reed plays the part of Kristine Urich in A Chorus Line. Reed’s character is actually married to another of the auditioners, Al DeLuca (played by Noah Lynch). But whereas Al is confident and outgoing, Kristine is hesitant, tense and almost introverted. She stands by her husband for constant support and is so flustered that he often has to complete her sentences. You will find the rest of Anna’s profile here.



Jo Reed is Kathy Brenner in Lab’s parody of ‘The Birds’

Jo Reed plays Kathy Brenner (and a bird) in the Laboratory Theater of Florida’s spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 iconic horror film The Birds. This is Jo’s first production at the Lab, but expect to see her in more shows going forward. Reed is a student at Bonita Middle.



River Reed plays Les in ‘Newsies’

River Reed plays the part of Les in Newsies for The Belle Theatre. He has been acting since the age of six, appearing in productions at numerous Southwest Florida venues, including the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Cultural Park Theater, Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers Theatre, Lab Theater and Melody Lane Performing Arts Center.



Daniel Sabiston has funny costumes, hilarious scenes in ‘The Birds: A Parody’

Daniel Sabiston appears in various roles for Lab Theater in its summer spoof, The Birds: A Parody, including a beleaguered and exasperated clapperboard tech who identifies takes and scenes to facilitate film and audio post-production synchronization. His scenes and costumes are some of the funniest in the show.

Go here to see Daniel’s previous roles and other credits.



Sue Schaffel playing role of Lydia Brenner in Lab’s spoof of ‘The Birds’

Sue Schaffel never misses a Lab Theater summer spoof, so in June she’s portraying Lydia Brenner in Lab Theater’s parroty of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror film The Birds. “I remember seeing this movie, The Birds, years and years and years ago, and it scared the daylights out of me,” says Schaffel. “I thought, well at least it’s a parody. It’ll be funny … dada dada da.” Schaffel’s stage credits include The Complete Story of America (Abridged), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, Norma Desmond in the Lab Theater parody Sunset Schmoulevard, Blanche DuBois in Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody and Velma in Hush Up Sweet Charlotte for Lab Theater. Go here to read up on all of Schaffel’s stage and film credits.



Alicia Schwartz plays Estella in ‘Clark Gable Slept Here’

If you like Rosie Perez’s comedic work (It Could Happen to You, HBO’s The Flight Attendant: Where Else You’ve Seen the Cast), then you’ll love Alicia Schwartz’s performance for The Studio Players in Clark Gable Slept Here. Through the character of Estella, playwright Michael McKeever satirizes the stereotypical Latina hotel maid, and, in that guise, Schwartz delivers in rapid-fire bursts of staccato Spanish an absolutely hilarious explanation of just what she saw when she entered Patrick Zane’s hotel room and found the naked body of a dead male hooker, not once, but twice, before it’s revealed that she’s also fluent in English and running her own little scam. Schwartz is making her Studio Players’ debut with the role. She previously played Kate Dillon in Good People for The Marco Players. A retired nurse, Alicia shares that she’s come late in life to the world of theater, but this role portends that she’s capable of more and even better roles.



Hazel Tracey plays cut dancer, understudies three roles in ‘A Chorus Line’

Hazel Tracy is cast as a cut dancer in A Chorus Line. In the original Broadway musical, there were three, Lois Dilettente, a ballerina who could not make it through the jazz combination, Tricia, who was in a touring company but not a Broadway show, and Vicki Vickers, a pretty California blond who hasn’t had any ballet training or done any Broadway shows. In A Chorus Line, cut dancers have another important role. Go here for the rest of this Spotlight.



Perry Ventro plays Jarrod ‘Hilly’ Hilliard in ‘Clark Gable Slept Here’

Perry Ventro plays Hilly in Clark Gable Slept Here. As action film star Patrick Zane’s manager, Ventro’s character, Jarrod “Hilly” Hilliard is the one who draws attention to and excoriates the Hollywood mindset in which the means – any means – justify the end of protecting the image of superstar actors because they are, after all  “multinational enterprise … a billion-dollar industry that impacts the lives of thousands of people … a billion dollar industry that has been carefully and methodically cultivated over the past two decades until it was honed into the well-run, well-respected, possibly award-winning brand ….” You will find the rest of this profile here.



Julian Viacava plays Greg Gardner in ‘A Chorus Line’

Julian Viacava plays Greg Gardner in Fort Myers Theater’s production of A Chorus Line. In answer to the director’s questions, Greg relates one of the funnier stories in the entire show. It seems that when he was called on in school by the teacher, he’d invariably have an erection. To avoid humiliation, he’d tell the teach he couldn’t due to a pain in his side. When walking down the hall, he’d have to have to pile his books in front of him to hide the bulge in his pants. The rest of this Spotlight is here.



Marianna Young plays Medda Larking in ‘Newsies’

Marianna Young plays the part of Medda Larking in Newsies for Belle Theatre. Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice. Go here for Marianna’s stage credits.



Holly Zammerilla plays Mrs. MacGruder and Bundy for Lab in ‘The Birds: A Parody’

Holly Bogert Zammerilla plays multiple roles (Mrs. MacGruder, Mrs. Bundy and, of course, a bird) for Lab Theater in its 2022 summer spoof of The Birds. She made her stage debut in Lab Theater’s 2019 Christmas Show Let Nothing You Dismay, where she played Noreen, Charlotte and Bubbie.

Go here to view the rest of Holly’s stage credits.





Dana Alvarez directing ‘Newsies’ for The Belle Theatre

Dana Alvarez is the Director of Theatre Education at The Belle Theatre in Cape Coral. She has directed more than 25 major musicals, including three Disney pilot productions. Her most recent directorial projects include School of RockThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Peter Pan. She is currently directing Newsies the Musical.

You can view all of Dana’s theatrical credits here.



Sami Doherty choreographing ‘Newsies’ for new Belle Theatre

Sami Doherty is choreographing Newsies the Musical, which opens on June 10th at the news Belle Theatre in Cape Coral. The show promises to be a blockbuster, and not only reflects Doherty’s energetic and inspirational choreography and uncompromising attention to detail, but the entire cast had the benefit of a one-day workshop with Cape Coral native Michael Fatica, who was in the cast of the original Broadway production. And tap dance fans are especially in for a treat. “King of New York” is worth the price of the ticket on its own. For more on Sami’s impressive and extensive acting, dance and choreography credits:



Peyton McCarthy stage manages ‘Newsies” for The Belle Theatre

Peyton McCarthy is stage managing Newsies for the new Belle Theatre in Cape Coral. McCarthy is learning both sides of the footlights. On the acting side, her stage credits include Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (For Myers Theatre, 2022), Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Fort Myers Theatre, 2021), Dr. Harriman in Mind Games, Mother in Yellow Boat, and Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.




Spotlight on Fort Myers’ Ward 1 art hub at Billy Bowlegs Park

The Fort Myers Public Art Committee has been establishing art hubs in each of the City’s six wards using in the 23 Edgardo Carmona sculptures that the City purchased in August of 2018. One such art hub is Billy Bowlegs Park and Sports Complex in Ward 1. This past November, it became the permanent home of Al Galope or The Horse at the request of Councilperson Teresa Watkins Brown.

The term art hub refers to a location that is already or which is intended to become either a cultural, business or residential destination. Billy Bowlegs Park and Sports Complex is unquestionably a residential destination. Go here for the rest of this story.



Spotlight on Fort Myers’ Ward 2 art hub at Urban Community Farm

The City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee has been establishing art hubs in each of the City’s six wards using the 23 Edgardo Carmona sculptures that the City purchased in August of 2018. One such art hub is the Urban Community Farm which is located in Ward 2 a block south of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Barden and Flint Streets.

It may seem strange at first blush to establish an art hub at a farm, but Urban Community Farm is actually the perfect choice. The term art hub refers to a location that is already or which is intended to become either a cultural, business or residential destination. Urban Community Farm is all three.

Go here for the rest of this report.



Spotlight on Fort Myers’ Ward 4 art hub at the Collaboratory

The City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee has been establishing art hubs in each of the City’s six wards using the 23 Edgardo Carmona sculptures that the City purchased in August of 2018. One such art hub is the Collaboratory, which is located in Ward 4 at 2031 Jackson Street adjacent to the Fort Myers Fire Department’s main station. At the behest of City Councilman Liston Bochette and the request of the Collaboratory, the PAC relocated Carmona’s Ribbon Routine (Ena En La Plaza) to the plaza facing west toward the Lee Tran/Greyhound Bus Station. Go here to read more.





Spotlight on Fort Myers’ Ward 4 art hub at The Franklin Shops on First

The Fort Myers Public Art Committee has been establishing art hubs in each of the City’s six wards using in the 23 Edgardo Carmona sculptures that the City purchased in August of 2018. One such art hub is The Franklin Shops on First in Ward 4. On April 25th, the Committee moved Nagacion A Baco or Two Drunks on a Bench in front of The Franklin Shops on First, which is an ideal art hub partner. You will find the rest of this Spotlight here.



‘Rachel at the Well’ in need of a sponsor

The City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee is looking for a sponsor for The Spirit of Fort Myers. Popularly known as Rachel at the Well, she’s the Grecian maiden pouring water from an urn who greets residents and visitors entering Edison Park from McGregor Boulevard. The maiden turned 96 this past April 8th.  While most, if not all other sculptures created a century ago were chiseled from a block of granite, marble or some other stone, Rachel is made of stone substitute applied in layers over a skeleton frame. You will find the rest of this story here.





Belle Theatre’s ‘Newsies’ joyful, uplifting song-and-dance extravaganza

Newsies the Musical is coming to Cape Coral’s newest playhouse, the Belle Theater on Santa Barbara Boulevard. Adapted for the stage from the popular Disney film, Newsies features a poignant book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Kinky Boots: The Musical), lyrics by Jack Feldman (Thumbelina, Pretty in Pink), music by legendary composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and choreography from Melody Lane’s own Sami Doherty. Inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, Newsies is a joyful, uplifting and highly entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together to stand against injustice.

The rest of this advance is here.

And go here for play dates, times and ticket information.



Hear about Belle Theatre’s ‘Newsies’ on WGCU

Newsies Director Dana Alvarez knows why audiences of all ages love Newsies. “It’s just full of these high-intensity dance numbers, a lot of energetic harmonies and a storyline they can really wrap their heads around. So you mention Newsies and a lot of people have seen the movie or they saw the show [on Broadway] or they listened to the soundtrack and it really has a score that captures people.” With a book by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Kinky Boots: The Musical), the storyline and characters demand a youth-centric cast, and Alvarez has put together the perfect assemblage of area talent. Listen to the rest of this preview on WGCU.



‘A Chorus Line’ plays at Fort Myers Theatre June 18-26

Fort Myers Theatre brings A Chorus Line to Southwest Florida June 18th through the 26th. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, this stunning concept musical captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition.

The full advance is here.

And go here for play dates, times and a full cast list.



Lab Theater’s eagerly-anticipated June parody is Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’

The Laboratory Theater of Florida Season 14 summer season opens June 3 with the world premiere of The Birds: A Parody. This laugh-out-loud spoof of the classic Alfred Hitchcock horror-thriller film features the inhabitants of Bodega Bay, California who inexplicably fall prey to violent attack by thousands of rampaging birds.

You can read the rest of this advance here.

And go here for play dates, times and ticket information.



Peep thrills are coming to the Laboratory Theater with a ‘parroty’ of ‘The Birds’

The Laboratory Theater of Florida celebrates the coming of summer each year by spoofing a famous Hollywood movie. This year, it’s Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror film “The Birds.” Naples actor Sue Schaffel plays Lydia Brenner, who was portrayed in the movie by Jessica Tandy. She had misgivings when artistic director Annette Trossbach told her that Lab’s doing a take off on “The Birds in June.

“I remember seeing this movie, “The Birds,” years and years and years ago, and it scared the daylights out of me,” said Schaffel. “And I thought, omigosh, when Annette comes up with this idea of we’re going to do a parody of “The Birds.” I thought, well at least it’s a parody. It’ll be funny … dada dada da.”

Listen to the story on WGCU hereOr go here to read the full story.



‘Clark Gable Slept Here’ big on laughs, wit and biting sarcasm

The Studio Players bring Clark Gable Slept Here to the Joan Jenks stage at Golden Gate Community Center June 3-19. Directed by Scott Lilly, the play stars Danielle Channell, Perry Ventro, Luke Lauchle, Alicia Schwartz and Ricky Shafer.

It is the night of the Golden Globes, and superstar Patrick Zane is on the red carpet with his wife. He’s nominated for “Best Actor” for a role he played in his latest action film. As Zane charms his way through the awards ceremony, his staff is attempting to put out a red hot dumpster fire. You see, the maid’s found the body of a male prostitute on the bedroom floor in Zane’s suite at Hollywood’s historic Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. The rest of this advance is here.

And go here for play dates, times and ticket information.

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