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PCS Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 18 January 2012

One of my favorite parts about working here at PCS is getting to meet all of the incredibly talented actors who are cast in our productions. While some of these actors call Portland home, many are cast from around the country and come to Portland for only a few months, specifically to rehearse and perform in a specific production here at PCS. It’s amazing to watch how quickly each cast bonds together to form a family of sorts, a “home away from home.” So, not surprisingly, it’s always a little bittersweet when a production closes. It’s slightly sad knowing that, within a day or two, out-of-town cast members will have packed up their belongings and said goodbye to Portland; luckily, it helps knowing that a brand new cast will soon be arriving in town, ready to bring the Rehearsal Hall back to life.  
In a totally non-creepy way, we love to keep tabs on our PCS actors after they’ve left Portland. Where are they now? What are they doing? Have they been cast in any awesome productions? As it turns out, some of our very recent alumni have just scored some very blog-worthy theater gigs. We couldn’t be prouder!
Gavin Gregory, who played “Coalhouse Walker” in 2009’s Ragtime and “Mitch Mahoney” in 2010’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, was recently cast at the understudy to Norm Lewis (“Porgy”), Philip Boykin (“Crown”) and Nathaniel Stampley (“Robbins”) in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which just opened on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre last week  - to rave reviews!
Speaking of Porgy and Bess, Sumayya Ali, who was in this season’s opening musical Oklahoma!, was also recently cast in the same Broadway production as the understudy to Audra McDonald (“Bess”). Sumayya is featured on the right in the photo below, singing "Many a New Day" in Oklahoma!.
Several other Oklahoma! cast members have also been cast in new productions after leaving Portland in October.
Jarran Muse, who played “Will,” is in the first national tour of American Idiot, which just opened in Toronto on December 28. It’ll be making a Pacific Northwest stop in Seattle this June! Marisha Wallace, who played Jarran’s onstage love interest “Ado Annie” (and was also in last season's One Night with Janis Joplin), just landed her first off-Broadway show, Sistas: the Musical.
Last but not least, Rodney Hicks, who played “Curly,” is now starring as Heywood in a three-city tour of the Broadway hit The Scottsboro Boys. It opens this week at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and will continue on to San Diego’s The Old Globe Theatre and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.



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