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Sweeney Todd’s Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 29 August 2012

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    
 
Cast:
 
Sweeney Todd........................................................Aloysius Gigl*
 
Mrs. Lovett............................................................Gretchen Rumbaugh*
 
Anthony Hope.......................................................Louis Hobson*
 
Johanna............................................................... Rita Markova*
 
Tobias Ragg...........................................................Eric Little  
 
Judge Turpin.........................................................Matthew Alan Smith*
 
The Beadle.............................................................Martin C. Hurt*       
 
Beggar Woman......................................................Michele Ragusa*
 
Adolfo Pirelli......................................................... Eric Scott Kincaid*
 
Jonas Fogg.............................................................Tim Smith    
 
Ensemble...............................................................Bruce Blanchard*
 
Ensemble...............................................................Matthew Hayward*
 
Ensemble...............................................................Robert Koutras*  
 
Ensemble...............................................................Dru Rutledge*      
 
Ensemble...............................................................Nicole Tori*               
 
Ensemble...............................................................Leah Yorkston*    
 
 
 
Creative Team:
 
Director..................................................................Chris Coleman
 
Scenic Designer.......................................................William Bloodgood
 
Costume Designer....................................................Jeff Cone
 
Lighting Designer....................................................Diane Ferry Williams
 
Sound Designer.......................................................Casi Pacilio
 
Musical Director......................................................Rick Lewis
 
Dialect Coach..........................................................Mary McDonald-Lewis
 
Fight Director.........................................................John Armour
 
Casting..................................................................Harriet Bass
 
Stage Manager........................................................Mark Tynan*
 
Assistant Stage Manager..........................................Emily N. Wells*
 
Production Assistant................................................Lydia Comer
 
 

Orchestra:
 
Conductor...............................................................Rick Lewis
 
Piano/Keyboards......................................................Jeffrey Childs
 
Bass........................................................................Sean Vinson
 
Percussion...............................................................Ben Wasson
 
Violin......................................................................Mary Rowell
 
Cello........................................................................Dale Tolliver
 
Trumpet..................................................................Clark Rust
 
French Horn.............................................................Amy Vaillancourt-Sals  
 
Trombone.................................................................Al Torres
 
Reed I.......................................................................Eryn Vercammen
 
Reed II......................................................................Ward Baxter
 
Reed II......................................................................Lee Elderton  
 
 
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 

Cast Biographies:
 
 
Bruce Blanchard (Ensemble) Bruce most recently played Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaperone at Broadway Rose Theatre. Portland credits include Ripper (John Pizer/Willy) at Broadway Rose, The Secret Garden (Archibald) at Lakewood Theatre, Death of a Salesman (Biff) at Artist Repertory Theatre, Eating Raoul at Live on Stage, The Mikado (Pish Tush) at Mock's Crest, Lancelot with the Oregon Symphony, and Kiss me Kate (Fred Graham/Petruchio) at the Musical Theatre Company. National credits include Hello Dolly! with Carol Channing (First National Tour, Broadway, Nominated for a Tony), Forever Plaid (Broadway, Detroit, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Johanesburg, South Africa), Forbidden Broadway (National Tour, Off-Broadway), Opal at the Lambs Theatre and Off-Broadway (Outer Critic Award) and Les Miserables (Second National Tour, Broadway). Bruce also originated the role of Earnest Simpson in Only a Kingdom, playing opposite Sally Struthers and Crista Moore. He also directed Bell, Book & Candle at Lakewood Theatre. Television credits include Grimm, Leverage, As the World Turns and All My Children. Bruce can also be seen in local commercials with Les Schwab, ADP and Fred Meyer. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi and B.S. in History from Corban College.
 
Aloysius Gigl (Sweeney Todd) Aloysius is thrilled to portray Sweeney in Portland Center Stage’s production of Sweeney Todd. This fulfills a dream which Aloysius has had since the age of 18, when he first purchased the original Broadway cast recording and began to imagine the excitement of portraying Sondheim’s Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Since receiving his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, Aloysius has enjoyed a diverse career. Highlights include Ragtime (Mother’s Younger Brother), A Little Night Music (Carl-Magnus), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon-Theseus), Jane Eyre (St. John Rivers), The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), The Royal Family (Tony Cavendish), A Child’s Garden (Robert Lewis Stevenson), Legally Blonde (Professor Callahan), As You Like It (Orlando), Les Miserables (Enjolras), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), A View from the Bridge (Rodolfo) and The Waves (Neville). Film and television credits include Forrest Gump, Law & Order and One Life to Live. Aloysius thanks his partner, family, friends and agents at CGF Talent for their tremendous love and support.
 
Matthew Hayward (Ensemble) Matthew Hayward is an award-winning operatic baritone who has sung leading roles at major opera houses and appeared with orchestras and in concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. While maintaining his career in the classical music industry, he has been touted for his “shining vocal beauty" and dramatic versatility. He is thrilled to be making his Portland Center Stage debut as a company member in Sweeney Todd.  Since moving to Portland from New York City in 2009, he has appeared in the last two seasons at Portland Opera, sung the world premiere concert of composer Libby Larsen’s Moabit Sonnets, and been seen as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance at Opera Idaho and as Pélleas in Opera Theater Oregon’s adaptation of Debussy’s Pélleas et Mélisande. He is a faculty member in the Voice Department at PSU and runs Vox Northwest, a private voice studio in Sellwood, with his wife, mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh.

 

Louis Hobson (Anthony Hope) This is Louis' Portland Center Stage debut! He is a Seattle native who originated the role of the Doctor in the original Broadway cast of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Next to Normal (cast album). Broadway/cast album credits include Bonnie & Clyde (Ted Hinton), The People in the Picture (Dr. Goldblum) and the Tony Award-nominated musical Leap of Faith.  Recent developmental works include Kiki Baby (Maladin), Carrie (Mr. Stephens), A Room with a View (George), Stunt Girl (Arthur), Gay Bride of Frankenstein (Dr. Shocker) and the Off-Broadway-bound Bare (Priest).  Select regional credits include Hair (Claude), Miss Saigon (Chris), Evita (Che), Assassins (Czolgosz), My Fair Lady (Freddy), Stupid Kids (Neechee), Pippin (Pippin), West Side Story (Tony), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Brad) and Cabaret (Cliff).  Love to Noreen, Gwen, Thomas, Charlie and Mo.
 
Martin C. Hurt (The Beadle) Martin C. Hurt, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is excited to be a part of Portland Center Stage's 25th season! Most recently he appeared as Amos Hart in Chicago at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois. He has toured nationally in Cats (Old Deuteronomy), The Pajama Game (Hasler) and Strike Up The Band (Horace J. Fletcher). Other favorite roles performed regionally include Enoch Snow in Carousel; Vanderhoff in Promises, Promises; First Gangster in Kiss Me, Kate; Padre in Man of La Mancha; and Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Martin teaches professional private voice lessons in NYC and Madison, New Jersey, and serves on the voice faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
 
Eric Scott Kincaid (Adolfo Pirelli) Eric Scott Kincaid has appeared on Broadway in Aspects of Love and in the long-running hit Cats, where he played the role of Skimbleshanks, the "railway cat." He has also toured internationally as a featured vocal soloist with the concert venture The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, singing opposite Sarah Brightman. He has introduced young audiences to the music of Broadway as a guest performer for Rosie O’Donnell’s Broadway Kids, a program designed for New York City public schools, and has performed hundreds of private concerts at Lincoln Center in its Meet the Artist concert series in the Kaplan Penthouse. Regional credits include One Shining Moment (Bobby Kennedy) at Drury Lane Chicago, Cabaret (Emcee) at West Virginia Public, I Love My Wife (Alvin) at Downtown Cabaret Bridgeport, and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff-Raff) at Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Television credits include appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Eric received his B.A. from Northwestern University.
 
Robert Koutras (Ensemble) Robert is thrilled be back at Portland Center Stage after appearing here in Sunset Boulevard.  A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, he has been seen in the Off-Broadway company of Sessions, and toured the United States in The Full Monty and internationally in Grease.  He received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Leo Frank in the South Florida premiere of Parade. Other credits include Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) at Northern Stage, Footloose (Willard) at Carousel Dinner Theater, My Fair Lady (Freddy) at Arkansas Rep and As You Like It (Charles/Corin) at Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival. He holds a B.F.A. from Ithaca College.  Special thanks to Jim at BLOC, Randy and a wonderful family for all of their support.
 
Eric Little (Tobias Ragg) A Portland native, Eric is all a-thrill to be making his debut at Portland Center Stage in Sweeney Todd. Recent theatre credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (music director), A Very Merry PDX-mas and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) at Broadway Rose Theatre Company; Next to Normal (music director) at Artist's Repertory Theatre; and How I Became a Pirate (Jacques LaToe) and Alice & Wonderland: A Rock Opera (Tweedle Dee) at Oregon Children's Theatre. He received his B.A. in Music from St. Olaf College, and is an accompanist and vocal coach in Portland. Eric gives thanks to his family, Rick Lewis, Chris Coleman, and the Portland theater community for its support.
 
 
Rita Markova (Johanna) Rita Markova is thrilled to finally be on a long-awaited visit to Portland, and for such a good reason and in such great company! Off-Broadway/NYC credits include Homer's Odyssey (Nausicaa) at Bleecker Street, Something for the Boys (Mary-Frances) at Theatre Row and Hidden Sky (Beloved) at Prospect Theater. Regional credits include Fiddler on the Roof at Walnut Street Theatre (Tzeital; Barrymore Award nomination), Cats (Jellylorum) at Northern Stage, West Side Story (Maria) at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Into the Woods (Cinderella) and Guys and Dolls (Sarah) at Virginia Rep, Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo) and Titanic (Kate Mullins).  Recent concerts include With a Song in My Heart at Society Hill Playhouse.  Film credits include Living the Dream (Lead). Love and congrats to Lev and Kristin! www.ritamarkova.com
 
Michele Ragusa (Beggar Woman) Michele was last seen on Broadway as Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein, succeeding Megan Mullally. Broadway credits include Urinetown, Ragtime, A Class Act, Titanic and Cyrano. Other New York credits include Adrift In Macao at Primary Stages (Lortel/Drama League nomination and Barrymore Award). National tours include Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) and West Side Story (Maria). Regional credits include Into The Woods (The Witch) at Kansas City Rep; Kiss Me, Kate (Kate) and She Loves Me (Amalia) at Paper Mill Playhouse; Singing In The Rain (Lina) at The Muny; Company (Sarah) at Geva Theatre; Annie (Miss Hannigan) at Theater Under the Stars; Bad Dates (Haley) and Noises Off (Belinda) at Studio Arena; Guys and Dolls (Adelaide/Rabin Award) and South Pacific (Nellie) at Dallas Theatre Center; Side…Sondheim at Berkshire Theatre Festival; My Fair Lady (Eliza) at Westbury/Valley Forge with Michael Moriarty; Lend Me A Tenor (Maria) at Portland Stage; Me and My Girl (Jacquie) at Goodspeed; Nunsense (Sr. Amnesia) at Sacramento Music Circus; and The Phantom of the Opera (Christine) at the Jupiter Theatre/Artpark. www.micheleragusa.com
 
Gretchen Rumbaugh (Mrs. Lovett) Gretchen Rumbaugh has led a very theatrical life.  Many stages, many lives, many friendships. Her career has blessed her with fascinating opportunities to portray real women as diverse as Mae West, Patsy Cline, Leona Helmsley and most recently (here in Portland at the PCPA) Ann Landers, in the theatrical format of the one-woman show. Other favorite roles include Mama Rose in Gypsy, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Shirley Valentine and Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera. She created the role of Wendy in the original Seattle production of the huge, world-wide hit, Angry Housewives.  In Portland, Gretchen created, co-produces (with Musical Director, Darcy White), and is Lead Chantoozie of the long-running, monthly professional singer showcase Cabaret Chanteuse at Tony Starlight's Supperclub.  She just, quite delightedly, made her Broadway Rose debut as the Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone.
 
Dru Rutledge (Ensemble) Dru Rutledge is very excited to be making her Portland Center Stage debut in Sweeney Todd! Dru arrived in Portland in 2009, after receiving her Masters in Opera Performance in her home state of Kansas. Some of Dru’s recent credits include Gianetta in The Gondoliers at Mocks Crest, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Laurey in Oklahoma! at Clackamas Repertory Theatre. Dru recently wrapped up a three-month tour of Hansel and Gretel with Portland Opera To Go (POGO) and is excited to perform with POGO next season in The Magic Flute. Since moving to Portland, Dru has also performed with Bob Mensel and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus on their holiday concert, Jingle Bell Swing. Many thanks to Chris and Rick for this amazing opportunity, this incredibly talented cast and my wonderful, crazy family!
 
Matthew Alan Smith (Judge Turpin) Matthew is thrilled to be making his debut at PCS during the 25th anniversary season. Theater credits include HairsprayOn The Twentieth Century, Boys from Syracuse, Of Thee I Sing (Muhlenberg SMT, PA), Grey Gardens (Civic Theatre, PA), Cowboy Cafe (Mill Mountain, VA), Gunmetal Blues (PA Stage Company), Hercules (New Amsterdam), 101 Dalmatians (Radio City Music Hall) and Pocahontas (Central Park). He worked with three-time, Tony Award-winning director Thommie Walsh on The All Night Strut, Some Enchanted Evening and Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson). Other credits include LA Opera, LA Master Chorale, the 2008 ESPY Awards with Justin Timberlake, and Disneyland, where he sang with the world famous Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet. Matthew can also be heard on the movie soundtrack recordings of Robots, The Fountain and the Academy Award-winning Happy Feet.  He wants to thank his friends and family for all of their love and support.
 
Tim Smith (Jonas Fogg) Sweeney Todd marks Tim’s first appearance with Portland Center Stage. After studying musical theater at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Tim worked professionally in the Chicago area for 16 years. Favorite roles include Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency, Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy and, here in Portland, The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (Drammy Award) and Roger Debris in The Producers. He has toured internationally with the U.S.O. from Iceland to the Sinai Desert, and on the sea as a featured soloist aboard Cunard Cruise Line’s flagship the Queen Elizabeth II. Tim thanks Chris Coleman and Rick Lewis for this great opportunity.
 

Nicole Tori (Ensemble) Nicole Tori is thrilled to be making her Portland Center Stage debut in her favorite show of all time. Tours include The Sound of Music (Sister Sophia with Atlanta Theater of the Stars and Frau Schmidt with Broadway Asia) and Fiddler on the Roof  (Atlanta Theater of the Stars). Favorite regional credits include Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), Calling: An Opera of Forgiveness (Mother) and La Mama, ETC . Opera credits include La Boheme (Musetta), Ariadne auf Naxos (Naiad) and L'Elisir d'Amore in Italy. She is so grateful to PCS and Harriet Bass Casting for this amazing opportunity. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Michelle and Rob for their endless love and support. www.nicoletori.com
 
 
Leah Yorkston (Ensemble) Leah Yorkston is thrilled to join the cast of Sweeney Todd and make her Portland Center Stage debut. Portland credits include The Sound of Music (Maria), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Narrator), G.I. Holiday Jukebox and Evita at Broadway Rose Theater; Betty Haynes in White Christmas at Lakewood Theater; Gracie! A Musical Adventure with Triangle Productions; Heartbeatings at CoHo Theater; Wildspace a Go Go with WSAGG Productions; and Penny in The Beggars Opera at Opera Theater of Oregon. 
 
 
 
 
 
Creative Team Biographies:
 
Chris Coleman (Director) Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. In the 12 years of his leadership, the Express grew from a shoestring operation to one of the most highly regarded small theaters in the country.  At PCS, recent direction includes Oklahoma!, Anna Karenina (world premiere adaptation), Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, The Chosen, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Grey Gardens, Crazy Enough, The Importance of Being Earnest, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, The Beard of Avon and The Little Dog Laughed.  He also made his Portland acting debut in Opus.  Chris has directed at major theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore. A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He has long been a public advocate for the arts, both locally and nationally. From 1998 – 2004 he served on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for professional theaters, and he currently chairs the Creative Advocacy Network board. Since moving to Oregon, Chris has skied down Mt. Hood, rappelled in The Dalles, climbed a ropes course in Eastern Washington, kayaked down the Rogue, biked through most neighborhoods of the city and hiked all over the state. Chris’s favorite things about Portland:  farmer’s markets, Timbers games, Salt & Straw ice cream, zoo concerts, dog parks, food carts, and cars that stop for pedestrians.

William Bloodgood (Scenic Design) William returns to Portland Center Stage for his eleventh production, having previously designed the scenery for The Cripple of Inishmann (2000), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2004), Misalliance (2007), The Beard of Avon and Twelfth Night (2008), Snow Falling on Cedars (2010), An Iliad (2010) and Oklahoma! (2011).  William has designed for many regional theaters in the U.S. and abroad, including Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the U.K., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Denver Center Theatre Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and especially for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Recently he designed the United States National Exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design.  He teaches at the University of Texas in Austin.
 
Jeff Cone (Costume Designer) This is Jeff’s thirteenth season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for 52 productions. Of those shows, 31 have been in the last five seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars and The Imaginary Invalid. Jeff received Drammy awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde and Act A Lady. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
Diane Ferry Williams (Lighting Designer) Diane Ferry Williams is, as always, pleased to be returning to Portland. Diane is the resident lighting designer at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago and has also worked for many other theaters around the country, including The Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, The Goodspeed, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, ACT Seattle, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Hubbard Street and Regional Dance America.  International work includes The Harlem Gospel Singers in Paris and their European tour, and Die Shone Und Das Biest in Berlin and their European tour. She has also lit several national tours and the premiere of Don’t Stop the Carnival by Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, four Drammy awards (the most recent being for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and seven Jeff nominations.  Diane holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.
 
Casi Pacillio (Sound Designer) Casi feels so lucky to be in Portland, working at one of the best regional theaters and doing a job she loves. Portland Center Stage credits include; Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Chosen, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, The Pillowman, Act a Lady, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and seven seasons of JAW. Hand2Mouth Theatre credits are: My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and upcoming PEP TALK; Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre’s (National and international touring). Other theatrical credits include: I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls, Burning Deck (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include: Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s, fruit snacks.
 
Rick Lewis (Musical Director/Conductor) Previous PCS shows include Oklahoma!The Huntsmen (JAW), The Imaginary Invalid, Sunset Boulevard, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime (Drammy Award, Musical Director), Grey Gardens, A Christmas Carol (Composer), Guys and Dolls (Drammy Award), Cabaret, West Side Story (Drammy Award), The Fantasticks and Bat Boy. He is the creator of the hit off-Broadway musicals The Taffetas, Have a Nice Day!, The Cardigans (NYC Bistro Award, “Outstanding Musical Review”) and most recently A Taffeta Wedding. Rick was musical supervisor for the West Coast regional theater premier of Next to Normal at Artists Repertory Theatre. He was assistant conductor/vocal director for the pre-Broadway workshop of Cy Coleman’s The Life. He has musical directed for Alyssa Milano, Susan Egan, Michael Maguire, Jodi Benson, Debbie Gravitte and the late Allan Jones. Rick has written for Disney Live Family Entertainment, American Hawaii Cruises, American West Steamboat Company, American Classic Voyages and the Portland Spirit (Cinnamon Bear Cruise).  Rick is a private vocal coach, concentrating on musical theater audition and performance. www.rlewismusic.com.
 
Mary Mcdonald-Lewis (Dialect Coach) Mary McDonald-Lewis has been a professional artist since 1979. She resides in Portland and works nationally. She is dialect coach for Portland Center Stage, having coached Ragtime, Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline, the historic all African-American production of Oklahoma! and many more. She’s the series coach for the television shows Leverage and Grimm, and also coaches Once Upon a TimeBeing Human and films for Hallmark Hall of Fame. On stage, she has been found in everything from comedy to the classics, and was last seen onstage in You Can’t Take It With You for Anonymous Theatre. Voice acting is Mary Mac’s day job, and she’s been heard by millions in her commercial and animation work, from “Lady Jaye” on GI Joe to the calming voice of “Lunesta.” Mary holds her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Portland. She thanks Finnegan and Sullivan for always wagging their tails when she comes home.
 
John Armour (Violence Director) John has been choreographing violence for more than 20 years.  He is based in Portland, Oregon, where he choreographs for many local theater companies and teaches throughout the region at colleges, high schools and middle schools.  John's work has been seen regularly on stage at the Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, Oregon Children's Theater, Miracle Theater and many others in the Portland metropolitan area.  John’s work has twice been recognized within the Portland theater community for best fight design.
 
Mark Tynan (Stage Manager) Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, and act given life.  Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props, and you can imagine what Mark’s job is like.  Special thanks to the phenomenal PCS production assistants, Lydia Comer, Kelsey Daye and Kailyn McCord, who help keep the vision attainable. Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Manana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX).
 
Emily N. Wells (Assistant Stage Manager) Emily is in her second season at PCS and loves the work we do! Proud Equity member for 16 years spent in NYC, on tour and regionally. Broadway highlights include Electra, Swan Lake and Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway credits include at Adrift in Macao at Primary Stages; Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams with Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes; String of Pearls; Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky at Playwrights Horizons; and Summer of the Swans and Sarah, Plain & Tall at the Lucille Lortel. She has also managed readings and workshops for Playwrights Horizons, NAMT and North Shore Music Theatre. National tour credits include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Regionally, she has worked with Ordway Center, Ogunquit Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse and Theatreworks/USA, among others. In her spare time, Emily writes, directs, bakes, hikes, drinks coffee and raises funds for the Adult Congenital Heart Association. www.achaheart.org
 
Lydia Comer (Production Assistant) Lydia is grateful to be starting off her third season as a production assistant for PCS with Sweeney Todd.  Previously, Lydia was a production assistant for Black Pearl Sings! (as well as playing the prison guard), Red, The Santaland Diaries, The Real Americans, Opus, The Imaginary Invalid and An Illiad.  Lydia started at PCS as the audience recruiter for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  A recent graduate, Lydia received her B.F.A. in Theatre, specializing in production and management, from the University of Victoria. University credits include stage managing La Ronde and Romeo & Juliet. For the last two years of university, she also served as the assistant technical director and master electrician for her program. Lydia would especially like to thank Mark Tynan and Emily Wells as well as Jeremy Eisen, Kailyn McCord and Kelsey Daye-Lutz.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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