HOLIDAY DOUBLE CHEER
MEET THE CAST AND CREW
Tate Albert (COUSIN RAY FARRELL/HANK) Tate is a seasoned actor who favorite shows have included Noises Off!, Footloose the Musical, and Oleanna. He also works at HT on the technical side in lighting and sound design. Tate was last seen on stage playing percussion for Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree. His next show will be in early 2023 as Clown #1 in The 39 Steps at Black Mountain Center for the Arts.
Dave Bates (MUSIC DIRECTOR) Dave is a pianist, songwriter and playwright. His produced works include the political satire Confetti and the Johnny Appleseed inspired Apples, both produced at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill; the biographical drama Scott and Zelda, produced at Wings Theatre, off-off-Broadway; the Zen fable Kanzan and Jittoko, student production at The Asheville School; Birds of a Feather, adapted from the Greek comedy The Birds, produced at TheatreUNCA; and Stonewall, set in the notorious Greenwich Village gay bar, workshopped in Manhattan with Aaron Grant Productions. Most recently Dave presented the musical revue Seven Singers Singing at the Magnetic Theatre in Asheville.
Kailey Blasius (CARROLL “LING-LING” LING) Kailey is very excited to be part of this truly amazing cast! She is a Hendersonville-based actress who has been making her way back into the theater scene after a break for a few years. She was last seen The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Always A Bridesmaid. She wants to thank her mom for always supporting her and her dog for putting up with her practicing at home!
Sahara Calderhead (QUERYL “MISS Q” POMERANTZ) Sahara is enjoying her second show at Hendersonville Theatre! She is so glad to have found a community that helps her express her creative side. Thank you Beth for believing in me! Enjoy the show!
Rowan Duncan (JEAN-PHILLIPPE) Rowan Duncan is an actor and storyteller from Greenville, SC who is thrilled to be returning to the Hendersonville stage. Rowan studied theatre at North Greenville University and loves to act, direct, and costume design. Some of Rowan’s favorite roles have been the Writer in Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor, George Handel in Joyful Noise, Man 2 in Songs for a New World, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. They were last seen at HT in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Casey Edwards (GARRETT THE FERRET) Casey Edwards is an Asheville-based vocalist, scholar, and educator who has a master’s degrees in both music and library science. As a musician, he focuses on the tenor art song repertoire, and as a librarian, he focuses on archival music manuscripts. Recently, he was selected as a 2022 BMC Radio Artist for his work using archival items from the collections at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. He currently works as a reference librarian at AB Tech and as a chorister at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville.
Leisa Foronda (CAROL ANN FARRELL) Leisa is thrilled to be back on HT’s stage. She made her Hendersonville debut earlier this year in Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree. She is relatively new to Western North Carolina, having moved from St. Petersburg, where she was a kindergarten teacher. In Florida, she was active in St Pete City Theater and on a shuffleboard team. Moving to WNC during a pandemic has given Leisa plenty of time to take care of the animals on her mother’s farm and of herself on the yoga mat.
Shanna Greenlee (CAR’L “THE NOISE” AKA “NOYESY” NOYES) Shanna Greenlee is excited to be making her Hendersonville Theatre debut. Her past roles include ensemble in Hairspray, Miss Shields in A Christmas Story The Musical, Atina in The Little Mermaid, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and Mrs. Phelps in Matilda The Musical. Shanna is honored to work with such an amazing cast, director, and production team. She would like to thank her family for their support, especially her daughter, Jada, who is her inspiration.
Matilyn Hull (CHOREOGRAPHER) Matilyn has been involved in the WNC theatre scene for 8 years now as an actor, dancer, and choreographer. Earlier this season, she choreographed Hendersonville Theatre’s Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree. She could be seen on the Hendersonville Theatre stage as Kari in Always A Bridesmaid, Jean in August: Osage County, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, and Betsy/Lindsay in Clybourne Park. Her favorite roles include Megan in Bloodbath: Victoria’s Secret (The Magnetic Theatre), Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Haywood Arts Regional Theatre), Susan in Wait Until Dark (Brevard Little Theatre), and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Montford Park Players). Matilyn thanks you, the audience, for supporting local theatre!
Maddison McMahan (KARIL “KITTY” KITTERIDGE) Maddison has been itching to get back on stage for quite some time. She last played the role of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Asheville Community Theater in 2011. Prior to community theater, she was a regular in many shows at NC State University Theater, including Into the Woods (Little Red), Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise) and Godspell among others. She is thankful to her loving and supportive husband and sons for allowing her to take a place in the spotlight again.
Beth Norris (DIRECTOR) Beth Norris is a native to Hendersonville and has been active with Hendersonville Theatre for over ten years, since the days at the barn on State Street. Since graduating from North Greenville University with a degree in Theatre Performance in 2015, she has directed here at HT as well as theatres in Brevard and Greenville. Her favorite directorial endeavors have been August: Osage County at HT and Christmas Belles at BLT. Her love for theatre stems from her love of personal growth, as each production she encounters, whether as an actor or director, presents new challenges to overcome and new ways to stretch as an artist and person. This show has been no different. There have been numerous challenges to overcome and she could not be more proud of her cast and crew for all the hard work, time, energy and passion they have put in to make this production successful.
Jeanne O’Connor (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) Jeanne is no stranger to the stage. She became Gingy in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, right here in the Hendersonville Theatre. She was Helga in Death Trap and an interfering mom in Virtually in Love at the Brevard Theatre. A few of the plays she appeared in in Florida include Little Women, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Prime of Miss Jeanne Brody, Mousetrap and Second Time Around. Jeanne has also acted as stage manager, crew, dresser, light and spot op. Add to that a variety of commercials including Wells Fargo, Florida Power and Light, NBC and Fifth Third Bank to name a few. She is very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Beth as her Assistant Director.
Steve Stay (THOR) Steve got his start in several summers of community musical theater as a teen, then played Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing in college. He is returning to theater after a 16-year hiatus, during which he got married, earned a masters degree in counseling, had four kids, lived in Doha, Qatar for eight years, and traveled the world. His latest adventures include working as a registrar and executive assistant at Christ School in Arden, NC; volunteering with refugees in Asheville; and volunteering to help lead the men’s group in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arden.
Sabrina Rockwell (STAGE MANAGER) Sabrina’s first show was working on the backstage crew for Cabaret and she was instantly bitten by the theater bug. From there, she’s done everything from running lights and sound to stage managing and directing. Sabrina is beyond delighted to work with the cast and crew of this show at Hendersonville Theater.
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UPCOMING SHOWS & EVENTS
Hendersonville Theatre is proud to launch its 2023 Hometown Sound Music Series with Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues! Alabama Blues Hall of Fame member Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn’t playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. After retiring from show business to be an organic farmer, Mac is back with his own band and a “plate full” of CDs, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.
Original Work’s title will be announced in fall of 2022. Hendersonville Theatre is dedicated to the development of local playwrights, and to the production of innovative new work. Join us as we present our first production developed here in Hendersonville. This world premiere of a new play has been specifically chosen for our audience and our region.
Savannah Sipping Society is a delightful comedy where four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.
Rock of Ages takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This jukebox musical features all of your favorite ‘80s rock anthems and power ballads from bands including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more.
In Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung.