MEET THE CAST AND CREW
Kailey Blasius (Olive Ostrovsky) Kailey Blasius 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 taking a break for a few years. She was last seen as Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical and last year was in Always A Bridesmaid at Hendersonville Theatre. She wants to thank her mom for always supporting her and her dog for putting up with her practicing at home!
Juan Botero (Leaf Coneybear) Juan Felipe Botero was born in Colombia, where he began acting in neighborhood youth groups and later belonged to municipal theater corporations. He studied acting at the Efraín Arce Aragón Academy, which prompted him to participate in a reality show where he found that acting was his true passion. In 2018, he decided to settle for 2 years in Bogotá, a city that allowed him to establish himself as an actor in telenovelas, films and series nationwide. He came to the United States to focus on his career internationally and thus reach Hollywood and possibly win an Oscar for Best Actor.
Sahara Calderhead (William Barfee) Sahara is excited to be back on the stage after a 10 year hiatus. Her favorite previous roles include Cinderella in Into the Woods, Sandy in Grease, and Olive in Spelling Bee. She’s very excited to be playing William Barfee and bringing a unique spin to the role. Thank you Heather for allowing me to be a part of this cast. Welcome and E-N-J-O-Y!
Andrea Dennis (Rona Lisa Perretti & Olive’s Mom) Andrea Dennis has made most of her contributions to the stage from behind the scenes as a music director. She has directed at least 20 productions at Rugby Middle School including most recently Elf Jr. and Mary Poppins Jr. Andrea’s last stage performance was in 2006 playing Gertrude McFuzz in Hendersonville’s production of Seussical the Musical. She is the Orchestra Director at Rugby Middle School, and until the pandemic, at Asheville Symphony’s Youth Chamber orchestra. A Hendersonville native, Andrea enjoys spending time with her daughter, Violet, songwriting, hiking with her dog Leo, and drinking her morning coffee peacefully on the porch.
Rowan Duncan (Chip Tolentino, Jesus, Carl Dad, Olive’s Dad) Rowan Duncan is an actor and storyteller from Greenville, SC, who is thrilled to be joining the company of Spelling Bee. 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.
Wesley Ganey (Mitch Mahoney & Dan Dad) Wesley is making his acting debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. When not on stage, he is a technician at Big Adventures Kayaks in Fletcher. He currently lives in Hendersonville but is originally from Wilmington, NC.
Gary McClain (Vice Principal Panch) Over the past few years, Gary has rediscovered his love of community theater after doing weekend script readings for local playwrights. He’s last appeared in Hendersonville Theater’s Halloween show, Ghost Story and Terrifying Tales.
Beth Norris (Marcy Park) Beth Norris has been involved with Hendersonville Theatre since 2011, during which time she has served in several roles. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director for the theatre. Last seen on stage in 2018’s production of Love, Loss and What I Wore, she has since directed several productions in the Hendersonville and Brevard area. She is very much looking to get back on stage for her first love, performing. Thank you to Heather, Chuck and Elizabeth for all the love and encouragement as I navigated this new challenge!
Allison Starling (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere) Allison is excited to be returning to the Hendersonville Theatre stage. Her passions include musical theatre and theatre design which she hopes to continue to pursue. She graduated from North Greenville University in 2017 with a degree in theatre design with a focus in costume. She wants to thank Heather, Travis, Elizabeth, Chuck, and the entire team at Hendersonville Theatre for allowing her to be a part of all the fun. She especially wants to thank Heather for giving her the opportunity to check off one of her bucket list dream roles and for being such an incredible friend and mentor!
Pianist – Eric Fricke
Percussion – David Bruce
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Heather Denton (Director) Heather is very excited to direct this amazing cast in a show that she has dreamed about directing for over fifteen years! When not directing, she is the middle school theatre teacher at Rugby Middle School and enjoys reading, hiking, and laying on the beach. She would like to thank her amazing husband for his encouragement in all things and her amazing team, Elizabeth and Chuck, for their support and talents.
Chuck Taft (Music Director) Chuck is pleased to be returning to Hendersonville Theatre as Music Director once again. He currently serves as Director of University Chorale and Music Director and Conductor for the Reuter Center Singers at UNC Asheville, as Adjunct Faculty – Theatre Arts at Mars Hill University, as Director of the Givens Estates Choir, and as Music Director at First Congregational UCC – Asheville. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University and a Master of Music – Music and Worship degree specializing in Conducting from Lee University. He has worked with Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Asheville Community Theatre, BioFlyer Productions, the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the Asheville Choral Society, the Asheville Chamber Players, the Asheville Lyric Opera, Highland Repertory Theater, Mars Hill College, Parkway Playhouse, Asheville Arts Center and Western Carolina University.
Elizabeth Creamer (Choreographer) Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Dance Studies. While attending school, she was hired at The Lost Colony as a dancer during 2010-2012. She has competed as a professional ballroom dancer with the Blue Star dance troupe and is currently the dance teacher at West Henderson High School. She has choreographed several shows at West Henderson and Rugby Middle including Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Little Shop of Horrors and The Little Mermaid.
Travis Pressley (Stage Manager) Travis, a Hendersonville native, has returned home for the summer from Appalachian State University. He is a rising senior studying Theatre Education with a minor in Spanish. Following graduation, Travis plans on being a theatre teacher in the public school system. This is his first time stage managing, as he is usually seen on stage. Some of his favorite past roles include, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Harry Bright in Mamma Mia!, Zeke/Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and most recently, Dobie in the touring production of Appalachian Echoes: Dobie ’n Me in Hoot Owl Holler. Thank you to Heather for this amazing opportunity!
Don Schwartz (Set Designer and Construction Crew Chief) Don is enjoying the opportunity to work behind the scenes with HT, designing and building the set for this show. He also has helped with previous shows serving as an assistant stage manager and sound technician. In 2019, he moved to the area from Catonsville, Maryland, where he worked with Salem Players in a variety of positions including director, sound tech, and actor, as well as camp director for a children’s summer drama camp. Enjoy the show!
Tate Albert (Light & Sound Designer) Tate Albert has worked on many stage productions both on stage as actor or musician and off as a lighting or sound designer. He most recently designed sound for Red, White and Tuna here at Hendersonville Theatre. For the show Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree, he was delighted to play percussion, which he hasn’t done in a while. We will see where he ends up next.
Janice Guazzo & Kathleen Henby (Costume Designers, Props Designers/Collectors)
Janice returned to Hendersonville Theatre in March of 2021. From 2017-2019, she was a volunteer and staff member. Janice has appeared on stage in productions at Flat Rock Playhouse and Hendersonville Theatre. For the last 2 years, she has been involved with the development projects, Grimm’s Fairy Tales at Montford Park Players, What Happens After Manhattan and The Sparrow and the Whippoorwill at The Magnetic Theatre. When she is not at the theatre she can be found at Shamburger Architectural Group where she is the official Office Manager but really has too many titles to list.
Kathleen has been involved with the Hendersonville Theatre for over 5 years and during that time has seen it navigate and weather many transitions including the pandemic. Currently, she sits on the board as Treasurer, but wears many hats including bookkeeper, costumer, set dresser, stage manager, box office, marketing dabbler, concessions, and facilities. When she is not at HT, Kathleen enjoys time with her wonderful family.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Operators – Alex Guazzo, Aydyn Martin
Construction Crew – Loren Buck