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Elena Shaddow

is thrilled to be making her debut at Brucemore and with Orchestra Iowa! An accomplished concert artist, Elena has sung on stages all over the world including The Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of Mr. David Charles Abell, and Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Orchestra of Saint Luke's under the baton of Kimberly Gribsby. She has also sung the role of Marian Paroo in The Music Man in Concert with the Pacific Symphony and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady in Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina Symphony through UIAPresents. Other symphony appearances include the Newport Symphony in Newport, Oregon, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, New York, and The Albany Symphony in Albany, NY. On Broadway, Elena has performed and starred in 8 Broadway shows. These shows and roles include Ottilie in The Visit, Anne in La Cage aux Folles, Bridges, The Woman in White, Fiddler... , Nine, Sweet Smell..., and Les Miserables. She has also starred in two Broadway National tours, playing Anna in the Lincoln Center tour of The King and I and Clara in The Light in the Piazza. Her theatre career began while still a student at NYU, at age 19 when she starred as Kathie in the famed operetta The Student Prince at North Shore Music Theatre. She has been performing ever since, and some of her favorite theater roles include: Mary in Mary Poppins, Mother in A Christmas Story, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Lili in Carnival!. Elena has also appeared in several television shows and films including NCIS: New Orleans, Conviction, Person of Interest, The Intern, Time After Time, and she portrayed Sister Sophia in NBC's Sound of Music Live! She is thrilled to be performing in person again after spending over a year singing from her living room on her Instagram TV channel, @elenashaddowofficial. Elena is also an accomplished voice teacher, with a degree in Music from NYU. She teaches both in person in New York City and New Jersey, and Virtually over Zoom. Her students hail from all corners of the USA including Hawaii, Oregon, California, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, and even across the pond in England. She is the mother of two amazing children, Addie and Liam, and is married to Michael Harrington, a Cedar Rapids native, Executive Director of TheaterworksUSA, and a fellow lifelong devotee to the arts. Visit her website, elenashaddow.net, for updates!

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Ezekiel Andrew

A native of Mississippi and a crossover artist of both opera and musical theater, Ezekiel Andrew enjoys a career of both excitement and versatility. Last seen in Cedar Rapids in Revival Theatre Company's production of Ragtime. He is most grateful to have performed in some of the major regional theaters across the country, with aspirations to one day, soon, be on the Broadway stages in New York City. Some of his favorite roles include Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Theatre Under the Stars), The Beast, Beauty and the Beast (Syracuse Stage) Jim, Big River (Utah Shakespeare Festival).

Ezekiel also enjoys being active as a concert artist, most often creating his own programs and opportunities as he travels from theater to theater.

With a heart for youth and arts education, Ezekiel enjoys giving back to the community by going to high schools and colleges, holding masterclasses and talkbacks to inspire the next generation of artists. "I am very fortunate to be doing the thing that I love the most, touching the hearts and lives of people. It is my joy, it is my passion. It is my mission to do more than entertain you, but to impact you. I am grateful to my parents (who stand with me and support me every step of the way) Mr. Patton Rice (my teacher and friend who has been with me since the very beginning of this music journey), MSA for the opportunity to give back to the place that gave me all that I have today, the love of my heart, Jordan Kress, and my many friends and supporters around the world who have lifted me up along the way. Thank you and God bless." #invictus

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Christopher Johnstone

Now a resident of New York and Los Angeles, Christopher maintains a strong sense of Iowa pride for his hometown of Cedar Rapids.

A former student of Cedar Rapids native, Karla Goettel, one of his earliest gigs was the role of Captain Walker in Theater Cedar Rapids' acclaimed production of The Who's "Tommy!" opposite Broadway star, Megan Reinking. He participated in many other productions, concerts and competitions throughout his time in Iowa where he attended Coolidge Elementary, Taft Middle School and Jefferson High School '99. His tenure at Jefferson took him to Pasadena, CA to march in the Rose Parade as a drum major with the "Band of Blue" and to Nashville with the showchoir "Westside Delegation" to win the title of Grand Champions at the National Showstoppers Competition to name a few.

Christopher had the honor of being a guest performer at Brucemore's "Cabaret in the Courtyard" a few summers ago premiering his cabaret "Some Enchanted Evening."

Christopher left Cedar Rapids to pursue studies in singing at Arizona State University, California State University, Long Beach and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada and Europe where he has performed in numerous Broadway shows, concerts and operas. The advantage to being part of a Broadway tour is that they often come through Des Moines! Two years ago he was seen in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera": "Love Never Dies." Before that, he toured through Des Moines with the National Broadway Tour of Evita to glowing reviews for his portrayal of the tango singer "Augustin Magaldi." Prior Broadway Tours include South Pacific, which toured over 50 cities and whose Lincoln Center revival won 7 Tony Awards. He reprised his role as Lieutenant Cable in this same production at the Ogunquit Playhouse and earned "Best Actor" by the Broadway World Boston Awards.

As a solo artist, Christopher has sung with Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, The Mark Morris Dance Group and Opera Pacific. He has been featured at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, NYC's Town Hall, The Toronto Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, The New Mexico Philharmonic, The Modesto and Omaha Symphonies, The Tanglewood Music Festival conducted by James Levine and The Castleton Music Festival conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Christopher balances his performing career with his position as Director of Operations at Burkestone Estate in Hudson, NY.

For More: www.johnstonechristopher.com

Pippin

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JUNE 4-6, 2015 8:00PM, JUNE 7 2:30PM
DOWS THEATRE at COE COLLEGE

Book by Roger O. Hirson
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG13
2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival
Production Sponsor: King’s Material, Inc.

We’ve got magic to do…as we bring you the razzle-dazzle of Pippin! Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy-winner, three-time Oscar-winner, and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin has been sweeping the New York Awards circuit (TONY, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013.
Pippin continues to captivate and appeal the young at heart throughout the world.

Pippin will dazzle with a cast of 20 actors, singers and dancers and RTC will be one of the first company’s to bring this show to Iowa since its Broadway revival.

The Experience

Directions to the show:  http://www.coe.edu/aboutcoe/directions
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Meet the Players

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Introducing Alisabeth Von Presley
(Leading Player)

A performer raised on a steady mix of Van Halen, Michael Jackson and Madonna, this Iowa girl has left a memorable impact on stages from Los Angeles to New York — with stops at “American Idol” and “Cabaret In The Courtyard” in between. Performing on the heels of her debut CD, “My Foolish Heart,” this Iowa native performs with a flair for the dynamic and theatrical; she’s most easily described as a “passionate performance roller-coaster tied up in pleather pants and sequin stilettos.” Or as one musical critic wrote, “when Alisabeth sings, the neon rainbow melts into a swirling puddle.” She performs in numerous venues throughout the Midwest, most recently playing a series of sold-out shows at the prestigious Cabaret In The Courtyard at the historic Brucemore Mansion. With her debut album drawing rave reviews, this Iowan is a performer to watch — that is, if you aren’t too busy rocking out.

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Introducing Nick Arceo
(Pippin)

Nick is thrilled to be playing Pippin for RTC! Nick just completed his BFA Music Theatre degree at Viterbo University. Locally, he was seen in Spring Awakening and Les Miserables at Theatre Cedar Rapids. He was also an assistant director for August: Osage County with Urban Theater Project of Iowa. His last roles at Viterbo were Jason in Ordinary Days and coincidentally, Pippin in Pippin! In addition to performing, Nick is a music theatre accompanist. He thanks Brian and Cameron for this opportunity and his family for their unending support. He hopes you find the show extraordinary!

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Introducing Amy Friedl Stoner
(Fastrada)

Amy is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, based soprano. No stranger to the stage, she has been in numerous productions in the Midwest. Favorite roles include: Maria in “Sound of Music”, Lizzie in “Baby”, Cathy in “The Last 5 Years”, and Marcy in “Dogfight”. Amy recently debuted her own cabaret show “Amy at the Opus: “The Story Goes On” at Orchestra Iowa’s Opus Concert Café, selling out both shows in advance of her opening. She attended the 2014 St. Louis Cabaret Conference, working with some of the top names in the cabaret industry. She has performed at Davenport’s Piano Bar in Chicago, the Metropolitan Room in New York City, and with the legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye. Amy attended Simpson College, focusing on Vocal Performance, as well as Kirkwood Community College, focusing on Vocal Jazz. Offstage, she is a hairstylist at Neil Boudreaux Salon, and mom to 2 year old son Weston.

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Introducing Michael Penick
(Lewis)

Michael is an Iowa City native and Luther College graduate. He received a Master’s Degree in Voice from The University of Iowa where he appeared in Patience (Reginald Bunthorne), H.M.S. Pinafore (Captain Corcoran), Berlin to Broadway (Guide), and Makeover (Fred Gotovich). Additional credits include Children of Eden (Adam/Noah) with Revival Theatre Co; The Merry Widow (Viscount Cascada) and Frankenboy (Butch) with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Aladdin (Aladdin) and Cinderella (Prince Christopher) with Nolte Academy of Dance; Hairspray (I.Q.), Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors) and A Christmas Carol (Young Ebenezer) with City Circle Acting Co; and The Music Man In Concert (Harold Hill) with Theatre Cedar Rapids.

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Introducing Greg Smith
(Charlemagne)

Greg is so excited to be a part of his first RTC production. Greg has worked with Brian and Cameron previously in the production Baby, produced as a fundraiser for the Young Parents Network, where he played the role of Alan. Greg has also performed locally with Theatre Cedar Rapids in their recent musical productions of Spamalot, Les Miserables, and Shrek. He would like to thank his beautiful wife Marcia, his supportive parents and in-laws, and his wonderful children Michael, Emily and Beth.

Lacie De Souza
(Catherine)

Lacie de Souza (Catherine) is very excited to be a part of another wonderful show for Revival Theatre Company. A Kirkwood Graduate born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Lacie enjoys every opportunity to share her love for music with the community. She is so thankful to be given this opportunity to play Catherine and hopes that everyone enjoys Pippin as much as she has. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!

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Introducing Jan McCool
(Berthe)

Jan has been performing in the Cedar Rapids area for more years that she is willing to admit. She has been performing at Theatre Cedar Rapids for over 35 years. Favorite roles include Mama Rose in Gypsy, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Miss Mona in Best Little Whorehouse. Jan has also performed in 19 Follies at the Paramount Theater and is in her third year as Follies producer. Jan is a Family Law and Bankruptcy attorney by day. Thanks to Brian and Cameron for another fun opportunity to “play” and be part of Revival Theatre Company’s inaugural season! Jan also gives special thanks to her husband, Mark, her family and her friends for their support for so many years.

 

Ian Wolverton-Weiss
(Player)

Ian, a sixth grader at McKinley Middle School, plays clarinet in the band, performs with the show choir, Classic Edition, and was selected to represent McKinley as a member of Opus, the All-State Chorus, in Ames. As a member of the Discovery Chorus, Ian has performed with Symphony Iowa at the Paramount Theatre. In 2013, he played a wood carrier and sang with the children’s chorus in the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre production of La Boheme. Ian joined the Follies cast this year and truly enjoyed his role as Young Abel in Revival Theatre’s inaugural production, Children of Eden, at Brucemore. Pippin is likely Ian’s last opportunity to share his boy soprano voice. He is most appreciative of the support and guidance he has received from Cameron in vocal training and is thrilled to be involved in this production.

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Adam Burstain
(Player)

Adam Gabriel Burstain is thrilled to be performing in Pippin with the Revival Theatre Company. Adam most recently played Fector in RTC’s Dogfight last fall. A senior at Kennedy High School, he has appeared in You Can’t Take It With You, Urinetown, and most recently as the lead in both Jekyll and Hyde and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Adam is an Iowa All State performer in storytelling, reader’s theatre and vocal music. He is an accomplished pianist who also enjoys waterskiing and speaking Chinese to lost tourists in international airports. Adam hopes to attend Stanford next fall and plans to double major in molecular biology and performing arts. He is profoundly grateful to directors Cameron Sullenberger and Brian Glick for their guidance and humor, and to Karla Goettel for polishing his singing voice using her sparkle and magic.

Jacki Bergan
(Player)

Jacki is excited to return to Revival Theatre Company in the production of Pippin. She has recently been seen in The Follies, and RTC’s production of Children of Eden. Jacki is currently a Pilates instructor at Rockwell Collins Recreation Center, and participates in vocal music at her church. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity to work with these amazing people.

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Cameron Byrd
(Player)

Cameron is very blessed and honored to be a part of Revival Theatre Company’s inaugural season in their production of Pippin. Cameron has been seen in roles such as Tom Collins in Rent, The Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers, Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Picture Show, and an Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also been a part of many other companies throughout the community. Cameron would like to thank his mom and dad for being such amazing influences in his life and his twin brother Antonio for being his rock and best friend.

Emily Comer
(Player)

Emily is thrilled to be in her first RTC production. As a Cedar Rapids native, Emily has been in several local productions. Her most recent credits include Don Giovanni and Carmen with The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and Follies at the Paramount Theatre. Emily studied dance for 13 years before attending the University of Iowa where she currently studies therapeutic recreation and psychology. She’d like to thank Brian and Cameron for the opportunity to get back on stage.

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Olivia Frisch
(Player)

Olivia is absolutely thrilled to be a part of her first RTC production. She was last seen on the Cedar Rapids stage as Charlotte in The Night of the Iguana at Brucemore. She currently attends UNI and will graduate this year with a B.A. in Theatre: Performance and Drama for Youth. Performances at UNI include: Karen Weston in August Osage County; Nerissa in Merchant of Venice, Love and Information and devised works such as: The American Way of Eating and WONDER Land. She was a competitive gymnast for many years and is ready and grateful to begin the magic of Pippin!

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Ryan Ask
(Player)

Ryan is a recent graduate from Prairie High School who is currently working full time. Ryan was involved with the fine arts programs at Prairie including musicals, speech and drama, show choir and choir. He plans to become more involved with theatre in both Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas but also enjoys playing his guitar, singing/songwriting and modeling. Lastly, Ryan would like to dedicate his performance to his well missed mentor and beloved grandpa, Bill Ask.

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Saddah Hadish
(Player)

Saddah Hadish started early on performing in competitive dance. She continued at CR Jefferson High School with their 2010 nationally ranked Westside Delegation show choir and as best friend Ursula in “Bye Bye Birdie”.  In recent times she is seen in commercial print, Hoopla magazine, Kirkwood College’s production “Songs of a New World” and fashion runway events, music video production “London’s Foggy” by HappyGoLovely, TCR’s production, SHREK the musical, and as singer/dancer in 2015 Follies production “Love Changes Everything.” Saddah would like to thank her family, friends and her special guy for their endless support for her passions!

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Sawyer Johannes
(Player)

Sawyer is an Iowa native who always enjoys performing in his home state. Sawyer began performing across the state of Iowa as a singer/dancer, in the summer touring group Celebration Iowa. He has also performed with the Cedar Rapids Follies. In previous years, he has made contributions towards the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Speech Program with assistant coaching and choreography. While studying at the University of Iowa, he was a cheerleader and was a Staff Instructor with the Universal Dance Association. Sawyer’s resume has also extended beyond his home state. He has been a continuous theme -park and touring performer for Matt Davenport Productions out of Nashville, as well as a dancer for Princess Cruise Lines. His most recent job includes serving as a Dance Captain and a Mainstage Performer aboard Disney Cruise Lines.

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Racheal Sabin
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Raechal Sabin, a Cedar Rapids native, is thrilled to perform in her first RTC production of “Pippin”! She has been seen onstage at the Theatre Cedar Rapids in musicals such as The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde the Musical, Seussical the Musical and Rocky Horror Picture Show under the artistic direction of Pippin’s The Leading Player, Alisabeth Von Presley. She is currently an elementary teacher for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She wants to thank her parents for their undying support! Here’s to Coloring Outside the Lines!

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Shane Nielsen
(Player)

Shane is currently in his third year at the University of Iowa and is a graduate of Kennedy High School. He was last seen in RTC’s Dogfight as Bernstein. Shane is also part of the charity improv/sketch comedy show Good Laughs Give Back. He’s also an active member of the nationally ranked college improv troupe Paperback Rhino. Shane has previously been seen on the different stages of Theatre Cedar Rapids (Hairspray), The Paramount Theatre (The Music Man: In Concert), and the Coralville Performing Arts Center (Nolte Academy’s Cinderella Enchanted). He’s extremely excited to be a part of Revival Theatre Company’s inaugural season and hopes that everyone enjoys Pippin!

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