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Cinderella Cast To Enchant Olney Theatre Center Audiences This Winter

Olney, MD — October 10, 2012 — Olney Theatre Center, the award-winning, year-round arts and entertainment destination, announces the cast of their upcoming productionof the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Cinderella.  With memorable songs such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” Cinderella  runs on Olney Theatre Center’s Mainstage from November 14 to December 30, 2012. 

Originally written for television in 1957 and starring Julie Andrews, Cinderella has since been adapted for the stage and has been reimagined for the small screen not once, but twice, in 1965 and 1997. After the success of the 1997 version, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization released Cinderella (Enchanted Version)based on the teleplay. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

The cast is led by Helen Hayes Award nominee Jessica Lauren Ball as Cinderella. Ms. Ball captivated Olney Theatre Center audiences last year with her performances as Sandy in Grease and Maria in The Sound of Music. Most recently, she appeared as everyone’s favorite Delta Nu, Elle Woods, in Legally Blonde at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

Broadway veteran Terry Burrell joins the cast as the woman who makes all things possible – Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Ms. Burrell’s Broadway credits include: Three Penny Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Swinging On A Star, Into The Woods, Dreamgirls, Honky Tonk Nights, Eubie,and Show Boat (London 1998 Original Cast).She last appeared at Olney Theatre Center as Adrianna in another Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical – Boys From Syracuse.

Matthew John Kacergis makes his Olney Theatre Center debut as Prince Christopher. DC audiences will recognize him from his performances in Parade, The Civil Warand 1776at Ford’s Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Two Gentlemen of Verona: In Concert. Completing the Royal Family areCarole Graham Lehan as the Queen and Dan Manning as the King.Ms. Lehan began her career as a company member of the National Players, Olney Theatre Center’s national touring company, and has appeared at Olney Theatre Center in To Kill a Mockingbird, Lend Me a Tenorand Look! We Have Come Through! (co-playwright with Jim Petosa). Mr. Manning appeared in the 2009 Broadway Revival of Ragtime. Audiences will recognize him from Signature Theatre’s production of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He has also appeared in the TV shows “The Wire,” “West Wing” and “X-Files.”

Donna Miglaccio, who portrayed the radical anarchist Emma Goldman in the 2009 Broadway Revival of Ragtime, steps into the shoes of Cinderella’s Stepmother. Ms. Migliaccio’s recent area performances include Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man at Arena Stage and Betsy Ross in the world premiere of Liberty Smith at Ford’s Theatre. Ms. Migliaccio is the recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards.

Cinderella’s Stepsisters are Jaimie Kelton (Joy) and Tracy Lynn Olivera (Grace). Ms. Kelton held the role of Little Tommy in the National Tour of The Who’s Tommy. Off-Off-Broadway credits include Martha in The Secret Garden, as well as Jabez in Greenwillowand Lilly/Rosemary in The Giver. DC audiences will recognize her from her turn as Charlie Brown’s spunky little sister Sally in Olney Theatre Center’s recent production You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Ms. Olivera received as Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance in Olney Theatre Center’s The Sound of Music and appeared in the 2009 Broadway Revival of Ragtime.

Rounding out the cast are Kevin McAllister, Austin VanDyke Colby, Parker Drown, Maria Egler, Willow Grey, Gracie Jones, Nick Lehan, Mary Payne and Chris Sizemore.

Bobby Smith, director of last season’s hit musical Grease, returns to direct this production. Mr. Smith is joined by Christopher Youstra as musical director and Ilona Kessell as choreographer.

Cinderella is made possible in part by contributions from production sponsorsMr. Vernon L. Skinner, Jr., Sandy Spring Bank, Ms. Kathleen Quinn and Senator Jennie M. Forehand and Mr. William Forehand.

Cinderella
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Bobby Smith
Musical Direction by Christopher Youstra
Choreography by Ilona Kessell

November 14 – December 30, 2012

Press Night: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8pm

Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm; Sunday 7:30pm performances on November 18, 25, December 2 and 23; Wednesday matinees on November 21, December 5 and 26; Tuesday 7:30pm performance on November 27; Friday matinees December 21 and 28. No performances on Thursday November 22 or Wednesday November 12.

Tickets are $26-$54. Discounts available for groups, seniors, military, and students.

CAST BIOS

Jessica Lauren Ball (Cinderella): Previous Olney Theatre Center credits: The Sound of Music (Maria) [Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical], Grease (Sandy), 1776 (Martha Jefferson); NATIONAL TOUR: The Pajama Game; DC AREA: Imagination Stage: The Dancing Princesses (Lara); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Oklahoma! (Laurie) [Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical], Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Cinderella (Cinderella), Nunsense (Sister Amnesia), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), West Side Story (Maria), The Sound of Music (Maria), Titanic (Kate McGowan) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Resident Musical], and Grease (Sandy). EDUCATION: London Dramatic Academy; BM, Catholic University of America.

Terry Burrell (Fairy Godmother) is happy to be back at Olney Theatre since her last appearance in Boys From Syracuse (Adriana). BROADWAY: Three Penny Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Swinging On A Star, Into The Woods, Dreamgirls, Honky Tonk Nights, Eubie, Show Boat (London 1998 Original Cast). OFF-BROADWAY:Almost Heaven, Taking A Chance On Love, And The World Goes Round, Lyrics And Lyricist, Just So. NATIONAL TOURS: Copacabana (Conchita), Showboat (Julie), Grand Night For Singing, Bubbling Brown Sugar (Ella), The Wiz (Aunt Em/Glenda).REGIONAL:ETHEL (Ethel Waters/ playwright),  Brownie Points, Smokey Joe’s Café, Crowns, Mahalia, Man Of LaMancha (Aldonza), Up From Paradise (Eve), Time And Again, Crowns, Bongi’s Journey, Sophisticated Ladies, Sheila’s Day, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Christmas Carol, Jar The Floor. DC AREA: Arena Stage: Oklahoma (Aunt Eller), The Women Of Brewster Place (Mrs. Brown/ Mavis), Thunder Knocking On The Door (Good Sister), Of Thee I Sing (Diana Devereaux). Kennedy Center:Queenie Pie (Queenie) [Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical]. Signature Theatre:Show Boat (Julie)[Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical].

Parker Drown(Ensemble) is happy to be back at Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: Grease (Sonny) and Joseph and the Amazing… (Dan). DC AREA: Signature Theatre: Hairspray [2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]; Rep Stage: Speech and Debate; Studio Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Keegan Theatre: RENT (Angel) [2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical]; Forum Theatre: Holly Down in Heaven; Adventure Theatre: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Alexander…, If You Give a Moose a Muffin; Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Hairspray, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol, High School Musical. EDUCATION: BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and proud alum of the National Theatre Institute (NTI F’07).

Maria Egler (Ensemble) OLNEY THEATRE CENTER: Camelot, The Sound of Music [Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Resident Musical]. NATIONAL TOURS: Gypsy.  REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Dirty Blonde, Giant; Studio Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Washington Savoyards: The Music Man, It’s A Grand Night for Singing;Dizzy Miss Lizzie: The Oresteia, The Saints, Finn McCool. UPCOMMING: Ford’s Theatre: Hello Dolly!  EDUCATION: BM, The Catholic University of America.

Willow Grey (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her DC-area debut at the beautiful Olney Theatre Center! NATIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL TOURS: Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Trixie Who). REGIONAL: Cinderella (Portia), A Funny Thing... (Gymnasia), 42nd Street (Diane Lorimer), Guys & Dolls starring Andrea Burns, Cats (Cassandra, DC), Cabaret, My Fair Lady. WEST END (workshop): Lend Me a Tenor-The Musical. LAS VEGAS: Don Arden's Jubilee! (Showgirl). CAST ALBUM: Cinderella, available on Amazon.com. MUSIC VIDEO: The Logical Song by Athena Reich. 

Gracie Jones (Ensemble) is happy to be back at Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: The Sound of Music (Ensemble, u/s Maria) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Ensemble, Resident Musical]. DC AREA: Toby’s Dinner Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, u/s Dorothy), Anything Goes (Hope). EDUCATION: BA in Theatre from University of Maryland.

Matthew John Kacergis (Prince Christopher) is thrilled to make his Olney Theatre Center debut. REGIONAL: Ford's Theatre: Parade (Frankie Epps/Young Soldier), The Civil War ("Tell My Father"), 1776 (The Leather Apron); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona: In Concert;Village Theatre: Chasing Nicolette (Aucassin), Anne of Green Gables (Gilbert Blythe); Ogunquit Playhouse: Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), High School Musical (Troy); Mt. Washington Valley Theatre: Blood Brothers (Mickey) [NH Theatre Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Musical], Baby (Danny), South Pacific (Lt. Cable); Atlanta Lyric Theatre: The Secret Garden (Dickon). EDUCATION: The Boston Conservatory. Mr. Kacergis is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Washington Savoyards.

Jaimie Kelton (Joy) is thrilled to be back at Olney Theatre Center! Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally). NATIONAL TOUR: The Who’s Tommy (Little Tommy). DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney Dreams (Anne Marie), Twice Charmed (Drizella), The Golden Mickeys (Ensemble).  OFF-OFF-BROADWAY: APAC: The Secret Garden (Martha); The York: Greenwillow (Jabez); NAMT: The Giver (Lilly/Rosemary). REGIONAL: North Shore Music Theater: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy u/s); The Depot Theatre: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy); The 25th Annual..Spelling Bee (Logainne); The Barnstormers: Urinetown (Little Sally)[Barnstormers 2007 Best Supporting Actress Award], Gypsy (Dainty June), Our Town (Emily), The Lion in Winter (Alais).  You can also hear Jaimie as the voice of Tweak on the new hit Disney cartoon, The Octonauts!  EDUCATION: BFA in Theater, The Boston Conservatory. 

Carole Graham Lehan (Queen) joyfully returns to Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird (Jean Louise), Lend Me a Tenor (Diane), Look! We Have Come Through! (co-playwright with Jim Petosa)[1998 MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play nomination]. National tours: National Players Tour 32. REGIONAL: Chicago (Roxie), It’s a Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical], Children of Eden (co-director) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Direction, Resident Musical].

Nick Lehan (Ensemble) is happy to be back at Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: Joseph... (Levi) and Big River (Ensemble). DC AREA: Signature Theatre: Sycamore Trees [Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]; Studio Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Henry Clay); The Keegan Theatre: Spring Awakening (Georg) and RENT (Ensemble) [Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical], Washington Savoyards: Grande Night for Singing (Jason/Tenor Track); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Aida (Radames), Smokey Joe's Café (Michael), Anything Goes (Ensemble); Teatro 101: Brooklyn the Musical (Ensemble). EDUCATION: BA Media Studies, The Catholic University of America.

Dan Manning (King)is pleased to make his debut at Olney Theatre. BROADWAY: Ragtime. Off BRAODWAY: Lamb’s Theatre: Smoke on the Mountain; St. Peters CITICorp: The Majestic Kid. REGIONAL and DC: Kennedy Center: Ragtime, The Golden Age;Signature Theatre: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 110 in the Shade, Allegro; Ford’s Theatre: Big River, 1776; Studio Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Round House Theatre: Camille, Murder, Mystery, and a Marriage; Maryland Stage Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream; CenterStage: The Murder of Isaac; Rep Stage: Lie of the Mind, A Shayna Maidel; Court Theatre (Los Angeles): Dearly Departed (Ray-Bud) [Dramalogue award]; National Symphony Orchestra: Le Histoire du Soldat (Narrator). FILM: Gods and Generals, State of Play, Renaissance Man, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and Marie. TV: “The Wire,” “West Wing” and “X-Files.”

Kevin S. McAllister (Lionel) Olney Theatre Center debut! DC-AREA: Kennedy Center: James and The Giant Peach (Magwitch), Phantom Tollbooth (Azaz); First Stage: Trav'lin; Ford's Theatre: Parade (Jim/ Newt/ Riley) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical], Civil War (Douglas) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]; Signature Theatre: The Break (Malcolm), Brother Russia (Anton/ Dmitri), Showboat (Joe) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical], Sweeney Todd; Teatro 101: Brooklyn (Taylor), Wild Party (Burrs), Sideshow (Jake); Everyman Theatre: Stick Fly (Kent); Artpark: Aida (Mereb); Toby's Dinner Theatre: Rent (Collins), Dream Girls (Curtis), Ragtime (Coalhouse) EDUCATION: BA Morgan State University.

Donna Migliaccio (Stepmother) is delighted to be back at Olney, where she last appeared as grumpy Sister Berthe in last season’s hit production of The Sound of Music.  On Broadway she portrayed the radical anarchist Emma Goldman in the 2010 revival of Ragtime and played General Cartwright in the 50th Anniversary National Tour of Guys & Dolls.  She has appeared regionally at Totem Pole Playhouse, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Arden Theatre and San Francisco’s Theatre on the Square. Recent area performances include Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man at Arena Stage and Betsy Ross in the world premiere of Liberty Smith at Ford’s Theatre. She is the recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards and has been honored with an additional ten nominations. 

Tracy Lynn Olivera (Grace) returns to Olney Theatre Center after performing as Sister Sophia/Ensemble in The Sound of Music [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical] and Carousel [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical], Grease, West Side Story. BROADWAY: Ragtime (2009 Revival). REGIONAL : The Goodman/ Shakespeare Theatre: Candide, Signature Theatre: The Boy Detective Fails, The Hollow, Merrily We Roll Along [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical], Les Miserables [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical], The Happy Time, Follies, Allegro [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical], The Kennedy Center: Ragtime, Sunday In The Park, Passion, Ford’s Theatre: Liberty Smith, Meet John Doe, Shenandoah, Metrostage: The Last 5 Years, Closer Than Ever, Rorschach Theatre: Company Member, Rough Magic. EDUCATION: The Catholic University of America. Ms. Olivera is a faculty member of the Theatre Lab, Signature Theatre, Adventure Theatre and The Catholic University of America.

Mary Payne (Ensemble) Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: Secret Garden (Ayah, u/s Lilly), She Loves Me (Tango Dancer, u/s Amalia/Ilona),  Man of La Mancha (Belly Dancer, u/s Aldonza). NATIONAL TOUR:  Holiday Swing (Featured Singer/soloist). NYC:  Duplex Cabaret Theatre: Nevermore (Muddy) [NYC Premier Concert Version].  REGIONAL:Shenandoah Summer Theatre: The Sound of Music (Baroness); Totem Pole Playhouse: Grand Night for Singing (Allison).  DC AREA:  Signature Theatre: Into The Woods (Cinderella), Grand Night for Singing (Allison),  First Lady’s Suite (Mary Gallagher, Margaret Truman), 110 in the Shade (Ensemble, u/s Lizzie); Round House Theatre: Pippin (Player, u/s Bertha); Creative Cauldron: Nevermore (Muddy).

Chris Sizemore (Ensemble) is excited to be back working again at Olney Theatre Center - it's been too long. OLNEY THEATRE CENTER: 1776 (Edward Rutledge), Fiddler of the Roof (Sasha), Cinderella (Herald), NATIONAL TOUR: Kennedy Center: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (Mike TV), REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Chess (Arbitor), Sweeney Todd (Beadle),  Showboat [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical], Les Miserables (Enjorals) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical]; Ford's Theatre: 1776 (George Read), Parade (Britt Craig), The Civil War ) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gents...Rock Opera, Candide) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical], Toby's Dinner Theatre: Miss Saigon, Beauty & The Beast, Grease, Seussical.

Austin VanDyke Colby (Ensemble) is happy to be making his Olney Theatre Center debut.  REGIONAL: Cortland Repertory Theatre: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph); Papermill Theatre: On the Town (Gabey), Smokey Joe’s Café (Michael), Altar Boyz (Matthew), DC AREA: Signature Theatre: 21/24: American Musical Voices Project: The Break (Mark Lerner), Spin (Trevor); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Hairspray (Link), Legally Blonde (Warner). JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: Oklahoma! (Curly), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun), Songs for a New World (Man 2), I Love You Because (Jeff), Bright Lights, Big City (Jamie). EDUCATION: BM in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University.

 

About Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center is a 75-year-old professional, award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. One of two state theaters of Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities. Olney Theatre Center is home to the National Players, America's longest-running touring company and led by Artistic Director Martin Platt and Managing Director Amy Marshall. For more information please visit www.olneytheatre.org.

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