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MEET THE ACTORS

Monty Stevens: Judge/Sawyer/Misc. Roles

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Monty has been active in our theatre community since the 70's.  He has done  shows with CBC, Player;s Theatre, RLOC, MCMT, two local movies and dozens of radio/television commercials.  From singing to sword fighting to comedies to heart wrenching dramas, Monty enjoys imparting every emotion possible to the audience and using their reactions as fuel to power his performances.  Yes, he's using you...but in a good way!  His goal is to make you believe, if even for the duration of the show, that he is whoever or whatever he's portraying on stage,  Every show is a test and the audience will hand out the grades.  Enjoy!

Katrina Roberts: Foley Artist

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Since her move to the Tri Cities in 2000, Katrina has happily performed regularly with Columbia Basin College CBC), Mid-Columbia Musical Theater (MCMT) and The Richland Players. Some roles at CBC include Mamma Mia, Donna; Becky's New Car, Becky; Legally Blonde, Paulette; The Sound of Music, Maria; Little Shop of Horrors, Ronette; Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical, Dee Dee; Beehive, Cast Member; Funny Money, Jean; The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor.  Some roles at The Richland Players are Rabbit Hole, Becca; The Rainmaker, Lizzie; Dinner with Friends, Karen; The Games Afoot, Madge; Night Must Fall, Olivia; The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Lala.  Some roles with MCMT include Man of La Mancha, Aldonza; Evita, Title Role; Mame, Agnes Gooch; Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling; The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Title Role; Chicago, Liz; Cinderella, Fairy Godmother; Into the Woods, Cinderella’s Stepmother.

Travis Franks: Announcer

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 Travis is delighted to be participating in his first radio drama! Although he has been onstage since the first grade (thanks to Academy of Children’s Theatre), this will be his first production with Theatre...Not a Dying Art. His recent shows include Nightfall, White Bluffs, The Rocky Horror Show, and Becky’s New Car. As always he is thankful to his lovely wife Emily and parents Jim and Lory for their continued support of his passion for theatre.

Terrence Knox: Kris Kringle

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Terry's a Richland boy, born and bred.  He went to WSU and Portland State, and then to the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Los Angeles.

He worked professionally onstage and in film and television for 37 years.

Jose Ferrer directed him in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami.

He played Dr. Peter White on NBC's "St. Elsewhere" and Sgt. Zeke Anderson on "Tour Of Duty" for CBS.  And some noteworthy killers and cops.

He's performed in the Richland Players' productions of Ordinary People, Frost/NixonAnd The Winner Is... and Nightwatch.

And Becky's New Car for CBC's Summer Showcase last year.

Scott Whitemarsh: Pierce/Misc. Roles

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Scott is thrilled to be a part of Theatre...Not a Dying Art's newest production.  His previous roles include Bert in Mary Poppins, Archdeacon Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dan in Next to Normal, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Franz in Sunday in the Park with George.  For his day job, Scott is a chiropractor in Richland.  His most important job is as husband to his supportive wife, Kindra, and as father to his four kids.

Megan Johnson: Doris Walker

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Megan is thrilled to be a part of T-NADA’s newest performance!  Past roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Mother in Ragtime, The Witch in Into the Woods, Megan in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)[Revised], Fantine in Les Miserable, Eve/Mother in Children of Eden, and Elizabeth I in Mary Stuart. As director, she helmed productions of West Side Story, The First Nowell, and Hanford High School’s Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as music directed The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Fantasticks. Megan is so appreciative of her wonderful family, Shane, Hank and Kate.  Their continued love and support makes her feel like the ‘richest woman in Kennewick’!

Michael Stephen Thomas: Fred Gayley

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Michael was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and has been frequently seen on stage in the area.  You may have seen him at the Richland Players in such plays as Of Mice and Men, The  39 Steps , Same Time Next Year, Frost Nixon, and And the Winner Is, among others.  He also played in Drinking Habits, a dinner theatre and CBC's summer showcase of Becky's New Car.  Michael is thrilled beyond measure to be taking part in the production of Miracle on 34th Street as Fred Gayley, a role that strikes home in so many hearts throughout the holiday season.

Lorinda Ferland: Shellhammer/Misc. Roles

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Lorinda took up acting in Oakland, California when she retired and continued with the Richland Players when she landed in the Tri-Cities three years ago.  You may have seen her as Martha in The Game's Afoot, Lillian in I Hate Hamlet and Helga the maid in Night Watch.  I'm SO happy to be working with the amazing, talented and fun people of T...NADA in bringing Miracle on 34th Street to the stage!!

Emily Franks: Mara/Misc. Roles

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Emily graduated from the University of Idaho with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance.  She’s a committed actor and supportive ensemble member who’s ready to share her work ethic with her local theatre community. Emily most recently played the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Steve Scott at the Dunes Summer Theatre in Indiana.  Emily believes that telling stories is the way humans connect with one another, it is how we learn about people who are different from us.  Her favorite quote about theatre is by Tom Stoppard in which he says, "Words are sacred.  They deserve respect.  If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little."

Carisa Simpson: Foley Artist

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Carisa Simpson has performed regularly around the Northwest with Portland Opera, Yakima Valley Opera, The Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, and Columbia Basin College Productions. Her favorite roles respectively include Dot in Showboat, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Marian in The Music Man, and The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. Carisa has sung locally with The Mid-Columbia Symphony, The Eastern Washington Academy of Music, and The Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra. Carisa is a certified music teacher and currently teaches music at Washington Elementary School.

Carey Simpson: Pianist

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Carey Simpson is a senior at Central Washington University. He is currently studying computer science, but music is still an integral part of his life. Carey began taking piano lessons at the age of 8 and has been playing piano and experimenting with composition ever since. He has played keyboard in shows such as MCMT’s performances of Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia!, and Sister Act. He is also the designated pianist for the band Les Stress and the Testers.

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Kate Johnson: Susan Walker

Kate Johnson is a 4th grader at Badger Mountain Elementary and is thrilled to make her T...NaDa debut as Susan Walker.  Kate was previously in Matilda Jr. at ACT and The First Nowell at Richland Players. Kate would like to thank her mom for helping her with all her lines, and Dad and Hank for their support. Kate, like Susan, believes in Santa!

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