Erik Alexis (Captain) is making his seventh appearance with Live Arts Maryland, having previously appeared in The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, and The Fantasticks. Mr. Alexis has also appeared in numerous productions at local theatres, including roles in Over My Dead Body, The Curious Savage, Mrs. California, and The Diviners. Mr. Alexis lives in Millersville, where he writes screenplays and does video production work.
Jason Buckwalter (Moonface Martin), baritone, is a frequent performer in the Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC areas. A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Buckwalter moved to Baltimore to attend graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory. At Peabody, he performed the role of Papageno in the Spring 2008 production of “Die Zauberflote.” He was also seen as Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore” with both the Loudoun Lyric Opera and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and as Count Almaviva in The Figaro Project’s performance of “Le Nozze di Figaro”. A frequent recitalist and performer of new works, Mr. Buckwalter premiered several pieces by young composers like Kevin Clark and John Belkot. In April, Mr. Buckwalter premiered roles in new operas by Paul Mathews and Doug Buchanan as part of The Figaro Project’s “Contemporary Opera Trio.” Comfortable in musical theater as well as opera, summer 2010 saw Mr. Buckwalter in the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” at the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. This season, he portrayed Dick Deadeye in Live Arts Maryland’s “HMS Pinafore. Other musical theater roles include Frank in “Show Boat” and Will Parker in “Oklahoma!”, both with Live Arts Maryland. In June, Mr. Buckwalter played the role of Paris in “Rome?o et Juliette” with Bel Cantanti Opera. July found him as Lieutenant Cholmondeley in “Yeomen of the Guard” with the Young Victorian Theatre Company and August saw him as Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus” at Carroll Community College. Mr. Buckwalter was also seen as Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with the Baltimore Concert Opera. Currently, Mr. Buckwalter is on the roster of the Washington National Opera Chorus and the Lyric Opera Baltimore Chorus and Outreach Program. For more information about Mr. Buckwalter, visit www.jasonbuckwalter.com.
Kimberly Christie (Bonnie) is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory where she studies with Stanley Cornett. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University where she graduated cum laude and received the award for outstanding vocalist. Her most recent performance credits include Ernestine in M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le and Clorinda in Rossini’s Cenerentola, both with Bel Cantanti Opera. Her latter performance was hailed by Maurice Saylor as “one of the great joys of the opera” and her aria, “a wild ride that brought down the house.” She also recently covered the role of Adele and played Sally in Die Fledermaus with Carroll Community College. Other performances include Serpina in La serva Padrona with the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Peabody Opera, Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail with ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia and Clara in Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne with the Frano-American Vocal Academy. No stranger to musical theater, Ms. Christie has also sung Fiona in Brigadoon and Eponine in Les Miserables. She has studied with FAVA in Excideuil, France, as well as the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is excited to join Live Arts Maryland again in March as a soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Also in March, she will appear as Mary Warren in Peabody Opera’s production of The Crucible.
Molly Moore Green (Reno Sweeney) is an avid performer who has been involved in productions and concerts since she was a young girl. A voice performance major in college, she has been a member of the Annapolis Chorale off and on for more than 20 years. Mrs. Green has performed with Live Arts Maryland, Colonial Players and many other area groups. She makes her first Live Arts Maryland appearance this season, having appeared in 2010-2011 as Baroness Schroeder in The Sound of Music and Mrs. Huckelbee in The Fantasticks. She has also appeared in Man of La Mancha (the Housekeeper) and Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller). Additional past performances with Live Arts Maryland include Brigadoon (Meg) and A Little Night Music (Charlotte). She is also a frequent soloist at Live Arts Maryland’s annual gala and other special events. Mrs. Green is the Director of Advancement at Severn School in Severna Park, where she lives with her husband Ernie, son, Alec, and daughter, Ella.
John Halmi (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh) is excited to return to Live Arts Maryland where he previously performed in Don Giovanni (Masetto), The Fantasticks (The Actor), and Man of La Mancha (Knight of the Mirrors). John originated the lead role of Donald in the West End premiere of Casper, the Musical. Other British credits include The Golden Land at London’s Fortune Theatre and the UK tour of Spider-Man. In New York City, John has performed in several productions with City Center’s acclaimed Encores! Series; Ira Gershwin at 100 at Carnegie Hall; and AmFAR’s tribute to Angela Lansbury at the Majestic Theatre. He has also performed at several regional theatres including the Goodspeed Opera House and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. In Annapolis, John has been seen in Company (Bobby, Colonial Players), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, (Valmont, Colonial Players), The Last Five Years (Jamie, Dignity Players), Mr. Marmalade (Bradley, Standing O Productions), On the Twentieth Century (Oliver, Standing O Productions) and Sweeney Todd (Quartet, ASGT). John is a graduate of The University of Michigan’s musical theatre program. He teaches mathematics at Severna Park High School, where he also assists with the highly successful annual Rock n Roll Revival. Special thanks to his family, friends and, of course, to David.
Laurie J. Hays (Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt ), soprano, has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival, Monterey County Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Master Chorale and the Oahu Choral Society (Honolulu). An accomplished singer and pianist, Ms. Hays holds a degree in Music Education from Wittenberg University with studies at Christ’s and Notre Dame Colleges in Liverpool, England and recently in Sarteano, Italy. Her most recent operatic roles include Aida (High Priestess), La Traviata (Annina), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother), Pirates of Penzance (Edith) and Die Fledermaus (Ida/Sally). Local audiences have seen her in numerous musical theater productions including A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), Pippin (Fastrada), Carousel (Nettie), The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo), Camelot (Nimue), The Secret Garden (Rose), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitl) and Sweeney Todd (Quintet). Ms. Hays’ recent performances in oratorio include Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Schubert’s Mass in G, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, and the Faure Requiem. Ms. Hays is the conducting assistant for the Annapolis Chorale and Live Arts Maryland, a soloist at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis and teaches privately. Ms. Hays’ students have been selected for regional and All-State choruses and have performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Duncan Hood (Elisha J. Whitney/The Right Reverend, Bishop Henry T. Dobson) recently appeared in the 2011 Clint Eastwood film J Edgar as the radio announcer. Over the past 20 years, he has performed roles as: Emcee in Cabaret, Flint in Somethng’s Afoot, The Man in 52 Pickup, The Playwright in Enter the Guardsman, VanSweiten in Amadeus, Jethro Crouch in Sly Fox, Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, The Narrator in Blood Brothers, Inspector Rough in Angel Street, Hysterium twice and Psuedolus once in three productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Major General in two productions of Pirates of Penzance, Pap in Big River, Porter and Ross in Macbeth, and Dr Kalmar in Studio Theater’s production of A New Brain. Voiceover credits include national and regional commercial, book & industrial projects. Video game credits include three characters in Star Trek, Next Generation and five characters in Fallout 3 by Bethesda Softworks. Mr. Hood has been an international sailing instructor trainer for the American Sailing Assn. for 28 years and holds a USCG Master’s license. He and a partner started a crab cake spice business in 2010. “Crab Cake Secret” is being served in 30 restaurants and is distributed by Holt and Sysco.
Tom Magette (Billy Crocker) a frequent performer in Live Arts Maryland productions. His recent Live Arts Maryland appearances include Harold Hill in last season’s The Music Man and Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music. Other roles include the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Charlie Dalrymple in both our productions of Brigadoon, Henrick in A Little Night Music, Nathan Detroit in both our productions of Guys and Dolls, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Dickon in The Secret Garden, Merlin in Camelot, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Enoch Snow in Carousel and Captain Andy in Show Boat. He also sang the role of the Sailor in Live Arts Maryland’s production of Dido and Aeneas. Mr. Magette has appeared in at many area theaters, including Colonial Players and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, where he has appeared in over 400 performances. Among his favorite roles locally are Che in Evita, the title role in Pippin, Rooster in Annie, and of course that spell-binding cymbal salesman, Mr. Hill. He created the role of Scrooge’s nephew Fred in the original production of Colonial Player’s ever-popular production of A Christmas Carol, a show he has also music directed. He has served as the music director for several other local shows, including Annie, Pippin, and Grease. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he sang and danced while earning bachelors and masters degrees in nuclear engineering, Mr. Magette is a Senior Vice President at EnergySolutions. He and his wife Marci have two sons, Chris and Matt.
StageWorkz, Theatre Arts Project (Dancers), is staffed by professional performing artists whose credits include HBO specials, Broadway, national tours, regional theatre, industrials, The White House, music videos, movies, TV, as well as working with Debbie Allen, Alvin Ailey, and more. All master teachers specialize in their own field of the performing arts in classes that offer the finest performing arts education in a friendly, nurturing atmosphere. StageWorkz’ courses are designed for all age groups, from 3 years old through adults, and for all experience levels, beginners to professionals. For recreation, to assist with college acceptance or as income producing opportunities, all classes combine instruction and fun while promoting the students’ self confidence through voice, drama and dance. Stageworkz students have been accepted to New York University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, Élan, Carnegie Melon, Catholic University, American University, Chapman, University of Michigan, Shenandoah University, Northwestern University, University of Maryland, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, American Music and Dramatic Arts, Merry Mount College, University of Gainesville, St. Joseph’s, Tisch, Georgetown University and Virginia Tech. Other student accomplishments include Show Stoppers with Marvin Hamlish at New York Philharmonic, Disney Theme Parks – United States and Europe, regional theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Debbie Allen’s Dance Company, Six Flags Amusement Parks, summer stock, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Signature Theatre, Talent Machine Company, as well as featured roles and ensemble work in school productions, community and children’s theatre. The dancers featured in Anything Goes are coached by Vicki Smith.
Sarah Kate Walston (Hope Harcourt) a Richmond, VA native, received her Bachelor of Music degree at Lee University and her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory. She has played numerous operatic roles including Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Elsie Maynard in The Yeoman of the Guard, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Suor Genoveffa in Suor Angelica, Isabel in El Capitan, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Phyllis in Iolanthe about which the Baltimore Sun said “The sweet, nimble singing and deft acting of Sarah Kate Walston, as Phyllis, was a major plus throughout the performance.” Ms. Walston also enjoys performing in recitals and concerts and has been seen peforming with the Baltimore Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony and the Virginia Symphony. She has attended Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Residency for Young Artists program, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and was engaged as a Virginia Opera Spectrum Resident Artist during the 2010/2011 season. There she played the role of the Page in Rigoletto in her Virginia Opera debut, and also covered the role of Despina in Cosi fan Tutte. Ms. Walston is also a board member for the newly formed Capital Opera Richmond. She is thrilled to be a part of this brand new company!
Matthew Crook attends Olde Mill High School, where he is currently choreographing and performing in its school musical. A two-time Cappy Award winner for best male dancer, he studies dance at StageWorkz. He is a scholarship winner for the Tremaine Dance Tour and has performed in numerous shows with Talent Machine.
Danielle Greco attends South River High School. She studies dance, voice and acting classes at StageWorkz and is a member of South River’s Dance Company. She has performed in the national tour of “Wizard of Oz” as a Munchkin and numerous Talent Machine shows. She is very excited to be returning for her second show with the Live Arts Maryland.
Anna Hanley attends Annapolis High School and studies dance, voice and acting at StageWorkz. She is a member of the Annapolis High School Dance Company. She has been seen in numerous Talent Machine shows and returns to Live Arts Maryland for the second time.
Billy Luzier attends Severna Park High School and is currently rehearsing for “Rock N Roll Revival.” He studies acting and dance at StageWorkz and will be performing in the comedy “Greater Tuna.” He has been in several Talent Machine productions and is looking forward to “Anything Goes.”
Ali Musser attends Severna Park High School, where she is currently in “Rock N Roll Revival” and also on the dance team. She studies dance, acting and voice at StageWorkz and performs in both the summer and holiday shows with Talent Machine.
Gabe Needle attends Severn River Middle School. He takes tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acting and voice classes at Stageworkz. He has performed in the national tour of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and also played the roles of Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls” and Senator Phogbound in “Lil Abner.”
David Ossman attends South River High School. He studies dance, acting and voice at Stageworkz and has performed in several Talent Machine shows and is currently with South River High Theatre Company.
Sim Rivers attends South River high School. Having performed in numerous productions both with his school and with Stageworkz and Talent Machine, he is excited to put to use the skills gained from his Stageworkz classes, dancing for the first time with Live Arts Maryland.
Grace Sayers attends Severna Park High School and has studied dance, acting and voice at Stageworkz for the past 11 years. She has performed in various shows including the National Tour of the “Wizard of Oz” in Baltimore, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival” in Severna Park High, Talent Machine shows, and more.
Producer and Music Director
J. Ernest Green
Eloise Ullman lives in Annapolis and has for many years enjoyed performing a wide variety of roles in musical and non-musical theatre. Ms. Ullman staged Live Arts Maryland’s Brigadoon, and Oklahoma! and starred as Desiree in A Little Night Music. She also appeared with the Annapolis Chorale as Parthy in Show Boat and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate!, as well as on the stages of Colonial Players, 2nd Star Productions, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Bowie Community Players, Remember, Inc., and others. In “real life,” Ms. Ullman serves as executive director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, a national trade association for rare coin, currency and precious metals dealers.
Vicki Smith is a professional choreographer, director, teacher, adjudicator and performer. Her performing travels have taken her throughout the US, Europe and South America where she appeared in an HBO Special, TV series, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, regional theatre and national tours. Ms. Smith has worked as chorographer, directing and producing special events for such groups as the US Gymnastics Trials for Barcelona: Six Flags Corp, Towson University, Pendragon’s Lords of Illusion, Cunard Cruise ships and recording artists. Her industrials work includes McDonalds, DuPont, Anheuser-Busch Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Lung Association and Cystic Fibrosis. Recently Ms. Smith choreographed Live Arts Maryland’s “Oklahoma!” She has also directed and choreographed “Pajama Game,” “The Wiz,” “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Oklahoma!,” “Guys & Dolls,” “42nd Street,” “The Music Man,” “Camp Hawayah!”, “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Me and My Girl,” “Annie.” “Holiday Magic,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Lil Abner,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Crazy for You” to name a few. Her work has been seen at Three Little Bakers, TMC, Burn Brae Dinner Theatre, 2nd Star Productions and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. She has been active in Anne Arundel County School system where she has choreographed and directed musicals for Crofton Middle School, Ridgeway Elementary, Severna Park Middle and South River High School’s Dance team. Her choreography has won two Ruby Griffith Awards for outstanding achievement in a Musical for “Mame” and “Guys & Dolls” as well as Platinum and Outstanding Choreography awards in National Dance Competitions. She is currently on the staff at Anne Arundel Community College for the South County Senior Center. She is director and teacher at StageWorkz Theatre Arts Project in Performing Arts Education, which is to all ages, and a recent recipient for Anne Arundel County Governor’s Leadership in Aging Award, a performing arts award for South County Showstoppers, which she founded. Her students were the 2009 Munchkins in the National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz.” Other student awards include the Cappies, Best Male Dancer and Best Supporting Actress, Disney Theme parks, scholarship winners to dance conventions and full college acceptance for dance and musical theatre. Most recently, two former students were on the national tour of “A Chorus Line.” Although she has trained with the best, the master of them all her sister Bobbi Smith, who taught her everything she knows.