Erik W. Alexis (Benny) is pleased to be performing again with Live Arts Maryland. He appeared as the Captain in last season’s production of Anything Goes!. Favorite past roles include Leo Sharp in Over My Dead Body (Colonial Players), Mortimer in The Fantasticks (Live Arts Maryland), and Nikos in Big Love (Theatre AACC).
Erik Apland (Nicely Nicely) is from Bruce, South Dakota. He began playing the piano at the age of five and has completed degrees in classical piano performance from South Dakota State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Apland has exhibited great musical versatility by performing music ranging in styles from classical to jazz as a soloist and in many ensembles. He entered the field of jazz as the leader of show and dance orchestras on cruise ships, eventually serving as bandleader and calliopist aboard the historic steamboat “The Delta Queen.” Mr. Apland was also pianist with the legendary Sam Butera band, based in Las Vegas. In 1998, he joined “The President’s Own” United States marine Band as one of only three presidential pianists. In that capacity, Mr. Apland frequently performed at the White House for heads of state, dignitaries and celebrities from around the world as well as in nationally televised performances. Mr. Apland is the accompanist for the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, a full-time freelance artist in the Washington/Baltimore/Annapolis area, and musical worship leader from the piano at the Wallace Presbyterian Church in College Park, MD.
Jason Buckwalter (Sky Masterson) is a frequent performer in the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. 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 Zauberflöte. His recent roles include Escamillo in Carmen at Carroll Community College and Pish-Tush in The Mikado with the Young Victorian Theatre Company. Mr. Buckwalter was appeared in two Live Arts Maryland productions last season, as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes! Currently, Mr. Buckwalter is on the chorus roster of the Washington National Opera and the Lyric Opera of Baltimore. In May, he made his solo debut with the Washington National Opera as Brühlmann in Werther.
Kimberly Christie (Miss Adelaide) was praised by the Washington Post for her “uninhibited movement and shining vocal abilities” as Ernestine in M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le with Bel Cantanti Opera. Also with Bel Cantanti, she has performed the role of Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, which 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.” This summer saw Ms. Christie with the Advent Project of Vienna, VA, performing as a soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G Major and JS Bach’s Christ lag in Todes Banden as well as revisiting the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Wendy Taucher Opera Dance Theater in Martha’s Vineyard. Other opera credits include Mary Warren in Peabody Conservatory’s production of The Crucible, Adele (cover) and Sally in Die Fledermaus with Carol Community College, Serpina in La serva padrona with the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation, Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Peabody Opera, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia and Clara in Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne with the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA). She received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in May 2012 and was granted the Anita Erdman Award in Opera upon graduation. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University where she received the award for outstanding vocalist. Ms. Christie has also studied with FAVA in Excideuil, France, under tenor William Lewis, and at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann. In December 2012 she will sing with the Kennett Square Symphony Orchestra as the First Place winner of their 2012 competition. Ms. Christie made her Live Arts Maryland debut last season as Bonnie in Anything Goes! and as a soloist in the JS Bach Mass in B Minor. She is thrilled to return in the role of Adelaide!
Molly Moore Green (General Matilda B. Cartwright) 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 as Reno Sweeney in last season’s Anything Goes! and, in prior seasons, Mrs. Huckelbee in The Fantasticks, the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Meg in Brigadoon and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. 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.
Thomas Magette (Nathan Detroit) is a frequent performer in Live Arts Maryland productions, most recently as the Billy Crocker in Anything Goes!, reprising a role he first performed at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre in the last century. Other roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Charlie Dalrymple in both our productions of Brigadoon, Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Henrick in A Little Night Music, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Dickon in The Secret Garden, Merlin in Camelot, Enoch Snow in Carousel and Captain Andy in Show Boat. He also sang the role of the Sailor in the Live Arts Maryland’s production of Dido and Aeneas. He has played Nathan in our previous productions of Guys and Dolls. Mr. Magette has appeared in at many area theaters, including Colonial Players and the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, where he appeared in more than 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 preside over an empty nest to the north in Severna Park.
Michael Ryan (Uncle Arvide Abernathy) has given thousands of performances throughout the United States of highly varied repertoire as a soloist for The United States Marine Band. He performed at The White House on many occasions at the request of the President of the United States. Mr. Ryan was seen on global TV singing “America the Beautiful” at the first inauguration ceremony of President Ronald Reagan. He accompanied President Clinton to Hawaii, where he was the soloist for the 50th anniversary of VJ Day. By special request, Mr. Ryan led a “National Sing-a-long” at the beginning of President Clinton’s second inauguration. He was The Marine Band’s featured soloist at concerts in England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway and in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Ryan is also well known throughout the United States for his many performances in opera, concert and oratorio. He is music director at St. James Episcopal Church, home of the annual Messiah Sing Along.
Caitlin Vincent (Sarah Brown) is a native of Seattle, Washington. She made her international debut in 2007 as Amour in Clérambault’s solo cantata “Amour piqué par une abeille” at Le Mois Molière in Versailles, France. A classically trained ballet dancer, Ms. Vincent holds degrees from Harvard University and the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with William Sharp and Ah Hong. Recent opera roles include Zerlina in Who Killed Don Giovanni? and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with The Figaro Project, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Opera AACC, the Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Peabody Opera Theater, Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Dunster House Opera, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Lowell House Opera. In April 2011, Ms. Vincent premiered the role of Janey in Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart, a performance for which she was described as a “standout” by sequenza21.com. Equally praised for her interpretations of concert repertoire, she has performed with the Annapolis Chorale, Central Maryland Chorale, Maryland Choral Society, and Evergreen Philharmonic in such works as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Bach’s Cantata 51, Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang,” Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate” and Vivaldi’s Magnificat. Ms. Vincent has received first place honors from both MD/DC/VA and Pacific Northwest chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition, as well as the George Woodhead Prize for Voice and two Peabody Career Development Grants. Upcoming performances include soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with both the Harford Choral Society and Central Maryland Chorale and the role of Jackie Kennedy in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem with The Figaro Project. For more information, visit www.caitlinvincent.com.