Gracie Albus (Louise Bigelow) is thrilled to be a part of Carousel with Live Arts Maryland. Previously, Gracie has performed with The Victorian Lyric Opera Company in The Gypsy Baron (Candy Girl/Chorus) and Bel Cantanti Opera Company in The Sound of Music (Brigitta) and Into the Woods Jr. (The Baker’s Wife). She is a senior company member in Adventure Theatre’s Pre-Professional Program and is an 8th grader at Westland Middle School in Bethesda. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their support.
Erik W. Alexis (Jigger Craigin) is excited to be performing with Live Arts Maryland again. He has appeared in several productions here, including roles as Avram/Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof, The Jester in Once Upon a Mattress, and Benny in Guys and Dolls. Other roles include Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Theatre AACC and The Chairman/Mayor Sapsea in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. He most recently played the role of Mozart, the narrator, in Opera AACC’s production of Don Giovanni.
Matthew Beagan (Enoch Snow, Jr.) is a 13 year old 8th grader at the Severn School and is very excited to be in Carousel. An avid performer who has appeared in shows with Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, 2nd Star Productions and Anne Arundel Community College, he most recently, played Pugsley in Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production of The Addams Family. While he has also had the opportunity to appear in TV commercials and film, Matthew also enjoys playing travel baseball, singing at school, and playing acoustic guitar. Thanks for coming and I hope you like the show!
J Austin Bitner (Enoch Snow), tenor, returns this fall to Live Arts Maryland after appearing as soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum, earlier this year. He has been hailed by the Baltimore Sun as having a “…strong and glorious voice….” He is renowned for his vivid and memorable performances. A continuous Baltimore-Washington performer, Mr. Bitner is in his 18th season as a soloist and chorister with the Washington National Opera, performing alongside and under the baton of Placido Domingo during Mr. Domingo’s tenure with the company. Mr. Bitner’s solo work with the company includes roles in Menotti’s The Consul, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, and Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani and La Traviata. This past December, Mr. Bitner was engaged to perform with the Guatemalan National Symphony Orchestra in concert and as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, with performances in Guatemala City and Antigua. Residing in Baltimore, Mr. Bitner performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region; most recently as Erstes Minnesinger in Richard Strauss’s Guntram with the Washington Concert Opera this March. He performs regularly with Live Arts Maryland, Anne Arundel Community Opera (January ’10 as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus), and as Monostatos in The Magic Flute at Opera Vivente in 2010 as well as Lyric Opera Baltimore (La Boheme 2012), Opera Carolina, Spoleto Festival Opera, and Summer Opera (DC). In addition to operatic pursuits, Mr. Bitner has performed with Pantolites as Scratchembitem in the World Premiere British Pantomine Puss in Boots and at Young Victorian Theatre as Frederic in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. His repertoire includes over 25 roles including Rodolfo (La Boheme – Lancaster Opera), Laca (Jenufa – Summer Opera), and Steuermann (Der Fliegender Holländer – Spoleto Festival Opera). Mr. Bitner serves as the tenor cantor at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Towson, MD. In addition to his vocal pursuits, Mr. Bitner serves as the 4th Vice President of AGMA (National Officer in the union for opera singers, ballet dancers, stage directors, and production staff) and is the Associate Executive Director of The Engineers Club located at Baltimore’s National Historic Landmark, The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Mr. Bitner was a founding member of, the Baltimore Concert Opera now in its seventh season.
Jason Buckwalter (Billy Bigelow) is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire.” (Baltimore City Paper) A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Buckwalter now lives in Baltimore and performs throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, and the Young Victorian Theatre Company. Mr. Buckwalter is excited to be back with Live Arts Maryland, where he was last seen as Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls. His other Broadway roles there include Will Parker in Oklahoma! and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes!. Upcoming performances include a recital in November in Lancaster, PA, Wagner in Faust with the Annapolis Opera in March 2016, and Lescaut in Manon with the Opera Company of Brooklyn in April. Visit jasonbbuckwalter.com for Mr. Buckwalter’s full calendar.
Kimberly Christie (Carrie Pepperidge) is thrilled to return to the wonderful Live Arts Maryland stage for Carousel! Her other appearances with Live Arts Maryland include Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Winnifred (Once Upon A Mattress), Victoria (Grand Night for Singing), Adelaide (Guys & Dolls) and Bonnie (Anything Goes!). Ms. Christie also performs with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Washington National Opera, with whom she made her chorister debut this past September in Bizet’s Carmen. Ms. Christie is equally skilled in opera, oratorio and musical theater, and looks forward to joining Live Arts Maryland again on October 22 to perform in its Bach+ concert series at St. Anne’s Church. In November, she will perform as Clara in The Light in the Piazza with Bootless Stageworkz in Wilmington, DE, and as soprano soloist for part one of Handel’s Messiah at St. James’ Parish in Lothian, MD. In December, Ms. Christie will be the soprano soloist for Central Maryland Chorale’s Poulenc Gloria and the annual Messiah sing-a-long. Ms. Christie is based in Baltimore, MD, and holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory. To learn more and for information for upcoming performances, visit www.kimberlychristie.com.
Molly Moore Green (Nettie) 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. This is her first Live Arts Maryland appearance this season. Previous performances include Once Upon a Mattress (Queen Aggravain) Anything Goes! (Reno Sweeney), Man of La Mancha (the Housekeeper), Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller), Brigadoon (Meg), A Little Night Music (Charlotte) and, most recently, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. 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.
Courtney Kalbacker (Director) is an operatic stage director, production manager, and coloratura soprano that has worked with companies including Lyric Opera Baltimore, UrbanArias, Michigan Opera Theatre, Baltimore Concert Opera, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Hub Opera Ensemble, Silver Finch Arts Collective, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, Unmanned Stagecraft, and others. Most recent directorial projects include several premieres with UrbanArias (The Whole Truth; Buyer Beware) and Johann Strauss’ The Gypsy Baron at the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Upcoming endeavors include managing the productions of UrbanArias’ As One and Baltimore Concert Opera’s Die Fledermaus, and performing in the principal ensemble of Washington National Opera’s Lost in the Stars. More info is available at www.CourtneyKalbacker.com.
Jessica Satava (Julie Jordan), “lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015) Ms. Satava has appeared as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Lancaster, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with Zeiders American Dream Theater, Musetta in La bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Inez in Il Trovatore with Center Stage Opera, Voce dal Cielo in Don Carlo with Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, and as Mimí and Micaëla in concert performances of La bohème and Carmen. While at Peabody Conservatory, she performed the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Polly in The Threepenny Opera. Ms. Satava has appeared with The Figaro Project in the premiere of a new opera, Strong like Bull, by Joshua Bornfield, and as Donna Elvira in Who Killed Don Giovanni? both to critical acclaim. In concert, Ms. Satava was the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the American University Symphony and Chorus, in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with Bach in Baltimore, in Bruckner’s Te Deum, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, in Dvo?ák’s Stabat Mater with the Lancaster Symphony and Chorus and the Franklin and Marshall College combined choirs, in Britten’s Ceremony of Carols at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA, and with The Bach Concert Series as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1. Her New York recital debut took place in Merkin Hall, featuring the premiere of a song cycle written for her. Ms. Satava has taken prizes in competitions such the Baltimore Music Club Competition, the Marian B. and Samuel Bernstein Memorial Prize for Opera, the Wonderlic Competition, the Kennett Symphony Voice Competition, NATS, and was awarded a Peabody Career Development Grant. Upcoming appearances include the solo work in Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and a return to Annapolis for Live Arts Maryland’s Messiah. For more information on Ms. Satava, please visit www.jessicasatava.com.
Alicia Sweeney (Mrs. Mullin) graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Performing Arts. Since moving to Annapolis she has had the pleasure of performing musicals and plays with Live Arts Maryland, Bay Theatre, Colonial Players, Dignity Players, Moonlight Troopers, Rockville Musical Theatre, Standing O Productions and Winter’s Lane Productions. She was most recently seen as Morticia Addams at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and nominated last year for Best Featured Actress in a musical by DC Metro Arts for her character in Bat Boy (the Musical) Ms. Sweeney is thrilled to be with the cast of Carousel and the wonderful Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale.
Also appearing from the Annapolis Chorale are:
Ray Landrum – The Starkeeper and Dr. Selden
Ned Criscimagna as the Policeman
Steve Streetman as Mr. Bascomb
Members of the Annapolis Chorale as townspeople.