Kimberly Christie (Ado Annie), soprano, is excited to return to the Live Arts Maryland stage as Ado Annie! You may remember her most recently as Sharon in Finian’s Rainbow and Carrie in Carousel. She just made her debut with Opera AACC this January as Papagena in their production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Next up, she will sing soprano soloist in the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah with the Harrisburg Choral Society for their Lenten Reflections concert in March, followed by a return to the Washington National Opera chorus in their production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in May. Ms. Christie Kimberly made her soloist debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of its Annual Messiah Sing-A-Long. Other recent credits include Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Bootless Stageworkz), Soprano Soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria (Central Maryland Chorale), Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Annapolis Chorale) and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Carroll Opera). To learn more about Kimberly and upcoming performances, visit www.kimberlychristie.com.
Catrin Rowenna Davies, director and mezzo soprano, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2007, she started her directing career by assisting director Garnett Bruce in Peabody Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She then directed the Old Maid and the Thief for Harbor Opera at the Walters Art Museum, and assistant directed HMS Pinafore at the Young Victorian Theatre Company. After this auspicious beginning, she embarked on a successful regional career. Most recently, Ms. Davies directed Of Church and State, one of the Opera Etudes, for the Peabody Conservatory, and was part of the inaugural class of the Directors’ Studio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, under the mentorship of Michael Kahn. Other recent highlights include: directing The Three Little Pigs, the educational outreach show for Opera Delaware, and assistant directing the world premiere of Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem. At Lyric Opera Baltimore, she has directed Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus, and has also directed two outreach programs. At Live Arts Maryland, she has directed South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof and HMS Pinafore, the latter for which she received the following accolade from The Capital: “The staging and directing was handled absolutely brilliantly by Catrin Davies…” In the academic realm, Ms. Davies is a guest director and adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, a guest director at Harford Community College, and has been an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaching and directing music students. She was also on faculty at the Road Scholar program (formerly Elderhostel), where she lectured on a variety of musical topics, particularly operetta. This season, she is delighted to return to Peabody for her fourth year of directing the educational outreach opera, teaching Acting for Opera, and directing a program of American opera scenes. Ms. Davies holds an honors degree in history from McGill University, and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Oxford University.
Katie Dixon (Laurey) is hailed by Opera News as “a natural with a sparkling personality and top notes to match.” Born and raised in Southern California, she has recently been seen as Jellylorum and Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Cats for Broadway at Sea. Katie starred on the stages of NYC’s Lincoln Center and New World Stages, Opera Hong Kong, and Opera Naples. She’s traveled to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland to portray Lily in the award- winning production of The Secret Garden, and was also featured with the Disney Philharmonic Concert Series. Ms. Dixon currently tours with The Victory Belles, an Andrew Sisters Tribute group through the National WWII Museum, and is a company member of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Off Broadway. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Mannes School of Music.
Dianne Hood (Aunt Eller) makes her Live Arts Maryland debut in Oklahoma!. Her mid Atlantic theatre work includes, Mornings’ at Seven (Arronetta Gibbs); Ernest in Love (Miss Prism); Enchanted April (Lotty Wilton); The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion); Kitchen Sink (Francine); Breaking the Code (Sarah Turing); Moon over Buffalo (Charlotte Hay); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Lee Green); Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons); Gaslight/Angel Street (Bella Manningham); Dancing at Lughnasa (Agnes); Something’s Afoot (Miss Tweed); True West (Mom); 52 PickUp (Woman); Kimberly Akimbo (Kimberly). Ms. Hood’s work includes stage plays, voice over narrations, as well as role-plays training medical students and mental health professionals. She resides in Annapolis. Love to my wonderful husband sharing this stage tonight.
Duncan Hood (Ali Hakim) is so glad to be back for another spring fling with Live Arts Maryland! Duncan was last seen here as Senator Rawkins in Finian’s Rainbow. In 2016, he won a Washington Area Theater Community Honors (WATCH) award for best supporting actor as Carl Bolton in Morning’s at Seven, and was also nominated for the same as Dr. Chausible in Ernest in Love at Colonial Players. Over the past 20 years, he has performed roles as: Clown 1 in 39 Steps; George in Moon over Buffalo; Scrooge in Christmas Carol; Emcee in Cabaret; Flint in Something’s Afoot; The Man in 52 Pickup; The Playwright in Enter the Guardsman; VanSweiten in Amadeaus; 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 3 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 5 characters in Fallout 3; by Bethesda Softworks. Film credits include the Radio Announcer in the Clint Eastwood film J Edgar, and the Man at the wake in That Night. Mr. Hood has been an international sailing instructor trainer for the American Sailing Assn. Since 1984, and holds a 100 ton USCG Master’s license. Lots of love to Aunt Eller, Duncan’s wife, Dianne.
Wes Mason (Curly) grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, performing music and theater on school and community stages. Playing guitar and singing in rock and folk bands lead him to study classical voice and eventually to a career in opera. He has been fortunate to work with Anne Bogart, Christine Brewer, Jake Heggie, Jack O’Brien, Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and many others. His favorite roles have included Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Curly in Oklahoma!, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Father Flynn in Doubt, the title roles in Eugene Onegin, Hamlet and William Tell, as well as Reinaldo Arenas in the world premiere of Before Night Falls. Most recently, he appeared with Nashville Opera in the world premiere of Three Way. Some previous company engagements include The Dallas Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Hong Kong, Fort Worth Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Michigan Opera Theatre, to name a few. He has received awards and grants from the Loren L. Zachary Society, The Sullivan Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Wes is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and the University of Michigan and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Bennett Umhau (Jud) is an energetic young baritone who “[handles] his vocal chores flawlessly.” With his recent performances in opera, operetta, concert works and new music, Mr. Umhau has appeared with many organizations in the greater Washington D.C. area. Recent roles include “Pandolfe” in Massenet’s Cendrillon, “Mr. Goldbury” in Utopia Limited, “Strephon” in Iolanthe, “The Usher” in Trial by Jury and “Warden Frank” in Die Fledermaus, as well as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah (at the St. James Episcopal Church, Lothian, MD). Mr. Umhau has regularly performed with the Bach in Baltimore Choir (a part of the Bach Concert Series), and as a recitalist for the Calvert Memorial Hospital Spotlight Concert Series, presenting a large variety of works—from Georges Bizet to Irving Berlin. He holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy from Shenandoah University.
Cody Williams (Will Parker) has many Broadway credits, including On the Town (u/s Chip, Ozzie), R+H’s Cinderella (Raccoon, Prince Topher/Jean-Michel u/s) and Memphis. His other include Helen Hayes Nomination for Oklahoma! (Will Parker) at Arena Stage, Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster, West Side Story (Action) at Paper Mill Playhouse, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall, White Christmas (Phil) at Arvada Center and Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo), Atlanta Ballet. He is the producer/writer of viral videos RepubliCATS, Russian Broadway Shutdown, Broadway Draft, Broadway Debate, Frozen on Broadway- First Look. Proud Joby to Jobelene. Mr. Williams received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.