Catrin Rowenna Davies (Director), 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 made her directing debut at Summer Garden Opera with Gounod’s Faust, directed some American Opera scenes 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, Oklahoma!, 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 has been 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 Summer Garden Opera to direct Il barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Davies holds an honors degree in history from McGill University, and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Oxford University.
Ryan de Ryke (Archibald) is an artist whose versatility and unique musical presence have made him increasingly in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. He has performed at many of the leading international music festivals including the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK and the summer festival at Aix-en-Provence in France garnering significant acclaim as both a recitalist and singing actor. Mr. de Ryke studied at the Peabody Conservatory with John Shirley Quirk, the Royal Academy of Music in London with Ian Partridge, and at the National Conservatory of Luxembourg with Georges Backes. His is also an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Institute in the UK and the Schubert Institute in Austria where he worked with great artists of the song world such as Elly Ameling, Wolfgang Holzmair, Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, and Helmut Deutsch. His operatic roles include the title roles in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Purcel’s Dido and Aeneas, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, and Händel’s Apollo and Dafne. He has also performed the role of Nardo in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Giove in Cavalli’s La Callisto, Angelotti in Tosca, and Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld. He can often be seen collaborating with Haymarket Opera Chicago where he performed the title role in Telemann’s Pimpinone, voted one of Chicago’s top 5 performances of 2013, and last season played the role of Sancho Panza in Don Quichotte. Mr. de Ryke feels fortunate to collaborate regularly with artists and friends around the world, including Daniel Schlosberg, Jerome Tan, Susan Youens, Eva Mengelkoch, Michael Shepard, and Roger Vignoles.
Natalie Dixon (Mary Lennox), attends Bates Middle School in Annapolis, MD, where is a student in the performing arts magnet program with a focus on dance. She has performed in the past with such theater companies as Charm City Players (Suessical the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and The Music Man), The Talent Machine Company (multiple holiday shows and High School Musical) and the Moscow Ballet (Nutcracker in 2016 and 2017). One of her favorite roles was Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at Annapolis High school when she was 11. Ms. Dixon has been studying voice with Cyndi Wallman for four years. She has studied dance at Stageworkz in Millersville for the past five years, taking classes in ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, jazz and acting. Outside of her theatrical life, Ms. Dixon enjoys the beach, long car rides, yoga and her pets.
Lindsay Espinosa (Lily), soprano, has been praised for “[handling] difficult coloratura passages with the ease of a true professional, and all the high notes too.” (Opera Pronto). This talented performer is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. During her studies in Colorado, she was an apprentice artist with Opera Fort Collins and performed Adina, Young Heidi and Laurie in their abridged productions of Elixir of Love, Follies, and The Tender Land. She also competed in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s voice competition where she was awarded an honorable mention. In 2016, she was advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition in Boston. She also performed the role of Lily in Colonial Player’s production of The Secret Garden. Ms. Espinosa traveled to Florida to participate in the Miami Music Festival, where she performed in their Broadway and Opera Aria Night performances as well as singing the role of Le Feu in its production of L’enfant et les sortilèges. After this festival, Ms. Espinosa traveled to Mezzano, Italy, where sang the role of Adele in the Music Academy International’s production of Die Fledermaus. In winter 2017, Ms. Espinosa performed in the ensemble and covered the role of First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera AACC in Maryland. Immediately following this production, she revived her role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème for the annual Opera Night at the Osteria 510 in Front Royal, Virginia. Ms. Espinosa has also had the pleasure of singing in the Annapolis Chorale for their 2016-2017 season and was a featured performer in their performance of Oklahoma! as well as a soloist for their concert “Music for a New World II. In addition to performing, Ms. Espinosa is also a voice and beginning-piano teacher. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, she taught for a year at Ohio’s Royalton Music Center. She also received her teaching certificate in working with children aged 0-5 from Music Together, an early childhood music education program. As a teacher, she offers in-home lessons on reading music, matching pitch, singing in foreign languages, and performance techniques to her students in the Annapolis area.
Ella Green (Martha) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Live Arts Maryland stage. She has been seen in the Annapolis area in many productions with theaters and such companies as Live Arts Maryland, Colonial Players Inc., Children’s Theater of Annapolis and Infinity Theater company. Her roles have included Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Martha (The Secret Garden), Miss Scarlet (Clue: The Musical), The Witch (Big Fish), Chastity (Anything Goes), and many more. Ms. Green has been part of training programs Arena Stage, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with an expected graduation date of 2021. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support. Love to all!
Jason Hentrich (Neville) has previously appeared with Annapolis Chorale in Carmina Burana, Fiddler on the Roof, and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Other theater credits include Assassins, Alice In Wonderland, Becoming George, The Fall of the House of Usher, Travesties, Hello Again, and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Mr. Hentrich is an alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. He teaches music at Prince George’s County Public Schools and Acting for Singers at the Peabody Preparatory. He has previously served on the faculties of Washington College and Imagination Stage. This spring he will appear in Cohesion Theatre’s production of the profession wrestling play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. You can follow Jason on social media @jasonhentrich.
Duncan Hood (Old Ben) Great to be back, and that’s a fact. This is Mr. Hood’s fifth production with Live Arts Maryland, having performed in for Anything Goes, Once Upon a Mattress, Finnian’s Rainbow and Oklahoma!. After many years, he has finally graduated to Old Ben in this production. Hmmm… Mr. Hood is a winner of a Washington Area Theater Community Honors (WATCH) award for Best Supporting performance in Mornings at Seven, and over the past 20 years, he has performed such roles as 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 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. Mr. Hood also appeared in the 2011 Clint Eastwood film J Edgar as the radio announcer, and his Voiceover credits include national and regional commercial, book and 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 Associaion for 28 years and holds a 100-ton USCG Master’s license.
Heather McMunigal (Rose) is delighted to be reprising the role of Rose. Recently,
Ms. McMunigal appeared in Sister Act at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, as well as A Christmas Carol and The Secret Garden at Colonial Players. She also appeared as Gertie in last year’s Live Arts Maryland production of Oklahoma!. Ms. McMunigcal received her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice) from Penn State and remains an active singer. During the day, she helps to “Save the Bay” working for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Conner Perry (Colin) is thrilled to join the cast of The Secret Garden in his debut performance with Live Arts Maryland! His love of theater began at age five playing both a monarch butterfly and a “newsie” in his first school play. Conner has since performed with BPC Church Mice in Santa Monica, CA, and in two Jemicy School musicals: Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. While in Los Angeles, Conner was part of the original cast of Casablanca: The Musical, co-written by his classmate Henry Brooks, grandson of Mel. Conner currently sings with St. Anne’s Church Circle Choristers in Annapolis, who are preparing to sing at the National Cathedral later this month. On a personal note, Conner openly shares his challenges with dyslexia to encourage other kids to never give up and to always follow their dreams.
Cristina Shunk (Mrs. Medlock) Cristina appeared most recently as Mrs. Betty Lou Who in Pasadena Theater Company’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She’s also performed with Colonial Players, Red Branch Theatre, and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre in many shows including Godspell (Gilmer), The Secret Garden (Mrs. Medlock), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Mom), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), and Xanadu (Euterpe). As always, being on stage with some truly exceptional people is food for her soul. Most importantly, she’d like to thank her family for putting up with her occasional theatrical endeavors.
Cody Williams (Dickon) 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.
*Members of the Annapolis Chorale
Lance Rondeau* Albert
Kaitlin Fish Claire Holmes
Anthony Gillis* Lt. Wright
Kaelynn Bedsworth Alice (Rose’s friend)
Charlie Sweet* Major Holmes
Mara Gillis* Dreamer
Molly Green* Dreamer
Kristin Pagent* Dreamer