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ANNE MURPHY GIRVEN (Lucy) is thrilled to be working with RCT again! Anne is a recent graduate from the Music Theatre program at Nazareth College. Since graduation, Anne has worked professionally teaching and performing at Florida Studio Theatre, The Studio New Caanan, Great Lakes Interactive Dinner Theatre, and Geva Theatre. NYC credits include the premiere of She Said/She Said at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Regional credits include Jack and the Enchanted Beanstalk (Jack's Mother) at Flordia Studio Theatre. Other favorite credits include Babes in Arms (Billie), The 25th...Spelling Bee (Olive), A Little Night Music (Anne), Rabbit Hole (Izzy) and  Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). Anne would like to thank her family, friends, and Marissa for always believing in, and supporting, her. Enjoy the show! 
SETH HATCH (Linus) is extremely happy to be making his debut with the Rochester Children's Theatre. His previous credits include Potiphar/Asher in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Bob Wallace in WHITE CHRISTMAS, Schroeder in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, and many more. An entering freshman at Nazareth College, Seth will be majoring in Music Theatre. Seth is very happy to be a part of the Rochester Children's Theatre cast of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, and is most excited to be studying the role of Linus. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support and understanding. He would also like to encourage everyone to never lose their inner child and to never forget their favorite blanket at home. You'll never know when you'll need it!
BRE MELINO (Sally) is a senior music theatre major at Nazareth College who will soon be moving to NYC after graduation. Summer and Naz credits include Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening, Joan in Dames at Sea, Cinderella in Into The Woods, Petra in A Little Night Music, Evelyn Munn in The Children Hour, Libby/Dolores understudy in Babes In Arms, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in Fairport SPA’s Spelling Bee, Janet Weiss in JCC’s Center Stage production of The Rocky Horror Show, K.T. in Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, and Miss Hannigan in Annie. After being nominated for an Irean Ryan for her performance as Joan, Bre participated in the American College Theatre Festival in 2012 with partner Jennifer Menter and was advanced to the finals; top 16 in the festival. Furthermore, for the role of Wendla, she was nominated for another Irean Ryan which gives her yet another opportunity to attend ACTF this coming winter. Recently, Bre performed at the Next Stage in Geva Theatre Center’s production of 44 Play’s for 44 Presidents, followed by a devised theatre production written by fellow Naz students entitled Smith where Bre played Anne Smith, which was also featured at the first Rochester Fringe Festival. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – MLK


ALEC POWELL (Schroeder) is absolutely thrilled to be making his Rochester Children’s Theatre debut as Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Originally from Michigan, Alec graduated high school from the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy where he was a classical saxophone major. He moved to Rochester in 2007 to pursue a bachelor of music degree in music education and classical saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music. He’s studied with Korin Kormick and Kathryn Cowdrick (Eastman School of Music), and Eric Reiger (Nazareth College). Alec earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Eastman in May, 2011, also receiving the prestigious Eastman School of Music Performer’s Certificate, a high honor awarded to select students who exhibit outstanding performance abilities. Recent roles include Georg in Spring Awakening (JCC CenterStage), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barebones Theatre Company), Wolf in Bent (JCC CenterStage), and Ensemble in Parade (JCC CenterStage). Alec teaches elementary general music at Rochester Prep Elementary Charter School and private lessons at the Harley School where he is the Advanced Instructor of Saxophone and Clarinet. He is also pursuing his master of music degree at the Eastman School of Music where he is studying music education and voice. Alec would like to give a special shout-out to his Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students and their teachers from Rochester Prep who will hopefully be coming out to see the show!
SCOTT SHUTTS (Charlie Brown) is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in his first production with Rochester Children's Theatre. He is even more thrilled that they didn't ask him to shave his head! Scott has been performing in the Rochester area for more than 10 years with such diverse groups as the JCC, Webster Theatre Guild, Pittsford Musicals, RAPA, Everyone's Theatre Company, Geva, and the Irondequoit Theatre Guild. Recent credits include PARADE (ensemble), BENT (Rudy), URINETOWN (Officer Lockstock), and COMPANY (Bobby). Favorite roles also include the title character in JEKYLL & HYDE, The Boy in THE FANTASTICKS, and Claude in HAIR. Scott works in Student Admissions for Monroe #1 BOCES, and in his free time he enjoys flying kites and spending time with his beagle. No, really...he has a beagle. He also holds the office of Treasurer on the Board of the Webster Theatre Guild and is a 15 year member of the RGMC. As always he would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support and his German/Swedish heritage for the ageless porcelain complexion that allows him to believably play a 6 year old.
BRIAN ZIEMANN (Snoopy) is a recent graduate of Nazareth College and is thrilled to be making his RCT debut in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown! He was last seen as Stu in She Said/She Said at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, and as a Protean in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Bristol Valley Theater. Previous Nazareth credits include Gus Fielding in Babes in Arms, the Baker in Into the Woods, Henessey/the Captain in Dames at Sea, Georg in Spring Awakening, Frederik in A Little Night Music and Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

KERRY YOUNG (Director)is celebrating her 20th year of involvement in the Rochester Theatre Community. Her accomplishments as an actor, director, writer, teacher, producer and improviser are varied and colorful. Ms. Young started performing in Rochester on the Shipping Dock Theatre stage where she played roles in many highly acclaimed productions. She also directed, co-founded Unleashed! Improv and served on the board of directors at Shipping Dock. Ms. Young also has performed and directed at the JCC Centerstage, directed for Nazareth College and she has worked at Blackfriars Theatre, for the 360-365 Film Festival, in various independent films and is a member of Unleashed! Improv troupe. In addition to her theatrical pursuits, Ms. Young is a middle school enrichment teacher. She also proudly serves as President of TheatreROCS – an amazing cooperative consortium of local theatre companies.
LANI TOYAMA (Musical Director) is excited to music direct RCT's production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". This is her third show with the Rochester Children's Theatre as she performed in "Annie" and "A Year With Frog and Toad", but her first as a member of the creative team. She has returned to the Rochester area after having worked for four years for Disney Cruise Lines as a mainstage principle soloist, singer, dancer and vocal captain on the ships the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. She is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in vocal performance. Lani has performed in many musicals, including leading roles in such shows as “Cinderella”, “Peter Pan”, “Bye, Bye Birdie”, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Into The Woods”, and “Crazy for You”. Since last spring she has appeared in the JCC Centerstage production of "Parade" and is now serving as a dance teacher for RCT's summer conservatory. While working for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as her day job, she also is a private instructor of voice and piano and a wedding soloist.
HEATHER STEVENSON (Choreographer) is an artistic director, choreographer, performer, and teaching artist. She met her husband and partner, Darren Stevenson, in 1992 while studying theatre at The Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Soon thereafter, they launched International Expression, and began touring the United States and England, as well as continuing their studies with Goldston & Johnson School for Mime, Garth Fagan Dance, and Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre. The Stevenson’s and their two children moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997, where they opened The Studio School of the Arts, a community training center serving hundreds of students. In 2000, Heather and Darren relocated their family to Rochester, New York and founded PUSH Physical Theatre. Heather developed PUSH Pins as the children’s division of PUSH in 2002 and directs its annual summer camp for children as well as training for teens. During that same year they accepted an invitation to perform in Puerto Rico at the International Mime and Physical Theatre Festival. Using input from both able and disabled members of the Rochester community, Heather co-created -abled, an exploration of addiction using medical equipment such as crutches and walkers. It premiered to a sold-out audience, during a two-week run at the 2008 Rochester Theatrefest presented at Geva Theatre Center. The following year, 2009, PUSH’s Dracula, an original ground-breaking work created in collaboration with writer/actor Danny Hoskins, played at Geva Theatre Center. Returning to Geva that same year with Time Remix, PUSH debuted two original works: “Time,” an exploration of athletes’ perception of time during competition, and “Flight 1549,” set to the audio tape of that miraculous airplane landing in the Hudson River. 2010 brought an invitation from TEDx to speak about PUSH Physical Theatre’s unique artistic process. Heather has been a teaching artist for the Monroe BOCES, Rochester and Buffalo school districts, Young Audiences, New Jersey’s Project Impact, and Atypical Entertainment. Additionally, she has choreographed for Rochester Children’s Theatre in such productions as Aladdin and the upcoming release of Charlie Brown. Among Heather and Darren’s awards are the Anton Germano Dance Award, and the Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester. PUSH is currently developing Arc of Ages, a compelling production opening June 2013 at the JCC’s Hart Theatre.
MARK ALMEKINDER (Scenic & Prop Designer) has more than 28 years of experience performing for various regional theater companies including Rochester Children’s Theatre as well as Tic-Toc Players, Blackfriars Theatre and Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. He has worked with Rochester Children’s Theatre since its very first production, Androcles & the Lion (Pantalone), in 1991, and has since played major roles in many RCT productions. At any given time, Mr. Almekinder is usually performing in at least one of RCT’s Plays on Tour shows that bring literature-based theatre into area schools. He is also indispensable in RCT’s backstage work, building imaginative props and sets. He has also designed many of RCT’s sets, including Charlotte's Web, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Oliver.
LANA MOMANO (Costume Designer) has used her creative talents for thirty years as a costume designer for stage, film and television productions. In addition to building costumes, she designs the hair styles and makeup effects, creating the total look for each character. Her imaginative and meticulous designs have graced many Rochester stages including Geva Theatre, Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Blackfriars Theatre, Center Stage and School of the Arts. Ms. Momano joined the RCT staff ten years ago, and has found designing children’s productions to be rewarding in unimagined ways! She is excited and proud to play a part in bringing theatre’s magical world to the young people of the Greater Rochester community.
NIC MINETOR (Lighting Designer) is a full-time lighting designer for theatre, film and TV. The 2012-13 season marks Nic’s second season for Rochester Children’s Theatre. Some other local productions include: Blackfriars: Zorba, Shipwrecked, Crimes of the Heart, Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, The Who’s Tommy, Sunday in the Park with George. Eastman Opera Theatre: resident designer for more than 40 productions, including Candide, Assassins, Cabaret, The Merry Widow, A Little Night Music, The Secret Garden, Orfeo, Manon. NITD Performing Arts more than 30 shows, including Noises Off, Little Women, Othello, Inherit the Wind, Guys & Dolls. Mercury Opera Rochester: The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, The Pirates of Penzance, Falstaff. Geva: Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, The Mystery of Irma Vep, I’m Not Rappaport, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, and six years of A Christmas Carol. He has just completed the eighth season of Second Opinion for WXXI, which can be seen on more than 240 PBS stations across the country. As a photographer, Nic has illustrated more than a dozen books on America’s national parks, historic cities and backyard birding for The Globe Pequot Press.
KATY KEPLER (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be welcomed to the Rochester Children's Theatre for the 2012/2013 season. She is a recent graduate from the Theatre Program at the College at Brockport, where she studied not only stage management, but also directing, acting, technical theatre, and design. Collegiate stage management credits include Coyote on a Fence, Reefer Madness, and Threeplay: Three Short Plays. Katy has also appeared on stage and behind the scenes at Geva Theatre Center, having worked on Dracula (actor), A Christmas Carol (actor), On Golden Pond (assistant director), Company (run crew), Voices of the Spirits in My Soul (run crew), and a staged reading of Coyote on a Fence (reader). She will be stage managing on Geva's Next Stage for their production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents in the Fall of 2012.


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