Bios CPCC Summer Theatre 2018


 Rob Addison is pleased to return to CPCC for his 6th season where you have previously seen him in Oliver (Fagin), Young Frankenstein (Kemp/Hermit), Spamalot (Sir Bedevere et. all) and last season’s Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf) to name a few. He has also been seen locally at Actors Theatre of Charlotte in Fly By Night (McClam) and Stupid F-ing Bird (Sorn). A Southern California native, Rob holds an MFA from FSU/ Asolo Conservatory and has performed and directed across the country for twenty years. He is currently the Theatre Arts teacher at Clover High School and is extremely grateful to his entire family for their love and support.

  Paula Baldwin is happy to return to CPCC Summer Theatre playing Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! and directing The Mousetrap. Previous CPCC Summer Theatre shows include: Sister Act, Oliver! and Barefoot in the Park. A familiar face to Charlotte audiences, some of her favorite recent productions include: The Grapes of Wrath, The Actress, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid Virginia Woolf? A Streetcar Named Desire and Angels in America. Paula, a theatre teacher at Independence High School, holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from UNC-Greensboro and a BA in Theatre from Catawba College

Michael Beech (Ali Hakim) is excited to return to CPCC for his third season!  He was last seen as Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia, and previous roles at CPCC include Avram in Fiddler on the Roof, The Butler in Annie, and Himself in I Love A Piano.  When he grows up, he’d like to be a performer, but in the meantime, he teaches Theatre Arts, Creative Writing, and Film & Literature at East Gaston High School in Mount Holly.

Jeremy G. Borja is a hard working individual with the drive to become the best at the position offered to him. He is very excited to be working with the CPCC acting department this season as they bring the musical, Oklahoma, to the stage for the community to see. Jeremy is very grateful for the opportunity being presented to him by the casting directors and looks forward to making this production the best that he and his fellow actors can bring the Charlotte area.

Justin Bowen is a graduate of Lagrange College In Theatre Technology and Design. Prior to CPCC Summer Theatre, He has worked as a furniture maker and carpenter in Lagrange, GA, and is excited to spend this season with CPCC.

Garrett Bradshaw is a junior, currently earning his BFA in Acting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is happy to return to his home of Charlotte to work on Mousetrap with this amazing cast. He is an Independence High School alum so he is also excited to work with Paula Baldwin once again. He’d to think his mom, sister, and girlfriend for their unwavering support and love. He’d also like to thank you for coming to support this show and the theatre!

Jonathan Buckner is excited and honored to be performing again on the CPCC stage.  His previous CPCC stage performances include The Constable in Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph Buquet in Phantom of the Opera.  He is a teacher of theatre arts in Gaston County Schools (Ashbrook High School).  He has also been involved in Gaston County community theatre for the past twenty years directing, promoting, teaching, and acting in plays with the Little Theatre of Gastonia, ImpAct Theatre of Gastonia, and Belmont Abbey Players where some of his favorite acting roles include Father from Children of Eden, Curly in Oklahoma!, Archibald from The Secret Garden, and The Cat in the Hat from Seusical the Musical.  He would like to express his love and gratitude to his supportive wife, Sarah,and to his amazing children, Maya Grace and Liam.

Liz Burns, a native of Charlotte, received her undergraduate degree from UNC Charlotte and a Masters in Cello Performance from Winthrop University. She adjunct professor of cello at Winthrop where she also teaches Strings Methods and coaches the Cello Ensemble and String Quartet.  In addition to acting as cello coach for the CSYO Junior Youth Orchestra, she serves as Assistant Principal of the Salisbury Symphony and regularly subs with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  She performs frequently at area churches and and in chamber music recitals in North and South Carolina.

Mike Carroll was last on stage at CPCC in this fall’s Bridges of Madison County.  He has been a part of several local productions this past year: Memphis and A Christmas Carol at Theater Charlotte, A Streetcar Named Desire and On Golden Pond at Davidson Community Players, and Freedom Train at Matthews Playhouse.  I have enjoyed renewing my interest in acting and have appreciated meeting the many great “theater people” in the Charlotte area.  Kendall and George, I am very proud of you both and love you more than you know.  And much love to my biggest fan, Julie, for all of her support!

Amelia Cary is a recent graduate of Winthrop University where she received a BA in Theater with a Concentration in Musical Theater and a Minor in Psychology. She has recently appeared throughout the Charlotte theater community in Evita, Ragtime, The Addams Family,and Phantom of the Opera. Other CPCC credits include Oliver and How to Ducceed in Business Without Really Trying. Amelia is very excited to be rejoining CPCC Summer Theater this year.

 Katherine Cherok is excited to be making her CPCC debut in Oklahoma and Grease! She is currently a sophomore musical theatre major at The Hartt School. She would like to thank Tom Hollis, and everyone at CPCC summer theatre for this incredible opportunity. Also her family and friends for all of their love and support!

 Ron Chisholm has performed in every type of entertainment medium:  Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, cruise ships, theme parks, music videos, TV, industrial shows and movies.  On Broadway he was assistant choreographer and performed in “Into the Light” with Dean Jones.  In Charlotte he has directed, choreographed and/or produced shows for: CPCC Theatre and CP Summer Theatre Charlotte Rep, Opera Carolina, Theatre Charlotte, Spirit Square, North Carolina Shakespeare ,Children’s Theatre-Winning the National Youth Theatre Award for “A Year With Frog and Toad” , Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, Opera House Theatre Company in Wilmington, NC and other companies in the area.  Ron is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Dance program at CPCC.  He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Angie, and has two incredible children – Bryan and Caroline.

  Aaron Coulson relocated to Charlotte from Las Vegas where he headlined DANCING QUEEN at the Planet Hollywood Casino. There he also opened for Britney Spears PIECE OF ME landing him his first spot light in People Magazine. Highlights of Aaron’s Broadway/Touring/Professional credits include STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Electra), RENT (Angel), HEDWIG AND THE ANGREY INCH (Hedwig), CABARET (Emcee), ROCK OF AGES (Stacee Jaxx), FANTASTICKS (Matt), WEST SIDE STORY (Bernardo) ALADDIN (Aladdin). Favorite accomplishments; marrying his best friend, receiving the Broadway World Award for his direction of Smokey Joes Cafe in Las Vegas and founding Las Vegas Deaf Theatre with the intention to create more jobs and opportunities for the Deaf through visually stunning performances.

Jonathan Davis is a recent graduate of Northwest School of the Arts where he majored in musical theatre. Some of his previous credits included  In the Heights (Sonny), RENT (Male soloist), Seussical (The Cat), and All Shook Up (Chad). However, he is not new to the CPCC stage. Jonathan performed in Li’l Abner (Ensemble) and Anything Goes (Ling/John). Now graduated, instead of pursuing a career in musical theatre, he has decide to explore a career in dancing and choreography. Jonathan would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him!

Payton Dills is embarking upon her 6th season as PSM here at CPCC. Some of her favorite shows she’s done are Mary Poppins, Phantom, Ragtime, and Evita. When her schedule allows, she also stage manages dance and other events around Charlotte. She would like to thank her husband, Rick, for being her best partner in crime and give a shout-out to the rest of the stage management team- Sarah, Jessica, and Leslie! Payton would like to thank you for coming, and ask that you please TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES and enjoy the show!

Rick Dills is no stranger to CPCC Summer Theater. He has worn many hats in his 18 years of working with the company. Currently, he is the technical theater teacher at Independence High School in Mint Hill where he has the opportunity to teach and work with so many amazing students. This summer he will get to share the back stage area with several of his former students. For that he is thankful, and proud of all their accomplishments. This season Rick also gets to work with his wife Payton. “She brings light and balance to my life every day.” Here’s to another great season!


   Charlotte-native Cathy Crenshaw Doheny holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her opera and musical theatre credits have included Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring at UNCSA, The Grand Duchess Anastasia in The Student Prince at Brevard Music Center, Elsa in The Sound of Music at Greater Shelby Community Theatre, and Susanna Walcott in The Crucible at Opera Carolina, as well as 20 years in the Opera Carolina Chorus. She has also graced the stages of the Statesville Community Theatre as Gloria in The Tiger, Hickory Community Theatre as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and for Chickspeare as Bianca in Othello. Also an award-winning writer and journalist, Ms. Doheny is the “Famous Operas” contributing writer for The Daily Book of Classical Music released by Walter Foster Publishing.

 Zendyn Duellman (Mrs. Boyle) is thrilled to be making her CPCC Theatre debut in The Mousetrap. World premier credits: Becoming Eleanor, The Night Julie Taymor Cried, Six Postcards, and Waiting for Oprah. Others: Cass Harris (Wonder of the World), Jan (Grease), Buttercup (HMS Pinafore), Florinda (Into the Woods), Meg Giry (Phantom of the Opera), Grateful thanks to Paula and the CPCC cast and crew for this whirlwind adventure. Malcolm, Zane, Greg, as always, I love you.

  Robin Dunavant is ecstatic to be in North Carolina this summer performing several dream roles with CPCC! Robin was born and raised in Memphis, TN and is a rising junior in Wright State University’s BFA musical theatre program.  Her university credits include The Memory of Water(Catherine), Hello Again(Actress), You Can’t Take It with You, and 9 to 5. She sends many thanks to her family for their undying support and love.

  Jana Dykhuis (Gertie) is delighted to be making her debut with CPCC’s Summer Theatre in Oklahoma! as the show celebrates its 75th anniversary. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, Jana now works as Vocal Music Director at Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, NC. While there, she has taught over six performing ensembles and has served as music director for both The Lion King, Kids and Fiddler on the Roof. She wishes to thank all those who have made this production possible, from maintenance to marketing, directors to designers, choreographers to crew, and actors to audience. SDG.

Biff Edge is returning for his 8th season as a set designer for CPCC Summer Theatre.  Previous CPCC productions include Disney’s Aladdin Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel!.  During the rest of the year he is the Technical Director for Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  He’s worked there for 10 years designing, building, and/or lighting over 70 theatre and dance productions, and teaching hundreds of students.  He’s excited to be back at CPCC this season as set designer for Grease.  But the most important job in his life is husband to Olivia, and father to Eli and Julia.

  Neifert Enrique is honored to be performing at CPCC Summer Theatre. His past theatre credits include Evita, Hair, Heathers, Macbeth, Legally Blonde, Into The Woods, and Godspell. Apart from being an actor and singer, he’s also a pianist, composer, and writer while studying at Winthrop University.

Receiving a BA in Music Education with a concentration in choral conducting from Pfeiffer University and a BM in Vocal Performance from Winthrop University, Craig Estep has extensive experience as a singer and conductor on the professional opera and concert circuit. In 2012 he was the Metrolina Theater Association Award winner for Outstanding Musical Direction/Conducting Musical for CPCC’s production of The Civil War and has since been the music director for 1776 and Bridges of Madison County.

Rachel Engstrom is the Costume Shop Manager and a Costume Designer for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and CPCC Summer Theatre as well as a freelance Costume Designer. Her recent credits include Spring Awakening and Memphis (Theatre Charlotte), The Bridges of Madison County, James and the Giant Peach, and Sleuth (CPCC).  Ms. Engstrom previously taught and designed at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach, CA.  Her professional design work has been seen at University of California – Irvine, Chapman University, Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare Santa Monica, and Theatre of NOTE.  Ms. Engstrom has extensive costume construction and crafts experience, having worked in many shops including South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Laguna Playhouse, and American Players Theatre.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design and Technical Production from Western Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from California State University – Long Beach.

  Jason Estrada is proud to join CPCC’s Summer Theatre on this production of Grease. He previously designed costumes for CPCC’s ​​The Crucible last fall. When he’s not designing costumes you can find him creating custom wigs for theaters as well as television and film projects. He regularly designs for The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, where he has worked on a few of his favorite designs including And in this Corner…Cassius ClayBud not Buddy, and New Kid. Jason also serves as faculty of Wig and Makeup Design for the University of NC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He wants to thank Steve for always supporting his artistic journey.

  James K. Flynn  A Charlotte native, Mr. Flynn has been involved with the theater since the eighth grade. He is known locally for his years as a morning radio host. His CPCC Theater credits include The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, The Lion in Winter, Damn Yankees, Spamalot and 1776. Most recently, he has received critical acclaim for his one-man touring show Blessed Assurance. This show culminates a 45 year run for Mr. Flynn with Oklahoma! It caps off the hat trick: Cord Elam in 1973, Jud in 1977, and now Andrew Carnes.

Ethan Follett is a Junior at University of Southern Mississippi where he is pursuing a BFA in Design and Technical Theatre. He hopes to use this degree to become a Technical Director. He was a Master Carpenter for Bulrusher and Women of Lockerbie, as well as a welder for Phantom of the Opera. This is his first professional job outside of Mississippi.

Jade Franks is excited to be joining Central Piedmont’s Summer Theater as a stitcher. She is originally from Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelors degree in technical theater. She has worked in three other costume shops and been apart of many shows, from opera to circus. In her spare time, she has recently learned to juggle.

  Amber Dawn French (Ado Annie) is delighted to be returning to CPCC Summer Theatre! Former performance credits include Evita (Ensemble) Fiddler On The Roof (Fruma Sarah / Mirala), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Choir: Alto Section Leader), The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Sally Applewhite – Mary Hatch), Boy’s Life (Karen), Gypsy (Marjorie May), and Les Miserables (Ensemble).

Colin Gallagher is thrilled to be making his CPCC Summer debut! He has been performing on stage since the age of 3, and his favorite recent roles have included Ren in Footloose, Usnavi in In the Heights, and Prince Topher in Cinderella. He has also appeared locally on the Fox 46 Good Morning show as a Latin Dancer and in shows around Charlotte with Teen City Stage, Mooresville Children’s Community Theatre, Yadkin Arts Council and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Colin would like to thank Tom Hollis and everyone who is making the CPCC Summer Season possible as well as his family, friends, and instructors who have made him who he is today.

Megan Gavin is from Mobile, Alabama. She has been a self taught seamstress for over 6 years and currently is a junior at Western Michigan University studying Theatre Design and Technical Production, focusing in Costume Technology. This is her first job as a stitcher outside of WMU and cannot be more excited to continue learning and creating!

  Rich Graham graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelorof Music degree and studied clarinet with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.His varied musical career includes several national tours with vocalists of both the Metand New York City Opera, hundreds of shows (playing flute as well as clarinet and sax!),and many variety band productions. He had his own solo woodwind act for over a year at the Omni/Radisson Uptown Plaza Hotel in Charlotte, and has performed at almost every Carolina military base as a member of both the Jerry Goodman Band and T.P.M.

Productions (Greensboro).Rich has played saxophone with the Charlotte Symphony and is currently a member ofthe Salisbury Symphony Orchestra where he has been appointed acting principal /section clarinetist.

Ashton Guthrie is thrilled to be returning to the Halton stage once again! He earned a BFA in Acting from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Based in New York City, he continues to perform regionally. CP Summer Theatre credits include: Young Frankenstein (Igor), Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh), Spamalot (Historian, Prince Herbert), Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker). Insta: @ashclay_

Bailey Greemon is thrilled to be back for her second summer season at CPCC! The rising tenth grader was most recently seen in Evita here at CPCC and at CTC as Alice in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Other credits include Debbie Allen’s Brothers of The Knight National Tour, A Christmas Carol at Flatrock Playhouse, Oliver!, Beauty and The Beast and Shrek. In addition to performing, she enjoys playing her ukulele and traveling with her family. Bailey would like to thank everyone involved in summer stock and her family for their constant love, guidance and support!

Zachary Grizzle is a recent graduate from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Before working for Central Piedmont as a carpenter, Zachary has worked at The Lost Colony as an Audio technician and Unto These Hills as a general technician. At Piedmont, Zachary studied Design and Technical Theater.

Abigail Hackenberg – Abigail is thrilled to make her debut on the CPCC stage this summer. She is a Junior at High Point University studying Theatre Performance and Music Vocal Performance. Previous credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Curtains (Bambi), Evita (Eva Peron), Into the Woods (Little Red), and Chicago (Liz). She wants to thank her mother for introducing her to the magic of theatre!

  Brendan Hanks has been performing in shows around Charlotte for about 3 years and has been in previous CPCC productions including Evita and Phantom of the Opera

Alexis Adair Harder is so excited to be back on the Halton Stage! Alexis is a rising senior at South Carolina School of the Arts: Anderson University. Credits include: Big Fish, “Josephine” White Christmas, “Rita” Cedar Fair Luminate! Carolina Beach Bash, Water Park Show “Host/ Dance Captain” Merrily We Roll Along, and Me And My Girl. Alexis would like to thank her parents, little sister, and family for always showing her love and support, Dr. Mac for always pushing her in class, and Tom Hollis and the rest of the production team at CPCC for this wonderful opportunity!

   Sophie Hardy is so excited to be back at CPCC for another summer season.  In previous years, she has appeared in Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Rapunzel and in the 2017 performance of Fiddler on the Roof.  Her other recent shows include Into the Woods, Crazy for You and Hairspray at Theater Charlotte.  Needless to say, Sophie is passionate about all things Musical Theater and, as a recent graduate of Charlotte Latin School she is excited to be heading to Wright State University in the Fall, to study Musical Theater there.  She would like to thank her parents (and siblings!) for supporting and enabling her to pursue her passion – thanks!

   Brittany Harrington is thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to once again perform on the Halton stage. Some of her previous roles include Claudette Colvin in I Dream, Mrs Corry in Mary Poppins, Sarah in Ragtime, Armelia in Aint Misbehavin, Griddlebone in CATS and The Witch in Into the Woods. Brittany is also an artist with RWS Entertainment Group, Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina. She thanks you all for your love and support “Where better to escape than the theater?

Traven Harrington, is extremely excited about joining CPCC Summer Theatre for the first time. Originally from Raeford, NC, he is a graduate of UNC Charlotte, where he studied Music with a concentration in voice. Some of his favorite shows and roles include, but are not limited to, Old Deuteronomy in CATS, Ragtime, Leap of Faith, Alex the lion in Madagascar, and Bobby in Memphis. He is extrememly grateful for this opportunity, and gives all praise and thanks to God for opening doors.

 LISA HATT (Mollie Ralston) is so pleased to join this talented cast and crew. Favorite recent credits include Fahrenheit 451, And in This Corner: Cassius Clay, Evil Dead the Musical, Ruthless, and Parade. Thanks to Paula for the opportunity to perform with CPCC this summer!

 Treston Henderson (role) Humbled, Honored, grateful, from Oak Ridge, TN gives endless gratitude to his mom, family, and every teacher he’s had for supporting him in his career! Credits include: 54 Below (Singer), Anything Goes (Billy), The Wiz (Tin Man), Guys & Dolls (Nicely-Nicely).APSU (BFA Musical Theatre c/o 2020).IG: Treston.Henderson

  Sarah Henkel (Laurey) is excited to be back on the CPCC stage.  She was last seen this past fall as Francesca in Bridges of Madison County. Thank you to Tom, Ron, Drina, and the whole Creative Team for making this an experience to remember.  Sarah is a mother to 4 girls (Ella, Nora, Adelaide, and Tilly) and proud wife to Abram, thank you for your constant love and support.

 Connie Beach Hillard has played with the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic, Union Symphony, and other local freelance venues, including Children’s Theater and CPCC Theater productions.  She also maintains a large piano and woodwind studio at the Charlotte Academy of Music in Matthews.

Tom Hollis is in his 35th year at CPCC. He serves as Chair of the Drama Department and Artistic Director of CPCC Summer Theatre. Having directed over 200 plays in his career, he sometimes thinks he has seen it all. But then a new group of students arrive and he is pleasantly surprised all over again. Tom would like to thank his CPCC family for all their help and support. But most of all he would like to thank his wife Linda, his great kids Derek and Stacey, his son in law Chris, daughter in law Meredith, his amazing granddaughter Miss Emma Lou Who and grandson Liam Mason Jar  for putting up with his life upon the stage.


No stranger to the CPCC stage, 2018 marks the first year that he has joined the Summer Theatre Program. Brian is employed as a Theatre Arts teacher by CMS schools and uses his acting experiences to help inspire his students to pursue their goals in theatre as well. Prior to coming to Charlotte, Brian also toured the US in a variety of musical productions for over 15 years. Brian would like to thank all of the cast and crew members of the 2018 summer season for making this such a special year of performing!

George Hook is a Junior at Northern Illinois University. He recently was master carpenter for the first show of the season. The Curious case of the Watson intelligence. In the spring semester he was the Assistant Technical Director for Middle Town. George is returning for a second season at CPCC. He is happy to be here.

  Steven James, having spent the year touring North and South Carolina (and Georgia once or twice) as a member of the Resident Touring Company of Children’s Theater Charlotte, is excited to make his CPCC Summer Theatre debut in Oklahoma!  He previously performed with CPCC in Godspell several years ago as John the Baptist/Judas.  Other favorites include The Last 5 Years (Jamie), Avenue Q (Nicky), [title of show] (Jeff) and Altar Boyz (Mark).  Love to the usual suspects, enjoy the show!

  Carlos Jimenez Jr– He is very excited to be in CPCC’s Newsies. Some other credits for him include, Mereb in Aida, Angel in Rent, Bernardo in West Side Story, Sonny in In the Heights and Mark in A Chorus Line. Let’s seize the day!

Drina Keen (Music Director/Pianist/Conductor) has worked with numerous choral and theatrical organizations including CPCC Opera Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Old Courthouse Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte,The Southampton Players/Long Island University, NY, and N.C. Opera-in-the-Schools. She has received Metrolina Theatre Association’s Outstanding Musical Direction awards for CPCC’s CATS, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, CRAZY FOR YOU, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and CAMELOT, Drina received Charlotte Creative Loafing’s Best Conductor/Music Director’s awards for CPCC’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, and for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s THE CHRISTMAS DOLL, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, and BEAUTY and the BEAST.

Don Ketcham has been the Technical Director for Summer Theatre since the season of Cats. He has worked on many other “winter” shows in the Halton as well. He returns for the 45th season of Summer Theatre looking forward to working with old friend and getting to know new friends. Without my partner, friend, and wife, Susan, my time as a theatre person could have been much shorter. With many thanks and many apologies for not being there all of time because” I need to go to work”, Thanks, Susan.

Alex Kim is 12 years old, and a student at the Charlotte Latin School.  He is delighted to be appearing in Newsies this summer. Thanks to Mr. Tom and Mr. Ron for this wonderful opportunity. Love to Dad, Mom, Elyssa, and Grandma!

Tod Kubo  For 25 years, Tod’s choreographed his way across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. He’s thrilled to be in Charlotte choreographing  Grease for CPCC Summer Theatre. Last summer at CPCC he directed A Chorus Line and choreographed Chicago the previous summer. In the Charlotte region, he’s choreographed American IdiotRock of Ages, The Rocky Horror Show, Passing Strange, Dream A Little Dream (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte) and Madagascar and Go, Dog Go! (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte). Highlights of his choreography career include Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz (Onstage Theatrics, Las Vegas, Nevada); Rent (Prague, Czech Republic, Premiere, The Kalich Theatre); King David (New York and European tours) Dreamer (Asian, Australian and U.S. tours); Cabaret, The Color Purple, Spamalot, Leap of Faith. Cats and Chicago (Piedmont Players Theatre, Inc.); Oklahoma! (West Coast Opera Theatre); The Sound of Music and Peter Pan (Bob Hope Cultural Arts Center); West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast (Musical Theatre West); 42nd Street (Gallimaufry Performing Arts) Facets from Broadway (Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Saddleback Civic Light Opera).

Carey Kugler is directing his 10th consecutive production for Summer Theatre but his first musical since 2006’s “42nd Street”. This fall he directed “The Bridges of Madison Co.”  on our stage.  A Charlotte native, Carey appeared as an actor in our first season 45 years ago. His directing career in Opera, Musical Theatre and Theatre has taken him to professional companies and universities as far away as Corfu, Greece; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Chemnitz, Germany. But as he will tell anyone, “It all started that summer at CPCC”.

Stephen Lancaster has been working the arts for more than 10 years in Charlotte and is happy to be the Audio Specialist for CPCC Performance Facilities. Graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre Performance, Stephen quickly grew to love the production side of Theatre and began to make that his career. You will usually find him mixing audio for Musicals in the Halton Theatre or around the Charlotte community.

Charles LaBorde is the founder and retired principal of the high school at Northwest School of the Arts, where the black box theatre is named after him.  He has also been awarded the distinguished lifetime career award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference.  He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Ohio State.  His recent acting credits include Detroit, Miracle on 34th Street, Lombardi, August: Osage County, Hello, Dolly!, Rising Water, The Elephant Man, My Fair Lady, Death of a Salesman, Foxfire, Metamorphoses and Marat/Sade. 

After studying with NYC jazz guitarist Peter Mazza as a high school student, Joshua Marks graduated with a Music Ed. degree from Berklee College of Music in 2003. He has taught and performed jazz and rock music ever since in many places from Augusta, GA to New York City.  His musical theater experience includes West Side Story, Footloose, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Annie. He currently lives in Cornelius, NC with his wife and daughter.

 STEVEN B MARTIN was seen last year performing in CPCC’s production of Bridges of Madison County (Bud).   Favorite theatre credits include: The Full Monty (Malcolm), “9 to 5” (Franklin Hart), H2$ (Biggley), Walking Across Egypt (Robert Rigsby), Ragtime (Father), Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Reefer Madness (Jack Stone), Evita (Juan Peron), Side Show (Terry Connor) and Die, Mommie, Die! (Tony Parker).

Jerilyn McDonald is thrilled to return to CPCC Summer Theatre for Oklahoma!  She has performed in and around Charlotte for the last 10 years and thanks Tom Hollis and the entire CPCC theatre department for the preparation and opportunities she has been given to fulfill this dream.  Off the stage, you will find her dancing, competing and running her ballroom & Latin dance studio with her incredibly talented partners and staff in Historic Downtown Matthews.

 KAHEI SHUM MCRAE(Ketti) is delighted to be part of this production of Shrek! Ketti is originally from Hong Kong  and graduated with a BA in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BFA in Production Design and a MFA in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Some of her favorite recent credits include GRACE FOR PRESIDENT and SNOWY DAY with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, CABARET and RUMORS with Davidson College, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with Theatre Charlotte as well as INTO THE WOODS and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with UNC School of the Arts. Her costume design work has also been seen at UNC Charlotte, The Barter Players, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Peppercorn Children’s Theatre, Wake Forest University and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Special thanks to UNCSA, her parents and her husband.

EMMA METZGER​ (Ensemble) is excited to make her CPCC Summer Theatre debut in Oklahoma​ ! Emma is a graduate from Community School of Davidson and plans to pursue a BFA degree in Musical Theatre this fall. Recent credits include ​Madagascar the Musical ​ and Mary Poppins​ at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, ​Catch Me If You Can ​ and ​Peter and the Starcatcher​ at CSD Artspace, and ​Saturday Night Fever ​ at Theatre Charlotte. She would like to give thanks to God for all of his blessings and to her family for their love and support!


Hayley Moretti is a senior at Western Connecticut State University. She has been Master Electrician at WCSU for The Stepmother, Anne of Green Gables. She has also been Assistant Lighting Designer as WCSU for Hamlet/Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Dancing at Lughnasa, Violet, A Christmas Carol. She was the Associate Lighting Designer at WCSU for Peter and the Starcatcher. She was the Lighting Designer at Curtain Call Community Theater in Stamford, CT for Annie.

Jack Murray is in much demand as a woodwind player, playing saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe, recorders, whistles and EWI in Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, jazz bands, rock bands and recording work.  Jack most recently performed with the Four Tops and the Temptations on Broadway in New York at the Palace Theater. He also played for the Independence Ball for President George W. Bush’s Inauguration in Washington D.C. in 2005. He has toured with The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and has worked with Michael Feinstein, Jonathan Tunick, Linda Eder, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, George Benson, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, Manhattan Transfer, Slide Hampton, Debby Boone,  Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Bernadette Peters, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, and Clark Terry to name a few. Jack was named “Most Outstanding Saxophone Performer” at the Mobile Jazz Festival in 1994.

Eric Nelson is a rising Freshman ready to go to UNC School of the Arts in the Fall with a major in Lighting, He has been working with Central Piedmont Community College for about two years while being a student with the school. He is excited to help present to you the up and coming summer shows to the audience.

 Collin Newton (role) From Louisville, Kentucky he can’t believe how blessed he is to be joining CPCC this season. Attending Northern Kentucky University (BFA MT 2019). Regional: Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), Footloose (Cowboy Bob/Travis). NKU: Carrie (Tommy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug) as well as ensemble in Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me Kate, All Shook Up, Grapes of Wrath, She Kills Monsters and company in Dance 16/17/18. Dedicating this show to his mom.  IG: @canman713

Jessica Ordoñez is excited to be returning to CPCC Summer Theatre for her 3rd season. She’s been on crew for shows like “Chicago” “Sister Act” “A Chorus Line” and “Mamma Mia” She would like to thank Payton and Rick Dills for giving her the opportunity to get involved with Summer Theatre.

  Bob Paolino This is Bob’s first appearance with CPCC. Prior Charlotte roles include: Donny in American Buffalo, Diabelli in 33 Variations, EKO in The Elaborate Entry of Chad Deity, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird. Most recently, he was seen as Paul in The Actress with Threebone Theatre Co. Glad to be working with Paula, Charles & Zen again!

 Coleman Pedigo – Previous work includes The Nerd, The Grapes of Wrath, and A Time To Kill at Theatre Charlotte, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Moliere’s Tartuffe with Shakespeare Carolina. Coleman also read for Charlotte’s Off-Broadway 2018 page-to-stage series. He has trained at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Northwest School of the Arts (class of 2017).

Jean Colgan Phillips is pleased to be working with CPCC Summer Theatre this season as Musical Director for “Shrek The Musical TYA. ” Past credits include Musical Director for“James and the Giant Peach TYA, “ “Alladdin, Jr.,” “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” “The LittleMermaid, Jr”, “A Year With Frog and Toad,” ”Rapunzel,” “Seussical, the Musical,” “Jungle Book” and “Hansel and Gretel.” She will be playing keyboard with the CPCC Summer Theatre Orchestra this summer for “Oklahoma” and “Newsies.” Jean is a freelance pianist and hasworked with various theaters in the Charlotte area. She is grateful for friendships made through music, and is most proud of her role as Mom and Grandma Jean.

Megan Magden Postle. Megan is absolutely thrilled to be returning to CPCC’s Summer Theatre to perform Miss Lynch in Grease!. Favorite credits at CPCC and beyond Mamma Mia! (Rosie), Ragtime (Emma Goldman), 1776! (Abigail Adams), Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick), and Crazy for you (Irene). Megan resides in New York City as a voice teacher/coach. @megan_magden_postle

Christian Regan is a rising sophomore at NYU Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Musical Theatre. He is thrilled to be performing in his first CPCC Summer Theatre show. He would like to thank his parents, friends, and mentors for their constant love and support.

 Jason Renegar has been a part of the CPCC Theater Department since Fall 2014. An avid lover of the performing arts, Jason is proud to continue his work as Master Carpenter for 2016 CPCC Summer Theater.

Tony Richardson is very excited and very glad to be apart of the CPCC Summer Stock this year. I am currently at CPCC getting my associates drgrre. I was born and raised in Japan and Japanese is my first language. I plan to be in Musical Theatre as a career in the near future. I would also like to pursue being a working actor in Japan as well. I love food, conversation, and traveling. I would like to thank my family, friends, and fellow actors who have supported me through this wonderful journey.”

  Justin Rivers is a recent graduate of Central Academy of Technology and Arts high school where he majored in musical theatre. Some of his previous credits included “Ragtime” (Coalhouse Walker), “Sweeney Todd” (Sweeney), and Cry Baby (Dupree). However, you may have also seen him in the 2016 and 2017 Blumenthal Awards where for both years he was awarded “Best Actor” and sent to New York to compete in the Jimmy Awards. Now graduated, Justin is pursuing a career in musical theatre and is training to accomplish his goals of working in New York. Justin would like to thank his friends and his mother for always supporting him!

Debbie Scheu (Costume Design).  Debbie first costumed Oklahoma in San Diego in 1988.  Moving to Wilmington in 1991, she has costumed 78 different productions on Wilmington’s Thalian Hall main stage and for other theater venues in Wilmington and Charlotte.  Among her favorites are Oklahoma, Music Man, South Pacific and King and I.  At CPCC for Man of La Mancha, and I Love a Piano, she teamed up with Tom Hollis and Ron Chisholm and is delighted to collaborate with them again for this American treasure by Rogers and Hammerstein.


Candace Schmitt, a resident of Charlotte for more than 30 years, earned a BA in Music with a related field of Physics from UNC Charlotte. She is a private music instructor to double reed students in the surrounding area and adjunct to Gardener Web University.  Oboist for a number of churches in the area and a member of the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Candace frequently freelances for weddings, funerals, graduations, choral groups, operas, and musicals. “My greatest passion is music but I also enjoy other creative activities.  Some other interests are hiking, gardening, water sports, and travel.”

 Lindsey Schroeder is thrilled to be joining the CPCC Summer Theatre Family and putting on Riz’s Pink Ladies Jacket for a 2nd time! After completing her BM at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Lindsey traveled around the world performing in Equity theatres, Operas, Tours, Theme Parks, Casinos, and Cruise Ships. Favorite Roles include: Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, & Maria in West Side Story. Many thanks to her family, students, cast & crew. Grease is the Word.


  Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA., John Sharp has been much in demand in the Carolinas since moving to Charlotte in 1980. He performs the music “baby boomers” love…from Big Band to Popular Hits, to Country, and  especially Jazz…singing hits by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,& Bobby Darin…even Willie Nelson… For CPCC’s Summer Theatre in       2018, John will be playing banjo in “Oklahoma” & guitars for the  shows “Grease” & “Newsies”.

  Leslie Shaw just finished up her first year at East Carolina University where she is Majoring in Stage Management. She has previously worked on Wind in the Willows and Hands on a Hardbody as an assistant stage manager and stage-managed Alice in Wonderland. She is extremely excited to be returning to CPCC Summer this year!

Andrew Sickles, a Junior at Ardrey Kell HS is so excited for another year at CPCC’s Summer Theatre.  This is his 4th year performing for CPCC.  He enjoys watching baseball and performing in musicals throughout Charlotte.

Gary Sivak Lighting Designer – Set designer for The Mousetrap! – has been a part of the CPCC Summer Theatre  for more than 20 years now. A graduate of UNCC Gary has worked for companies all over the Charlotte area including Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as sound designer for 10 years,  Set/Lighting/Sound Designs at Theatre Charlotte, BareBones Theatre group, and Chickspeare. In addition to that Gary is also the Technical Director and instructor at Belmont Abbey College. Some favorite designs include: Into the Woods, Aladdin, Seusical the Musical, 42nd Street, Jungle Book, Jeckle & Hyde, Oliver!, and Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Gary would like to thank all his family and especially his beautiful wife Annamarie and their little “Peanut”…Giavonna Grace

Ava Smith just completed her freshman year as a musical theatre major at Point Park University.  Some of her favorite past credits include Violet Hilton in Side Show (TCS), Allison in Cry Baby (TC), Annette in Saturday Night Fever (TC), and Heather Macnamara in Heathers (QCTC).  She wants to thank the entire CPCC summer theatre creative staff for this wonderful opportunity.

Sarah Rossi is excited to be back for her third summer here at CPCC and ready to conquer whatever challenges are awaiting her! She would like to thank everyone here at CPCC for all the hard work that is put into each show and her parents for always being there to support her!

 Patrick Stepp is excited to be joining the cast of Newsies as part of the 2018 season of CPCC Summer Theatre. A native of North Carolina, Patrick is excited to continue his passion for musical theatre. He has been seen in such shows as Next to Normal, Into the Woods, and most recently Spring Awakening. Patrick would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting him.

Philip Stock is so excited to return to CPCC Summer Theatre! A recent graduate of Wright State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program, his university credits include Angels In America: Millennium Approaches (Prior Walter), and Fiddler On The Roof (Fyedka). Regional: Anything Goes (Billy) and Once Upon A Mattress (Jester) at the College Light Opera Company, CHICAGO and Sister Act (Dance Captain) at CPCC, and Torch Song Trilogy (David) at Human Race Theatre Company.

 ANDREW TAREK is delighted to be making his debut at CPCC. He recently portrayed Ted Hinton at the Matthews Playhouse production of Bonnie & Clyde and, before that, he played Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath at Theatre Charlotte. Other plays include The Tempest, Exit the King, Retzach, and Blood Pudding for the Dublin Fringe Festival.


Rixey Terry is excited to return to CPCC summer theater where he was last seen in Young Frankenstein. Rixey is a senior at Northwest School of the Arts where he has performed in Big Fish (Will) and All Shook Up (Dennis). Other credits include Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ralph/Asst. Choreographer) at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Tuck Everlasting (Jesse Tuck) at Community School of Davidson, and Saturday Night Fever (Tony Manero) at Theatre Charlotte. Sending so much love to Mom, Dad, Lou, teachers and friends. Thanks to the CPCC creative team for the opportunity.

Jeff Tippett is a versatile musician proficient in saxophone, flute and clarinet. He has performed with various jazz, R&B, big band and classical groups throughout the Southeast and has played and toured with such recognized artists and groups as The Temptations, The Four Tops,The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Guy Lombardo Orchestra. He has also performed extensively with regional orchestras including the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Salisbury Symphony and Union Symphony.  Jeff is actively involved with music education and has taught privately in the public school and at the college level. He currently teaches saxophone and jazz improvisation at Wingate University.

My name is Ginny Tracy I am a fifty year old female.  This is my 35th play .i enjoy acting.  I’m in a day program in Huntersville.

  Susannah Upchurch is thrilled to be returning for the 2018 CPCC summer season, appearing in Oklahoma! and Grease. She currently just completed her freshman year at the Boston Conservatory, pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. She would like to thank her mom and brothers for their continued support. All my love and gratitude to my CPCC mentors Tom, Ron, Tod and Drina for another exciting opportunity.

  Thomas Young is a rising junior Charlotte Latin School He recently played the wolf in Into the Woods at CLS. Some if his favorite roles include Michael Banks in Mary Poppins and the Artful Dodger in Oliver here at C.P.C.C. Thomas is excited to return to C.P.C.C.’s Summer Theatre this year to be a Newboy in Newsies.

  Jalen Walker, who plays the role of Morris Delancy is extremely proud to be joining CPCC’s production of Newsies. Jalen will be attending UNCG in the fall as a transfer student from CPCC and will double major in Acting and Arts Administration. He also plans to be active in their theatre community, and is simply thrilled to be a part of this production.

Rachel Walker is an undergraduate Design/Tech student at Greensboro College, Class of 2020.  Rachel focuses in props but also enjoys scenic painting and scenic design. They’ve worked with Endstation Theatre Company as Props Master  for their 2017 season and volunteered at Theatre Charlotte for their 2015-2016 season. Rachel has won an award for “the most likely to create something avatar related”. Rachel is working in the props shop for CPCC Summer Theatre 2018 Season.

Caleb Warren is thrilled to be a part of CPCC’s 2018 Summer Theatre season! Caleb is currently a Junior BFA Musical Theatre Major with a Minor in Dance at Western Carolina University. Some of his most recent roles include Ernst in Spring Awakening, Prior in Angels in America, David in Company, and Woof in Hair. Outside of theatre, Caleb enjoys choreographing, hanging out with friends, and spending time outdoors. Caleb would like to thank his friends and family for the constant love and support they show him.

Patrick Weeks is a recently graduated student of Mooresville High School, and will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall to study Computer Science and Theatre Production. This is Patrick’s first performance in Charlotte, although he has been performing for nearly three years on local stages in Mooresville and Davidson. Some of his most recent roles include Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Baker in Into the Woods. He is very excited to be working with CPCC, and is looking forward to working with them again in the future!


 Emily Witte is a voice teacher at Charlotte Latin School and teaching artist at Matthews Playhouse; she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Theater from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Some of her most recent performances include Blanche in Bonnie & Clyde (Matthews Playhouse), Amneris in Aida (Theater Charlotte), a swing in Passing Strange (Cleveland Playhouse), Anna in Spring Awakening (Beck Center for the Arts), and as a showgirl in the reading of Ghostlight: The Musical starring Phillipa Soo, Carolee Carmello, and Rachel Bay Jones. Her other CPCC credits include Martha Washington in 1776 The Musical, Florinda in Into the Woods, The Producers. Seussical, Camelot, Crazy For You, and The Sound of Music. Emily is very excited to be a part of this summer season at CP & hopes you enjoy the show!


Leila Wu is 18 years old and has been performing since the age of three.  She is currently a rising freshman at Texas State University, where she will get her BFA in musical theatre.  This is her 6th season working at CPCC; she was last seen in their production of Mamma Mia.  Leila would like to thank the cast, crew, and everyone involved with the summer theatre productions. Thank you!