Gabriela Celecia (Gwendolen) is a graduate student of Western Carolina University with degree in Film & Television Productions. Becket is her first CPCC production and she is so great full to be apart of such a talented production. Some of her previous theater credits include school productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Ensemble), Romeo & Juliet (Ensemble), and Fermented Fairy Tales (Cinderella). Gabriela wishes thank her parents for their love and support in allowing her to chase her dreams.
Elijah Cooke (Cardinal) is an American aspiring actor. He was born in Newport News, Virginia on October 14th, 1999. Elijah began his career by playing “Jim” in a local high school play called “4AM”. He now is furthering his career and bettering his craft by taking classes here, at CPCC.
Rob Craig (Bishop of Oxford|2nd English Baron| First French Baron) is returning to the theatrical stage after a 27 year hiatus, although he performed the role of Herr Drosselmeyer for many years as a part of the CPCC Dance department’s annual production of The Nutcracker.
He is about to begin his 28th year as an instructor at CPCC and currently serves as the co-chair of the Communication department. If memory serves, favorite roles were Frederick Sterrol in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels, Fagin in Oliver! , and Joe in The Shadow Box. His best performance to date has clearly been the raising of his two daughters, Grace and Keecee.
John DeMicco (Baron) returns to CPCC after appearing in Ragtime. This past summer, he appeared as Sir Galahad in DCP’s Spamalot. Local credits include: Amos-Chicago (DCP), The Waiter-First Date, Mrs Bumbrake-Peter and the Starcatcher (LTG), Max Reinhardt-Shakespeare in Hollywood (LTG), Caldwell-Urinetown (Matthews), and two seasons as the Mayor of Carowinds. Credits also include: Off and Off-Off Broadway, various regional productions and national tours. Favorite roles: Herr Schultz-Cabaret and Actor One-Gurney’s The Dining Room. Thanks to his wife Carol and daughter Julianna for their support.
Amy Pearre Dunn is delighted to be back at CPCC in the first show of the 2018/2019 season. She recently played the role of “Chelsea Thayer” in CPCC’s production of On Golden Pond directed by Marilyn Carter last spring and “Mary Hatch” in the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts production of It’s a Wonderful Life. She is a proud lifelong “theatre geek” and graduate of the Appalachian State University Department of Theater and Dance where she studied acting, directing and performed in a range of productions including The Diviners, Man of La Mancha and Equis in addition to the outdoor drama, Horn in the West with the Appalachian Historical Society. She is a former teacher at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA and served as the Education Director at The Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, Georgia for four years. Amy lives in Charlotte with her husband Ryan, their ten-year-old daughter, Juliet.
Jim Greenwood (Baron) writes “as i enter my 50th plus year participating in the theatre world, I reflect with much relish on the joy and pleasure these times have awarded me. After graduating from the NC School of the Arts and completing my Masters degree I returned home to act and direct with theatres in Charlotte, Matthews and Davidson creating such diverse characters as Oliver Cromwell, Frair Lawrence, Fagin, Alfred Doolittle, The Stage Manager and Jacob Marley. These are just a few that stand out in my resume. From the classics to comedy, drama and musicals, I have been rewarded with the opportunity to step outside my life and into the life and times of other people, real and imaginary. This is what led me to acting in the first place.”
Isaiah Josiah (Soldier) is a upcoming freshman at The American Musical Dramatic Academy, where he will major in musical theatre. Some of his previous credits included Little Shop Of Horrors (Seymour), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barfeé), Dreamgirls (Jimmy Early), and The Unusual Suspects (Patrick Piddles). He’s not new to the CPCC stage. Isaiah performed in Evita (Ensemble) earlier this year. Isaiah would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him!
Arthur Lightbody (Pope) was a language researcher and Bible translator and lived with his family in an ethic community in the Philippines. He has also served in public relations roles for Wycliffe Bible Translators and the related SIL and JAARS organizations. Now retired from those roles, Arthur presents the importance of Bible translation in English Reformation history with one-man shows portraying John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. He is known in the Waxhaw, North Carolina area for presenting one-man shows on Andrew Jackson and also occasionally appearing as Abe Lincoln. He has also performed at The Lancaster Community Playhouse (Lancaster, S.C.) and Matthews Playhouse.
Cole Long (Becket) has previously appeared as as Rev. Parris in The Crucible at CPCC Arts, Charlie Cotchipee in Purlie Victorious with BNS Productions, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, Vernon Pate in A Time to Kill, Mack in You Can’t Take It With You, and the Attendant in Dracula at Theatre Charlotte, as well as Time/Rogero in The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Carolina). Other work includes Shad LeDue in It Can’t Happen Here and José Lopez Rega in The Body of Eva Peron for the Morgan Opera House of Aurora, New York.”
Danny Peirano (Elder Prince) is a senior at CATA in Union County and has participated in school productions such as Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, On The Town, and Romeo And Juliet. Danny has also participated in shows outside of school at CPCC and Theatre Charlotte. He is very great full for this opportunity.
Christy Stephens is an Indiana native but a long-time resident of Charlotte. She recently retired from a 43-year career in nursing and is happy to be involved in theater again! Other interests include reading, singing, traveling and hanging out with family and friends … especially her precious grandchildren! A big thank you to her husband and family for being so supportive of her thespian involvement … so proud to be even a small part of such an amazing cast and production!
Richard J. “Rick” Taylor (King Louis) Is a State Certified Spanish language Court Interpreter, employed at the Public Defender’s Office by day, and a local Stage Actor by night… is very proud and pleased to join this very talented cast & crew playing the wise, witty and frank King Louis VII of France, in this production of Becket. You may remember Rick from past CPCC productions where he played the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof, and Caesar Rodney of Delaware in 1776. Rick would like to thank Tom Hollis for the opportunity, his family & friends for their love and support, and especially his lovely and talented actor daughter Emily for her motivation, inspiration and constant encouragement.
Roger Watson (Baron)is pleased to be on the CPCC stage for the third time, previously seen as The King in Big River and Col. McKean in 1776. Roger is a retired educator from Dayton, OH moving to Cornelius in 2009. Some other favorite roles include Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Greg in Sylvia, and Hermann Van Dann in The Diary of Anne Frank. Lots of love to wife Chris, celebrating our 45th anniversary during the run, Cara, Mike, Yasdnil, Ryan, Rob, Lauran, granddogs Jake and Ollie and of course, grandcat, Miss Kitty.
Tony Wright (King Henry) has appeared on the Halton stage in A Chorus Line, Forum and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Among his appearances at Pease Auditorium are Oscar in The Odd Couple, Elwood in Harvey, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, and the title role in Dracula. Other local credits include Children’s Theater, Actor’s Theater, CAST and The Actor’s Gym. Tony performed in many productions in the Chicago, Boston and Atlanta areas before moving to Charlotte.