Donovan Abeshaus is thrilled to be making his debut on the CPCC stage. A 7th grade musical theater major at Northwest School of the Arts, in the last year Donovan has performed the roles of Young Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde the Musical at Matthews Playhouse, JoJo in Seussical, Jr. at Theater Charlotte, and at NWSA, he was proud to be cast in multiple shows: Michael in Mary Poppins, Jr., Weselton in the pilot of Frozen, Jr., and young Eddie in Big Fish. A huge thanks to Tom and Ron for bringing such a classic and fun show to CPCC!
Marissa Berger is thrilled to be making her CPCC Theatre debut in Gypsy! She is originally from Texas but has been preforming in the Charlotte area for the past few years. Previous shows include Laurey in Oklahoma, Spamalot, Panache, and The Music Man. She wants to thank the CPCC creative team, cast, and crew for this wonderful experience.
Aidan Blumsack I’m a kid who enjoys school and cooking, but most of all I enjoy acting. I have always felt that I have a knack for performing in front of a crowd and I realized this the most while leading the service for my Bar Mitzvah. My musical theatre experience includes performances at the Levine JCC and the Ballantyne Performing Arts Center. In the last couple of years I have also learned how to play bassoon, taught myself how to ride a unicycle and have partaken in singing lessons. At school my favorite subject is math. I am currently the Vice President of NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) and was the Co-Chair of C.O.L.E for the last 2 years, which is a battle of the books club. I am a very committed person and enjoy challenging and bettering myself.
Lisa Smith Bradley– is thrilled to be revisiting GYPSY for the fourth time! – having played Louise, Mazeppa, and Rose in earlier productions. A multiple Metrolina Theatre Awards and Creative Loafing Theatre Awards winner, Lisa has performed locally with Actors Theatre of Charlotte, CPCC Summer Theatre, Queen City Theatre, Collaborative Arts, Theatre Charlotte, Abbey Players,CSD Theatre and Davidson Players. Favorite performances include RAGTIME (Mother), FLY BY NIGHT (Miriam), NEXT TO NORMAL (Diana), CABARET (Sally), KISS ME KATE (Kate), INTO THE WOODS (the Witch), CARRIE THE MUSICAL (Margaret), SPITFIRE GRILL (Percy), and SHE LOVES ME (Ilona). Lisa has been involved with JBP Entertainment for the last 9 seasons and is their current musical theatre director. This summer Lisa will be playing Alice in the musical BRIGHT STAR with CSD. Best role: wife to her supportive husband, Chip and mother to their talented daughter, Celia.
GRACIE BRYANT (Baby Louise) is thrilled to join CPCC for the first time with this production. She was recently seen in Matilda at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as Alice and Matilda’s understudy. Other roles include: Miss Andrew in Northwest School of the Arts’ production of Mary Poppins, Jr.; Anna from Frozen, Jr., a Disney pilot production at Northwest School of the Arts; the Mayor’s Wife in Seussical, Jr. at Theatre Charlotte; and Annie in Davidson Community Players’ production of Annie. Gracie is in 7th grade and attends Northwest School of the Arts as a musical theatre major. She would like to thank Tom Hollis for this opportunity, Payton for her support, and Drina and Ron for their faith in her. She also thanks her family for their love, patience and transportation!
Caryn Crye–Tessie Tura/Cratchitt is a graduate of Appalachian State University. She has performed on stage in North/ South Carolina and Los Angeles, CA. She was previously seen as Elizabeth Proctor in CPCC’s production of The Crucible. Caryn would like to thank Tom, Ron and the whole cast and crew of Gypsy for this wonderful opportunity. And, thank you to my family and friends who teach me to always work hard and never give up.
Iris Dewitt is excited to return to the Halton stage! She recently starred in “Steel Magnolias” with Davidson Community Players as well as BNS Productions’ “Purlie Victorious” and Legacy Theatre Production Company’s “Single Black Female.” You may also recognize her from her numerous credits here at Central Piedmont Community College including: “The Crucible”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Ragtime” and “Pride & Prejudice” or from “Bonnie & Clyde” at Matthews Playhouse and “Mom’s Gift” with Davidson Community Players. She has also worked in television, including background work in several episodes of Fox’s limited primetime drama “Shots Fired”. In her downtime, Iris enjoys cooking, taekwondo, and volunteering with her lovely Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters. She is excited her fur baby Mr. Bingley gets to share the stage with her in his debut production. #LawByDayTheatreByNight
Cameron Drayton is thrilled to be apart of Gypsy. After obtaining a BA in Theatre from Winthrop University last May, he is pleased to have his first post graduate work here at CPCC. He would like to thank everyone involved in the process to make this a phenomenal show, especially director Tom Hollis. He sends a special thanks to his friends and family for always being in his corner, and being the loudest cheerleaders.
Ashton Guthrie (Tulsa) has appeared on the Halton stage in over 15 productions. Most recently: Curly in Oklahoma! (2018 Broadway World Award Nomination) and Jack Kelly in Newsies (Winner, 2018 Broadway World Award). BFA Acting from Point Park University. IG: @ashclay_
Anna Haller Her first performance was this past July as Young Nala in Lion King Jr at Matthews Playhouse. She was also a dancing elf in Miracle on 34th Street in December (also at Matthews Playhouse).
She’s a 6th grader at Holy Trinity Middle School and is the youngest of 4 children. She’s been singing Broadway since she could talk 🙂 Anna is super excited to be a part of Gypsy
Charles Holmes is an actor/ actor combatant based in Charlotte, NC, and one of the founders of Free Reign Theatre Company. Favorite roles in recent years include Truﬀaldino in Servant of Two Masters (2015), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (2016), Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale (2016), the title role in Tartuﬀe (2017), directing and portraying Athos in Shakespeare Carolina’s Man in the Iron Mask (2017), and directing Free Reign’s inaugural production of [They Fight] (2018).
Maria Jose Hurtado is incredibly grateful to be part of this production. This is her first performance at CPCC. Previous shows include Rent: School Edition, Peter Pan, and High School Musical. She also attended AMDA in Los Angeles.
Elijah Koch is excited to be making his CPCC debut. Eli is a senior at Fort Mill High School where he participates in the arts. He has recently been seen in The Wedding Singer (George) and Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Etc. He is so greatlful for the chance to learn and grow while performing in Gypsy with such an amazing cast. Big thank you to CPCC creative team for giving him this opportunity. Enjoy the show! Also, Hey Skylar Hubb!
SHAR MARLIN : Originally from Washington, DC, Shar Marlin always believed in the talent of making people feel joy through her voice or an encouraging word. Happily married with 2 children, she has appeared with Three Bone Productions in King Liz, CPCC Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as Ma Rainey, On Q productions Seven Guitars (Louise),The Colored Museum (Multiple Characters), For the Love of Harlem (Bessie Smith), Brand New Sheriff Productions Boys2Baghdad (Momma), Piedmont Players Theater in Salisbury, NC in The Color Purple as Shug Avery and many more. She believes that being on stage is like taking a mini vacation…I can be anyone, anywhere, at any time…and create memorable moments for anybody!
Dashiell Pledger-Levine– Dashiell is excited to be back on the CPCC stage where he was one of the singing, dancing Newsies this past summer. Since then, he appeared as Leroy Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Dashiell has also performed with Charlotte Ballet in two iterations of The Nutcracker, as well as The Little Mermaid, and was a featured dancer in CTC’s Summer Teen Musical production of Evita. Dashiell had the privilege of acting opposite Danny Glover in the Hallmark original movie Shuffleton’s Barbershop. He is a sophomore dance major at Northwest School of the Arts.
Kara Price is extremely thrilled to be a part of this show. This will be her second time hitting the Halton Theatre stage; the first time being Ragtime as a member of the Ensemble. Other previous shows she’s been in that have her heart are Heathers (Ms. Fleming), Grease (Rizzo), and Legally Blonde (Enid Hoopes). Kara thanks her friends and family for the continued support and is so very grateful for them.
Noemi Rabinowitz is incredibly grateful to be a part of the upcoming show of Gypsy at CPCC. Noemi’s favorite roles have been Sally Bowles in CABARET, the Scarecrow in WIZARD OF OZ, Marcy in DOGFIGHT, and Terk in TARZAN. Noemi has a passion for all things theatre, both on and off stage. She is graduating high school this year and looks forward to majoring in theatre and obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2023.
Emily Roy is extremely excited to a part of her first production at CPCC. She has previously been seen in: Spring Awakening (Thea), American Idiot (ens) at ATC, Cry Baby (Lenora), Saturday Night Fever (Connie), and The Addams Family (Wednesday). She would like to thank her family, friends, and everyone who has made this show possible.
Riley Smith is 10 years old and is making his CPCC Theatre debut in Gypsy as a newsboy and a boy scout. Charlotte area audiences may recognize him from his roles as a party boy, trumpet doll, and mouse in Jean Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker also as a Tom Thumb dancer in Sleeping Beauty as well as a Baby Crocodile in the upcoming spring performance of Peter Pan – all performed with Charlotte Ballet’s professional company. Additionally, Riley plays the trumpet, loves spaghetti and wants to be a herpetologist when he grows up. Lastly, he wants you to know that he doesn’t just play a boy scout on stage; he is one in real life too and has earned the rank of Webelo.
Nick Southwick, avid adoxographer, is pleased to return for his second show at CPCC. His previous credits include “I Do, I Do” with the Union County Playmakers, “Oklahoma” at Matthews Playhouse, and “Hurricane Smith and the Garden of the Golden Monkey” at the Williamston Theatre. When not performing, Nick can be found working as an Analytics Consultant, playing games, songwriting, or occasionally chasing waterfalls. He is not a gentleman.
Noah Wardy (Newsboy, Ensemble) is thrilled to perform in his first CPCC performance. Recent credits include, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Lion King (Scar) and multiple school and community productions that involve vocals, dance and/or acting. Noah would like to thank all supporters that have given him the opportunity to pursue his dream in the musical theatre industry thus far.
Atticus Ware is an 11 year old Charlotte native. He is glad to be back on the Halton stage. He has been in many productions around Charlotte, often as a cute animal or starving urchin. When not performing he is reading, dancing or making up puns. Atticus would like to thank Tom, Ron, Drina, Payton and the rest of his CPCC family for helping him to find his calling. He would like to thank Angie, who has always been his most dedicated fan.
Emily Witte is thrilled to be a part of this show playing the role of Louise. Some of her most recent credits include Music of the Night (CPCC), Mousetrap (CPCC), Bonnie & Clyde (Matthews Playhouse), Aida (Theater Charlotte), 1776 (CPCC), Passing Strange (Cleveland Playhouse), Spring Awakening (Beck Center for the Arts), Chess (Cleveland Playhouse), and Ghostlight (reading) with Tony Award winner Rachel Bay Jones, Carolee Carmello, and Philipa Soo. Baldwin Wallace Alum. emilywittevoicestudio.com
Nick Zuluaga is a Colombian-American actor from Charlotte, NC. He is currently a junior at Independence High School where he is an avid member of his schools theatre troupe, swim team, and Academy of International Studies. His passion for acting began at a young age and some of his prior roles include George Gibbs in Our Town and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. In 2018, he received a Blumey Award consideration for Best Featured Peformer for his performance as Carl Grubenierre in his school’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee. Nick has a love for all forms of acting and has begun broadening his horizons to the screen thanks to great instructors such as Karla Dingle and Elizabeth Byland. Gypsy is his first show at CPCC and he is ecstatic to be a part of such a talented and wonderful cast.