Cast & Crew
Alexander Ardabili (Rehearsal Accompanist) has been a resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, since 1992. He began studying Classical piano at the age of 10 with Mrs. Dorothy Sahlmann. After attending high school, he went on to study under the direction of Dr. Lina Morita at McNeese State University receiving a Bachelors degree in music with a concentration in piano performance on May of 2013. Alexander is also a piano accompanist for the St. John Lutheran church and teaches private piano lessons in Lake Charles, LA.
Keith Chamberlain, NCTM (Director): A graduate of McNeese State University, Keith holds degrees in Music/Piano Pedagogy and Music Education/ Instrumental. He is district chairman for the National Federation of Music Clubs Lake Charles Louisiana District , a National Certified Piano Instructor with a lifetime Professional Advancement Certificate, a member of Music Teachers National Association, Louisiana Music Teachers Association and Lake Charles Piano Teachers Association; a recipient of Sigma Alpha Iota music Teacher of Note Award. Keith is very active adjudicating for several piano festivals and district piano rallies yearly . He also is a member of the faculty for the Governors Program for Gifted Children where he began as accompanist for the choir and musical productions in addition to teaching class and private piano to the musically gifted students . He has accompanied for Oliver! , Brigadoon , and Pirates of Penzance. The following year on addition to piano instructor he began directing the musical productions for the program including R&H Cinderella, Mame, Footloose, Once Upon A Mattress, Grease, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd , The Pajama Game this past summer The Frogs. He studied script analysis and directing courses under Dr. Joy Pace. He has been a piano instructor in the Lake Area for the past 25 years and maintains a private studio at Lake Charles Music and has been a resident of Lake Charles for 33 years.
Damien Thibodeaux (Choreographer) began dancing with Lady Leah at the age of seventeen. He was awarded a full scholarship to the National Academy of Arts, IL; and, then, the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, in NY. Career highlights include performances on Broadway; London’s West End; The Kennedy Center, in D.C.; and Lincoln Center, in NY. A principal dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Theater of Boston, Empire State Ballet, and a guest soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He wrote, and performed, a one-man dance play, TUTU, in Boston, Providence, and Off-Broadway. Locally, he has directed, and choreographed for ACTS, Sarah Jones School of Ballet, and the Karen Ogden School of Dance. He has led workshops for the Louisiana Theater Festival, and the SWLA’s Women’s Conference.
William G. Rose (Conductor) is Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. He teaches the low brass studio, music theory, conducts the brass choir, and has served as Musical Director for music theater productions, as well as holding the position of Coordinator of the Computer Music Lab. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Michigan State University; his principal low brass teachers are Leonhard Rose, Dr. Gerald Grose, Donald Haack, Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder; principal voice teacher was William Duvall. He has served as principal trombone/euphonium with the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, bass trombonist with Acadiana Symphony and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Greater Lansing Symphony, and the Detroit Chamber Winds. He has performed with many distinguished musicians, including Bob Hope, Donald O’Conner, Liberace, Les Elgart, Slide Hampton, Josie O’Donnell and Skitch Henderson. He currently serves as principal trombonist with the Lake Charles Symphony (where he holds the William G. Rose Chair for Principal Trombone) and the Rapides Symphony; and he performs locally with the Bayou Jazz Kings.
Mr. Rose is also Music Director at St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church in Lake Charles. As a composer and arranger, his catalog includes works for band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, handbells and brass ensembles; his publishers include GIA Music, Warwick Music, Treble C Music, Kagarice Brass Editions, Abingdon Press, Fred Bock Music, Editions BIM, TAP Music and Gulfwind Music. He has held the Henry Alexander Endowed Professorship in Music at McNeese State University, is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and has appeared on trombone, guitar and tenor banjo on recordings with artists Johnny Persa, Kevin Clark and Jazz Revelation, and the LATEX Trombone Quartet.
Kathy Heath Stage Manager has been doing Theatre since third grade when cast in a school production of Hysterical Historia. Since then she been involved in numerous productions both front and back of the curtain. Favorite roles include Aunt Eller “Oklahoma”, Sister Robert Anne “Nunsense”, Costume Designer “Crimes of the Heart”, Director “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, Writer “Clouds” (Ten minute play regional winner and national contender ACTF), Writer “Ebay blues” (Ten minute play winner A Lakeside Theatre play competition). She has had the great fortune to work with Itinerant Theatre’s Producer Carolyn Woosley on the Touring production of Louisiana Women as both a Costume Mistress/Understudy and is thrilled to be a part of this production. Kathy is a graduate of McNeese State University. She would like to Thank her Loving husband Chris and all her family for their continued support of her Theatrical habits.
Bianca Augustine (Ensemble) is a native of Leonville, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Beau Chene High School where she was an active member of many organizations, including the BCHS Drama Club, where she gained her first acting experiences. She is a student at McNeese State University where she majors in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She hopes to attend graduate school in order to pursue her dream of becoming a child and adolescent psychologist. Bianca’s theatrical experience includes acting in the McNeese Bayou Player’s productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Almost, Maine, as well as assistant stage managing, operating the lights, and serving as prop master for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Theatre holds a special place in her heart, and she cannot wait to pursue it further!
Renata Barker (Ensemble, Understudy for “Mary Magdalene”) is excited to be a part of the JCS cast! A New Orleans native, she has appeared in many community productions thought out the New Orleans and Lake Charles areas. Her theatre credits include Silly Girl-Beauty and the Beast, Leonie Asterbilt- Dirty Work at the Crossroads and Doris- Damn Yankees. Renata holds degree in Radiology Technology and is an MRI Technologist at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. This is her first production with the Itinerant Theatre family! She wants to thank God for without him nothing would be possible, her husband (Damone) and all her family and friends who continue to love and support her.
Joshua Brown (Pontius Pilot) A lifelong actor, singer & performer, Josh grew up in Danvers, Mass. He attended Emerson College in Boston for acting and is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY. He studied voice with Robert Williams, the head of the voice and speech department at The Julliard School. With over twenty years of experience in field of entertainment, he’s performed in off-broadway, regional theater and national tours, film & television, commercials & print ads. Josh has worked in almost every facet of the entertainment industry, acting, crew & casting for TV, major motion pictures and independent films. In the past few years he has worked as an Actor/manager & acting coach for Cinematic Management Inc., a New York talent management company representing established and developmental actors and models in New York and L.A. In that time, Josh has appeared on White Collar, Law & Order, Nurse Jackie & the Big C. His latest work can be seen in the independent film “Wallabout”, written and directed by Eric Mcginty, produced by Anna Sang Park and scored by Vernon Reid, guitarist for “Living Color” now in post-production. As a manager, he has booked his clients on numerous projects including Law & Order SVU, 30 Rock, Bored to Death, Gossip Girl, Rescue me, Are We There Yet?, Men in Black III, One Life to Live, Boardwalk Empire, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, The Onion Sports Network, Jimmy Fallon, Music Videos, The Met Opera, HBO pilots etc…. A few favorite roles he has played include “Einstein” in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, “John Merrick” in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man and “Jake” in Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind. He is proud to be a part of such an excellent cast, show and company as that of The Itinerant Theater’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Frank Cooper (Annas/Ensemble) Frank would like to thank Keith Chamberlain Carolyn Woosley and Joy Pace for having the confidence in him that allows him to share the stage with such outstanding talent. A few of his more enjoyable roles have been C.C. Showers in The Diviners, Sheriff Guidry in A Lesson Before Dying, Dennis in Mauritius and Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. This is his first musical. He dedicates these moments to his father and to his friend Gail. “Dad, you taught me to appreciate the strange unique and fantastic. Gail, my friend, you’re teaching me to be calm. I’m trying my beautiful friend. I’m trying really hard. I miss you both and not an hour passes that I don’t acknowledge the affect you’ve made in my life.
Ryan Domingue (Ensemble, Understudy for “Jesus”) – Coming from Baytown, Texas, Ryan Domingue has always had a hand in theatre and acting. From making sure as a child he was constantly the center of attention, to auditioning to be the spokeschild for Oscar Meyer Weiner (he was too shy to make it) to performing as a student in plays and musicals at McNeese State University, he has continued to pursue acting and singing for crowds. Another of his deepest passions has always been music, a passion he has been able to pursue as a local DJ, as well as with his involvement with the McNeese chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternities and the McNeese State University Wind Ensemble. Most weekends, you can find him around town singing at various karaoke bars, or spending time with his beautiful new baby girl Lillian Christine, whom he thoroughly intends to indoctrinate into the wonderful world of acting and music.
Casey Doucet (Ensemble, Understudy for “Caiaphas”) holds a degree in Vocal Music Education from McNeese State University, and currently teaches music at Vincent Settlement Elementary School. In addition to teaching, Doucet is the choir director at Our Lady of Prompt Succor. He is a certified Kodály Educator, and is currently working on his Masters in Music Education through The University of Central Missouri. Casey appeared as “Father Felicia” in Keith Gates: A Retrospective Tribute and “Emilio Hernandez” in Working, both at McNeese. He also appeared as “Joe” in The Pajama Game and “The Mayor of Whoville” in Seussical the Musical, both at ACTS Theatre.
Gabi Fontenot (Jesus of Nazareth) Gabi grew up in the oil-boom, Cajun town of Cameron in the 1970’s (mostly destroyed by hurricane Rita). There he was inspired by the music of that time, both Cajun and Rock and Roll.(great mix right?). While his aspirations to discover and perform all types of music were strong, he discovered another love: Theatre. When his parents brought him to see a play called Jesus Christ Superstar.at the Rosa Heart Theatre. He began his theatrical career here in Lake Charles at the Acts Theatre, performing as a tap dancing bell hop with his mother, who played the lead role in 70 girls 70. Since then, Gabi has been cast in several leading roles, such as Lt. Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men; Gaston in The Beauty And The Beast; Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, and recently as Sid Soroken in The Pajama Game. Also, he has been the front man and lead singer for a steel drum band in Lafayette “The Tropic Hoppers” whose genre featured Island music such as artist like Harry Belafonte and Bob Marley. He also sang with the local rock and roll band “Signature” which opened and shared the stage with Paul Groves (Lake Charles’s own Metropolitan Opera Star) and his band “Mirage”. Gabi has been studying and training in piano tuning and repair, and will soon open his own business called “Stay Tuned”. (clever huh? (His mom thought of it.) He is also the single father of two. Karrie and Zane Fontenot as well as the proud grandfather of Kylee Briann Fontenot. And can’t wait to hear her say Pawpaw Gabi. Gabi feels honored and blessed for the opportunity to perform as Jesus on the very stage that he saw the Broadway production that changed his life as a child – Jesus Christ Superstar.
Emily Looney (Ensemble) is a recent graduate of McNeese State University in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education. While attending the university, she was featured in a number of theatrical roles such as “Marina von Mindin” in Louisiana Purchase, “Nicolina” in scenes from Keith Gates’ The Christmas Coin, “The Housewife” in Working, and “Little Red” in McNeese Opera Theater’s community outreach production of Little Red’s Most Unusual Day. Emily teaches elementary music at Welsh and Fenton Elementary Schools in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Randy Partin (Ensemble, Understudy for “Annas”) Raised in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff. Currently living in Moss Bluff. 1982 Graduate of McNeese State University. Self-employed since 1998 with Amalash Corporation as a Certified Marine Surveyor inspecting cargo, ships, and barges. Married to Heather Fazzio Partin.
Portrayed Jesus in many church related Passion Plays and Living Nativities from 1983 through 2008. Active in McNeese Theatre with several very memorable roles including Caroline or Change – Stuart Gellman; Working – Mike Dillard; All My Sons – Joe Keller; Louisiana Purchase – Colonel; A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theseus. Other plays include Mother Courage, The Skin of our Teeth, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Currently serving on the board of directors of Lake Charles Little Theatre as President. Memorable roles at LCLT include Putnum County Spelling Bee – Chip Tolentino; Moon for the Misbegotten – Phil Hogan; he Diviners – Ferris; On With the Show – Musical Revue – Director; Rory Partin’s Big Band – Producer. Other plays include Little Women and Peg of My Heart. Have built the set for many other shows during the past 8 years at LCLT.
Robin Prejean (Ensemble) has been singing all of her life. Her father, Robert Thibodeaux, and grandfather, Cleveland Crochet, both Cajun Music Hall of Fame Inductees, always made sure music was a part of her life. She was a member of the LaGrange HS All-State Choir and Honor Chorus, and has fronted local rock, country and blues bands over the past 20 years. Robin has appeared on the ACTS stage in Into The Woods, 9 to 5, and Seussical the Musical. She is so excited to be a part of this fantastic cast of JCS.
John Paul Primeaux, (Peter) who plays the role of Peter, is extremely proud to be joining the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. John Paul lives in Hayes with his family and attends Bell City High School as a sophomore. He has attended the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children for the past three summers where he started his acting/musical career under the direction of Mr. Keith Chamberlain. There he played the role of Beatle in Sweeney Todd, Sid in The Pajama Game and Herakles in The Frogs. He also acted, sang and danced for ACTS Theatre in another production of The Pajama Game as Max. John Paul also enjoys playing music and singing. He enjoyed performing in his school’s Show Choir/band where they entertained at Contraband Days in May 2011 and May 2012. As a musician he plays several instruments, including the guitar and drums. John Paul auditioned in Lake Charles for Fox 29’s edition of the X Factor where he won the boys’ division giving him the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to participate in several rounds of the X Factor auditions. John Paul plans to attend college and pursue a career in music.
Angela Reeves (Ensemble) is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Art in Theatre performance. She has performed in many productions including Twelfth Night (Viola), The Skin of our Teeth (Gladys), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), and Das Barbecü (Multiple Roles). She has been dancing since childhood and is a former teaching artist for the Dancing Classrooms program and former instructor for the DC Dance Team for ballroom competitions. Angela adapted and directed the plays Murder Most Foul and Christmas Piggy Birds. For the past five years, Angela has been the acting workshop teacher and drama director for the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children where she has directed productions such as Wait Until Dark and The Giver. She is happily married to Chad Reeves with a one year old daughter, Cecilia.
Chad Reeves (Ensemble, Understudy for “Herod” and “Pilate”) Graduated from McNeese in 2008 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in performance and technical theatre. There I performed in many plays such as Copenhagen, Das Barbeque, and Twelfth Night. From there I was interim technical director for a semester where I designed the set for Wait Until Dark and help with the production of Drums of War.
I have performed in various productions around lake Charles including Murder Most Foul and All in Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten with A Lakeside Theatre, Hay Fever with Lake Charles Little Theatre and just recently Into The Woods with ACTS.
Me and my wonderful wife Angela have our daughter Cecilia who will be 1 this year.
Taylor Simon (Simon Zealotes) is thrilled to be working with the über talented cast and crew of JC Superstar! Taylor is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He was seen in a few off-Broadway productions such as “Happenstance: A New Musical” and “Early to Bed”. He is currently the Associate Director of The Children’s Theatre Company here in Lake Charles and wants to thank his CTC students for being so darn talented and inspiring! “In learning you will teach, And in teaching you will learn!!!”
Hayley Smith (Mary Magdalene) Hayley is incredibly grateful and beyond excited to be a part of Jesus Christ Superstar with such an amazing cast and production company. This is Hayley’s second production with Itinerate Theatre, performing as Miss Proserpine Garnett in Candida, last year. A native of Kinder, Louisiana, Hayley is a senior at McNeese State University, majoring in English and Theatre Arts. She is a member of McNeese Theatre’s Bayou Players and has been actively involved in many of their productions, such as her performance as Madame Yvonne Bordelaise in Louisiana Purchase and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also served as stage manager for their production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. She was nominated for an Irene Ryan Scholarship for her performance as Olive Allison in The Women of Lockerbie and was accepted to the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in L.A. Last summer she served as assistant and stage manager to musical director Keith Chamberlain in the Governor’s Program for Gifted Children’s production of The Frogs. She thanks everyone for their endless support and she hopes that everyone enjoys the show!
Dr. Bret Smithey, (Caiaphas) bass-baritone from Charlotte, North Carolina, made his Washington Symphony debut in Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. He has sung with regional opera companies throughout the United States such as the Knoxville Opera, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Natchez Opera Festival, Cartersville Opera, Princeton Opera, the National Opera Company, and the Brevard Music Festival.
Mr. Smithey has sung roles in such operas as Don Giovanni, Street Scene, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cendrillon, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Consul, Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Il Signor Bruschino, The Telephone, L’enfant et les Sortilieges, Orpheus in the Underworld, Il Barbier di Siviglia, La Bohéme, El Capitan, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Périchole, La Serva Padrona, Le Comte Ory, Carmen, Roméo et Juliet, and La Cenerentola. Notable roles include Colline, Bartolo, Raimondo, Balthazar, Magnifico, Figaro, Basilio, Benoit, Alcindoro, Commendatore, and Carl Olsen. Mr. Smithey has also appeared with many symphonies including the Tallahassee Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Lake Charles Symphony and the Pensacola Symphony.
Mr. Smithey received his Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College and his Master of Music from the University of Tennessee. He acquired his doctoral degree with a concentration in opera performance from Florida State University. Of principal interest to Mr. Smithey are the works of Richard Wagner. His doctoral dissertation explored family relationships and conflicts as seen through Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Currently on the faculty at McNeese State University Dr. Smithey has also taught at the University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State and Murray State University. He also serves as Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles, conducting the Chancel Choir and the Asbury Ringers.
Dr. Smithey is represented professionally by Herbert Eckhoff Artist Management.
Bryan Trahan (King Herod/Ensemble) a Lake Charles native, is a local artist and performer. His past work includes the film productions, A Cockroach Saintly (post production), Goodboy and Mercy by Patrick Roddy, and local stage productions of Man of LaMancha (Sason Carrasco/Knight of Mirrors), All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Narrator-music director), TinTypes (Teddy Roosevelt), Chekhov’s The Seagull (Gaverillache), Annie Get your Gun (Pawnee Bill) and Oliver (Bill Sykes). This is a return to Jesus Christ Superstar for him as he performed the role of Christ in a 1998 JCS concert. He makes his living as a musician and an educator. “I am blessed to be part of Itinerant Theatre’s beautiful production. It is an honor to celebrate the wonder and love of Webber and Rice’s masterpiece with such magnificent people, and to share that experience with an audience in the city I love.”
Tony-James Williams (Judas) is a singer/songwriter & actor, hailing from Lake Charles, LA by way of Harlem, NY. Tony was first exposed to music and theater by his parents who are singers as well. Tony began singing in churches and talent shows in the Lake area community until his freshman year in high school where he discovered a love for not only traditional gospel music, but musical theater, and Opera as well. Tony went on to study Vocal Performance and Theater Arts at Northwestern State University where he cultivated his craft. He has since gone on to perform in Houses of Worship, cathedrals, and various Opera houses around the world; including New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Harlem’s own Apollo Theater.
Alex Oulapour (Bass) From Vidor, TX, graduated from McNeese State University with a minor in music. Has been a Guitar/Bass instructor at Right Note Studio in Lake Charles since 2010 and plays many styles with groups in the area. Styles include Jazz, Rock, Blues, Funk, Soul, Country, Contemporary Christian, and Reggae. Performed in Romania with McNeese Jazz Band in 2010.
Jay Kacherski (Guitar) “Virtuosismo” and “technical dominance” are the words used by the press to describe the American guitarist, Jay Kacherski. A native of New York, Mr. Kacherski has given concerts and master classes throughout the United States and Mexico. He has been a guest artist at the Concurso y Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco, the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Conservatorio Nacional de Music in Mexico City, and the Festival Internacional Juvenil de Guitarra Tepoztlán among others. Mr. Kacherski won second prize at the 2010 Texas A&M International Guitar Competition and Symposium and has been featured on Austin Radio 90.5 KMFA.
In 2007, Mr. Kacherski was on faculty at the National School of Music of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 2008, he returned to Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar researching, promoting, and performing contemporary Mexican classical guitar music. Since then, he has been premiering many new Mexican guitar works (both solo and chamber) in the United States and has created the first ever complete catalog of Mexican guitar works on the internet with links to videos, audio, scores, and more. It is called the MGMC—the Mexican Guitar Music Catalog, and is available at the website www.kacherskiguitar.com.
In 2012, Mr. Kacherski finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of the distinguished North American guitarist Adam Holzman at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Kacherski completed his Master’s Degree in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Dr. Nicholas Goluses in Rochester, New York, and his undergraduate studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida as a student of Dr. Mark Switzer. Mr. Kacherski has been a performer in master classes with many of today’s premiere guitarists from around the world such as Manuel Barruenco, Eliot Fisk, Kazuhito Yamashita, and Sharon Isbin.
Mr. Kacherski is currently a Contributing Editor for Soundboard Magazine (the journal for the Guitar Foundation of America) and a Visiting Lecturer at McNeese State University in Louisiana.
Robert LeBlanc (Guitar) Born Robert LeBlanc on September 26, 1976, he grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Robert began playing guitar at age 12 and soon discovered music was going to become his life-long passion. He became obsessed with developing what he believed to be the perfect playing techniques of artists such as Al DiMeola, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix and Iron Maiden To name a few. The guitar began to consume him and he would practice for up to six hours a day for many years. After graduating high school he moved to Los Angeles to attend the world prestigious music school Musicians Institute G.I.T. where he would hone his skills which have allowed him to become the successful instructor, versatile live/session guitarist and producer he is today. He has since worked with numerous highly acclaimed artists such as Ronnie Collins, Wayne Toups, Dusty Darbonne, Mickey Smith, Ken Turner, Christian Recording artists Pastor Clint Brown and Ricardo Sanchez. Robert Specializes in the styles of rock, blues, country, jazz and classical music with 25 years of experience. He is the current lead guitarist for Christian World Ministries in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has been the guitar instructor for Night Owl Productions and Lake Charles Music for 15 years. Subscribe to his Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/guitarteacher777 or follow him on Twitter at cwguitarist.
Thom Hager (Percussion) Having toured professionally throughout the states for five years as a drummer/percussionist Thom Hager returned to his home town in Lancaster, PA to reconnect with Grammy nominee and close friend Vince DiCola, composer, arranger, producer and performer. Along with just two other musicians, DiCola and Hager orchestrated Jesus Christ Superstar at the Fulton Opera House for several SRO performances. In 1982 Hager moved to Southwest Louisiana to work at Lake Charles Music where he met Lisa Bustle Tauzin, pianist for the Golden Strings. “Lisa and I shared a common appreciation for Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice. Now 30 years later we have this wonderful opportunity to perform JCS.” Hager played on the Rocky IV soundtrack and has played drums for the Garden District, the GTO’s, and the Cruisers. He has played with the McNeese State marching band at half time, has played drums for The Ad and Press Club’s Grid Iron since 1982 and currently drums for the praise team at Victory Worship Center in Sulphur.
Staff & Crew
Ronald Doyle (Properties & Crew Chief) Ronald Doyle is currently a junior theatre major at McNeese State University. His entering into the world of theatre came from his interests in acting and writing. He is currently working towards doing film work as well as continuing working in theatre. Past credits include Dr. Jim Bayliss in All My Sons, Jesus in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a few smaller roles and backstage work. He enjoys frogs, movies, daydreaming and being creative.
Sylvester Green (Lighting Designer) Sylvester Green began dabbling in theatre in High School. This sparked his interest in not only technical theatre but performance as well. On his journey to get a degree in Theatre he made a few detours along the way, including a year long tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004. While working towards his degree, Sylvester secured membership in The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) local 260. In 2010 he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts with a double concentration in Technical Theatre and Design as well as in Performance. Lighting wise, he remains busy working, travelling between Los Angeles and Lake Charles. Vulnerable was finished over the summer and is his first self written/starring project. He currently resides in North Hollywood, enjoying every opportunity and adventure that comes his way.
Kathy Heath (Stage Manager) Kathy Heath has been doing Theatre since third grade when cast in a school production of Hysterical Historia. Since then she been involved in numerous productions both front and back of the curtain. Favorite roles include Aunt Eller “Oklahoma”, Sister Robert Anne “Nunsense”, Costume Designer “Crimes of the Heart”, Director “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, Writer “Clouds” (Ten minute play regional winner and national contender ACTF), Writer “Ebay blues” (Ten minute play winner A Lakeside Theatre play competition). She has had the great fortune to work with Itinerant Theatre’s Producer Carolyn Woosley on the Touring production of Louisiana Women as both a Costume Mistress/Understudy and is thrilled to be a part of this production. Kathy is a graduate of McNeese State University. She would like to Thank her Loving husband Chris and all her family for their continued support of her Theatrical habits.
Norman McKnight (Electrician, Backstage Crew) Zachary Norman McKnight is from Lake Charles, Louisiana. In his time in Lake Charles he attended McNeese State University where he studied theatre. While attending McNeese State University Zachary received KCACTF meritorious achievement award in light and sound design as well as receiving an apprenticeship to the Santa Fe Opera to work in the stage crew department.
Joy Pace (Producer, Scenic Designer, Costumer) Artistic Director & Executive Director of Itinerant Theatre, and Co-Founder, currently serves as Chair of Region 6 for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Joy earned her B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana, and her M.F.A. in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Joy has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer, vocal coach, instructor, and stage manager. She has worked in Educational Theatre for 17 years and enjoyed teaching every aspect of theatre while directing and finding avenues to continue acting. Her most recent design credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cleoma (Cleoma Breaux Falcon); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Waiting for Godot, Working: a musical, Moon Over the Brewery and No Exit. She is so excited about her new venture with Itinerant Theatre and is looking forward to creating great professional theatre in the Lake area.
Suzanne Hieronymus Scallan (Make-Up Design and Costume Crew) SuzAnne Hieronymus Scallan is a graduating Theatre Major expected to graduate this December. She has been involved with McNeese Theatre for two years. Her roles were Clara in “Pygmalion”, Tricia (Peppermint Patty) in “Dog Sees God”, Ann Deever in “All My Sons”, and Madeline Livingston in “The Women of Lockerbie”. She starred in her first feature film “How To Love A Geek” set to release 2013/2014. She is recently married and hopes to continue exploring makeup, acting, and filmmaking with LA 2 La. Film Productions.
Carolyn Woosley (Co-Producer, President of the Board) Carolyn Woosley, a cultural and coastal activist, theatrical producer and playwright, is a native and resident of Lake Charles and graduate of Lake Charles High School, H.S. Newcomb College of Tulane (Newcomb College (B.A., history cum laude) and U.C.L.A. (M.A., urban planning). She is a Certified Financial Planner® retired. While living in Los Angeles, CA she was active as a stockbroker, life, health and disability agent and financial planner. Her daughter, Brooke, is a Los Angeles-based designer.
Woosley co-founded and Chairs the Chenier Plain Committee of the Chamber/Alliance SWLA. She served on the Board of Baton Rouge-based Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (C.R.C.L.) for ten years representing SWLA. Woosley chaired two City of Lake Charles commissions, Team Green and the Downtown Development Authority during the era of Hurricane Rita. During her tenure as Chair, the City Council unanimously passed the Smart Code for Downtown Lake Charles. Woosley is the recipient of the Year 2004 Civic Service Award of the Chamber/Alliance SWLA.
As a playwright, Woosley has written the 13-monologue cycle, Louisiana Women, six plays, four screenplays and one libretto. Woosley recently directed Tuesdays with Morrie for A.C.T.S. Theatre and will guest-direct that play for Orange Community Players in February 2014 and for Itinerant Theatre in Lake Charles during March 2014.
In Year 2011 Woosley co-founded the non-profit theatre company Itinerant Theatre, Inc. with Joy Pace and Leslie Berman. In 2012 the company staged four productions featuring five of Woosley’s 13 Louisiana Women monologues, plus a staged reading of Candida. Currently, Itinerant Theatre is producing the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.