The Cast

BRANDON BEDORE (Professor): is happy to make his WOB debut. A graduate of The Catholic University of America where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre, his next appearance will be in The Hunchback Of Norte Dame at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. There, he was previously seen in Newsies (Finch, Crutchie U/S), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Gad), The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia (Sky U/S), and Young Frankenstein (Igor U/S). He hopes you enjoy this wacky show!
 
PATRICK FORD (Alien): is happy to return to the WOB stage after appearing in Silver Bells this past Christmas. Over the last several years, he has been seen in a number of productions including Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Chip), Shrek (Young Shrek, Baby Bear), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Jeremy) on the Mainstage, as well as Little Mermaid Jr., 101 Dalmatians Kids, and Cinderella Kids in the Children’s Theatre.  A sixth grader at Oakdale Middle School, Patrick studies voice with Catherine Porter-Borden and musical theatre at Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center.
 
ALEXIS KREY (Ginger): is thrilled to be performing with WOB for the first time! A graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre, she recently performed with Cumberland Theatre in White Christmas as Rita and Annapolis Shakespeare Company in Cabaret as a Kit Kat Girl. Recent credits include Footloose (Ariel) at Keystone State Music Theater, Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit) at Lincoln Park PAC, and The Little Mermaid (Atina) at Pittsburgh Music Theatre. Other regional credits include Catch Me If You Can at NextStop Theatre, Shrek and Damn Yankees at Ocean City Theatre Company, and Storyland Park as Cinderella and Carowinds Park in the Holly Jolly Trolley with RWS Entertainment Group. When she isn't performing, she dances with the NHL Washington Capitals’ Spirit Squad. Love and thanks to her family and friends! www. alexiskrey.com
 
SARAH MELINDA (Lovely Howell): is looking forward to another fun outing on the WOB stage after spending the holidays performing in Silver Bells. Other WOB credits include Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Babette),  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious), Happy Days (Marion), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), Evita (Eva Peron), The Goodbye Girl (Paula), Bye Bye, Birdie (Rosie), The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta/Sister Berthe/Baroness Schraeder), Pirates of Penzance, Lullabies of Broadway, An Empire Christmas, An Old Fashioned Radio Christmas, 'Tis the Season, A Christmas Time of Year, and numerous WOB Children's Theatre productions. Sarah has worked for Wayside Theater, Totem Pole Playhouse, Round House Theater, Signature Theatre, Charter Theatre, and Theater J in Washington DC.  She is a trained Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International and is an alumni of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC.
 
STEVE STEELE (Thurston Howell III): Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale.  A tale of… well… a guy who has spent more time than is healthy on local stages. Area audiences last saw Steve as The Actor in Washington County Playhouse’s chilling Woman in Black. WOB audiences saw Steve as Senex in last year’s A Funny Thing… Forum. But there have been more. Many more. Too many for one program. So here are some of his WOB favorites: Music Man (Harold Hill), The Odd Couple (Oscar Madison), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), South Pacific (Cmdr. Harbison), The Addams Family (Lurch) and several of the Christmas extravaganzas… the most recent being 2017’s Christmas Cottage. Steve has performed throughout the region since 1974 in over 180 different productions. Favorite appearances include Two by Two (Noah), Grease (Danny Zuko), Death Trap (Clifford Anderson), Guys and Dolls (Skye Masterson), 1776 (John Dickenson), I Do! I Do! (Michael), several iterations of A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Snoopy! (Snoopy), Forever Plaid (Frankie), 42nd Street (Julian Marsh), as the hard-nosed private-eye Stone in City of Angels, Max Menken (It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!), and as Thurston Wheelis (and 11 other characters!) in recent productions of Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. Steve can also occasionally be found working the rails in the WOB Murder Mysteries staged on the Walkersville Southern Railroad. Area audiences have probably seen Steve in the occasional TV ad or heard his voice on various radio and video presentations, including the award-winning tourism video So Proudly We Hail.
 
JORDAN B. STOCKSDALE (Skipper/Music Director): is the theatre’s Artistic Director and Resident Music Director. Since assuming the position, he has music directed every production since 2010; directed Steel Magnolias and Nunsense A-Men!, co-directed Disney’s Beauty & the Beast; and wrote 2010’s Christmas Follies. In more recent years,  he has been seen by WOB audiences as Shrek in Shrek – The Musical, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Baker in Into the Woods, Gomez in The Addams Family, and Jean Val Jean in Les Mis. In addition to his stage appearances at WOB, he has performed in theatres throughout the Maryland-Virginia region, as well as having founded his own theatre company, Stock♦ing Production. Other favorite roles include Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Albin in La Cage aux Folles, Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard – and one day he hopes to play them.
 
JOSEPH WAEYAERT (Gilligan): is a very familiar face to WOB audiences having appeared in 26 Mainstage productions over the past seven seasons. Not to mention a number of Children’s Theatre productions and murder mystery events! A few of those roles include Pseudolus in …Forum, Donkey in Shrek, Fonzie in Happy Days – The Musical, Boris the Spy in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Police Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, the Narrator and Herbert in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Lucas in The Addams Family, Peter in Disney’s Peter Pan, Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain, Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin, and Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. One of his favorite appearances outside of WOB was as Harry Witherspoon in the musical comedy Lucky Stiff with FtP and Being Revived.
 
MEGAN E. WEST (Mary Ann): is happy to be a part of WOB’s 25th Anniversary having appeared in all of the productions so far this season. Megan has worked at many theaters in the region, including Washington County Playhouse, the Old Opera House, and The Apollo Civic Theatre, just to name a few. Credits include Annie (Grace), Beauty & the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick), Happy Days (Lori Beth), Dogfight (Rose Fenny), Hairspray (Tracy Turblad), bare: a pop opera (Nadia), Legally Blonde (Enid Hoops) and West Side Story (Maria). When not on stage, she can be found teaching choir at Musselman High School and teaching private voice lessons.

Behind the Scenes

HOPE JUBER (Music & Lyrics): was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her first professional entertainment experience was playing Rachel, a recurring role as Greg Brady’s girlfriend, on The Brady Bunch. After graduating college with a BA in Theater she joined her father, Sherwood Schwartz (famed creator of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch) as a writer. She quickly became a story editor at Paramount working on situation comedies. During a brief hiatus, she went to New York where she met and subsequently married Laurence Juber. She continued writing, penning episodes for The New Munsters, the animated series Little Shop, and material for Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Hope soon wanted to combine her comedy writing with Laurence’s rock-and-roll music, and one day while caring for the first of their two babies, she became inspired. She created a comedy rock-and-roll band called The Housewives which played at rock and comedy clubs around LA, as well as many appearances on national TV. Hope then focused on writing musicals, penning four for Storybook Theater of Los Angeles. Two of which, Mother Goose-The Musical and The Princess and The Frog won the Valley Theater League’s ADA (Artistic Director Achievement) Award for Best Original Children’s Musical. With Laurence, she then wrote the score to Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. Hope has produced many of Laurence’s solo album, including the popular LJ Plays The Beatles. She co-wrote the third Brady Bunch movie, The Brady Bunch in The White House and went on to an Emmy nomination for the TV Land special Still Brady After All These Years. Her musical It’s The Housewives! enjoyed a very successful run, as did A Very Brady Musical for which she co-wrote both book and score and which earned her the Best Author ADA award. Hope first got the idea for Without Annette while she was taking an improv workshop from Jeff Doucette.

LAURENCE JUBER (Music & Lyrics): was recently named by Guitar Player magazine as one of the top 50 all-time acoustic guitarists. As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows, such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas. He co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the perennial A Very Brady Xmas. His music is also featured in the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest and the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning. In theatre, he composed, with his wife Hope, It’s The Housewives! and A Very Brady Musical, as well the incidental music for Without Annette and repertoire for The Storybook Theater of Los Angeles. Juber is co-arranger for Part Of The Plan, a musical of Dan Fogelberg songs that debuted at Nashville’s TPAC in September 2017.

SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ (Book): was an Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and creator known for the comedy classics Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. Born on November 14, 1916, in Passaic, New Jersey, Sherwood Schwartz was a pre-med/science student before joining his brother to work for radio's The Bob Hope Show. Turning to television and earning an Emmy for his writing on The Red Skelton Show (1951-71), Schwartz later created two major classics—Gilligan's Island (1964-67) and The Brady Bunch (1969-74), for which he wrote the theme songs as well. He died on July 12, 2011, at 94.

LLOYD J. SCHWARTZ (Book): is the son of TV mogul Sherwood Schwartz, whom he worked alongside beginning the late 1960s. They teamed up on many Brady Bunch projects, often as writer or producer. He also has written for TV series including Alice, The A-Team, and Baywatch. In 1988, he helped create The Munsters Today, a revival of The Munsters. In 1985, Schwartz co-founded The Storybook Theatre of Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara Mallory. Storybook Theatre has been honored by both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. On June 6, 2008, a stage musical debuted in Los Angeles called A Very Brady Musical. The show was written by Schwartz and his sister Hope Juber. The music was written by his sister and brother-in-law, Hope and Laurence Juber. Schwartz directed the production, which starred his wife, Barbara Mallory and his son Elliot Schwartz as Carol and Greg Brady.
 
BILL KISKA (Director, Executive Producer): is WOB’s Executive Producer and CEO. Since taking over the theatre in 2002, he has overseen every production, directing a majority of them, including Disney’s Beauty & the Beast,  Sister Act, Happy Days, SPAMALOT, Anything Goes, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray.
 
DEE BUCHANAN (Choreographer): has owned and operated The Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance since 1992 and has directed her own dance company since its inception 18 years ago. She is a graduate of Hood College and is a member of Dance Masters of America and the Cecchetti Council of America, as well as Way Off Broadway’s Resident Choreographer. WOB credits include Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Shrek, Sister Act, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Anything Goes, The Addams Family, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Legally Blonde, 9 to 5: The Musical, and The Music Man.
 
WAY OFF BROADWAY (Producer): The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, under the direction of the Kiska family since 2002, is proud to be celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary Season!  Since it first opened in 1995, the theatre has been a leader in the area’s theatre community, proudly bringing both classic musicals, as well as regional and area premieres to the Frederick stage. Productions have included Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Sister Act, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Noises Off, The Addams Family, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical, Hairspray, South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, CATS, The Wedding Singer, Evita, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, La Cage aux Folles, Guys & Dolls, Steel Magnolias, Annie, Bye Bye, Birdie, The King & I, …Forum, Lend Me a Tenor, Joseph…, Blood Brothers, Mame, and 42nd Street.  In addition to its regular season, the theatre produces a number of special events throughout the year including an annual Breakfast with Santa (and Mrs. Claus) and an interactive mysteries series.

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