The Cast

JESSICA BILLONES (Mrs. Pearce, Ensemble): has been appearing at WOB on and off since playing the role of Muzzy Van Hossmere in the theatre’s 2008 production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Since Millie, her WOB credits include Sister Act (Mother Superior), Into the Woods (Witch), Noises Off (Belinda), The Addams Family (Morticia), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baroness), and a number of other Mainstage, Christmas, New Year’s and Children’s Theatre productions. Favorite local roles include Judy/Ginger in Ruthless! The Musical, June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Donna/Oolie in City of Angels, and Georgia in Curtains. Thanks to Justin for our 99 year contract (with an option for a five year extension), my family for their support, and God for His many blessings.
BRIAN D. KAIDER (Pickering): made his WOB debut in 2016 as the squeamish, somewhat daft Freddie/Philip in Noises Off! Having previously appeared on stage with his wife, Azi, and father, Keith, in a local production of Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), he is thrilled to share the stage for the first time with his son, Nicky. Prior credits include The Butler Did It, Again (Rick Carlyle) and a recurring role as a member of the White House Press Corps in seasons 4-6 of the Netflix original series, House of Cards. As always, he is grateful to his family for their constant love and support.
NICKY KAIDER (Ensemble): is very excited for his WOB debut. A junior at Damascus High School, his recent credits include The Addams Family (Gomez), All Shook Up (Dennis), The Nerd (Willum Cubbert), and Spamalot (Sir Galahad). He has also enjoyed being a part of Young Artists of America in their productions of The Wizard of Oz, the stage performance of The Circle of Life - The Songs of Tim Rice with its television counterpart Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The Songs of Tim Rice, In the Heights, and Parade! In April, the National Society of Arts and Letters will award Nicky with a Certificate of Merit in Musical Theatre at The Kennedy Center.
MICHELLE KANE (Ensemble): is thrilled to be joining the WOB family. Past appearances included Ms. Teevee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, and Miss Gultch in The Wizard of Oz. She is grateful for her family’s support and encouragement. Enjoy the show!
KEN KEMP (Henry Higgins): is thrilled to be making his WOB debut in one of his favorite roles. Some of his favorite past appearances include Harold Hill (Music Man), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Scarecrow and Tin Man (Wizard of Oz), George Peterson (Same Time, Next Year), and Stage Manager (Our Town).
MARY EMMA KINGSLEY (Ensemble): is thrilled for her WOB debut and honored to be working with such a talented group of great people. From Georgia to D.C. to Tennessee and now to Frederick, she is so grateful for dancing and all of the opportunities it has brought her. Thanks Mom and Dad.
ZACH McDONALD (Freddy): is thrilled to be playing the role of Freddy. He has been studying the Arts and Music Theater for 10+ years. Most recently, Zach played Doody and, after a change in plans, Danny in Grease at The Washington County Playhouse and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Mercersburg Academy. Other roles include Bennett in Punk Rock with the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Burt Healey in Annie with Authentic Community Theater. He is a recent graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He dedicates his performance to his family and friends.
PETE MEYERS (Zoltan Karpathy, Ensemble): returns to the WOB stage after having last appeared as FDR in this season’s Annie. Recent performances include Erronius in Forum (WOB), Howard Cunningham in Happy Days (WOB), Papa Bear in Shrek the Musical (WOB), Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh-Christmas-Tail (OVT), Mr. Bumble in Oliver! (FtP). Pete also enjoys the creative process of musical theater both from the pit and behind the scenes. Music Director: Babes in Arms (FtP), Legally Blonde (OVT). Director: Nunsense (FtP). In 2016 Pete was awarded Best Musical Direction, Community Theatre, by DC Metro Theater Arts for FtP’s Babes In Arms. Favorite past roles: Billy (Carousel), El Gallo (Fantasticks), Mr. Twimble (H2$), Rabbi (Fiddler). Much love & thanks to Emily for her love & support!
CLAUDIA J. PATTERSON (Mrs. Higgins, Ensemble): is thrilled to return to WOB where she was last seen as Jeanette in The Full Monty. Claudia’s favorite roles include Daisy Werthen in Driving Miss Daisy, Sister Hubert in Nunsense I and II, Abigail Adams in 1776, and the Alto role in All Night Strut. She has a degree in Music from the University of Maryland. Claudia would like to thank you, our patrons, for supporting live theater!

TAYLOR RAND (Ense mble ): is excited to be appearing in her first show with WOB after recently performing on stage with Lin Manuel Miranda at the Kennedy Center Honors. Previous credits include Annie (Miss Hannigan), La Boheme, Les Misérables (Madame Thénardier), The Sound of Music (Liesl), as well as other productions around the Washington Metropolitan area.
CHRIS REED (Ensemble): is excited to be back at WOB for their 25th Anniversary Season. Previous WOB appearances include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Annie. In addition to acting at WOB, Chris performed all throughout high school, on stage at Disney World his sophomore year, was a member of the International Thespian Society, and was president of the drama club his senior year. Chris is currently a student at Frederick Community College studying Theatre Arts. He is very excited to be a part of this show and to be working with such an amazing cast, crew, and directors.
CARRIE SHAW (Ensemble): is excited for her WOB debut. She grew up in Georgia and graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2015 with a BA in Drama. Carrie was last seen on the Rome Little Theatre stage as Gertrude in Seussical the Musical. Some of her recent credits include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Twelfth Night (Viola), Noises Off (Poppy), Night Mother (Jessie), The Seagull (Paulina), Fool for Love (May), and The Curious Savage (Florence). She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support throughout her theatrical journey.
STEVE STEELE (Alfred P. Doolittle): has spent more time than is healthy on local stages. Area audiences last saw Steve here as Thurston Howell III in Gilligan’s Island – The Musical and as The Actor in Washington County Playhouse’s chilling Woman in Black. He also appeared 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 The 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.
SARAH M. WALSH (Ensemble): is a semi-recent transplant to the greater DC area, and she's grateful for WOB's warm welcome to the theater community here. Favorite past roles include Hero in Much Ado, Fanny Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, Abigail Adams in 1776, and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof.  Many thanks and smooches to Eamon, Ziva, and the rest of her family for their support and love.
MEGAN E. WEST (Eliza): is happy to continue her run in WOB’s 25th Anniversary Season, having appeared in all of the productions so far. 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 Mary Ann (Gilligan’s Island – The Musical), 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

ALAN JAY LERNER (Book & Lyrics) and FREDERICK LOEWE (Music): wrote some of the American theater's most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and Gigi.   Among their most famous songs are ''Almost Like Being in Love,'' ''I Could Have Danced All Night’' and ''Thank Heaven for Little Girls.''  Lerner was born in New York City in 1918 and attended  Choate and Harvard.   Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 to Viennese parents, made his piano debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 and came to the United States in 1924.   The two met in 1942 at the Lambs Club in New York City when Loewe approached Lerner about collaborating on a show.  In 1947, they had their first Broadway hit, Brigadoon, followed in 1951 by a second success with Paint Your Wagon which included such songs as "They Call The Wind Maria," "I Talk to the Trees" and "Wand’rin' Star."   In 1956, My Fair Lady, with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, opened on Broadway.   Often called the "perfect musical," the show ran for 2,717 performances and the cast album sold more than five million copies.  Their 1958 film musical, Gigi, won nine Academy awards and, in 1960, came the last great success of their partnership, Camelot, starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews.  In 1974, Lerner lured Loewe out of retirement to work on their last venture together:  a film version of Antoine de St Exupéry's The Little Prince.  Lerner went on to collaborate with other composers including Burton Lane, Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn. He died in 1986 at the age of 67.   Loewe died two years later at the age of 86.
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 Gilligan’s Island - The Musical, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast,  Sister Act, Happy Days, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, Anything Goes, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, Singin’ in the Rain, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray. No stranger to performing himself, he has appeared on stage in roles that have ranged from Georges in La Cage aux Folles to Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Sir Danvers in Jekyll & Hyde - The Musical.   
MELANI DRUMMER (Choreographer): is a performer/choreographer/dance teacher/VO artist, originally from South Africa. Graduate of Musical Theatre/A.I.D.T Associates in Tap. International Performing Credits: Cats World Tour - original S.A. cast, Fame, Evita, SA/European tour of Showboat (choreographer), Into the Woods, Anything Goes (Reno), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock), Annie (Miss Hannigan), and A Chorus Line (Cassie). When not performing, Melani works as a freelance choreographer and master class teacher for various dance/performing arts companies and high schools in the DMV area and internationally. Her favorite choreographic endeavors are Anything Goes, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat, and On the Town. Her reputation as a dance instructor earned her a guest appearance at the International Tap Day in South Africa and an invitation to be a guest instructor at the International Tap Day in Washington, DC. She is thrilled to be part of the production team this time at WOB and would like to thank her husband, Brad, and their 4 wonderful children for their support.
JORDAN B. STOCKSDALE (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.
MELISSA ANN MARTIN (Stage Manager): can usually be found appearing on stage at WOB rather than backstage. Although, she was also the stage manager for the backstage farce Noises Off in 2016. Favorite on stage roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, and Fiona in Shrek. Love and thanks to family and friends.
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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