The Last Ship

The Last Ship

The regional premiere of the lyrical new musical by world-renowned musician STING!

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September 16 TO October 1, 2016

  • 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday Evenings
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday Evenings
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

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Cast Bios

ZACHARY BERGER (Sailor, Ensemble) hails from Niskayuna, NY and is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Favorite credits include the National tour of Hello, Dolly! with Sally
Struthers (Cornelius U/S), Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street at Sacramento Music Circus, My Fair Lady (Freddy) at Theater By The Sea, Little Mermaid (Scuttle) at Theater By The Sea, and most recently Chasing Rainbows (Clark Gable) at Flatrock Playhouse. Was also seen Off-Broadway in The Kid (with Chris Seiber) and All That Glitters, the Liberace Musical (Young Liberace). Thank you to my family, my friends and all of those that have loved and guided me along the way.

PAUL CASTREE* (Arthur Millburn) is thrilled to be returning to Pioneer Theatre Company where he last appeared as Flint in Something’s Afoot in 2013. Broadway: Original cast member of
Disaster!, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity, All Shook Up, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Grease!. Lead vocalist stand-by for Movin’ Out. National Tour : Joseph…Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie. Off Broadway, Los Angeles and Toronto productions of Forever Plaid – L.A. Ovation award, Canada’s Dora award. New York City Opera: The Most Happy Fella. Regional: My Paris at Goodspeed, …Forum at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television: Nurse Jackie, Caroline In The
City. Recordings: Seven original cast albums, and the grammy nominated Actors’ Fund concerts of Dreamgirls and Hair. Paul was honored to be a part of Broadway for Orlando’s recording of “What The World Needs Now Is Love”, and is featured on the
soon to be released cast album recording of Disaster!

JAMES  CRICHTON* (Tom Dawson, Ensemble) Off-Broadway: Jasper in Deadland
(Jasper u/s). National Tour: Peter and the Starcatcher (Prentiss). Regional: The Taming of the Shrew (Ensemble/Lucentio u/s) at Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.; Sweeney Todd (Tobias) at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival/Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man 1) at the Sharon Playhouse. Graduate of Hofstra University.

LENNY DANIEL* (Associate Director/Choreographer, Dance Captain, Ensemble) has assisted Ms. Azenberg on too many shows to count and over too many years to count. Productions he has choreographed include Mary Poppins, running this summer at The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Spamalot at both the Geva Theatre Center and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He also directed and choreographed Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
at TexArts Theater, assistant directed The Wizard of Oz National Tour starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt and assistant choreographed GiGi (Papermill Playhouse). Mr. Daniel assisted Ann Reinking and performed in Here Lies Jenny starring Bebe Neuwirth (NYC & SF). Performing credits include: Broadway: Cats– Final Original Company, The Wizard of Oz. NYC: Sinatra (Radio City), Wonderful Town (NYC Opera). Tours: Spamalot, Chicago, South Pacific, Camelot, Jekyll & Hyde. Regional: Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol: The Musical (PTC), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Baltimore CenterStage), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan (Alabama Shakespeare), GiGi and Evita (Papermill). Grammy nominated cast album The Wizard of Oz.

MARY FANNING DRIGGS* (Mrs. Dees, Ensemble) is thrilled to return to PTC, having been last seen in The Music Man. Ms. Driggs has appeared in several Pioneer Theatre Company productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, both Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, White Christmas, 42nd Street, The Producers, My Fair Lady, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Smokey Joe’s Café. Originally from Texas, Mary holds a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University. Her favorite local and regional credits include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, The Narrator in Joseph…, Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Charity in Sweet Charity, Lizzie in Baby, and Alonso in The Tempest (directed by Tony Kushner). Mary maintains a private vocal studio and teaches workshops specializing in pop-belt techniques. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mary and husband David are the parents of six remarkable children, three beautiful in-laws, and one amazing grandson.

JAYMES HODGES* (Adrian Sanders, Ensemble) Pioneer Theatre Company debut! Broadway: CATS, Annie Get Your Gun. Tours: AIDA (Radames), Wizard of Oz (Tinman), Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin and was privileged to perform as Lt. Cable with Robert Goulet in the National Tour of South Pacific. NYC Opera: Cinderella. Regional: Red Hot & Blue (Paper Mill), A Chorus Line (Helen Hayes PAC). Europe: CATS (Hamburg), Starlight Express (Bochum), West Side Story Tour (Riff), On The Town Tour (Chip). TV: Gossip Girl, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, and numerous soap operas. Currently Jaymes is the Assistant Hair Supervisor for The Lion King on Broadway. Proud AEA member.

PAUL-JORDAN JANSEN* (Davy Harrison, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his return to Pioneer Theatre! Recent credits include Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Count of Monte Cristo, Show Boat, Les Misèrables, South Pacific and A Grand Night for Singing. Jordan is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University/BFA Musical Theatre Program. Many thanks to Karen and the entire cast and crew of The Last Ship. Love to my family! “FOR THE GLORY!”

JOHN JELLISON* (Father O’Brien) has appeared on Broadway in Motown-The Musical, Memphis, All Shook Up, Phantom of the Opera, Caroline or Change, Oklahoma! Putting It Together, Anything Goes, On the Town, Paul Simon’s The Capeman, Titanic, Crazy For You, Mastergate, Me and My Girl, Sunday in the Park with George, Nick and Nora, Wind in the Willows, Baby, Zalmen or the Madness of God and Sweet Bird of Youth. Off-Broadway credits include the original Assassins, A New Brain, If It Was Easy, Deathbed, The Waves, Imperfect Chemistry, Asylum and Lennon. Regional work: The Alley Theatre, The McCarter Theater, Kennedy Center, Yale Repertory, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Maltz/Jupiter Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Long Wharf, The O’Neill Center. TV appearances include Law and Order(s), The Good Wife, Elementary, and soloist on The Today Show.

BRYANT MARTIN* (Gideon Fletcher) is thrilled to be making his Pioneer debut in The Last Ship. Regional credits include Philippe de Chandon in Phantom at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Curly at Lyric Stage of Irving and also at Musical Theatre West, Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and John Paul Jones in Pleasures and Palaces also at Lyric, James in Shenandoah at Totem Pole Playhouse, MAN 1 in First Date at Mason Street Warehouse, Tellig in Sedition and Young Scrooge in Christmas Carol both at the Westport Country Playhouse. T.V.: Forever and The Jack and Triumph Show. Love to Mom, Dad, Brad, Serena, Kallie, Harper, Jim, Jay, my awesome grandparents, cast and crew, Gabby, and Ash. For Him.

WILLIAM MULLIGAN* (Joe Fletcher, Ensemble) Throughout his life, Mulligan’s aim has been to animate the connections we share through many different artistic genres. The Last Ship marks his debut with Pioneer Theatre Company. He was featured in MassMutual’s campaign for marriage equality which garnered reactions from across the globe. Previous roles include multiple productions as a member of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man, Carney in A Man of No Importance, Mr. Bumble in Oliver, and Sir Sagramore in Camelot. He studied at William Esper Studio and the Florida State University and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan College and Fordham University. He would like to dedicate this performance to his father, Gerald, and to Eddie Davis, both fine examples of great dads.

KILTY REIDY* (Billy Thompson, Ensemble) happily returns to the Pioneer Theatre Company after appearing in The Music Man (Quartet). Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone and In My Life. Other credits: Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot (National Tour); Mike Nulty in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Original Cast); Bye Bye Birdie at City Center Encores!; The Producers (Roger De Bris) at KC Starlight; A Christmas Story (Jean Shepard) at Capitol Rep, Crazy For You at PaperMill/PBS; King of Hearts at Goodspeed; and A Man of No Importance (Alfie Byrne) for B-Side Productions. TV/Film: The Blacklist, Law & Order, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women. An alumnus of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab.

DAN SHARKEY* (Jackie White) Broadway Credits include: Amazing Grace, The Bridges of Madison County, SpiderMan-Turn Off The Dark, Susan Stroman’s The Music Man, and ShowBoat (West End). Off B’way: Over 1,000 performances as Hucklebee in The Fantasticks, Captain’s Courageous, The Prince and the Pauper, Lone Star Love, Illyria and The Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge. National Tours: Grand Hotel, The Sound of Music w/Marie Osmond, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and The Will Rogers Follies. Favorite Regional: Sweeney Todd (Sweeney) at The Guthrie Theater, Side by Side by Sondheim directed by JK Simmons and Man of La Mancha at D.C. Shakespeare Theater. Dan also played the role of Herb Crocker on HBO’s award- winning Boardwalk Empire. AEA since 1990. Enjoy the show!

RUTHIE STEPHENS*(Meg Dawson) is excited to be making her Pioneer Theatre Company debut in The Last Ship. Stephens hails from jolly old England, but now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Recent credits include; Yitzhak in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, American Rep Theatre (Broadway World Award Winner – Best Actress), Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Eponine, Les Misèrables, The Little Theatre On The Square, Beatrice The Aerial Showgirl, Circus Sarasota. Ruthie is also a published journalist having written for Salon and The Examiner amongst others. She is the current Fashion Editor at The Bushwick Daily and Boro Magazine, NYC. Ruthie’s next venture is appearing as the Spiderwoman in Kiss of The Spiderwoman almost entirely in the air – on silks, trapeze and cloud swing. Ruthie likes a challenge.

ANNE TOLPEGIN* (Peggy White) is thrilled to be making her PTC Debut with The Last Ship. TV: Anne plays a recurring role on USA’s second season of Mr. Robot. Broadway/National Tour: Kinky Boots (Marge), Billy Elliot (Mum), A Tale of Two Cities Madame DeFarge Standby, Ragtime (u/s Mother), Mamma Mia! (Donna), and Les Misèrables. Off Broadway: Standby for Marin Mazzie, Carrie (Margaret White). Regional credits include: Chicago Premiere of Sondheim’s Passion (Fosca), Little Women (Marmee) at The John Engeman Theatre, Man of La Mancha (Aldonza) at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre, Grand Hotel (Rafaella), Maltby/Shire’s Take Flight (Lindbergh’s Mother) at The McCarter Theatre and Stage and Screen (Mira) at NJ Repertory. Anne is originally from San Francisco; she has lived/studied in France and Japan, where she toured extensively with the Tokyo Philharmonic. Northwestern University. Love and thanks to Mom and Dad for years of support, this one’s for sweet Derby. Woof.

RICHIE CALL( Freddy Newlands, Ensemble) is happy to be back! Previous PTC credits include Osric (Hamlet), Mac (The Philadelphia Story), and Dr. Grayburn (Something’s Afoot). He received his MFA in acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. New York credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (American Globe Theatre) and Hamlet (Gorilla Rep). Richie lives in Logan, Utah, with his wife and four children, where he teaches at Utah State University and serves as a co-artistic director of the Lyric Repertory Company.

BAILEY CUMMINGS (Swing), a junior in the Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah. Recent credits include Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper) and A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (Protean 2) with the University of Utah, and Young Frankenstein: The Musical (Ensemble/Swing) at The Grand Theatre. Bailey spent the last summer at the Ohio Light Opera, performing in six shows including Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun.

TAMARI DUNBAR (Ensemble) USU theater alumna and native Californian. East Coast: 12 Miles West, The Growing Stage, Dreamcatcher Rep and The Bickford Theater. Southern Utah:Tuacahn and SGMT. Logan: Seven seasons with Lyric Repertory Company. She was last seen in Sleeping Beauty’s Dream at Sting & Honey. Some of her favorite roles: Flo in Picnic, Amanda in Private Lives and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa.

BAILEE JOHNSON (Young Meg) is excited to return to Pioneer Theatre Company after previously appearing in The Philadelphia Story and Annie. Locally, she has also appeared at Hale Centre Theatre West Valley in A Tale of Two Cities, Zorro, Oklahoma, A Christmas Carol, and at Hale Center Theatre Orem in To Kill a Mockingbird. Film credits include 127 Hours, 17 Miracles, Christmas Oranges, The Christmas Dragon, Saturday’s Warrior, and Singing with Angels. Ms. Johnson gives a BIG thank you to Karen and the whole production team for this opportunity.

JAMIE LANDRUM (Swing) is honored to return to Pioneer Theatre Company after making her debut last year as Valentine/Ensemble in The Count of Monte Cristo. Originally from San Jose, California, Jamie is a junior pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Utah. She is so incredibly thankful for this opportunity! Endless gratitude to her family and friends for their unwavering support, and all her love to Noah.

NATALIA NOBLE (Jessie Flynn, Ensemble) is equally excited and humbled to be performing in her first PTC Production. Theatrical  appearances include: Carrie White in Carrie: The Musical; Mary Lane in Reefer Madness; Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q; Victoria Grant in Victor/Victoria; and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth; Film Credits: Moments of Clarity and The Big Sleep. Thanks to her family for their unyielding love.

SETH PIKE (Young Gideon) is ecstatic to be in a Pioneer Theatre Company production. He is currently a senior at Skyline High School where he has recently been in Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) and Urinetown (Bobby Strong). He is so excited for you to see this amazing show.

ARIELLE SCHMIDT (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in her first production at Pioneer Theatre Company. Recent productions include Young Frankenstein (Inga), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia). She was seen in Ohio Light Opera’s 36th repertory season. Education: University of Utah Musical Theatre Program.

CORY REED STEPHENS (Ensemble) recently made his Pioneer Theatre Company debut as a swing for The Count of Monte Cristo and is glad to be back. He holds a BFA in Music/Dance/Theatre from BYU and has worked for Disney in California, Tokyo, Orlando and Disney Cruise Line. Musical theatre experiences include The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wedding Singer, Catch Me If You Can, Ghost, The Addams Family, Little Shop of Horrors, and Footloose! You can see him soon in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Sister Act. Love to Friends, Family, and Joe.

This production is sponsored by:

Wanda and Carvel Mattsson Memorial Fund