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Meet Kevin Noonchester

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Kevin Noonchester (Director) most recently played the role of Marlin in Disney’s “Finding Nemo: The Musical” and prior to that was in the Las Vegas company of “Avenue Q” where he performed the roles of Princeton/Rod & Nicky/Trekkie.  Kevin is also a member of the Henson Company’s “Puppet Up” — the improv troupe responsible for Henson’s “Stuffed & Unstrung.”  As a voice over actor,  Kevin’s voice can also be heard coming out of actors Jason Bateman in “The Change Up” & Chris Pine in “Unstoppable.” Videogame players can hear Kevin as “Jack Frost” in Dreamworks’ “Rise of the Guardians” videogame.

Meet Michael Rothhaar

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Michael Rothhaar has been a professional actor since 1975 and a professional theatre director since 1985. He directed last season’s PLAZA SUITE for which he won a Scenie Award.

As a director, Michael served as the Artistic Director of Pennsylvania’s Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992. For Allenberry, he directed 40 productions, notably: LETTICE AND LOVAGE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, AGNES OF GOD, THE FOREIGNER, BLITHE SPIRIT, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE MIRACLE WORKER, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, BROADWAY BOUND, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, LEND ME A TENOR, CABARET, GUYS AND DOLLS and MY FAIR LADY.

For Pacific Resident Theatre, he has directed BECKY’S NEW CAR (Los Angeles Premiere) Brecht’s SAINT JOAN OF THE SLAUGHTERHOUSES, OTHERWISE ENGAGED, CANDIDA, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, WAITING FOR GODOT, THE HASTY HEART, FAMILY PLANNING, BIRDBRAIN, RELATIVE MADNESS, THE USUAL, THE PRIVATE EAR, PODUNK NOWHERE – as well as youth productions of HAMLET and MACBETH.

Elsewhere, he directed the West Coast Premiere of HOLY GHOST at Theatre of NOTE. As well as MY FAIR LADY and A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.  At the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, he directed THE LAST FLAPPER. In Washington, D.C., he directed MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and THE MILLIONAIRESS at the Washington Stage Guild. In 1994, he directed SLEUTH, which toured southern California.  He also directed PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for the USC School of the Theatre. He is a proud member of SDC.

As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in THE FRONT PAGE and THE CORN IS GREEN, in such feature films as RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and SPACE JAM, Off-Broadway in FRANKENSTEIN and BRAND at CSC, in the San Francisco company of THE FOREIGNER, and the Los Angeles company of SHEAR MADNESS.  He worked on the Geffen Playhouse productions of UNCLE VANYA, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, A PICASSO, HEROES and HEDDA GABLER, as well as working at The Mark Taper Forum in EXPECTING ISABEL. In Dallas, he appeared in the American premiere of DOG DAYS, written and directed by Simon Gray. At La Mirada Theatre, he performed in LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, KING ‘O THE MOON and THE FOREIGNER.

He has worked on various television series including MODERN FAMILY, UP ALL NIGHT, BONES, FAMILY LAW, (recurring as Judge Prentiss), COLD CASE, ELI STONE, THE PRACTICE, ACCORDING TO JIM, ALLY MC BEAL, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, ARLISS (recurring Guest Star), NYPD BLUE, THE X-FILES, FRASIER, STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION, MURDER ONE, MURPHY BROWN, BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, MARRIED …WITH CHILDREN, L.A. LAW, CIVIL WARS, PICKET FENCES, THREAT MATRIX, ITS ALL RELATIVE, STRONG MEDICINE, NIKKI, STEP BY STEP, HUDSON STREET, DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, SNOOPS and LOVE AND WAR.

His credits also include numerous appearances in regional theatre, notably: SLEUTH, CHARLEY’S AUNT at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, BLACK COFFEE and AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, GHOSTS and THE UNEASY CHAIR at the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, THE UNDERPANTS at Capital Repertory in Albany, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL,THE TEMPEST and THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL at Michigan’s Meadow Brook Theatre, TERRA NOVA at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C. and CANDIDA and BEDROOM FARCE at Maryland’s Olney Theatre.

At Pacific Resident Theatre, he has appeared in WELCOME TO SANTA, THE INDIANS ARE COMING TO DINNER, LOYALTIES, MY ANTONIA, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, ARDÈLE, OF MICE AND MEN, THE VISIT, ONDINE, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, HOGAN’S GOAT and ROCKET TO THE MOON.

He is the recipient of various theatre awards and nominations. His production of THE HASTY HEART won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Revival.  SAINT JOAN OF THE SLAUGHTERHOUSES was nominated for the 2009 LA WEEKLY AWARD for Best Revival. In 1997, he won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in ARDÈLE, as well as the 1997 Drama Logue Award in Direction for MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION.

Michael does voice narration and has served as an Adjunct Instructor in Theatre and Speech at Valley College in San Bernardino, CA.

He trained at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. (B.A. Speech and Drama) and at Wayne State University in Detroit in the M.F.A. Acting Program as a member of the Hilberry Repertory Company.

Michael is married to Debbie Rothhaar.  Their children are Will, Charlie, Catherine and Rob.

Theatrical Agent: Dedicated, The Jerry Pace Agency 818 501-8919

Meet Krystal Jasmin Combs

 

Krystal Jasmin Combs, Choreographer CRAZY FOR YOU

Krystal has been an award-winning choreographer and performer in Los Angeles for 15 years. She has worked for MTV networks, national concert tours, various charities and local theaters, and at her home here with MWT. She choreographs, directs, and teaches tap, jazz, and theater to children and adults across the city including, at MWT, Crossroads school, Curtis School, Paul Revere & Lincoln Middle Schools, Adderley School for the Arts, and others. Favorite credits include Singin’ In The Rain (Downey Civic Light Opera), and at MWT, Chicago (2011 Stage Scene L.A. Quadruple Threat for choreography and role as Velma), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Pippin (Leading Player), Sweet Charity (Charity), Kiss Me Kate (Bianca), and West Side Story (Velma), Gypsy (Dainty June) and Fiddler (Chava). Krystal holds an M.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s. Love to Anne for talking her into “doing this again” she now loves this show! Hats off to the hard-working cast, Peter, Laura, Meredith, and her loving husband, Brad.

Meet Anne Gesling

 Anne Gesling has specialized in youth theatre productions for the last 15 years.  As a long-time director for the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, she created the Annual Youth Musical where ages 8 to 18 perform a full-length musical each fall.  These productions include Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Brigadoon, The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, Once Upon a Mattress, 42nd Street, Bye, Bye Birdie, A Winter’s Tale, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Suessical.  She is a co-founder of YES (the Youth Education/Entertainment Series) at the MWT, directing such shows as How I Became A Pirate, Pinkalicious, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, to name a few.  Nothing inspires her more than working with children and young adults.  Anne believes that youth today can achieve anything they set their minds to, and being a part of that process is the greatest joy of her life.  She also teaches classes for youth in the areas of Acting, Scene Study, and Musical Theatre Auditions, and has directed productions at Paul Revere Middle School. 

 As a director for adult theatre, she has directed/music directed over 60 productions for the MWT including A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Secret Garden, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Brigadoon, Quilters, Baby, Sweet Charity, Carousel, Gypsy, Something’s Afoot, and Ruthless.  She also music directed the recent productions of Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  She is a 7-time winner of the Geoffrey Award for Best Director, has won Best Music Director countless times, and is now adding Geoffrey Awards for Best Costume Design.  She was awarded Outstanding Direction for Chicago, and Best Musical Direction for Chicago and Spelling Bee from StageSceneLA.  Anne was also nominated for an NAACP award for costume design for the MWT production of Flyin’ West.

 Anne has also served on the MWT Board of Directors for the past 22 years, holding almost every position available within the theatre at one time or another, and is currently the Treasurer.  She is the Costume Shop Manager, serves on the Grants Committee, YES Committee, By-Laws Committee, Finance Committee, and generally lives at the theatre.  During the day, when she has time, she works as a financial consultant.

Meet William Wilday

William Wilday directs Steve Martin’s THE UNDERPANTS.  

Mr Wilday has directed more than seventy productions in Southern California and Western Pennsylvania. His stagings of Fences, The Diviners, and Tea won SMTG Geoffrey Awards for Best Direction. His recent directing work includes Alice, his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Psycho Beach Party, The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines, Fences, The Crucible, Sueño, and The Lion In Winter at MWT, and Custer at LAAVAA.

He has designed lighting for hundreds of productions. The most recent of them include Spring Awakening, Spamalot, Avenue Q, The Odd Couple, Crazy For You, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown, and The Secret Garden at MWT, Exit The King at Classical Theatre Lab, Sarah’s War at the Hudson, Julia at New York’s 59e59, Broken, Four Dogs and a Bone, My Anne, Sweet Thursday, Nora, Rosalind/The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, Blue Jay Singing In The Dead Of Night, Birdbrain, Island of Brilliance, Becky’s New Car, The Browning Version, The Wild Boy, Lions, Simpatico, and Informed Consent at Pacific Resident Theatre, Sirens at The Secret Rose, and Willie Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, Freckle Face Strawberry, Romeo and Juliet, Seussical (the Musical,) Pinkalicious, A Wrinkle In Time, and Brave Irene for YES!

Meet Kristy Pace

Returning for a third time directing at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre, director Kristy Pace previously directed the successful productions of The Amazing Bone, in the winter of 2010, and If You Take A Mouse To School, in the Fall of 2011.  Her experience in teaching theatre and directing children’s productions includes theatre programs from coast to coast, with her company, POCKET FULL OF TALES, which has been active for the past 17 years. Kristy earned her Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College and is the author of “101 Things To Do With Your Kid’s At The Airport”.  Her creative team includes music director Jeff Payton and choreographer Matthew Schaffer.  

Matthew is returning to MWT for his second production, he previously choreographed the successful productions of The Amazing Bone, in the winter of 2010.  Matthew attended the prestigious Orange County High School of the Arts before continuing his formal training in Chicago and New York. As a performer, he has had the pleasure of working on Broadway, film, television and in concert dance. In addition to his career as a performer, Matthew has established a strong voice as a choreographer for stage and screen. Matthew has over 12 years of experience teaching and choreographing for children’s programs, including his work at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC.