Bye, Bye, Birdie

A Musical showing Feb 17 2017 - Apr 01 2017

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One of Broadway’s biggest hits, we are extremely excited to bring you this spectacular show about a struggling songwriter’s attempt to write one last hit before his star client is drafted into the army! Filled with fantastic songs like “Put On A Happy Face” and “Kids”, this classic musical is one you won’t want to miss!

Directed by: Todd Nielsen

Choreography by: Orlando Alexander

Music Direction by: Steven Applegate

Show Times: Fri-Sat 8pm, Sat- 3pm, Select Thurs-8 pm, select Sun 3 pm

Show Price: Regular: $32, Senior: $25, Child: $20

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Robert Pieranunzi*

Albert Peterson

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Robert is excited to return to the GCT after last appearing here as the tap dancing sailor, Lucky, in Dames at Sea. Most recently, he portrayed Busby Berkeley in the premiere musical I Only Have Eyes For You at the historic Ricardo Montalban in Hollywood. Favorite regional credits include Munkustrap in CATS at Musical Theatre West, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Riff in West Side Story at Moonlight Amphitheater, Kenickie in Grease at Fullerton CLO, and the world premieres of The Snow Queen (with Alan Menken and Glenn Slater), and Pilgrim. Most favorite role is that of Uncle and Godfather to the best niece and nephew in the world. So much love and appreciation to the creative team for this opportunity. Proud AEA member.

*Actor appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.

Colette Peters

Rosie Alvarez

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Colette is thrilled to return to GCT. She most recently starred as Rosie in GCT’s Bye Bye Birdie. Other GCT shows: Dames at Sea (Ruby); and Anything Goes (Erma). Colette is a proud AGVA member; she’s performed for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios Hollywood and for many theatres around Southern CA and across the country. Other: Stephen Schwartz’s World Premiere Opera, Seance On A Wet Afternoon at The Granada Theatre. National Tour of Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) Theatrical Arts International; Cats (Jennyanydots) with McCoy Rigby Entertainment. Original Recordings: Tots In Tinseltown & The Snow Queen. Commercials: Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. Much love and gratitude to family, friends and teachers for their constant love and support.

Maryanne Burr

Kim MacAfee

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Maryanne is delighted to return to the GCT stage. She was last seen here in the ensembles of Guys and Dolls, 9 to 5, and The King and I. Other favorite credits include Hairspray (Penny) and The Spitfire Grill (Shelby) on Azusa Pacific University’s mainstage, Dani Girl (Dani) with Domino One Productions, and Les Misérables (Cosette) back at home in Arizona at the Mesa Arts Center. When she’s not onstage, she works upstairs in the box office! Film credits include The Death of Rasputin with Barry Bostwick and How I Lost My Best Friends. She earned her BFA in Acting from Azusa Pacific University. Thanks to Todd, Steven, Lanne, Tim and the entire GCT family as well as her “Burrito” family–Mama, Friendo, Meg, and Aaron. Also, many thanks to Shaunna and Randi at The Happen Agency! Psalm 63:3.

Danny Michaels

Mr. Harry MacAfee

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Danny is happy to return the GCT having appeared in numerous shows here over the past 15 years. Danny has appeared in theaters throughout Southern California as Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies (StageScene LA Award, Inland Theatre Award, Drama-Logue Award), as Georg Nowack in She Loves Me (Inland Theatre Award), and as the Band Leader in the West Coast premiere of Swing (Ovation Award). Other credits include Mr. Peavy in Parade for 3-D Theatricals (Ovation Award), 1st Officer William Murdoch in Titanic (West Coast premiere), Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, and Underling in Drowsy Chaperone (opposite Sally Struthers). He created the role of Statue George in the new Richard Sherman musical Pazzazz, and recently reprised the role at the Magic Castle with Joanne Worley. Other credits include, Mitzi Gaynor’s National Tour, Hollywood Salute to Broadway with Broadway legend Tommy Tune, and the recording group Southern Comfort. Also an accomplished Director, Danny has directed productions of Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Will Rogers Follies, and My Fair Lady to name a few.

Tracey Ray Reynolds

Mrs. Doris MacAfee

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GCT appearances – (Mrs MacAfee) Bye Bye Birdie, (Roz) 9 to 5, Some recent credits include, (Meg Boyd) Damn Yankees, (Joanne) COMPANY, (Mrs Mullin) Carousel, (Elle’s Mom) Legally Blonde, (Vera) Stepping Out. You can see Tracy as Florence Foster Jenkins this September in the ITS production of Souvenir. Tracy is over the moon the be appearing in Footloose with her son!

 

Adam Hollick

Conrad Birdie

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Adam is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he earned a Masters in Vocal Performance. In 2009, he was recruited by APU’s football program on a full-ride scholarship. At the end of his sophomore year, he left the football program, forfeiting his scholarship, and became a music major. He discovered a deep passion for opera and shifted his focus to classical voice. Since then, he has appeared in many operas, including the role of Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore, Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the role of Figaro and Count Almaviva in a scenes program for Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro, Polinesso in Händel’s Ariodante, and the role of Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel. Recently, he performed with Sugar Creek Opera as an apprentice artist in The Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon, where he sang the role of Connie Rivers and covered the role of Tom Joad. Adam looks forward to spending his summer with Opera Theatre Pittsburgh where he will perform roles and understudy roles in Intermezzo by Strauss, and a premiere of A Gathering of Sons, a new opera. In addition to singing opera, Adam also has a strong passion for musical theatre and acting. He is excited to perform the role of Conrad Birdie in this production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Taylor Wesselman

Hugo Peabody

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Taylor is thrilled to be apart of this cast and crew of Bye Bye Birdie! Taylor is a recent graduate from Azusa Pacific University where he received a BFA in Acting. Past credits include Pippin (Pippin), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander – IVRT), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Spring Awakening (Melchior), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), The Wizard of Oz (Hickory/Tin Man), Our Town (George Gibbs), The Seagull (Konstantin) and Wally Skacks in 2014’s Ovation Award winning production of 110 in the Shade. In addition to being an actor, Taylor is also a writer and director. He is also the proud founder and Executive Producer of Domino One Productions.

Cindy Irwin Bullock

Mae Peterson

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A native of Southern California, Cindy received her training with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and has performed on many L.A. area stages throughout her career as an actress, singer and dancer. Her first appearance at Glendale Centre Theatre was (a few decades ago) when she played Sylvia Barrett, the young teacher in Up the Down Staircase. Other favorite roles from early in her career include Lady Olivia in Twelfth Night, Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Couple, Anita in West Side Story, Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Mona Kent in Dames at Sea, Gittel Mosca in Seesaw and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. She was thrilled to return to the GCT last season as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady and as Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes. Cindy has traveled all over the world as a headline entertainer for the cruise industry and performed onboard the original “Love Boat.” Many nautical miles later, she returned to Los Angeles where she had the pleasure of performing with The Art Attack Foundation in their productions for young audiences. She was seen in the ensemble casts of Aesop’s Fables and Join the Circus, and as Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. Other L.A regional theatre appearances include George’s Mother and Blair Daniels in Sunday in the Park with George and Aunt March in Little Women, the Musical. She was recently seen as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance and learned puppeteering to play Mrs. Thistletwat and a Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q with The San Pedro Cindy is delighted to return to the GCT stage once again, and she would like to thank Tim, Todd and Tom for the opportunity to work with this talented cast and crew in this delightful show. Enjoy!

Travis Burnett-Doering

Randolph MacAfee

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Travis is thrilled to return to the Glendale Centre Theatre where he performed in The Wizard of Oz. He has performed at the Third Street Theater (Los Angeles), under the direction of JR Whittington, in such shows as Fiddler (Motel), Alice (White Rabbit), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Mary Poppins (Bert), Annie (Bert Healy, Huey, Drake), Willie Wonka (Candy Man, Mr. Salt), Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), and Oz (Tin Man). He is a Junior Master at the Youth Academy for the Dramatic Arts. He receives private coaching from Paul Reid (tap…he loves to tap!), JR Whittington (dance), Hisato Masuyama (voice), and Lisa Picotte (acting). Thanks to Grammies and Papa, Nine O’Clock Players, and friends and teachers for much love and support.

Hope English

Ursula Merkle

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Hope is so excited to join the Glendale Centre Theatre in Bye Bye Birdie! This is her first show at the GCT, but she has been performing in LA for many years. Previous shows include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Picnic (Flo Owens), Barefoot in the Park (Ethel Banks), Hairspray (Tracy), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) and Godspell (Herb), among many others! She grew up in La Crescenta, but recently moved to Shadow Hills. She is attending school at Cal State University Northridge, working towards a major in English-Lit and a minor in Theatre. She wants to thank her beautiful mother for helping her pursue her dreams and her father for his undying love and support. She wishes to inspire young girls and boys everywhere that no matter what you think the limit may be, to go beyond it, because you will be surprised how far you can go! “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings”. – William Blake

April Amante

Gloria Rasputin

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Soprano, has credits with Pacific Opera Project, Opera San Luis Obispo, and the LA Opera Outreach Program, including Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Carmen (Frasquita), Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), the title role of Offenbach’s La Périchole, First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), and Sister Genevieve (Suor Angelica). She has been a featured soloist with the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra in concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheater, Opera SLO’s Broadway by the Sea, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Classical Music Encounters of Orange County. She was a finalist in the NATS National Musical Theater Competition in 2014. April earned her Bachelor of Music (BM) in Vocal Performance at California State University-Northridge and her Master of Music (MM) at the University of Arizona.

Holly Hodges Catania

Helen

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Holly is thrilled to be making her Glendale Centre Theatre debut! She is excited to return to the stage after a few years apart and is happy to do so in one of her favorite shows, Bye Bye Birdie. Most recently, she has been singing a cappella throughout Los Angeles with the ADARA and Sally Tomatoes all-female groups. Previously, she performed as Joanne in a concert production of RENT in Shanghai, China where she lived for 2 years to build a theme park and new roller coaster design. Holly attended Orange County School of the Arts and studied Musical Theater. Favorite roles include Into the Woods (Little Red), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), and Grease (Sandy). Big thanks to her husband, Nick, family and friends for their love and support. Thank you to Todd, Tim, Steven, and Orlando for this incredible opportunity and to the entire cast for making her feel like a teen again!

Anica Petrovic

Nancy

Anica Petrovic

Anica is thrilled to return to the Glendale Centre Theatre in this wonderful production of Bye Bye Birdie! After wrapping the GCT’s Wizard of Oz last summer, she took a little break from auditioning in order to plan and have her wedding, but she couldn’t stay away for long–she came back to the GCT less than two weeks after the reception. It’s safe to say the GCT has become Anica’s home away from home, and she couldn’t be happier! Past credits include Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Regina George in Mean Girls: The Musical, Essie Carmichael in You Can’t Take It With You, Magenta in Rocky Horror Picture Show, and many more. When Anica is not performing (or wedding planning), she is often designing hair & make-up and can be seen running around backstage with blush and hairspray. Because that’s not quite enough to keep her busy, Anica also works in social media marketing with an incredible team, who she would like to thank for putting up with her constant humming of show tunes, and apologize to for missing every work event due to rehearsal. Last but definitely not least, Anica would like to thank her friends, family, and loving husband for their incredible support!  

Natalie Roberts

Alice

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Natalie is happy to be in Sweet Apple, Ohio after debuting in The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol last season at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Some of her favorite past roles include Marty in Grease and Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Thanks family and friends for endless love and support!

Meredith Gibbs

Margie

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Meredith’s love affair with the stage began at the young age of six, performing in the Black Hills Dance Theater production of The Nutcracker alongside future Metropolitan Ballet star Misty Copeland and internationally acclaimed choreographer Charles Maple. Her theater credits include Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl), Into the Words (Featured Soloist), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery), High School Musical (Kelsey), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed). Meredith received her BFA in Musical Theatre from AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in 2012. Since then, she has worked as choreographer, assistant director, and music director for New Star Children’s Theater in Fair Oaks, CA and currently serves as Program Director for Dean Productions Theatre in Pasadena, CA. Meredith is so excited to join the Glendale Centre Theatre family with her debut in Bye Bye Birdie!

Summer Ruyle

Deborah Sue

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Summer is so excited to be part of this amazing cast and show! Summer was last seen at the GCT as Deborah Sue in the teen ensemble of Bye Bye Birdie. Other GCT credits include King and I (Little Eva) and five seasons of Christmas Carol playing roles such as Little Fan, Carol Cratchit, and Belinda Cratchit. Other favorite credits: Ruthless! The Musical (Tina Denmark) with Ophelia Jump Productions, Garden Party in History Lit (Laura) with Unbound Productions, and Annie with Colburn at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Summer is currently in the 7th grade at Millikan Performing Arts Academy in the musical theatre program, where she recently appeared in Spamalot as the Historian. In the fall, Summer will be attending California School of the Arts, sister school to OCSA, where she will be in the musical theatre conservatory. When Summer is not working, she loves studying voice and acting, along with ballet (en pointe), tap, jazz, modern, and contemporary at Inspire Dance Studio L.A. Summer is certified in babysitting and kitten bottle-feeding, and loves to volunteer or play with her pets and siblings, if she’s not doing homework! Many thanks to all her teachers, Mom, Dad, Molly, Brody, Uncle Steve, and Uncle Tony for all their love and support! Enjoy Annie Get Your Gun!


Danielle Lebens

Suzie

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Danielle earned her M.F.A. in Theatre from Naropa University (Boulder, CO). You may recognize her from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (as the sultry Hedy LaRue), You Can’t Take it With You (as the love struck Alice), and Robin Hood (as the feisty Maid Marian). Other GCT credits include Dear Ruth (Martha) and Shakespeare Live! (Juliet). She has been the dance teacher for four years at GCT’s Summer Theatre Camp and this year she will be taking over as camp director. She also teaches after school theatre programs throughout the year at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary and Saint Francis Xavier. Danielle thanks her incredible husband, Andrew, for his constant love and support, and all the cast and crew!

Fernanda Hidalgo

Penelope

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Fernanda is excited to join the 50’s and return to the GCT family after last season’s Anything Goes. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Fer has been doing theatre since she was 12 years old and is happy to keep building her dreams in the US. She’s a recent graduate from NYFA’s Conservatory for Musical Theatre and Film Acting in New York City. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: The Wedding Singer (Rosie), Chicago (Roxie), Little Shop of Horrors (Urchin), 13 (Kendra), Mamma Mia! (Sophie), Across the Universe (Molly). Film: Life In Free Fall. Fernanda has also appeared in new projects in Mexico and has helped to direct and choreograph a couple of shows on the East Coast. She would like to thank the creative team and cast for the chance to have fun in her favorite era. To my family and my grandfather, Pachu, who is dancing with me every step of the way.

 

Michael Dumas

Carl

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Michael is jazzed to make his premier at the Glendale Center Theater! Past gigs include Nikos in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Simon Stimson in Our Town, and Ensemble in In the Heights, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hair, Curtains, and No Sex Please, We’re British with HOOLIGAN Theatre Company at UCLA. He even had a kick out of props managing for Legally Blonde: The Musical at Palos Verdes Peninsula Arts Conservatory and stage managing Almost, Maine for HOOLIGAN Theatre and UCLA. He would like to thank his far out friends and family for their unreal love and support. He hopes you have a blast and dig the show.

Edgar Cardoso

Freddie

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Edgar is originally from Portugal, where his passion for Musical Theatre started. There he performed in Little Shop of Horrors (Dr. Orin Scrivello), Cinderella (Prince Charming), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Aladdin, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Chicago (Amos Hart). Edgar studied Music in Germany and England, and eventually became an award-winning concert pianist, having obtained 50 prizes in international competitions, released a solo album, cruised the world at sea and performed in 20 countries. Whilst living in London, he played keyboards for No One in the World, Spend Spend Spend, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Spectrum, and Peter PanHe has been living in Los Angeles since September and has already sung and danced in Bye Bye Birdie (GCT), The Music Man (PVPA – Norris Theatre), and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Foothill PA Council – ArTES Magnet), with a break for Music Direction at the Hollywood Fringe in Sex Anyone. He also works at Azusa Pacific University as a staff accompanist, musical director and vocal coach in the Music and Theater departments. Edgar is absolutely overjoyed to be back at his favorite theatre home in LA.

Augusto Guardado

James

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Augusto is very excited to be a part of his first show at the GCT! This is Augusto’s second time doing Bye Bye Birdie, his first experience was in high school as Harry MacAfee and was actually his first time in a musical (shout out to his high school cast and crew of Birdie 2012)! Augusto is also very fortunate to be able to assist at his old high school the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in their theatre department as a director and choreographer! He is currently choreographing their production of The Wizard of Oz! Some of Augusto’s favorite performance credits include: Evita (Cabrillo Music Theatre), West Side Story (TPAC), The Wiz (ARTS), and In The Heights (SVCAC). Augusto would like to take a moment to thank God, his family, and the Tynis for their never ending support and love and hopes you all enjoy the show!

Wayne Remington

Policeman

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Wayne is thrilled to be back on the GCT stage after just finishing being apart of the adult ensemble and quartet in Bye Bye Birdie. He had made such a home of this theatre, he just had to come back! Favorite credits include: John the Baptist/Judas in GODSPELL and Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Along with his love for the theatre, Wayne works at a local Coffee Bean with his best friend, Delaney. He is also a makeup artist, so if you have a wedding, birthday, or any special event you need to look snatched for contact him at  remingtonwayne@yahoo.com! He would like to thank his amazing family, friends, and of course God for the wonderful support and opportunities. “There’s no business like show business.” … did anyone see that coming?

Rob Schaumann

The Mayor

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Rob first appeared on stage in Oliver at the age of nine. Over the years he has performed in countless productions. His favorite roles include The Major General in Pirates of Penzance, Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Rob is thrilled to return to the Glendale Centre Theatre stage for his fifth production. He was seen in South Pacific as Capt. Bracket, sang with the quartet in The Music Man, was Uncle henry and the Oz Guard in The Wizard of Oz last Summer, and most recently as the Mayor in Bye Bye Birdie. Rob has studied voice in many styles and is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse Theatrical school with credits including commercials, film and TV, but he really enjoys the stage. Rob currently performs throughout the LA area in a variety of productions and venues. Rob would like to thank the great staff and cast at the GCT for the opportunity and all their hard work. He would also like to thank his family for their support and understanding as he goes off to sing and dance every night. By day Rob can be found helping people buy and Sell Real Estate in the San Gabriel Valley with Dilbeck Real Estate.

Doreese Norman

Edna, The Mayor’s Wife

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Doreese is delighted to play Edna in her debut performance with the Glendale Centre Theatre, and is so happy to be working with such a talented cast. When not practicing her glorious fainting technique, Doreese can be found at her day job in strategic communications, or tucked away in her tiny music studio surrounded by dresses, shoes, and sheet music. If none of the above applies, you might find her doing vocal drills in front of her voice teacher’s piano, or satisfying her puppy’s incessant need for belly rubs. Doreese has done sessions work and performed background vocals for numerous bands and solo artists in and around the Los Angeles area. She would like to express heartfelt thanks to her boyfriend, friends, and teachers for their love and support.

Holly Constant

Mrs. Merkle

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Holly is super excited to make her GCT debut with this amazing cast! A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Holly can be seen singing at local coffee shops and cabarets around town (and of course karaoke hot spots). Favorite credits include Ethel in Footloose, Mimi in 13 Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview, and a national Weight Watchers commercial. She also teaches voice and acting. Thank you to everyone supporting live theater, let’s stick together for the arts! hollyconstant.com

Timothy Ryan Bartlett

Mr. Johnson

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Timothy is thrilled to be returning to the Glendale Centre Theatre, for this production of Bye, Bye Birdie. He was last seen in A Christmas Carol, as Charity Solicitor and William Jenkins, at the GCT. He has also portrayed Bob Cratchit, in two other versions of the Christmas classic. Bartlett received his BA in Acting from Christopher Newport University, and was recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) as an Actor/Combatant. After Undergrad, he performed regionally and spent over 5 years in New York City, where he originated the role of Ichabod Crane, in the Off-Broadway musical, Sleepy Hollow. Before moving to Los Angeles, Bartlett spent a year in the SF Bay Area, touring with California Theatre Center, all along the Pacific Coast. Other favorite credits include Dracula (Renfield), Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), Treasure Island (Dr. Livesy), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Schmendiman). Thanks to God, Dad, Mom, and his brother Jonathan. www.timothyryanbartlett.com

Hisato Masuyama-Ball

Charles Maude

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Before bartending in Bye Bye Birdie as Maude, he was tapping his heart out in the acclaimed The Wizard of Oz and Anything Goes here at the GCT. He was also seen in WICKET LIT 2015 in The Groves of Rashomon and My Fair Lady. A Japanese national, Hisato has appeared in Japan Broadway productions of Tommy, Phantom, and Chicago in his home country to great acclaim. Here in the US, he toured in Mame with Juliet Prowse, 42nd Street with Mariette Hartley, Pacific Overtures with Mako to name a few.  Other GCT credits include The King and I, The Music Man, South Pacific, Me and My Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Squabbles, 1776, and countless others. Other local credits include Rumors, Anything Goes with Helen Reddy, Dreamgirls, The Producers as Carmen Ghia, etc. His TV appearances include Castle, Conan, and General Hospital. For web series watchers, he was also a regular on Funny Or Die Production’s Gorburger Show. An operatic countertenor, his talents have taken him back to Japan for numerous solo concert dates. Utilizing his talents in Japanese, he also translated/recorded for Tokyo Sesame Place, Tokyo Disney and ABC Mouse. Thanks to Lings & Brian for their support.

Elyse Cain

Teen in Training

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At 12 years old, Elyse is already a GCT veteran. She was last seen featured in multiple roles in last season’s Wizard of Oz. Other GCT roles include a Princess of Siam in The King and I and as the precocious Gracie Shinn in The Music Man. Elyse can also be seen in various TV productions as well, including PBS’ Pancake Mountain and Kevin Nealon’s Laugh Lessons. She is loving the family atmosphere here at the Glendale Centre Theatre and is looking forward to performing in their 2017 Summer Acting Camp Sessions.

Symera Jackson

Teen in Training

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At  age 11, Symera is over the moon excited to be returning to the GCT for her second show! Bye Bye Birdie is one of her all-time favorite shows and she’s ecstatic to be here! She was last seen as a Munchkin in the GCT’s Wizard of Oz. Symera loves musical theater and has been performing since she was 5 years old. For the past seven years, Symera has been a part of Ovation Group Productions and played such roles as Donkey (Shrek the Musical), Snoopy (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Baker (Into the Woods), Sandy (Grease), and Penny Pingleton (Hairspray).  Symera was also seen in Aladdin as Kassim with Jaxx Educational Theatre School, as well as in Annie with Burbank Community Theater. Symera is a working actor in commercials, print, and film. Her favorite recent memories include working with Kristen Bell and Wayne Brady, as well as interviewing Disney star, Zendaya. She is actively studying acting, and likes dancing/singing and playing the piano. When not performing, Symera enjoys marine biology, swimming, riding her bike, reading, doing cart wheels, hula hooping and playing with her biggest fans, her younger brother and sister. She is so grateful to be a part of the Bye Bye Birdie cast and thanks her family and friends for their endless love and support!  Special shout out to her mentors for all their inspiration and encouragement – Lisa Schwartz, Laurel Cooling, Roy/Betsy Abramsohn, Amie Farrell, Chaz Wolcott, Laura Thede/Bri Curtis @ DDO, and her VCMS teachers!