Is He Dead

A Comedy showing Oct 13 2017 - Nov 18 2017

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Recent Broadway Hit! It’s 1846. Talented French artist, Millet, feels honor bound to save his fianceé and her father from financial ruin. Millet soon realizes that great paintings make much more money after the artist dies. In desperation, he fakes his own death and becomes… his sister. Only the brilliant Mark Twain could conceive of such a riotous plot!

Directed by: Todd Nielsen

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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Grayson Wittenbarger

Jean-François Millet

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Grayson is thrilled to be coming back to the Glendale Centre Theatre for the third time! In 2015, he played Albert Kummer in the GCT’s production of Dear Ruth and earlier this year he played Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest. He studied acting at Northern Kentucky University. Other theatre credits include: David in The Foreigner, Hugo Peabody in Bye, Bye Birdie, The King in Cinderella, Edgar Beane in Titanic: the Musical, Hippolytus in Phaedra’s Love. He also had a Co-star role on Season 9 of Criminal Minds. He would like to thank Todd and Tim for the incredible opportunity! He would also like to thank Keyes Honda Service Center for making sure his ’02 Accord could make the daily commute from Van Nuys to Glendale.

Joshua Evans

Agamemnon Buckner "Chicago"

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Joshua is honored to be returning to the Glendale Centre Theatre stage. He was last seen at the GCT in You Can’t Take it with You (Tony), as well as in Dear Ruth (Lt. Seawright). Other stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Equus (Frank), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (McMurphy). Although Is He Dead? marks only his third appearance on the GCT stage, he has been working for the Glendale Centre Theatre’s Summer Camp for many years, teaching acting and improv since 2004. A graduate of Washington State University, he is also a writer, director, and producer of short films, and for the online sketch comedy group, Lonely T-Rex. Television credits include The Young and the Restless, Jane the Virgin, and Conan. He would like to thank his lovely wife, Stephanie, for constantly encouraging him!

Austin LaCroix

Hans Von Bismarck "Dutchy"

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A native of California, Austin LaCroix made his theatrical debut in 2010 and has since performed in over twenty productions including The Foreigner, Waiting for Lefty, and Lost in Yonkers. He has had the opportunity to play a broad range of characters such as The Wizard of Oz, Romeo, and Sherlock Holmes. Austin is currently working as a professional photographer in the fashion industry as well as shooting headshots and portraiture in his spare time. His other interests include playing music, writing, and filmmaking. This is Austin’s first performance with the Glendale Centre Theatre and he is thrilled to be performing in their production of Is He Dead.

John David Wallis

Phelim O'Shaughnessy

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John David Wallis is a certified massage therapist and a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in Theater. John has performed at the Glendale Centre Theatre as Max in The Andrews Brothers, Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, Stewpot in South Pacific, Jacey Squires in The Music Man, Rolls in The Princess and the Pea, and Theodore in Cinderella. Other credits include: Frederick in Young Frankenstein at DOMA Theatre Co., Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors at Summer Repertory Theater; Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls at West Valley Playhouse.

Ashlee Abrams

Marie Leroux

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Actress/singer/songwriter Ashenputtel “Ashlee” Abrams is the eldest grandchild of Australian pop/rock pioneer April Byron. Ashlee began acting professionally at age 13, when she won the title role in the stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. Other film, T.V., and theatre work followed, including leading stage roles in Into the Woods, Grease, The Little Foxes, and Babes in Toyland, among many others. Film & T.V. credits include Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous, VH1’s Saddle Ranch, Finding Amanda (with Matthew Broderick), and Housebroken (with Danny Devito). As a lead vocalist, Ashlee has performed across the country at world-famous venues including Whisky A GoGo on the Sunset Strip, and The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Ashlee’s original song “Saddle Up” was requested to be the theme song for VH1 reality series Saddle Ranch. Ashlee also performs weekly as one of SoCal’s most in-demand Princess character impersonators, with her successful children’s party company Beverly Hills Princess. Fun fact – she is named after her mother, Cinderella. Ashenputtel is the German title of the legendary fairytale, and the version of the story used in the Sondheim musical Into the Woods.

Cheryl Ann Carlson

Cecile Leroux

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Cheryl is thrilled to make her debut on the GCT stage! Originally from Fresno, she received her BFA at CSU Fullerton. She appeared in the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival in The Tempest (Miranda) and The Physicists (Nurse Monika). Other roles include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), The School for Lies (Celimene), Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatricum Botanicum, and Antony and Cleopatra (Octavia, Soothsayer), and Twelfth Night (Viola u/s), with Kingsmen Shakespeare Company.

Tom Hall

Papa Leroux

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Tomas is pleased to take a break from apricot farming in Upper Ojai to work with Todd Nielsen again and this wonderful cast of crazies. Other theaters include Cabrillo Music Theater: 1776 (Andrew McNair), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Erronius); California Shakespeare Company: King Lear (Gloucester), The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus), The Tempest (Stephano); Ojai Center for the Arts: Miracle on 34 th Street (Kris Kringle); Santa Paula Theater Center: Waiting for Godot (Lucky), Our Town (Mr. Webb); PCPA Theaterfest: Kiss Me, Kate (Baptista), Charley’s Aunt (Spettigue); Kern Shakespeare Festival: Titus Andronicus (Titus); Colony Studio Theater: The King of Hearts (McNeill).

Ted Wells

Bastien André

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Ted is delighted to once again be performing with his new GCT family.  Feel free to “BOO, HISS and HATE” Ted in his portrayal of Bastien André in Mark Twain’s Is He Dead?.  Having opened this season playing Harold Gorringe in Black Comedy, Ted went on to play Wilson and Pawnee Bill in Annie Get Your Gun. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theater Arts, Ted starred in the horror cult-classic, Hard Rock Zombies. Ted has been in front of and behind the scenes in film, television and theater most of his life. Ted’s favorite roles include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Matt in The Fantasticks, the quartet Baritone in the Music Man and the M.C in Cabaret.

Cara Newman Ruyle

Madame Bathilde

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Cara is so pleased to be making her Glendale Centre Theatre debut. Recently seen in Celebration Theatre’s award winning The Boy from Oz and at PlayGround L.A. in Hollywood. Past credits include: Sight Unseen (Patricia), Three Tall Women (C), On The Verge (Fanny), the National Tour of Into the Woods, and many many more! Cara studied at RADA, The College of William & Mary and earned an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School of DePaul University. She’s done voices for The Fairly Oddparents, Family Guy, and episodes of Cybil and The Nick Cannon show. Big love to Camp Ruyle. Thanks for letting Mom have a turn again! Have a Great Day and Make it An Adventure!

Barbara Trenn

Madame Caron

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After more than a decade away from the stage, Barbara is thoroughly delighted to be making her Glendale Centre Theatre debut. Past Los Angeles area roles include: Katie, the Irish maid, in Meet Me in St. Louis, and Lady Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady at the old Canyon Club Dinner Theater; Sarah, the family cook, in The Man Who Came to Dinner at Westchester Playhouse/Kentwood Players; and Miss Jones along with five other bit parts in the musical Blood Brothers at both the Westchester Playhouse and Knightsbridge Theatre. Other favorite past roles include: Liz (one of the Six Merry Murderesses) in Chicago, Roberta in the musical Working, Julie in The Mice Have Been Drinking Again, and Pearl in the 1920s play Broadway. When not onstage, Barbara enjoys attending performances, and concerts from rock to classical.

Two of her favorite places in town are the Greek Theatre and the Hollywood Bowl. She loves to travel, and can speak a smattering of French, Swedish, and Spanish (go ahead, try to say something to her if you speak one of those!). She is proud of her eleven nieces and nephews, and grateful to her six siblings that they bore the human children whilst she bears the creative ones.

Along those lines, Barbara is also a writer of epic fantasy trilogies in search of a publisher and/or filmmaker, as well as poetry, both humorous and sublime. She can often be found at Priscilla’s Coffee on Riverside Drive participating in their quarterly poetry readings.

Barbara makes sure that upon each and every birthday she does something she has never done before, be it extravagant or ever so simple. She feels new experiences are important to have! She sees silver linings everywhere, and believes that with every single interaction in every single day, you have the opportunity to make those you interact with feel bigger… or smaller. She trusts that tonight she is able to make you laugh, and feel bigger! Enjoy!

Alex White

Basil Thorpe/Claude Rivière/Charlie/The King of France

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Alex is delighted to dust off his multiple personalities here at the Glendale Centre Theatre. He is a graduate from UC Irvine with a BFA in Musical Theatre, as well as a fiery Scorpio who likes long naps on the beach, or anywhere, really. Favorite credits include: My Little Brony as Tim/Skunk (an Off Broadway world premiere musical written and composed by the composers of Disney’s new short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf, Anything Goes as Evelyn Oakleigh, Legally Blonde as Dad/Winthrop/Dewey, Shrek the Musical as Big Bad Wolf, and Clybourne Park as Karl/Steve. Many thanks to his amazing mom, brothers, boyfriend, and friends who have pity laughed for him since day one. Luv ya Dad!