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Alumni

WE ARE OFTEN ASKED what our Musical Theatre majors do after graduation. Many of our alumni are appearing in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, in national touring productions, at regional theatres, in stock, on television and in almost every entertainment-related field. They also forge careers as writers, directors, musical directors, choreographers, agents and managers, producers, conductors and teachers of the craft. Pictured below is a selection of our students who represent us in the profession, both currently and recently. Casting changes happen very rapidly. The information below was correct on August 7, 2014.

SUMMER STOCK, 2014

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Summer Stock, 2014
Summer Stock, 2014
Summer Stock, 2014
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Musical Theatre alumni as well as current students are seen in Summer Stock throughout the nation each year. Pictured above is a sampling of CCM students past and present plying their craft for enthusiastic audiences around the country. (top row) Pittsburgh CLO: Nick Belton (Class of 2002), Sarrah Strimel, Kameron Richardson (Class of 2016), Dallas Padoven (Class of 2015), Greg Kamp (Class of 2013); (second row) Music Theatre of Wichita: Catherine Helm (Class of 2014), Katie Welser (Class of 2014); St. Louis Muny: Thad Wilson (Class of 2005), Max Clayton (Class of 2014), Stephanie Jae Park (Class of 2014), (bottom row) Kameron Richardson (Class of 2016), Kimber Sprawl (Class of 2014), Kirsten Wyatt (Class of 1997), Blakely Slaybaugh (Class of 2009); Stages St. Louis: Joe Medeiros (Class of 2006).

Summer Stock, 2014
Summer Stock, 2014
Summer Stock, 2014
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Musical Theatre alumni as well as current students are seen in Summer Stock throughout the nation each year. Pictured above is a sampling of CCM students past and present plying their craft for enthusiastic audiences around the country. (top rowLauren Roesner (Class of 2013); West Virginia Public Theatre: Dallas Padoven (Class of 2015), Thomas Knapp (Class of 2015), Jay McGill (Class of 2015), Lawson Young (Class of 2015); (second row) Sacramento Music Circus: Julie Kavanagh (Class of 2011), Tory Ross (Class of 2002), Shannon Stoeke, (Class of 1995), Jason Graae (Class of 1980); Oklahoma Lyric: Adrienne Tang (Class of 2014); (bottom row) Maine State Music Theatre: Eric Sciotto (Class of 1997), Will Ray (Class of 2003), Alec Cohen (Class of 2017).

CURRENTLY & RECENTLY ON BROADWAY

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On Broadway
On Broadway
On Broadway
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A selection of Musical Theatre graduates currently performing on Broadway or recently seen in productions on the Great White Way. (top row) The Last Ship: Aaron Lazar (MFA, 2002); Les Misérables: Adam Monley (Class of 2000), Max Quinlan (Class of 2008); On the Town: Tony Yazbeck), Cody Williams (Class of 2010); (second row) Wicked: Tiffany Haas (Class of 2005), Betsy Werbel (Class of 1996); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: Pamela Bob (Class of 1999); The Lion King: Alton Fitzgerald White (Class of 1986); Cinderella: Marla Mindelle (Class of 2006), (bottom row) Stephanie Gibson (Class of 2007), Cody Williams (Class of 2010), Kaitlyn Davidson (Class of 2009); Beautiful: Alysha Deslorieux (Class of 2012), Sara Sheperd (Class of 2008).

On Broadway
On Broadway
On Broadway
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(top row) Daniel Torres (Class of 2001), Melvin Tunstall (Class of 1998), Noah Ricketts (Class of 2014); Bullets Over Broadway: Betsy Wolfe (Class of 2004), Eric Santagata (Class of 2004), (middle row) Preston Truman Boyd (Class of 2008); Cabaret: Leeds Hill (Class of 2011); Chicago: Jason Patrick Sands (Class of 2002); Jersey Boys: Matt Bogart (Class of 1994); The Bridges of Madison County: Katie Klaus (Class of 2006); (bottom row) Mamma Mia: Natalie Bradshaw (Class of 2007); Matilda: Jennifer Bowles (Class of 2004), Garett Hawe, (Class of 2009), Geoff Packard (Class of 2004), Sean Montgomery (Class of 2007).

On Broadway
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(above) Newsies: Aaron Albano; Pippin: Erik Altemus (Class of 2009), Billy Tighe (Class of 2007); Annie: Faith Prince (Class of 1979); Encores’ tick…tick…boom: Karen Olivo.

BROADWAY, LONDON & NATIONAL TOURS: THE BOOK OF MORMON

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The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon

Several Musical Theatre alumni have appeared in the Broadway production, the London production and the national tours of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Justin Bohon and Brian Sears appear on the original Broadway cast recording. Pictured above: Original Broadway Company: Brian Sears (Class of 2005), Justin Bohon (Class of 2000); Current Broadway Company: Nikki Renee Daniels (Class of 2001), Ryan Breslin (Class of 2011); London West End Company: Billy Tighe (Class of 2007); National Tours: Michael Schwitter (Class of 2012), Josh Breckenridge (Class of 2007), Nick Laughlin (Class of 2012), Pierce Cassedy (Class of 2012), Eric Huffman (Class of 2012), Josh Daniel (Class of 2013.

OFF-BROADWAY

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Musical Theatre graduates appearing in Off-Broadway productions. Piece of My Heart: Leslie Kritzer (Class of 1999); Atomic: Sara Gettelfinger (Class of 1999), Randy Harrison (Class of 2000); Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back: Mia Gentile (Class of 2011); Debbie Does Dallas: Matthew Paul Hill (Class of 2014).

ON THE ROAD

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National Tours
National Tours
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Musical Theatre graduates currently appearing in National Tours of Broadeway musicals. (top row) The Lion King: Blaine Krauss (Class of 2014); Cinderella: Stephanie Jae Park (Class of 2014), Blakely Slaybaugh (Class of 2009), Thad Turner Wilson (Class of 2005); Wicked: Kyle Brown (Class of 2008), (bottom row) Lee Slobotkin (Class of 2013); Joseph…Dreamcoat: Christine Cornish Smith (Class of 2013); Pippin: Kristine Reese (Class of 2005).

PRE-BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS

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Musical Theatre graduates in musicals around the country slated for future Broadway productions. Amazing Grace, Chicago: Allen Kendall (Class of 1988), John Riddle (Class of 2012); Hunchback of Notre Dame, La Jolla: Julian Decker (Class of 2014); Side Show, Washington, DC: Brandon Bieber (Class of 2007); Little Dancer, Washington, DC: Stephen Flaherty (composer).

AROUND THE COUNTRY

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Regional
Regional
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Musical Theatre graduates performing regionally. (top rowFiddler on the Roof, Goodspeed Opera House: Matt Amira (Class of 2013), Jen Brissman (Class of 2013); A Little Night Music, Berkshire Theatre Festival: Denis Lambert (Class of 2005); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Playhouse on Park: Joel Newsome (Class of 1989); Places in the Heart, Human Race Theatre: Kathryn Boswell (Class of 2013); (bottom row) On the Town, Marriott Lincolnshire: Max Clayton (Class of 2014); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Drury Lane Oak Brook: Jordan DeLeon (Class of 2014); Bright Star, Old Globe Theatre: Max Chernin (Class of 2012); Mamma Mia, Las Vegas: Joe Moeller (Class of 2011), James Lee Glatz (Class of 2009).

Regional
Regional
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(top rowVanities, Kennedy Theatre: Kate McMillan (Class of 2013); Parade, Kennedy Theatre: Lauren Kennedy; The Witches of Eastwick, Ogunquit Playhouse: Jenny Hickman (Class of 2014); Show Boat, San Francisco Opera: Kirsten Wyatt (Class of 1997); A Chorus Line, Fifth Avenue Theatre: Andrew Palermo (Class of 1995); (bottom row) The Witches of Eastwick, Ogunquit Playhouse: Sara Gettelfinger (Class of 1999); Hands on a Hardbody, ETC: Dallas Padoven (Class of 2015), Jordan DeLeon (Class of 2014); La Cage aux Folles, Sacramento Music Circus: Julie Kavanagh (Class of 2011), Shannon Stoeke (Class of 1995).

THE FRED & ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS

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Astaire Awards
Astaire Awards

Established in 1982, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. The award was established to honor Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, who starred in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931.  CCM alumni have been both nominees and winners of this prestigious award. In 2002, Justin Bohon (Class of 2000) won the award as Outstanding Male Dancer for his performance as Will Parker in Oklahoma! In 2008, Karen Olivo received the award for In the Heights followed by a nomination for her performance as Anita in West Side Story in 2009. In the same year, Kearran Giovanni (Class of 2003) received a nomination for her performance in the revival of Guys and Dolls. In 2010, Savannah Wise (Class of 2006) received a nomination for her work in Ragtime and in 2012 Ryan Breslin (Class of 2011) was nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show for his work in Newsies.

TONY AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

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Tony Awards

Lee Roy Reams was nominated for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the original production of 42nd Street in 1980. | Marcia Lewis appeared in the 1994 revival of Grease as Miss Lynch and was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She appeared as Matron in the 1996 revival of Chicago, receiving a Tony Award nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. In addition, she was a Drama Desk Award nominee as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Rags in 1986. | Pamela Myers made her Broadway debut as Marta in Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, introducing the show-stopping number "Another Hundred People." She was nominated at the 1971 Tony awards for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. | Composer Stephen Flaherty won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical for Ragtime and the 1995 Olivier Award for Best Musical for Once on This Island. His works have received many nominations for the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Anastasia in 1998. | Tom Viola was the recipient of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2011 presented to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible to compete in any of the established Tony Award categories. He was honored as the executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. | Faith Prince established herself as a Broadway star with her portrayal of Miss Adelaide in the much-acclaimed 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, for which she won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actress in a Musical. In 2001, she was once again nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her portrayal of Ella Peterson in the 2001 revival of Bells Are Ringing. She was also featured in the 2008 Broadway musical A Catered Affair, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations. | Michele Pawk made her mark with her performance in the Gershwin-inspired production Crazy for You, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2002, she earned critical raves for her performance in Hollywood Arms, the play adapted from Carol Burnett's memoir, One More Time. Her portrayal of an alcoholic who dreams of success as a movie magazine writer won her the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play. She also received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for The Paris Letter. | Kevin McCollum is one of the leading producers on Broadway. In 1996, he produced the musical Rent which won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also took the Best Musical honors at the Drama Desk Awards. In 2004 his company, The Producing Office, mounted the musical Avenue Q, which won three Tony Awards including Best Musical. In 2006 he produced The Drowsy Chaperone, which received five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk awards, including Best Musical and in 2007 In the Heights which won the Tony Award for Outstanding Musical. | In 2009, Karen Olivo received her first Tony Award for her performance as Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. She was also nominated for a Drama Desk and an Outer Critic's Circle Award for her critically acclaimed performance. She earned her second Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in West Side Story, after previously winning the same award in 2008 for her performance in In the Heights.

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Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway
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