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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 May 15, 2017.

TWINKLE, TWINKLE

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Betsy Wolfe Waitress

Betsy Wolfe (Class of 2004) is set to enter the pie-filled world of Waitress on Broadway. Betsy will fill the role of Jenna beginning June 13, taking over for the show’s creator, Sara Bareilles. Waitress is based on the 2007 film of the same name and tells the story of a diner waitress who, through her passion for baking, an unexpected pregnancy and a tryst with a doctor, learns to escape her abusive marriage.

Betsy made her Broadway debut in 110 in the Shade and subsequently appeared in Everyday Rapture, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bullets Over Broadway and Falsettos. She also appeared in the off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years and the City Center Encores! presentation of Merrily We Roll Along.

In 2017, Betsy was the recipient of the CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award.

RIVERA AWARD NOMINATIONS

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Stars

The Chita Rivera Awards (formerly the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards) honor choreographers and dancers on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages. Three CCM Musical Theatre graduates were included in the nominations:  Max Clayton for Bandstand (Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show), Christine Cornish Smith for Cats (Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show) and Cody Williams for Sweet Charity (Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off-Broadway Show). In addition, the musicals Bandstand, Cats, Come from Away and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 were nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show. All feature CCM Musical Theatre graduates.

CURRENTLY ON BROADWAY

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On Broadway

Aaron Albano (Cats), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Nick Belton (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Kathryn Boswell (Anastasia), Preston Truman Boyd (Sunset Boulevard)

On Broadway

Josh Breckenridge (Come From Away), Ryan Breslin (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), Kyle Brown (Anastasia), Ashley Brown (The Golden Apple), Kristy Cates (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)

Broadway

Andrew Chappelle (Hamilton), Max Chernin (The Golden Apple), Max Clayton (Bandstand), Julian Decker (Sunset Boulevard), Alysha Deslorieux (Hamilton)

Broadway

Mia Gentile (Kinky Boots), Jessica Hendy (Cats), Blaine Krauss (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Joseph Medeiros (Groundhog Day), Stephanie Gibson (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory)

Broadway

Sean Montgomery (Groundhog Day), Geoff Packard  (Bandstand), Stephanie Jae Park (War Paint), Liz Pearce (Sweeney Todd), Colt Prattes (Dirty Dancing, ABC Television)

Broadway

Angel Reda (War Paint), John Riddle (Frozen, Pre-Broadway), Jason Patrick Sands (Chicago), Brian Sears (The Book of Mormon), Sarah Jane Shanks (Cats)

Broadway

Sara Shepard (Beautiful), Lee Slobotkin (Wicked), Christine Cornish Smith (Cats), Kimber Sprawl (Beautiful), Daniel Torres (Beautiful)

Broadway

Melvin Tunstall (Beautiful), Jim Walton (Sunset Boulevard), Sharon Wheatley (Come From Away), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress), Tony Yazbeck (Chicago)

OFF-BROADWAY

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Off-Broadway

Eric Sciotto (Class of 1997) plays Drac Frenzie in Lory Lazarus’ new musical, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, in which the soul of Elvis returns to Earth to convince the human race to be his doppelgängers, opening at the Lion Theatre on June 1.

Most recently, Eric played William Shakespeare in Something Rotten! on Broadway. He also appeared on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, Aida, Sweet Smell of Success, Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Cry-Baby, A Chorus Line, Pal Joey, Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and is featured on six Original Cast Recordings. Eric toured as Paul in A Chorus Line, Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun and Frank in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional: A Chorus Line (Zach), Footloose (Ren), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and Aida (Radames).  

Eric is a recipient of the CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award.

SUMMER STOCK, 2017

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Summer Stock 2017

Andrew Alstat (Class of 2020) Wagon Wheel Theater, Warsaw, IN (Newsies, Footloose, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Young Frankenstein, The Crucible); Anya M. Axel (Class of 2019) Kincaid Regional Theatre, Falmouth, KY, (Laurey in Oklahoma!), Reagle Music Theatre, Waltham, MA (42nd Street); Bryce Baxter (Class of 2019) Porthouse Theater, Akron, OH (Davey in Newsies, Josh in 9 to 5); Nick Berninger (Class of 2020) Interlakes Theater Company, Meredith, NH (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, South Pacific, Cats, Gypsy); Kurtis Brown (Class of 2020) Lexington Theatre Company, Lexington, KY (Legally Blonde).

Summer Stock 2017

Michael Canu (Class of 2020) Showboat Theatre, Clinton, IA (Ren McCormack in Footloose, Albert in Newsies); Kevin Chlapecka (Class of 2019) Lake Dillon Theatre, Summit County, CO (Sister Act, Ghost the Musical); Kyra Christopher (Class of 2018) Summer Theatre of New Caanan, New Canaan, CT (Singin' in the Rain); Gary Cooper (Class of 2017) Opera North, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Kiss Me Kate, La Belle Helene); Matt Copley Wagon Wheel Theater, Warsaw, IN (Newsies, Ren in Footloose, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Young Frankenstein, The Crucible).

Summer Stock 2017

Madison Deadman (Class of 2020) Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, MI (Wednesday in The Addams Family, West Side Story, Oklahoma!); EJ Dohring (Class of 2018) New Bedford Festival Theatre, New Bedford, MA (My Fair Lady); Dylan Dougal (Class of 2019) Kincaid Regional Theatre, Falmouth, KY (Oklahoma!); Bailee Endebrock (Class of 2020) Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw, IN (Urleen in Footloose, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Young Frankenstein, The Crucible, Into the Woods); Zach Erhardt (Class of 2017) The Muny, St. Louis, MO (Jesus Christ Superstar).

Summer Stock 2017

Emily Fink (Class of 2018) Totem Pole Playhouse, Gettysburg, PA (The Drowsy Chaperone, I Love a Piano); Dan Gettler (Class of 2017) Hamilton Stage, Rahway, NJ (Hit Her with the Skates), Town Hall, New York, NY (Broadway’s Rising Stars); Delaney Guyer (Class of 2020) Lexington Theatre Company, Lexington, KY (Legally Blonde); Ciara Harris (Class of 2018) The Muny, St. Louis, MO (Lorraine in All Shook Up); Marissa Hecker (Class of 2018) Weston Playhouse, Weston, VT (The Music Man, Really Rosie).

Summer Stock 2017

Kyle Ivey (Class of 2017) Stages, St. Louis, MO (Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Lexington Theatre, Lexington, KY (Legally Blonde); Will Jackson (Class of 2020) Federal Incline Theatre, Cincinnati, OH (Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees), Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT (Travis in Footloose); Phillip Johnson-Richardson (Class of 2018) The Muny, St. Louis, MO (Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up, Newsies); Areo Keller (Class of 2018) Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL (Louise in Carousel, Muriel in Ah, Wilderness, Evita, Mary Poppins, Cinderella After the Ball); Elijah King (Class of 2020) Fairfax Theatre Company, Fairfax, VA (Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat).

Summer Stock 2017

Stavros Koumbaros (Class of 2018) Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, Santa Rosa, CA (Tony in West Side Story, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone); Brianna Latrash (Class of 2017) Lexington Theatre, Lexington, KY (Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde); Danny Marhelko (Class of 2018) CPCC Summer Theatre, Charlotte, NC (Don in A Chorus Line), North Carolina Theatre, Raleigh, NC (Beauty and the Beast); Jackson Mattek (Class of 2017) Tibbits Summer Theatre, Coldwater, MI (Joe in Damn Yankees, Footloose); Jordan Miller (Class of 2019) Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, Santa Rosa, CA (West Side Story, A Raisin in the Sun, The Drowsy Chaperone).

Summer Stock 2017

Emily Kirsten Morris (Class of 2017) New York Musical Festival, Acorn Theatre, New York, NY (A Wall Apart); Sam Pickart (Class of 2020) Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, NY (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anything Goes, Saturday Night Fever, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot); Benji Pimental (Class of 2020) Clinton Area Showboat, Clinton, IA (Finch in Newsies), Greensburg, PA (Shrek, 13 – musical director); Kyle Pollak (Class of 2018) Stages, St. Louis, MO (Seussical), Lexington Theatre Company, Lexington, KY (Legally Blonde); Bryn Purvis (Class of 2019) Summer Lyric Theatre, New Orleans, LA (Annie Get Your Gun), Lexington Theatre Company, Lexington, KY (Legally Blonde).

Summer Stock 2017

Matthew Salvatore (Class of 2017) Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, Santa Rosa, CA (West Side Story, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone); Paul Schwensen (Class of 2017) The Muny, St. Louis, MO (Dean in All Shook Up); Alex Stone (Class of 2019) Clinton Area Showboat, Clinton, IA (Newsies, Dial M for Murder, Footloose, Bridges of Madison County, The 39 Steps); Frankie Thams (Class of 2019) Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, New Orleans, LA (Annie Get Your Gun, Link in Hairspray); Hank von Kolnitz (Class of 2020) Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, Santa Rosa, CA (West Side Story, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone).

Summer Stock 2017

Christopher Kelley (Class of 2018) Timberlake Playhouse, Mount Carroll, IL (Neleus in Mary Poppins, Che in Evita, Carnival Boy in Carousel); Erich Schleck (Class of 2020), Village Theatre, Issaquah, WA (choreographer, Big Fish), Ballyhoo Theatre, Edmonds, Washington (choreographer, Spring Awakening); Keaton Whittaker (Class of 2018) New York Musical Festival, Greenroom Theatre, New York, NY (Lauren in Camp Wanatachi); Gabe Wrobel (Class of 2018) Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, Santa Rosa, CA (West Side Story, Clybourn Park, Billy Flynn in Chicago).

AROUND THE COUNTRY

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Regional & National Tour

Matthew Amira (Class of 2013), National Tour: Dirty Dancing; Brandon Bieber (Class of 2007), National Tour: Something’s Rotten!; Sarah Bishop (Class of 2015), National Tour: Cabaret; Jennifer Bowles (Class of 2004), National Tour: Matilda; Pierce Cassedy (Class of 2012), National Tour: Something’s Rotten!

Regional & National Tour

Clara Cox (Class of 2016), National Tour: 42nd Street; Eric Geil (Class of 2015), National Tour: The Book of Mormon; Louis Griffin (Class of 2017), National Tour: Cinderella; Eric Huffman (Class of 2012), National Tour: The Book of Mormon; Leigh Ann Larkin (Class of 2002), National Tour: Cabaret.

Regional & National Tour

Darren Matthias (Class of 1985), National Tour: The Sound of Music; Alaina Mills (Class of 2011), National Tour: Beautiful; Adam Monley (Class of 2000), Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, Mary Poppins; Joel Newsome (Class of 1989), National Tour: Something’s Rotten!; Bill Nolte, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, Mary Poppins.

Regional & National Tour

Karen Olivo, National Tour: Hamilton; Samantha Pollino (Class of 2016), National Tour: Hamilton; Chuck Ragsdale (Class of 1996), National Tour: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Will Ray (Class of 2003), National Tour: Finding Neverland; Blakely Slaybaugh (Class of 2009), Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, Mary Poppins.

Regional & National Tour

Raven Thomas (Class of 2016), National Tour: Hamilton; Billy Harrigan Tighe (Class of 2007), National Tour: Finding Neverland; Emily Trumble (Class of 2015), National Tour: The Sound of Music.

INTERNATIONAL

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Stephanie Reese

International singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Reese recently starred as princess Kogajin in the musical Marco Polo in Paris and London.

Previously she was seen as Tuptim in the London revival of The King and I with Elaine Paige, as Kim in Miss Saigon in Germany and as Esmeralda in the European premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin.

Stephanie now concertizes around the globe. She was the first Filipina-American to have a solo concert at Carnegie hall in New York and has performed with Natalie Cole and Patti LaBelle in Los Angeles.

She represents the United States and Philippines annually at the UNICEF Gala in Germany and she recently represented the Philippines in Istanbul at the first World Humanitarian Summit where she spoke and sang at the invitation of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Bahn Ki Moon.

THE FRED & ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS

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Astaire Awards
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. In 2016, Leslie Kritzer was nominated as Outstanding Female Dancer Off-Broadway for her performance in The Robber Bridegroom.

In 2017, the awards were renamed the Rivera Awards in honor of Broadway star Chita Rivera. Nominated in the first year of the refurbished awards were three CCM Musical Theatre graduates:  Max Clayton for Bandstand (Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show), Christine Cornish Smith for Cats (Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show) and Cody Williams for Sweet Charity (Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off-Broadway Show). In addition, the musicals Bandstand, Cats, Come from Away and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 were nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show. All feature CCM Musical Theatre graduates.

TONY AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

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Tony Awards
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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Banner Top: Michael Lowe, Ben Magnuson and company in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

 

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