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The Class of 2018

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Class of 2018

EJ Dohring, Emily Fink, Ciara Harris, Marissa Hecker, Phillip Johnson, Derek Kastner, Areo Keller, Christopher Kelley, Stavros Koumbaros, Daniel Marhelko, Emily Meredith, Kyle Pollak, Emily Royer, Donelvan Thigpen, Keaton Whittaker, Gabe Wrobel.

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EJ Dohring

EJ DOHRING
EJ is from Phoenix, Arizona. He has been seen at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid and Kiss Me, Kate. He also appeared at Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Cabaret  and at Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Tarzan. At CCM he was seen in American Idiot, A Chorus Line, Children of Eden, Legally Blonde, Seussical, Big River, The Merry Widow and Jesus Christ Superstar. EJ is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Emily Fink

Emily FINK
Emily is a native of Carbondale, Illinois. She has been seen in I Love a Piano (Eileen) and The Drowsy Chaperone at Totem Pole Playhouse and The Music Man and 9 to 5 (Doralee u/s) at Flat Rock Playhouse. At CCM, Emily has performed in Mack and Mabel (Mabel Normand), Sondheim on Sondheim (Barbara Cook), Lysistrata Jones (Lampito), Jesus Christ Superstar and the world premiere of They Were You: the Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. She has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in their Youth Concert Series (Fall 2017). Emily is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Ciara HARRIS

Ciara HARRIS
Ciara is from Miami, Florida. Her summer stock credits include All Shook Up (Lorraine) at the St. Louis Muny and Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl) at Music Theatre Wichita, as well as playing ensemble roles in many musicals. At CCM, she has performed in Children of Eden (Eve), American Idiot (Alysha), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalen) and Sondheim on Sondheim (Vanessa Williams). Ciara is a proud member of AEA.

Marissa Hecker

Marissa HECKER
Marissa is from Lighthouse Point, Florida. She has been seen as Kathy in Really Rosie and in The Music Man at Weston Playhouse, as Lulu/Dance Captain/Fraulein Kost (u/s) in Cabaret at Lake Dillon Theatre Company and as Roby in Runaways at Know Theatre. At CCM, she appeared in Seussical (Mrs. Mayor), American Idiot, Mack & Mabel, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar and 110 In The Shade. She also writes, directs and performs in her own YouTube musical parody series, “BFA Problems.” Marissa is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Phillip Johnson

Phillip JOHNSON-RICHARDSON
Phillip is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been seen as Flick in Violet at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Seaweed in Hairspray at Theatre Charlotte and for two seasons at the St. Louis Muny in The Music Man, Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up and Newsies. In 2014, he appeared in the national tour of Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight. He is featured in the documentary Purple  Dreams, directed by Emmy award winner Joanne Hock. At CCM, he has performed in American Idiot, Big River (Jim), A Chorus Line  (Richie), Children of Eden (Father), Sondheim on Sondheim (Norm Lewis), Jesus Christ Superstar and the developmental workshop of Home, Street, Home for Alchemation. Phillip is a proud member of AEA.

Derek Kastner

Derek KASTNER
Derek is from Sylvania, Ohio. He played Jinx in Forever Plaid and a Protean in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Totem Pole Playhouse, Willard in Footloose and Louis in The King and I at Croswell Opera House and Young Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at Toledo Opera. At CCM, he was seen in Seussical (Mr. Mayor), Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line (Tom, Mark, Mike u/s), Big River (Silas Phelps, Huck Finn u/s), Jesus Christ Superstar and Swan Lake (Courtier).  He also appeared in Transmigrations: A New Works Festival for the CCM Acting program. Derek is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Areo Keller

Areo KELLER
Areo is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been seen as Louise in Carousel, Muriel in Ah, Wilderness!,  Evita, Mary Poppins and Cinderella After the Ball at Timber Lake Playhouse. She played Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along, Waitress #1 in Rock of Ages and appeared in Nice Work If You Can Get It at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. Additionally, she was seen in The Sound of Music (Liesl), White Christmas and Jesus Christ Superstar at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. At CCM, she played Maggie in A Chorus Line, Louise in Carousel, Bird Girl in Seussical and appeared in Mack and Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar and Peter Pan.

Christopher Kelley

Christopher KELLEY
Christopher is from Flossmoor, Illinois. He has been seen in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Tackaberry) at Porchlight Music Theatre, in Evita (Che), Mary Poppins (Nelius) and Carousel (Carnival Boy) at Timberlake Playhouse and A Chorus Line (Al) at Pricilla Beach Theatre. At CCM, he performed in A Chorus Line (Paul), Carousel (u/s Billy Bigelow), Mack and Mabel, American Idiot, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar and Legally Blonde. He served as associate choreographer for the CCM production of Seussical and as choreographer for the developmental workshop of Home, Street, Home for Alchemation.

Stavros Koumbaros

Stavros KOUMBAROS
Stavros is from Shelton, Connecticut. He has performed in West Side Story (Tony) at Summer Repertory Theatre Festival and Forever Plaid (Sparky) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Protean) at Totem Pole Playhouse. At CCM, he has been seen in the world premiere of They Were You: the Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, Children of Eden (Japheth), Seussical (Wickersham Brother), American Idiot (Rock and Roll Boyfriend/Will u/s), Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar and 110 in the Shade. Stavros is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Daniel Marhelko

Daniel MARHELKO
Daniel is from Raleigh, North Carolina. He has performed at North Carolina Theatre in Beauty and the Beast (Baker/Ensemble), Mary Poppins and Peter Pan, and at Theatre Raleigh in Dames at Sea. He has appeared in A Chorus Line (Don), Mary Poppins (Robertson Aye), Damn Yankees! (Henry) at CPCC Summer Theatre and Spring Awakening (Otto), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oklahoma! (Slim) and Sweeney Todd at Woodstock Playhouse. At CCM, he was seen in Seussical (Wickersham), A Chorus Line (Mark/Dance Captain), Carousel, Mack & Mabel, Jesus Christ Superstar and Legally Blonde. Daniel is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Emily Meredith

Emily MEREDITH
Emily is from Barrington, Rhode Island. She has been seen as Liesl in The Sound of Music  (New Bedford Festival Theater), Jenny Anderson in Shenandoah (Totem Pole Playhouse), Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! (Texas Family Musicals) and Sarah in Runaways (Know Theater of Cincinnati). At CCM, she performed in Children of Eden (Mama Noah), American Idiot (Francesca/Heather u/s), Big River (Susan Wilkes), Jesus Christ Superstar and Peter Pan (Jane Darling). She has also been seen as Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Bristol Theater Company. Emily is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Kyle Pollak

Kyle POLLAK
Kyle is from St Louis, Missouri. He has performed in Seussical (Wickersham Brother) at Stages St Louis, Shenandoah (Sam) and Grease at Totem Pole Playhouse. He was also seen in Legally Blonde at The Lexington Theatre Company and Footloose (Chuck Cranston) at Kincaid Regional Theatre. At CCM, he performed in Runaways (Hubbell), Seussical (General Genghis Khan Schmitz), Mack & Mabel, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar and Big River. He played the role of Officer Renko in the developmental workshop of Home, Street, Home for Alchemation at CCM. Kyle is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Emily Royer

Emily ROYER
Emily is from Lexington, Massachusetts. She has performed in Cabaret (Helga, Sally Bowles u/s) at Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Colorado, High School Musical (Gabriella Montez) at Enlightened Theatrics in Oregon and The Music Man and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Reagle Music Theatre in Boston. At CCM, her credits include Gertrude McFuzz in Suessical, Yonah in Children of Eden, Melinda in Runaways, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar and Blood Brothers. Emily is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Donelvan Thigpen

Donelvan THIGPEN
Donelvan is from Austin, Texas. He has appeared as Ren in Footloose and the Baker in Into the Woods at Summer Stock Austin and as Si Crowell in Our Town at Zach Scott Theatre. At CCM, he has been seen in Seussical (JoJo/The Boy), American Idiot (Theo) and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Keaton Whittaker

Keaton WHITTAKER
Keaton is from Seattle, Washington. She has been seen as Frederika in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music and off-Broadway in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She appeared in Camp Wanatachi off-Broadway and at the New York Musical Festival. Regionally she appeared in Oklahoma! (St. Louis Muny), Oliver! (5th Avenue, Seattle) and Carrie (Carrie) at The Balagan. At CCM, she appeared in Sondheim on Sondheim (Leslie Kritzer), A Chorus Line (Connie), Mack and Mabel (Mabel u/s), Blood Brothers, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar and American Idiot. She appeared in the role of Suicide in the developmental workshop of Home, Street, Home  at CCM for Alchemation. Keaton is a proud member of AEA.

Gabe Wrobel

Gabe WROBEL
Gabe is from Lake Orion, Michigan. He has been seen in Forever Plaid (Smudge) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Protean) at Totem Pole Playhouse and in Chicago (Billy Flynn), Clybourne Park (Tom/Jim/Kenneth) and West Side Story (Big Deal) at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre. At CCM, he performed in Children of Eden (Noah), Sondheim on Sondheim (Euan Morton), Big River (Pap Finn), Peter Pan (Wibbles), Jesus Christ Superstar and the premiere of They Were You: the Songs of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Gabe is an Equity Membership Candidate.

For further information about the Class of 2018 or the CCM Musical Theatre Program, please contact Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or at hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu.

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Class of 2018

(top) EJ Dohring, Emily Fink, Ciara Harris, Marissa Hecker, Phillip Johnson, Derek Kastner (middle) Areo Keller, Christopher Kelley, Stavros Koumbaros, Daniel Marhelko, Emily Meredith (bottom) Kyle Pollak, Emily Royer, Donelvan Thigpen, Keaton Whittaker, Gabe Wrobel

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The CCM Musical Theatre Showcase introducing the
Class of 2018

CINCINNATI

Patricia Corbett
Theatre

April 5 at 7:00
April 6 at 8:00
April 7 at 4:00

 

NEW YORK

New World Stages

April 23
3:00 & 6:00

For reservations or further
information about attending
the Showcase, please contact
Patti Hall
at 513.556.5803
or hallpt@ucmail.uc.edu

 

 

Photo Credits

Banner Top: Peter Pan, Corbett Auditorium, February 2015.