ROGER BEAN is the creator of the long-running Off-Broadway smash hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, which has played in hundreds of theatres around the world. Mr. Bean also created two popular sequels for the song leaders from Springfield High: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns and the holiday celebration, Winter Wonderettes. Original cast albums for all three Wonderettes shows are available online at Amazon and iTunes. Additional jukebox hits from Mr. Bean include Summer of Love, The Andrews Brothers, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Route 66 and the doo-wop hit Life Could Be a Dream, recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical.
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON returns to Geva Theatre Center, where she is an Artistic Affiliate. At Geva, Melissa has appeared in numerous productions and directed this seasons first production of In the Heights, last season’s productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (featuring 2 Ring Circus) and The Marvelous Wonderettes also 2015’s hit production of Monty Python’s Spamalot! and the 2014 production of The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at The Denver Center Theater Company ‘16 ’17; The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Spamalot! and The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; the Houston premiere of Next to Normal (Houston Press Award Best Musical) as well as the entire Wonderettes Series including the World Premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Stages Repertory Theatre; Always….Patsy Cline at PCPA Theatrefest, The Comedy of Errors, The Fantasticks and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming projects include Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns on Geva’s Fielding Stage; The Marvelous Wonderettes at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Seussical (featuring 2 Ring Circus) at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Big River at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Anderson lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jim Poulos. Please visit melissarainanderson.com.
DON KOT is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his seventeenth season! Geva productions include In the Heights, The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Company, The Music Man, Five Course Love, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776, A Christmas Carol, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, One For My Baby, rightnextto me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife. He was also vocal coach and music arranger for Private Lives, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant (world premiere), The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town, and Inherit the Wind. Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other regional credits include The Music Man, The Best of Forbidden Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack, Honk!, and The Most Happy Fella. National touring productions: Fosse, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mamma Mia, and Hairspray. Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for eight years. Past designs include Spamalot, the world premiere of The Road to Where, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump Boys and Dinettes, MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf.
STEPHIE KESSELRING is delighted to return to Geva Theatre Center for her seventh season. Some favorite productions at Geva include Spamalot!, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Little Shop of Horrors, The 39 Steps, Good People, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Perfect Wedding, Over the Tavern and Next to Normal. She has also stage managed Bob, A Body of Water, An Iliad, and Dancing Lessons in the Fielding Stage; Action and Reaction, a staged reading of Macbeth at American Globe Theatre; and the Off-Broadway production of Captain Marbles and His Acting Squad.