Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

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Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

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July 6 – July 29, 2018


Music by ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN and TIM RICE
Book by LINDA WOOLVERTON


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Cast List
CHERISSE MARTINELLI (Belle) is over the moon to be playing her dream role and second Disney princess after appearing as Ariel in The Little Mermaid last summer here at TMP. Recent credits: String and Newsies (Village Theatre), Free Boy (5th Avenue Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theatre Tour). All the glory goes to God and all the gratitude goes to her family!

BRANDON HELL (The Beast/Prince Adam) is delighted to perform for the first time in a TMP production. A long-time admirer of Alan Menken’s compositions, he is excited to live the dream of being a Disney prince and work with such a beautiful score. Recent credits: The Magic Flute (Priest/Armored Man), The Merry Widow (Vicomte Cascada), The Singing Christmas Tree: Coming Home (Billy Rogers). Brandon holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from PLU. He thanks God and his family every day for their support and guidance.

JIMMI COOK (Gaston) is thrilled to be making his debut at Tacoma Musical Playhouse as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! His recent credits include, Return to Forbidden Planet (Centerstage Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Driftwood Players), Bridges of Madison County (Showtunes), Next Fall (FantasticZ), TARZAN! (Kitsap Forest Theatre), Pickle the Dog Who Loved to Read (Anything is Possible Theatre) and Kiss Me Kate! (Seattle Musical Theatre). He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support and thank God for letting him live his dream and yes he does use antlers in his decorating.

JOE WOODLAND (Maurice) is delighted to be back at TMP. Recent roles have included King Sextimus in Once Upon A Mattress, Pops, Mr. Goldstone and Pastey in Gypsy at Tacoma Little Theatre, Prince of Wales and Robespierre in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Other roles have included Max in The Sound of Music, Howard in Happy Days,  Mr. Sowerberry in Oliver, Doc in West Side Story, and M. Dindon in La Cage aux Folles, all at TMP. Joe thanks his family for supporting him in this “theatre thing.”

CHRIS SERFACE (Cogsworth) is excited to return to the TMP stage for his second time in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  11 years ago he played Lumiere and is happy to return as Cogsworth. No stranger to local audiences, he has appeared on stages throughout the area.  You may remember him as The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of OZ (TMP), Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (TLT), or as The Ghost of Christmas Present in Scrooge (TLT & Capital Playhouse).  By day Chris is the Managing Artistic Director of Tacoma Little Theatre and also directs the theatre programs at Spanaway Lake & Wilson High Schools.

DIANE BOZZO (Mrs. Potts) is so happy to be reviving her debut role at TMP.  Mrs. Potts has always been a favorite! Diane got her start in Southern California with The Merry Widow (Sonja) and Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde) while pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at CSUN.  She has been on several stages around the South Sound.  Some of her favorite shows are Hello Dolly, Honk, Damn Yankees, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, and Musical of Musicals the Musical.  Thanks to a very understanding husband, and to Jon for casting me in this role.

MAURO BOZZO (Lumiere) is very excited to be in TMP’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Previous shows include My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Spamalot (Sir Robin), James and the Giant Peach (Grasshopper), Cabaret (The Emcee), La Cage… (Cagelle), Drowsy Chaperone (Robert) and many more. Mauro would like to thank his parents and friends for their support!

HOWY HOWARD (Chip) This is Howy’s first Main Stage Production at TMP!  Since 2016, he has performed in 13 productions with Camp TMP including Seussical!  The Musical (Horton), The Lion King Kids (Timon), and the 2017 Honors Camp Production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Charlie Bradley). Howy is 9 years old, and going into the 4th grade at Idlewild Elementary School.  He is thrilled to be a part of this enchanting show!

ALLYSON JACOBS-LAKE (Babette) is thrilled to be back on the TMP stage after last being seen in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. She is currently working on a degree in elementary music education at PLU. More of Allyson’s favorite credits include Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Lakewood Playhouse), Mary Lane in Reefer Madness (Seattle Musical Theater), Inga in Young Frankenstein (Tacoma Musical Playhouse) and Rosa Bud in the Mystery of Edwin Drood (Lakewood Playhouse). Many thanks to my friends and family for their love and support!

KAREN EARLY-EVANS (Madame de la Grande Bouche)

JAKE ATWOOD (Lefou) is delighted to return to the TMP stage. Favorite credits include Catch Me If You Can, Footloose, The Little Mermaid, Buddy Holly and The Addams Family. Most commonly seen in Pierce County, Jake has performed around Western Washington for the past 10 years sharing what he loves most with audiences and fellow artists around the sound. I would like to extend my utmost appreciation and gratitude toward the entire TMP family. I have grown so immensely both as a person and as a performer thanks to all of you. I hope you all get out of the show all the joy that we had putting it together. Enjoy the ride!

CAMERON WATERS (Monsieur D’Arque) is excited to return to the TMP stage. He earned his degree in Acting/Directing from PLU. Previous productions include My Fair Lady (TMP Mainstage), Pippi Longstocking (TMP Family Theater), Godspell (UNCOR Benefit), Pillowman (PLU), Other Desert Cities (Olympia Little Theatre), Footloose (TMP Mainstage), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (TMP Family Theater). Thank you to the TMP staff for making this production possible, and to Cori for her endless love and encouragement.

JOHN MUNN (Prologue Narrator)

EMMA DELOYE (Silly Girl) has been performing at TMP for almost 14 years, most recently appearing this season in Footloose (Urleen), and Once Upon A Mattress (Princess Winnifred).  Some of her past theatre credits include Godspell, A Little Princess, and Bye Bye Birdie, to name a few. Currently she is a Junior at PLU, where she is earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Music minor.

CORISSA DEVERSE (Silly Girl) has a BFA in Acting and Directing from PLU. This is her sixth show at TMP, also appearing in Once Upon A Mattress, Footloose, Sister Act, Oliver and A Little Princess. Other credits include The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide (Ghostlight), Godspell (Benefit), and Doctor Faustus (Dukesbay).

CASSANDRA DECHANT (Silly Girl) is thrilled to be back on TMP’s MainStage with such a stellar cast and crew! Notable TMP credits include National AACTFest 2017 winning production of The Addams FamilyCatch Me If You Can (Betty/Dance Captain), Footloose, The Buddy Holly Story (Trio/Dance Captain), Bring It On (Campbell Davis), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Adella/Dance Captain) and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(Narrator). Enjoy the show! Instagram: @casid143

KATHY KLUSKA (Enchantress) was last seen on the TMP stage in My Fair Lady, Catch Me if You Can, and Betty Blast in Footloose. She is very proud to have played the flight attendant ancestor in TMP’s The Addams Family which won Outstanding Priduction at AACTFest 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota this past June. She will reprise that role this June at the Worldfest in Venice, Florida. Other favorite TMP roles include Sugar Plum Fairy/Gingy in Shrek the Musical, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Jennyanydots in Cats, Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray, and Katie in Meet Me in St. Louis.

DYLAN RIVERS (Young Prince) is excited to be in his first mainstage at TMP! He was last seen on this stage in TMP Family Theatre’s Charlie Brown Christmas (Linus). Other credits include American Idiot at Lakewood Playhouse (Chase, Ensemble) and A Christmas Carol at Bellarmine Preparatory (Mr. Fezziwig, Ensemble). Dylan will attend LMU to study recording arts for film and music.

Ensemble/Villagers/Enchanted Objects

Josh Anderman
Heather Arneson
Kennedy Arneson
Roycen Daley
James Fesalbon
Nick Fitzgerald
Zachary Forbes
Brynne Geiszler
Jill Heinecke
Joel Larson
Emily Riesser
Jennifer Niehaus-Rivers
Emily Saletan
Kelli Scott
Kiana Norman-Slack
Amelia Stiles
Corey Thompson
Felipe Varela
Chaila Wendland
Tony Williams
Julia Wyman