Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Book by Dale Wasserman.
Music by Mitch Leigh.
Lyrics by Joe Darion.

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MAY 4 TO MAY 19, 2012
7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday Evenings
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday Evenings
2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

Cast Bios

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association.

AcevedoENRIQUE ACEVEDO* (Pedro, Head Muleteer) is very happy to be returning to Salt Lake City and Pioneer Theatre Company. You may remember him as the loveable Julio in Paint Your Wagon and as Bernardo inWest Side Story. Enrique was recently seen in Michael John LaChiusa’s New York-bound musical Giant(Dallas Theater Center). Enrique toured China, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore in Broadway Asia’s production of The King and I (Lun Tha). European tours: JesusChrist Superstar (Judas) and Grease (Danny). U.S. Tours: West Side Story (Bernardo) and Bombay Dreams (Vikram u/s). Other regional credits include:Miss Saigon (John), Camelot (Papermill Playhouse) and Latin Heat (off-Broadway).
Blake2MICHELLE BLAKE (Innkeeper’s Wife) returns to PTC after recently appearing in Annie and Sunset Boulevard. Credits include Curtains (Georgia), Kiss Me, Kate (Lilli/Kate), Thoroughly Modern Millie(Dorothy), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Man of La Mancha(Antonia), Into the Woods (Florinda), A Tale of Two Cities and Pirates of Penzance. Michelle received her training in Vocal Performance at Utah State University. Love and endless thanks to my amazingly supportive family and friends.
EricLeeBrothersonERIC LEE BROTHERSON* (Donkey, Dance Captain) Eric is excited to be back after Annie. In his career, Eric has performed in 25 countries, 45 states, and over 100 cities worldwide. He has performed from rural casinos to Lincoln Center to European opera houses. He has choreographed, taught dance, and coached privately. He graduated with honors in the social sciences and English, but has remained in the arts because he believes in the sacredness of storytelling. His proudest moments on stage were as Tugger in the NW Premiere of Cats, as Mike in PTC’s production ofA Chorus Line, and in the Seattle production of The Who’s Tommy directed by Brian Yorkey, where he was associate choreographer and dance captain. To Marc and my family, for giving me a life to tell stories from.
SARA KAE CHILDS (Horse) is thrilled to be part ofMan of La Mancha! This is her third performance with Pioneer Theatre Company, having also appeared inAnnie and Sunset Boulevard. Sara stems from sunny St. George, Utah, and is currently working towards her BFA in the Musical Theater Program at the University of Utah. Sara would like to thank her amazing cast and family for their generous support.
EberlineMARIA EBERLINE* (Aldonza) is thrilled to be making her PTC debut as Aldonza! She recently made her Broadway debut in Wicked covering the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Tours: WickedFirst National Tour (original company Elphaba/Nessarose, both performed), Fame National Tour (Serena Katz), Evita European Tour/recording (Mistress), Grease European Tour (Sandy). Regional:Evita (Eva), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy), West Side Story(Anita) and Once Upon a Mattress (Winnifred), directed by Carol Burnett. Film/TV: Falling (dir. Richard Dutcher), Endgame (dir. John Ruby), and the acclaimed new web-series, 12 Steps to Recovery (dir. Tony Klomax). Thank you to David, Angela and Dustin at the Mine. Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Rick and my Nate, who daily enable me to fulfill my Impossible Dreams! www.mariaeberline.com
StevenFehrSTEVEN FEHR* (The Barber) makes his 12th appearance on the PTC stage. Previous PTC productions include Annie, Sunset Boulevard, White Christmas, Dracula, My Fair Lady, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Black Comedy, The Light in the Piazza, Cyrano de Bergerac and Camelot. Steven has also performed at Salt Lake Acting Company, the Old Lyric Repertory Company, the Egyptian Theatre, the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, where he starred with Sally Struthers in Annie. Steven earned his Master’s Degree in Theatre-Performance at UNLV. Steven thanks Isaias, Mom, his family and God for all they do for him. He also thanks Chuck for the great opportunities over the years. Steven is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
GuerreroTONY GUERRERO* (Anselmo, a Muleteer) A native Texan, Tony toured the world three times with Joey McKneely’s West Side Story (Bernardo) and toured the U.S. and Canada plus played Vegas as a dance feature in Saturday Night Fever (Cesar.) Tony’s enjoyed a six-year run dancing/acting/fighting/stunting with the NY Metropolitan Opera (including Doctor Atomic, Aida, Trovatore, La Damnation de Faust,Turandot) with several worldwide telecasts. NYC/Regional favorites: Rock Stars NYC (Off-Broadway), Guys and Dolls, Urban Cowboy, Tommy,Evita (The Tango Dancer), Copacabana (Rico) and La Cage aux Folles (Hanna). Television: SNL, Pan Am,Damages, PBS Great Performances. Music Videos: Lonely Island/Nicki Minaj (“The Creep,”) Lenny Kravitz, Adam Barta. Favorite venues: Madison Square Garden, Dresden Semper Opera, Bologna Opera, Hammerstein Ballroom. A proud member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA/AGMA, Tony is also a sought-after NYC nightlife choreographer.
JustinIvieJUSTIN IVIE* (Juan, a Muleteer) is thrilled to be a part of Man of La Mancha, his 27th appearance at Pioneer Theatre Company. Previous favorites include The Producers, Paint Your Wagon, Les Misérables, Othello, Julius Caesar, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1776 and Into the Woods. Utah audiences have also seen him in White Christmas at the Egyptian Theatre Company and in Kiss Me, Kate at Utah Musical Theatre. While attending Weber State, Justin played Sweeney in Sweeney Todd and Roger Marshall in the world premiere of The Pirated Penzance. He received his MFA from Northern Illinois University where he appeared in Three Sisters,Measure for Measure, Baby and the English language premiere of the nine-hour epic The Terrible but Unfinished Story of Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia.
KennedyJESSICA KENNEDY (Antonia) is thrilled to be in her first production at Pioneer Theatre Company. She studied in BYU’s MDT program and is now a sophomore in the MTP at the University of Utah. She was last seen in The Wild Party at the U of U. Her favorite performance credits include Maria in West Side Story, Cosette in Les Misérables and Marian inThe Music Man.
KiernanPAUL KIERNAN* (Captain of the Inquisition, Fight Choreographer) appeared with Pioneer Theatre Company in Laughing Stock, Emma, The Tempest,The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelve Angry Men, Romeo & Juliet, Pride and Prejudice and Amadeus, among others. At SLAC, Paul has been seen in Freedomland, The Memory of Water, The Beard of Avon, The Water Project and Seeing the Elephant. Other credits include:Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Julius Caesar (Brutus) with Salt Lake Shakespeare; Cyrano (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca). Other productions include Macbeth, The Tempest, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing with the Shakespeare Theatre of St. Louis. TV and film credits include Disney’s Luck of the Irish, The Maldonado Miracle, Ice Spiders and the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. A proud member of AEA, Paul has an MFA from Brandeis University.
LumbardDIRK LUMBARD* (Governor/Innkeeper) is proud to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company after appearing as Rooster in Annie. He also appeared in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and choreographed last year’s White Christmas. Broadway credits: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Music Man,Imaginary Friends, On Your Toes, Barnum and Sugar Babies. Off-Broadway: Flora, the Red Menace andDames at Sea. National Tour of The Wizard of Oz(Joseph Jefferson Award), Grand Hotel and Crazy For You. At Canada’s Stratford Theatre: The Music Man(Stage Door Award), Kiss Me, Kate, Titus Andronicus,Comedy of Errors.  Television: Deadline (NBC), Home Improvement (ABC), Alice in Wonderland (PBS). He’s a proud recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dirk would like to thank Chuck, Jayne and Steve for having him back for his fifth Pioneer Theatre Company production.
MarcusDANIEL MARCUS* (Sancho Panza) is delighted to return to PTC for his third time under the direction of Chuck Morey (Guys and Dolls-1996, Paint Your Wagon-2007). Broadway shows include 1776, A Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance, Woman in White, Pal Joey and Urinetown in which he originated the role of Officer Barrel. Most recent NY shows:Adding Machine and Our Town both directed by the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, David Cromer. TV and film include Law and Order: SVU and You Don’t Know Jack for HBO. In 2010 he made his London debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Paradise Found directed by Susan Stroman and Hal Prince, and he sings seven funny (he hopes) songs on Victor Herbert-Collected Songs being released this month on New World Records.
MarmanilloDAVID MARMANILLO* (Jose, a Muleteer) is absolutely thrilled to be making his Pioneer Theatre Company debut, and to be working with such a wonderful cast. This past winter, David originated the role of Gaspar in the new musical comedy A Cappella Humana. He is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and currently resides in NYC with his two best friends. He couldn’t be happier. Film: My Soul to Take (Wes Craven, Universal Pictures), Down on 57th (Street Rapper). Off-Broadway: The Little Cholo (Lil’ Juan),Lincoln in Love (Shields). Regional: Rent (Benny), A Cappella Humana (Gaspar, Original Cast), 104 Whit: The Musical (Party Boy), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio). Much love to his family and Smurfs on the east coast. He leaves them all with two words…Smoochin’ Dudes.
MichalsWILLIAM MICHALS* (Cervantes/Don Quixote) recently starred on Broadway as Emile de Becque in the Tony Award-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Broadway debut as “The Beast” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Also: Javert in Les Misérables, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel and the title role in Phantom. Upcoming: title role in Sweeney Todd. Equally at home on Broadway and in opera, Michals regularly appears with America’s leading symphony orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, including multiple appearances with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall. His CD William Michals: Broadway in Concert is available today in the theater lobby. Tickets are now available for his solo concert at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on May 20, 2012. www.WilliamMichals.com
MooreC2CHRISTINE MOORE* (Fermina, Moorish Dancer) is excited to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company and performing with this wonderful cast. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with her MFA in Ballet. Performing credits include Guys and Dolls (Port Hope Festival), White Christmas (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Producers (Neptune Theatre), White Christmas (Neptune Theatre), 42nd Street (Pioneer Theatre Company), Guys and Dolls (Stage West Mississauga) and The Music Man (Rainbow Stage). Film credits include Eoy Silhouette (Wolfson Bell),Everything’s Gone Green (Radke Films) and Hairspray(New Line Cinema).
NabelBILL NABEL* (The Padre) is thrilled to return to Pioneer Theatre Company after his Utah debut inSunset Boulevard here last season. On television, Mr. Nabel was “Saperstein” on Starz’ Gravity and the French ambassador on Gossip Girl. He appeared in over 9400 Broadway performances in eight Broadway shows: the entire thirteen-year run of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, 42ndStreet, Home Sweet Homer, Ain’t Broadway Grand,Evita and Most Happy Fella. As a playwright, Mr. Nabel was a finalist for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Prize for Take Me America, a new musical about seven people applying for asylum, which opened the Village Theatre season in Seattle and was selected for the New York Musicals Festival (NYMF) this summer. His play, Lying To Spielberg, received a NAPP reading at Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City last summer.
NRPowersNEVA RAE POWERS* (The Housekeeper) Before departing for Europe in 1981, Ms. Powers appeared in the Broadway productions of King of Hearts, Peter Pan, Barnum and Can-Can. Her European credits include Bernstein’s Mass (Berlin), Jedermann(Salzburg Festival), Song of Broadway (Vienna’s English Theatre), The Bartered Bride (Chamber Opera of Vienna) and a recurring role in the Austrian sitcomDer Leihopa. Since returning to the U.S.A. in 2005, credits include the national tour of Little Women, Grey Gardens (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, CEA recipient), Other People’s Money (John W. Engeman Theater), The Clandestine Marriage (Centenary Stage), A Christmas Carol  (Syracuse Stage) andSouvenir for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Kevin Kline Award), the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (CEA and Acclaim Awards), the American Stage Theatre (St. Petersburg), the Northlight Theatre (Chicago), the Ensemble Theatre Company (Santa Barbara) and TheatreWorks (Hartford).
RomriellMATTHEW JAY ROMRIELL (Guard) is a junior in the University of Utah Actor Training Program. He is thrilled to be part of his first Pioneer Theatre Company production. He was last seen in the Babcock Theatre as Mr. Three in The Adding Machine and as Berger inHair.
DanielSimonsDANIEL T. SIMONS* (Muleteer Guitarist) is excited to return to PTC after Rent, Sunset Boulevard, 42ndStreet, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Les Misérables,Paint Your Wagon and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Favorite roles include Jon in Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…Boom! Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. While earning his B.A. in Musical Theater from WSU, Daniel performed with the cast of the Kennedy Center ACTF production of The Serpent in Washington, D.C. Other roles: Cain(Children of Eden), Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Franz(Sunday in the Park with George), Ernst (Cabaret), and others. Daniel also runs Dark Horse Company Theatre, writes music and leads his band, Vivian’s Way. He is the proud, tired father of the two-year-old, red-headed tornado, Axel, and husband to the lovely Ginger Bess. Thanks to both for their love and patience. Here’s to you.
SkibaJEFFRY SKIBA (Paco, a Muleteer) is a freshman in the University of Utah’s MTP program. He hails from Phoenix, where he has been working in theater for over nine years. Favorite roles include Burrs (Wild Party), Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll and Hyde), Chauvelin (The Scarlett Pimpernel), Javert’s Understudy (Les Misérables), Frederick (Pirates of Penzance), Big Bad Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods), and Pharaoh (Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat).
VanderMeerGERRITT VANDERMEER* (Duke/Dr. Carrasco) appeared at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City as Harold Hill in the National Touring Company ofThe Music Man. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Trinity Repertory Company, York Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Will and Company, Texas Shakespeare Festival. Film: Men in Black III, The English Teacher, Maid of Honor, The Forest is Red.Television: The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Ugly Betty,Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Stream, All My Children, As The World Turns. Training: Purdue University and UCLA.
WardNNICHOLAS WARD* (Tenorio, a Muleteer) is thrilled to be returning to his PTC family here in beautiful SLC. You might have seen him here playing Fred (the bass) in Smokey Joe’s Café back in 2003. Nicholas grew up in Niceville, Florida, and currently resides in NYC. He has been blessed to have performed all over the world. Just weeks from finishing up at the New York City Center’s Encores! Pipe Dream playing Alec, where he also took part in the recording of a live cast album set to be released this summer. Some of his other favorites include: National Tour of Show Boat, European Tour of Porgy and Bess, Booker T. Washington in Ragtime, The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors. Many thanks to God, my loving mother and grandmother, and friends and family for their endless support.
YatesPRESTON YATES (Guard) is currently majoring in Musical Theatre at the University of Utah. He has just finished playing the role of Ramon in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Zorro the Musical. He is thrilled to be in his debut PTC performance.