James was most recently seen as Skimmer in Richard Sherman’s new musical, Pazzaz! at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. Other credits include: The Celebration Theatre’s world premiere comedy L.A. Tool and Die: Live! Before that, he originated the role of space-lizard, Dick Deadeye in Crown City Theater’s Star Trek/Gilbert and Sullivan mash-up, USS Pinafore. Other LA area appearances include: Humphrey in Our Leading Lady at The Neighborhood Playhouse in Palos Verdes, Hal in Lovers and Other Strangers (Theatre 68, Hollywood,) Theo in Steve Martin’s The Underpants (Sierra Madre Playhouse,) Bazzard in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (also at TNP.) James has performed in many stock and regional theaters across the country and appeared in St. Louis Rep. and Cincinnati Playhouse’s joint production of Sweeney Todd and Hartford Stage’s original musical working of Martin Guerre and off-off Broadway in the revival of Cute Boys in their Underpants. He was also “The Mustard Guy” in the NFL’s Great Moments in Tailgating History. As always, thanks and love to Chris.
Pasadena Playhouse: Stormy Weather (Child Gail/Amy Lumet), Carrie Hamilton Theatre: Placebo (Emily). Regional: Schoolhouse Rock…Live! (Interplanet Janet) at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, Jasper in Deadland, (Tail Snake/Dancer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Starvling), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: In Concert! (Youth Choir/Soloist) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills; A favorite role is Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods. Chéri has done a couple of commercials and films. In addition to performing, she loves studying acting, dancing and singing. Chéri is an 8th grader Washington Middle School in Pasadena where she’s in the Glee Club. She’s looking forward to dancing even more this year as a new member of JKDC in Montrose. Chéri is ecstatic to be working with this amazing cast and creative team of Bend In The Road. Much love to her family and friends for their continuous love and support. www.cherimckenzie.info
Maggie Green, Assistant Costume Designer, studied costume design at LACC Theatre Academy, where she first worked with Liz Dickson. Some favorite recent designs include School For Scandal at LACC and the North American premier of Die Feen (The Fairies,) Richard Wagner’s first opera, at Pasadena Playhouse. Her next project in Pasadena is Pacific Opera Project’s Sweeney Todd. Dedicated, as always, to Nicholas Green: the first one I made costumes for. www.NicholasGreen.Org
Liz Dickson is excited to be working again with this crew, many of whom she has worked with in previous productions of Evita and Footloose. You can see pictures and videos of many of her other stage and screen productions at lizdcostume.com. Also, be on the lookout for some of her most recent work, the online series Status Updates with MTV.
Barbara Niles has been doing theatre professionally since she was 16 years old and has performed in over 150 musicals and plays. Originally from NY, she starred on Broadway as Mary Magdalene in first revival of Jesus Christ Superstar,Oy Mama Am I in Love, a play in Yiddish learning the language phonetically, Brainchild, Michelle LeGrande’s first Broadway musical collaborating with the late Hal David and she stood by for Millicent Martin in Noel-the story of Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward. Some of her favorite Off -Broadway shows include Grown-Ups, Dime Store Diamonds (Manhattan Theatre Club), Berlin to Broadway, and Amanda in Private Lives. National tours and regional theatre includes Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Godspell, Tintypes, Feiffer’s People, Starting Here Starting Now, Grusha in Causcasion Chalk Circle (she is a huge Bertolt Brecht fan), Molly in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Sheila in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (a favorite) to name a few. When she came to LA she continued to do theatre-Labor Pains, The Actors Nightmare, where she met her husband. Reaching Up, Six Women in Search of Brain Death and Broads at the EL Portal Theatre directed by Jules Aaron. But when she moved to LA she also discovered doing voiceover- everything from commercials to animated characters to directing, coaching and producing VO demos. She thanks her husband for always encouraging her to sing in the car while on long car trips.
Some of Kevin’s regional choreography includes productions of South Pacific, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Peter Pan, and Bye Bye Birdie, which received enthusiastic reviews and earned grants from the City of Glendale Arts Council, the Los Angeles Arts Council, the Kiwanis Group, and American Express.
Some of Kevin’s film and television credits include: Samantha Who?, Starship Troopers, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Men in White, I’ll do Anything, Whiplash and Being John Malkovich as the Marionette.
Kevin’s stage credits include tours of The Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street, and The Music Man; numerous regional productions including Scott Ellis and Susan Stroman’s production of A Little Night Music at the LA Music Center; Carousel and Showboat at the Hollywood Bowl; Guys and Dolls with the Missouri Repertory Theatre; The Wizard of Oz and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Broadway Texas; and the operas Aida, The Merry Widow, La damnation de Faust, Orfeo ed Euridice, Falstaff, and Eugene Onegin with the Los Angeles Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Dallas Opera.
Christopher Callen (Marilla) Named for the Patron Saint of Travelers – Christopher – has starred in 12 shows on Broadway including- LEND ME A TENOR, THE DESERT SONG, 1776, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and OVER HERE! She has performed in every major theatre in LA (Pantages, Ahmanson, Mark Taper, Geffen, Pasadena Playhouse, etc.) and won awards and acclaim recently as “Margaret” in the first LA production of LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and as “Mrs. Buchanan in A Noise Within Co.’s ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE.
TV audiences will recognize her regular and recurring roles (‘Ellie”) Y&R, (“Dr Gail Dexter”) ONE LIFE TO LIVE, (“Mrs. Callahan”) BRONX ZOO, as well as many guest appearances. Ms.Callen has had leading parts opposite John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Treat Williams and more, but she is indelibly ingrained in the hearts of film fans as the “mouthy Circus-Circus cocktail waitress” in FEAR AND LOATHING IN LV- opposite Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. Christopher is a recognized poet, painter, peace activist and a proud member of Actors Equity. But she is most proud of her son – Michael A. Sauer, Esq.– Legal counsel for Scorpion Design. More info on Christopher – imdb.com and nowcasting.com/christophercallen
Embassy and Lorimar Television; Solters/Roskin/Friedman,
Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Miramontez/Werther; Center Theatre
Group (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas
Theatres), Elephant Theatre Company, Brimmer Street Theatre
Company, Echo Theater Company, The Blank Theatre; El Portal,
Celebration, Black Dahlia, Hudson, Falcon, Stella Adler, Zephyr,
Lyric, Greenway Court, and Moth Theatres, among others; Ford
Amphitheatre, Catalina Jazz Club. The 2010 and 2011 C.S.A.
Artios Awards. Co-producer, 2008 Ovation Awards Ceremony,
The Good Boy, (LATC, 2011); producer, All Your Hard Work (Lillian
Theatre, 2012). Assistant director, Stop The World, I Want To Get Off
(Musical Theatre Guild), The Women of Brewster Place (Celebration
Theatre). Personalities: Erich Bergen, Edward Tournier, Nicholas
Downs, Brian Beacock, Ben Giroux, Mark Shunock, Mack &
Poppy. Web series: McCracken Live! Various benefit events.
Peter Matyas (Casting Director) – Casting credits include numerous Films, Television, Commercials, Infomercials, Industrials and Theatre. Theatre credits include: Hollywood Bowl, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Simply Shakespeare Festivals, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Reprise! and International City Theatre. Nine productions have been nominated for the prestigious Artios Award and three productions have been awarded the Artios Award for “Outstanding Casting in Theatre” in both Western Regional and Los Angeles theatre categories. Member of the Casting Society of America since 2008.
Ms. Ferrin is honored to be designing “Bend in the Road” with Benita Scheckel and her awesome talented team! Julie most recently designed “I Love a Piano” with 3D Theatricals,“My Fair Lady” and “Kiss Me Kate” with Merry Go Round Playhouse, “Avenue Q” with The Theatre Group in Santa Barbara, “Spamalot” with Musical Theatre West, “Miss Saigon” with McCoy Rigby Entertainment and next she takes “Peter Pan” starring the amazing Cathy Rigby to China! Ms. Ferrin is president of Sound Advice LLC, a sound design, engineering and rental company.
Please visit www.soundadvicedesigns.com for more information. In her spare time Julie cruises around town in her 57’ Chevy! Enjoy the show and thanks for supporting the arts!