Meet The Cast

Craig Phillips

Freddie Filmore/Gower/Potter etc.

Craig Phillips has most recently performed at OAT in The OAT Radio Show (Joe Hansen), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Bob Bradley), and Elf the Musical (Store Manager/Mr. Greenway). He has also appeared in Newsies and All is Calm with Fine Linen Theatre and 12 Angry Men and Something Wicked This Way Comes with the Pulaski Fine Arts Association.  Craig would like to thank his family for their continued support.

Dan Goff

Jake Laurents/George Bailey

Dan Goff is no stranger to Ozark Actor’s Theatre having most recently appeared in the OAT Radio Show. Dan has also starred in local productions: Seussical, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Annie, Big, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver!, Tale of Two Cities, All is Calm, and Twelve Angry Men. He  currently serves as the President of the Ozark Actors Theatre board.

Esther Kalisz

stage manager/foley artist/pianist

Esther Kalisz is a freshman at Missouri S&T, from Rolla, Missouri, who previously lived in Texas, Colorado, and California. Although she has loved theatre her entire life, this is Esther's second production with the Cedar Street Players. She is excited to take part in bringing this wonderful story (possible pun intended) to the radio and the stage.

Hannah Dowdy

Lana Sherwood/Violet/female track

A native of Kentucky, Hannah began performing at an early age and hasn’t stopped since!  She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Northern Kentucky University, and spent a year as an Associate Company Member at Playhouse on the Square before settling in NYC .  Favorite roles include: Rona Lisa Peretti in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Nancy in OLIVER!, Ida in HONK!, Cathy in THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Dragon in SHREK: THE MUSICAL, and Katharine in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.  Hannah is a proud member of T.W.U. Local 764, and over the last five years, has worked backstage at The Metropolitan Opera, WICKED, and HAMILTON.  She is ecstatic to join the Ozark Actors Theatre family!

Jeni Steele

Sally Applewhite/Mary Hatch

Jeni is a Rolla native who is excited to return to OAT’s stage after twelve years, working with longtime friend Blane which is a dream come true. Jeni has a BA in theatre from Truman State where she fell in love with the possibilities of storytelling, creating live theatre, and sharing her love for theatre with the next generation. Some of her favorite roles in past shows: Crimes of the Heart (Lenny); Faith County (Mildred); The Drowsy Chaperone(Mrs. Tottendale); You Can’t It With You (Grand Duchess Olga Katrina); and set building with her best friend/mentor for three years of main stage productions. 

This story of George Bailey has always held such a special place in Jeni’s life, knowing the movie by heart growing up and then being in OAT’s 2008 rendition. Now, at the end of this year filled with so much sorrow, heartache, and uncertainty, she is grateful to remember how very much we all have to be thankful for in our lives. This show serves as a reminder to each of us to count our blessings out loud, to hold close the loved ones in our lives, and to seek collective peace. Shalom. 

Jeni would like to thank the team who dreamed up this show and made it possible and each audience member supporting theatre in this community. 

An extra special thanks (and confetti  cannon) to all Jeni’s friends and family around the world who support and love and celebrate with her.

Lanin Thomasma

Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood/Harry/Clarence etc.

Lanin D. Thomasma is proud to have served 35 years with the drama ministry Covenant Players*.  He logged over 22,000 performances as a Covenant Player, in the US and throughout Europe.  Lanin is a cartoonist, an author and a sculptor of 'N'TOONZ Custom Crafted Clay Caricatures. He now owns Art & Joe, an espresso bar in the heart of Steelville.  Lanin has performed in numerous OAT productions since 2011, including “Lend Me a Tenor”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Comedy of Errors”, “Into the Woods”, “Meet Me in St. Louis” and OAT’s production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” in 2018.

(*For more information about Covenant Players, visit www.covenantplayers.org.  Or corner Lanin and ask him!)

 

Meet The Crew

Blane Pressler

Director

is happy to be back “home” at OAT. Currently the general manager of Open Bar Theatricals NYC. Directing: NO FILTER: A LOVE STORY (People’s Improv Theatre, NYC - Awarded: PIT theatre festival), TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (Artistic New Directions, NYC), ALICE IS BURNING (Acorn Theatre and Theatre Lab, NYC), LIFT AND BANG and TRIFLES (Studio Theatre, IN) and MARTIN AND MEELO (Pleasant Vally Productions, NJ). Co-Producer: A CHORUS LINE (Broadening Theatrics, NYC). Costume Design: THE CARETAKER (Studio Theatre, IN), WIZARD OF OZ (Ozark Actors Theatre), THE APPLE TREE (Arena Dinner Theatre - nominated: best costume design), RENT (FW Summer Music Theatre, THE MUSIC MAN (The Honeywell Center). Wardrobe Supervisor: THE NATIONAL PLAYERS (Washington DC). Assistant Costume Design: 42nd STREET, HAIRSPRAY, GUYS AND DOLLS (The Palace Theatre, NH). @bepressler

Costume Designer..............................Jenna Gove

Lighting Designer.........................................Nathaneal Nisbett

Sound.......................................................Andrew Koenig

Stage Manager..................................Laura Light

Scenic Design/Props...............................Blane Pressler

Light Board Operator...............................Richard Tobey

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