Cast Bios

Joan HessJOAN HESS*: (Angelique Der Kaloustian): TV: Jessica (the "Leggy Blonde") in HBO's Flight of the Conchords.  Broadway credits: Mamma Mia (Tanya), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Sophia), Kiss Me Kate (Edie), Bells Are Ringing (Bridgette) and Crazy For You (Patsy).  She was also seen as Betty in Sunset Boulevard and as Polly in Crazy For You in the Original National Tours.  Favorite Regional: Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center), Same Time, Next Year (Doris - Best Actress Nom), Chapter Two (Jennie), Born Yesterday (Bille Dawn), The 39 Steps (Annabelle/Pamela, Asst Director/Choreographer), and Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (Hermione).  Joan headlines with symphonies from The Philly Pops to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, has hosted and produced live television, and toured South Africa, England and Italy for the Travel Channel.  With big gratitude and love to Michael.  Twitter: Joan_HessInstagram: JoanHess

Kevin McGuire NewKEVIN MCGUIRE*: (Zoravar Der Kaloustian):played lead roles on Broadway, National and International tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Jane Eyre and the The National Company of The Secret Garden, traveling 80,000 miles to 69 cities internationally.  Off Broadway, he has appeared in Forbidden Broadway, Big Maggie, Romeo and Juliet (New York Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, and Midsummer Night's Dream.  His regional theater credits include the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C., Hartford Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Juilliard Acting Company.  This will be his sixth performance at the Capital Repertory Theatre, having previously performed in Man of La Mancha, Red, Christmas Carol, Other Desert Cities and Camelot.  Last year Kevin received a Broadway World Award nomination for his role as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.  He was born in Cambridge, New York and raised in Hoosick Falls, New York.

Alex PrakkenALEX PRAKKEN* (Jason Karras): is thrilled to be a part of Some People Hear Thunder.  National Tour: Newsies.  Regional credits include: Les Miserables (The MUNY), Next to Normal (Farmers Alley Theatre).  Training: BFA University of Michigan, LAMDA.  Thanks for the creative team, CGF, Broho and as always, my loving family.  Instagram: @alprakken.  www.alexprakken.com 

  

 

Rachel Rhodes DeveyRACHEL RHODES-DEVEY* (Carole Chapin): is thrilled to be performing in her hometown of Albany with this fantastic new musical. She has performed across the country with the national tours of White Christmas and South Pacific.  Her NYC credits include The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!), Carousel (Avery Fisher Hall, PBS Live from Lincoln Center), and Merrily We Roll Along (APAC, NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee).  Regionally seen at Goodspeed Opera House, Maine State Music Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, John Engeman Theatre, and Gateway Playhouse.  OCU Alum. Many thanks for Kevin, Gerson, Stephanie Klapper Casting, the women of Judy Boals, Inc, her supportive family and fiancé, Peter.  Proud AEA member! www.RachelRhodesDevey.com

Brianna BarnesBRIANNA BARNES: (Ensemble): is a recent graduate of The University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she earned her BFA Degree in Musical Theater.  At CCM, Brianna played lead roles in Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons), 110 in the Shade (Lizzie Curry) and Carousel (Nettie Fowler).  She was nominated for Best Actress by the League of Cincinnati for her performance in Gypsy (Louise).  Upon graduating, Brianna spent the summer at the Theatre Aspen in Mamma Mia.  She is now enjoying auditioning and newlywed life in New York with her husband, Dylan. Brianna-Barnes.com 

 

Michael Berry HeadshotMICHAEL BERRY: (Dikran Andreasian): is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new production!  National Tour: Patsy in Monty Python's Spamalot.  Recent regional credits include the world premiere of Orpheus In The Underworld, Plano, and Poster Boy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, along with the premiere reading of Huzzah! by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe.  Other credits include Orgon in Tartuffe, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and Razor in The Provoked Wife.  MA: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, BFA: Boston University.

 

Shayne David CamerasSHAYNE DAVID CAMERIS: (Daniel Der Kaloustian): is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this truly exciting adventure.  Some of his credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre: Camelot (Gulliam/Percussionist) and The Blue Sky Boys (CJ Caldwell), Saratoga Shakespeare Company: Love's Labour's Lost (Dull) and The Comedy of Errors (Antonio), Siena College: Endgame (Hamm), Godspell (We Beseech Thee Soloist), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpo) and Measure For Measure (Duke).  A huge thank you to all of his family and friends, old and new, for their unending support.  He would not be where he is today without them.  Especially his wife.

   

Grace Experience

GRACE EXPERIENCE: (Anoush Andreasian): is honored to be working on this show as the descendent of two survivors of the Armenian Genocide.  Off Broadway: Molasses in January (Gloria, The Davenport).  Regional: Our Town (Emily Webb, Heartwood Regional Theatre), Cinderella (Cinderella, Saint Michael's Playhouse), Dial M for Murder (Margot, The Millbrook Playhouse).  She is an award-winning narrator for Penguin Random House Audio and is a proud member of the Screen Actor's Guild.  Love to Mom, Dad and Stephen, and a giant thank you to Kevin and Gerson.  For Levon Bohjalian and Haigoui Sherinian.

 

Steve HassmerSTEVE HASSMER: (Nicholas Karras, Reverend Nokhoudian): is proud to be a part of this production at Capital Repertory Theatre and honored to play a small role in shedding light on a historical event that has received far too little recognition.  National Tour: My Fair Lady.  Recent regional credits include: My Fair Lady (Colonel Pickering) and South Pacific (Emile de Becque) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.  Other: Forever Plaid (Sparky), Ragtime (Harry Houdini), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy).  National Tour: My Fair Lady.  Recent classical performances include Madama Butterfly (Berkshire Opera Festival) and Carmina Burana - featured soloist (Princeton University).  Originally from Virginia, Steve resides in the Berkshires with his wife Casey and their two young children Noah and Lilly.

James OchcioJAMES OCCHIO*: (Charles Chapin, Effendi): is an actor, writer and producer.  During a four year stay in London, he gravitated towards the classics, working extensively in London, Greece, New York and L.A. His credits include Off-Broadway, regional theater, film and television.  Most recently, he has developed his own pieces, including The End Times Salon, a slightly unhinged voyage on the Titanic II and a poignant wander through the early work of Tennessee Williams, stitched from the fabric of the masters own words.  He is featured in an award-winning independent version of Williams' The Lady of Larkspur Lotion and recently appeared in the US premier of In Praise of Elephants by Kevin Dyer.  In addition to acting, James does voice over work and writes fiction.  He is thrilled to be part of this exciting project.

FRamirezFREDDY RAMIREZ* (Dance Captain): is a Bronx, NY born and raised Performer, Choreographer and Teacher.  He began dancing at Broadway Dance Center & STEPS in NYC where he focused his energy on studying all aspects of dance, including Latin, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Ballet & Modern.  His training led him to begin his professional career as a core member and eventually a principle dancer for In Forward Motion modern dance company which debuted works from Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Colin Connor to name a few.  He has performed in music videos and industrials in the U.S. and was featured in Tango! in Italy.  In the musical theatre world, Freddy performed on Broadway, toured Europe and the United States.  His performances include productions of West Side Story as Bernardo (including two 50th Anniversary Productions), A Chorus Line, Grease, Cabaret, Gypsy, Aida, Miss Saigon Anything Goes, Godspell, Cinderella, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Evita and Fosse.  

Matthew WinningMATTHEW WINNING (Ensemble): is a director, actor and theatre educator.  He is proud to be working on this talented and creative team.  Notable acting credits: Thomas Jefferson/1776 (Theatrix Productions), Riff/West Side Story (Park Playhouse), Puck/Midsummer Night's Dream (North Carolina Stage Company).  Notable director credits: Co-Director They Built America (Capital Rep. On the Go), Asst Director Camelot (Capital Rep.) As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Uncovered Theatre Company), Jane Eyre, The Glass Menagerie, South Pacific, Medea, The Hobbit, Godspell (Sterling College). MFA in Acting, Regent University 2010.

 

JESSICA WOCKENFUSSJESSICA WOCKENFUSS* (Ensemble): National Tour: Irving Berlin's White Christmas (u/s Judy, Ens.), The Little Mermaid (Adella), Monty Python's Spamalot (Asst. Dance Captain, Ens.). Regional credits include: Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS, PCLO, Kansas City Starlight, Theatre By the Sea.  Other: Hair, Enlightened Theatrics (Choreographer); Holland America Cruise Line.  BFA Elon. Endless love and light to Todd, family - both Wockenfi and Pod - and most importantly, my rockstar Nick. #resist. 

 

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.  This production operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association. 

Creative Team

KevinKEVIN MCGUIRE: (Director): has a wide-ranging experience directing plays and musicals throughout the country.  He was the founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall, where he acted and directed in over 50 productions.  He also served as Artistic Director for Proctors' Theatre in Schenectady, where he curated and developed ten New Works/New Plays.  Most recently he directed Hamlet at the Capital Rep in 2015, as well as the original production of "Some People Hear Thunder" in San Francisco the same year.  Kevin trained at The Juilliard School and Circle in the Square Theatre School.  He was born in Cambridge, New York and raised in Hoosick Falls.

 

Smoger copyGERSON SMOGER: (Book, Lyrics, Music): first became involved with the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide while working in Geneva with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.  He has maintained his interest in international human rights, now serving as Secretary of the Board of Physicians for Human Rights.  Committed to social justice, he also serves on the boards of non-profits Public Citizen and Public Justice.  He hopes that this play will help shed light on the often forgotten suffering of the Armenian people, as well as the horrors of genocides that have occurred all too frequently over the past century.

  

jeffsorkinJEFFREY SORKIN: (Music, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements): credits include: Regional Theatre: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Director, Orchestrator), Fifteen-Minute Star (Director, Book, Music, Lyrics). Cabaret: Le Cabaret Melange (Music, Lyrics). Commercial Jingles: The Singing Telegram Company (Music, Lyrics). Musical Director for Philly icon, Jerry Blavat. Jeff was a woodwindist, keyboard player and founding member of Faustus, a 9-piece horn band signed to Gamble Records. Their single, Baby Please, was a regional hit in the Greater Philadelphia area. He and Gerson have also written: Tobit: The Oratorio.

 

FRamirezFREDDY RAMIREZ (Choreographer): is a Bronx, NY born and raised Performer, Choreographer and Teacher.  He began dancing at Broadway Dance Center & STEPS in NYC where he focused his energy on studying all aspects of dance including Latin, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Ballet & Modern.  Freddy has choreographed works for professional companies that have performed in Germany, Italy and here in the U.S.  He most recently choreographed the world premiere of The Naked Influence at the Capital Repertory Theatre.  Other credits include Camelot, A Christmas Story the Musical, The Secret Garden, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors.

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JOSH D. SMITH (Music Director and Additional Orchestrations): music directed and/or accompanied numerous productions throughout the US; including Arizona Broadway Theatre, ArtisTree and Northern Stage in Vermont; Prather Entertainment Group in Lancaster, PA; the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine; Jersey Shore Entertainment and Surflight Theatre in New Jersey; Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre; and Syracuse Stage in Upstate New York.  Capital Regional audiences may recognize Josh from his work at the Mac-Haydn Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre.  He was named 2013 Central New York (SALT) Musical Director of the Year by the Syracuse New Times.  Josh keeps himself busy throughout the year with live theatre and cabaret, including performances at 54 Below and The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC.  He is a proud member of Actors' Equity and AFM Local 802. 

BrianPratherPic2 copyBRIAN PRATHER (Scenic Designer): is a New York based scenic designer.  Recent Off-Broadway designs include: Widower's Houses (TACT/Gingold), A Christmas Carol (St. Clement's), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside), The Memory Show (Transport Group), Freud's Last Session (New World Stages), Nymph Errant (Prospect Theater), and The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons).  Internationally, Brian has designed at the Chung-mu Art Hall (South Korea) and at regional and other theatres, including: the Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage Co., TheatreWorks Hartford, Virginia Rep., the Broad Stage, Mercury Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., Shakespeare on the Sound, NewArts, and the Rubicon, among many others.  Brian was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago) for Set Design and recently nominated for an Emmy (New England) for the design of "The Kate" concert series on Public Television.  Brian is a proud member of USA Local 829.  See more of Brian's work at www.brianprather.com 

Evan PrizantEVAN PRIZANT (Costume Designer): designs for theatre, opera and dance have been seen on stages across the country, from Cape Cod to Honolulu, including his hometown Louisville, KY and his current home Brooklyn, NY.  Some favorites include: James and the Giant Peach at Stage One; the rock-and-roll musicals Vinegar Tom and Peer Gynt, two different 8-actor productions of A Midsummers Nights Dream, and the world premiere of The Providence of Neighboring Bodies, I Saw His Body and Forgot My Own, Samuel and Alasdair; A Personal History of the Robot War, Some Editing and Some Theme Music, and Gormanzee and Other Stories.  Assisting work includes Sunday in the Park with Georgia and In Transit, both currently on Broadway and a season with the Hawaii Opera Theatre.  MFA: Boston University; BA: Tulane University. www.evanprizant.com 

corypattakCORY PATTAK (Lighting Designer): NYC credits include: Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), Revolution in the Elbow... (Minetta Lane), Happy We'll Be (Roseland), Witnessed by the World (59E59), Handle with Care (Westside Downstairs), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), Ingmar Bergman's Persona (HERE), Freddie Falls in Love (Pershing Square), This Side of Paradise (St. Clements), Unlocked, Nymph Errant, With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre).  Regional: Weston Playhouse, Old Globe, Portland Stage, Goodspeed, KC Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Cap Rep. Syracuse Stage, Indianapolis Opera, Bristol Riverside, Arkansas Rep, Northern Stage, Engeman Theatre and the recent National Tour of Flashdance.  International: Letters to Santa Clause (Misi Prodducciones, Bogata Columbia). Associate/Assistant: Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Time to Kill, An Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandi Patinkin, The Story of My Life, Irena's Vow (Broadway), Heathers (Off-Bway), Band Geeks, How to Succeed... (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Off Bway/London), Side Effects (MCC), Lost in the Stars, Paint Your Wagon (Encores!), Rapture Blister Burn (Playwrights Horizons).  Host and creator of "in 1: the podcast", featuring interviews with theatrical designers.  www.corypattak.com 

j.abbott headshotJOEL ABBOTT (Sound Designer): is an American theatre sound designer and composer.  Recent shows include Present Laughter (Broadway, assist), Napoli, Brooklyn (Long Wharf, assist), My Fair Lady (Bay St. Theatre), Prodigal Son (MTC, assist), Baskerville (St. Michael's Playhouse), Serial Blackface (Actor's Express), A Moon for the Misbegotten, Title of Show, Unnecessary Farce, A Chorus Line, Passing Strange, I Hate Hamlet, Wit (Playhouse on Park).  Education: University of Georgia, Yale School of Drama MFA Program. www.joelabbottsound.com 

 

Stephanie KlapperSTEPHANIE KLAPPER (Casting Director): her work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, internet and film.  Projects she has been involved with have won numerous awards, including the Tony, OBIES, Artios, Drama Desk, Pulitzer Prize, Sundance Audience Award, Cannes Prize Du Publique and Comic Con awards.

In New York City, she is the resident casting directory for Primary Stages, New York Classical Theatre, Ensemble for the Romantic Ensemble, Masterworks Theater Company and works frequently with Mint Theater Company, Peccadillo Theater Company, and Pearl Theatre Company, as well as many regional theatres including Baltimore Centerstage, Capital Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Kansas City Rep and Milwaukee Rep. Select Broadway: Bronx Bombers A Christmas Story, The Musical; Dividing the Estate, Bells are Ringing; It Ain't Nothing But the Blues.  Currently, she has a number of very exciting project running and upcoming in NYC, regionally and on film.  Fade; Yours Unfaithfully, The Roads to Home; Edwin...; The Golden Girls Show!; Another Dance of Death (short film); The Heart is Not Made of Stone... (BAM)

Liz Reddick JPGLIZ REDDICK* (Production Stage Manager): is pleased to continue her career near the stage and be reunited with Kevin McGuire on SOME PEOPLE HEAR THUNDER, recent credits include ROMEO AND JULIET and CYMBELINE (VA Shakespeare Festival), THE SEAFARER (FL Rep), THE FULL MONTH, ON GOLDEN POND and PICNIC (USI/New Harmony), LADY IN THE DARK (Lyric Stage), MAN OF LA MANCHA (Capital Repertory Theatre) and LOMBARDI (Depot Theatre).  Liz has been a professional stage manager for 30 years, doing plays, musicals, and operas regionally.  For the past 12 years, Liz has also been working at AMDA NY.  Liz is a native Texan, and 1984 graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where she received the Heywood C. Clemons Volunteer Service Award in 2000.  Proud AEA member. 

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.  This production operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association.

Orchestra

Josh SmithJOSH D. SMITH (Piano/Conductor): music directed and/or accompanied numerous productions throughout the US; including Arizona Broadway Theatre, ArtisTree and Northern Stage in Vermont; Prather Entertainment Group in Lancaster, PA; the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine; Jersey Shore Entertainment and Surflight Theatre in New Jersey; Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre; and Syracuse Stage in Upstate New York.  Capital Regional audiences may recognize Josh from his work at the Mac-Haydn Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre.  He was named 2013 Central New York (SALT) Musical Director of the Year by the Syracuse New Times.  Josh keeps himself busy throughout the year with live theatre and cabaret, including performances at 54 Below and The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC.  He is a proud member of Actors' Equity and AFM Local 802.

doug esmondDOUG ESMOND (Guitar): is a Guitarist, Keyboardist, Organist, and Singer.  In addition to playing many shows in the area he has held positions in various Churches, as a Worship Leader, Organist, and Music Director.  In addition to this he also writes and arranges compositions in various genres and styles.  His Published works include: Jazzical - "Jazzy renditions of Classical standards" and I-rish you a merry Christmas! "Celtic standards / Christmas music with a Celtic flair".  He currently serves as the Music Director/Organist at Newtonville Methodist Church and resides in Guilderland with his wife Meighan and two daughters, Evelyn and Isla. 

susan gierthySUSAN GIERTHY (Oboe): is an oboist, woodwind specialist, and music educator.  She teaches for the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) CHIME program, as well as privately and at the Cady School of Music, where she serves as Assistant Director.  Susan earned her Master of Music degree in Multiple Woodwinds from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia.  She is the 2nd oboist for the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, a frequent doubler and pit musician for musical performances in the Capital Region, including Park Playhouse, and is a freelance performer.

 

rick hambrightRICK HAMBRIGHT (Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet): a native of Newark, New Jersey, he is the retired Chair of the Music Department in East Greenbush School District, (New York).  He has performed with the Albany Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, The Monmouth NJ Symphony.  National Tours: "Avenue Q", "Grease", "The Full Monty", "The Drowsey Chaperone".  In addition, Rick has workd with: Manhattan Transfer, Martha Reeves, the Sherills, Engelbert Humperdink, Jerry Vale, Kenny Rodgers, Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, the Temptations.  Pit Orchestras: Park Playhouse, Proctors, Mac-Haydn Theater, Cohoes Music Hall, Capital Repertory Theater, Papermill Playhouse among others.

CSheridan Color 20160409CATHY SHERIDAN (Trumpet): has performed worldwide in notable venues such as Lincoln Center, The Banff Centre, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Minneapolis' Target Field for MLB's Minnesota Twins.  She has been a soloist with the International Trumpet Guild and Catskill, Glens Falls, and Schenectady Symphonies.  Cathy has appeared with over 45 national touring productions and has performed with artists to include Sarah Chang, Kristen Chenoweth, Aretha Franklin, The Irish Tenors, Johnny Mathis, and Elaine Stritch.  Cathy earned a MS in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University and a MusB in Performance from Boston University.  She is the President of AFM Local 85-133, and is a member of the ITG and Theatre Musicians Association.  Cathy served in the US Army as a Combat Engineer Captain, is P.E. in NYS, and is currently the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance for the NYS Canal Corporation.  www.cathysheridan.com.

JESSICA BELFLOWER (Violinist)

MICHAEL BENEDICT (Percussion/Drums)

GRAHAM DOIG (Keyboard 2)