Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger

Stage Managed by Joy DeMarco

Costume Design by Luke Scattergood

Set & Lighting Design by Patrick Ciamacco

 

 

CAST

John Busser (Freddy) makes his Blank Canvas Theatre debut with this show and is more surprised than anyone that he was actually cast in it.  When will people learn?  Recent credits include The Revisionist (Zenon), Selfies at the Clown Motel (Rob), Rasheeda Speaking (Dr. Williams), and Hook and Smee (Pirate Captain). He has also been a regular cast member of Flanagan's Wake (Father and Mayor), which recently completed its eighth season.  He helps run Cleveland Public Theatre's writers’ workshop, The Dark Room, and has had some of his written work performed in both Cleveland and Columbus. 

 

Roderick Cardwell II (Picasso) is happy to be back on stage once more.  The last time he appeared at Blank Canvas Theatre was for its production of Hair.  Thank you, Blackberry and Peanut, and thank you all for coming.  Enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Becca Ciamacco (Suzanne/Female Admirer) is overjoyed to be back on stage!  She has previously been seen in Hair (Jeanie), Our Town (Emily Webb), and Reefer Madness (Ensemble) here at Blank Canvas Theatre.  Becca is a proud elementary teacher and youth theater director and choreographer. Thanks to my husband for continuing to build this beautiful place for artists to create, and to Jonathan for the endless opportunities and for always laughing along with me. 

 

 

Robert Kowalewski (Einstein) is an alumnus of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA (BS/BA in Accounting/Finance).  His credits include Amadeus (Salieri), bare: A Pop Opera (Peter), and Little Women (Laurie).  Last year, Robert starred in a regional premiere of Love's Labour's Lost (Berowne), for which he was selected as one of seven individuals nationwide to receive an award of achievement from the Kennedy Center. Since relocating to Cleveland, he has appeared in Next To Normal (Henry) and South Pacific (Cable) at True North Cultural Arts, The Wedding Singer and Titanic (Bride/Hartley) at Cassidy Theatre, Weird Romance (Paul/Daniel) at Broadview Heights Spotlights, and Joseph..Dreamcoat (Joseph) at Near West Theatre. Robert was recently recognized with Broadway World's Cleveland  "Best Actor in a Musical” award for his performance in Cassidy Theatre's production of Big The Musical (Josh Baskin). He thanks everyone who made this production possible and welcomed him into the Cleveland theatre scene!


Greg Mandryk  (Sagot) was last seen on the Blank Canvas Theatre stage as James Lingk in Glengarry Glen Ross. He thanks Jonathan for the opportunity to play with this wonderful cast, and his bride-to-be, Pam, for letting him sneak off to rehearsals.

 

 

 

Evan Martin (The Singer) is excited to be playing The Singer, and to be back performing at Blank Canvas Theatre for the second time. His recent credits include Cabaret (Herman), and Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King). He would like to thank his family and friends for the constant support in everything that he does. 

 

 

 

Carla Petroski (Germaine) had the honor to appear during Blank Canvas Theatre's inaugural season in Hellcab and is overjoyed to be back!  She has performed in Northeast Ohio for over 25 years and has had the good fortune to work at several area theaters including Beck Center for the Arts, Ensemble Theatre, the Hanna Theatre, Karamu House, and TrueNorth Cultural Arts.  Carla was seen earlier this year at Strongsville Community Theater in Doubt: A Parable (Sr. Aloysius Bouvier) and in Karamu House's production of You Can't Take It With You (Gay Wellington). Carla is also a cabaret performer and has performed at Nighttown, The Brothers Lounge and Music Box Supper Club.  In an upcoming cabaret performance, Next! , Carla will have the thrill of singing alongside two amazing talents, Adina Bloom and Sandra Emerick, at Cain Park in July.  Carla is a proud alumna of the improvisational group Something Dada and a surprised graduate of Cleveland State University.  Love to John and the five pups (usually in that order).


Rich Stimac (Gaston) is an actor-writer-director who has performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Edinburgh, Scotland.  Favorite credits include Hairspray  (Edna), …Forum (Pseudolus), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), The Student Prince (Hubert), No Exit (Garcin), Taming of the Shrew (Grumio), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone  (Selig), and Dawg Pounded (Otto).  Rich also runs the local arts blog LandOfCleve.net.  He is very excited to be joining the Blank Canvas Theatre family.

 

 

Ronnie Thompson (Schmendimen) is very excited to be returning to Blank Canvas Theatre for this production. His recent credits include It's A Wonderful Life (Joseph/Harry Bailey), The Bigfoot Letters (Pastor Delroy), and The Addams Family (Uncle Fester). He will also be in the upcoming production of Avenue Q at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. 

 

 

Britta Will (Countess) is ecstatic to be appearing for the second time at Blank Canvas Theatre.  She would like to thank Jonathan for the opportunity to work on such a smart and funny show!  She is a regular cast member of Something Dada improvisational comedy company (now in their 23rd season). Additionally, she is a teaching artist at both The Cassidy Theatre and Kulture Kids, with whom she tours schools and libraries in the one-woman show Ma’at Is Missing: Deciphering Manners. Other recent credits include The Bigfoot Letters (Woman/Wild Hair Sally) and Road to Freedom (Catherine).