FRIDAY, AUG. 23 & SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2019
THEATER IN THE PARK

Doors, 6pm /  Performance, 7pm / VIP Dinner Entry, 5pm

Theater in the Park returns for 2019 — offering two nights of the hit musical La Cage aux Folles in Drake Park.

Enjoy two magical evenings of musical theater in Drake Park alongside the scenic Deschutes River. This year’s production is “La Cage aux Folles,” the Tony Award-winning musical and inspiration for the film, “The Birdcage” — a timeless story about love and acceptance.

An optional dinner, catered by Hola!, is included with the purchase of a VIP ticket and grants access to an exclusive VIP dining area and bar.

Beverages and concessions will be made available for purchase for all other ticket holders.

VIP Dinner Menu

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ABOUT THE MUSICAL

Learn more about La Cage aux Folles.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Learn more about the director of La Cage aux Folles.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

A message from Director Michelle Mejaski

2019 CAST OF “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES”

THOR ERICKSON

Albin aka ZaZa

THOR ERICKSON AS ALBIN AKA ZAZA

Thor Erickson has been working as an actor on stage and screen since he was a young boy. His recent stage credits include “Herod” in Jesus Christ Superstar, “Brad” in The Rocky Horror Show, and Chef Instructor in the culinary classrooms at Central Oregon Community College. Thor’s favorite role in life is that of husband to his wife Cathy and father to their son Jahn. Thor is very flattered and proud to be among such a talented cast and crew to tell this story of love and acceptance.

SPENCER ZARR

Georges

SPENCER ZARR as Georges

Spencer Zarr is a Colorado native who has been involved in theater and performing since his later years in high school. He has been “Igor” in Young Frankenstein, “Rapunzel’s Prince” in Into the Woods, and “Edward” in Blood Brothers. In college, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 8 where he was selected to go Los Angeles to compete and perform for his school. He in 2015 he was a member of Team USA where he competed at the World Championship of Performing Arts. During that competition, he received a gold medal for his open vocal and a bronze medal for his comedic monologue.

MATTHEW VIGIL

Jean-Michel

MATTHEW VIGIL as Jean-Michel

Matthew is a Central Oregon native. He has a passion for the outdoors and Bend’s amazing backyard. Matthew is elated with the recent growth in Bend’s vibrant community theater. He is the proud papa of “Jude”, his 90 pound Box-Hound lap dog. Matthew has worked for Cat Call Productions, 2nd Street Theater, and TMP. His stage credits include: Disaster the Musical, Sweeney Todd, Putnam County Spelling Bee, Reefer Madness, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Avenue Q, Spamalot, and most recently as Judas in last year’s Theater in the Parks production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2013, he and Scott Schultz founded “Lonely Fish Productions”. “Lonely Fish” produces The Rocky Horror Picture Show annually with a shadow cast. Their productions also include: Heathers the Musical, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Shakespeare Abridged.

DAVE FELTON

Jacob

DAVE FELTON as Jacob

Dave started his acting career at the age of 5 when he appeared in the CBS TV remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Okay he was an extra, but it planted a seed that would leave him performing most of his life. He’s currently a voice actor who has lived in Bend since 2006. Here he’s appeared in Avenue Q as Trekkie Monster, Peter and the Star-catcher as Smee, Charlie Aikin in August Osage County, and Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman. He just wrapped his 10th year playing Santa Claus in homes and events around Central Oregon. His favorite role is as dad and papa to his five kids and three grandkids!

SHALEY VAUGHAN

Anne

SHALEY VAUGHAN AS ANNE

Shaley Vaughan is a Central Oregon native and lover of the arts. Shaley has been dancing since the age of three and loves to sing and play guitar. Shaley was recently in Kiss of the Spider Woman as a dancer and last summer’s Theater in the Park production of Jesus Christ Superstar as an ensemble member. She is thrilled to be playing a very different role from what she’s done in the past. Sharing the stage with her best friends is truly the most rewarding experience for her. Shaley would like to thank Michelle for creating such a beautiful family in every production she directs.

BRADLEY RODE

Edouard Dindon

BRADLEY RODE AS EDOUARD DINDON

Bradley Rode made his stage debut in Bend, appearing as Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Since then, he’s appeared in The 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher, and most recently as Tony in Disaster!. After losing his three children to maturity, he and his wife moved to Bend from the SF Bay Area. His other job is starting and running tech companies. He enjoys vocal performance, mountain bikes and motorcycles — usually not all at the same time.

LAURA LEE COFFMAN

Marie Dindon

LAURA LEE COFFMAN AS MARIE DINDON

Laura Lee Coffman loves life and traveling the world with ultra-fab hubby, Dr. Michael Coffman (Coffman Vision Clinic and whom she will marry again Sept. 8!). When not in an exotic location, you will find her acting (last seen in Disaster!), decorating sets, writing poetry and shorts, learning piano (kindergartner), hiking, kayaking, and enjoying her amazing grown children: Matty/Myra, Nini/Alex, Ang/Chey & Elijah. La Cage aux Folles delivers a great message and is a wonderful way to celebrate the summer! Love you cast mates and a big THANK YOU to this audience for coming to watch us play!

RHONDA TOWNSEND SCHATZ

Jaqueline

RHONDA TOWNSEND SCHATZ AS JAQUELINE

Rhonda Townsend Schantz was most recently seen in MejCho’s production of Kiss of the Spider Woman. Other credits are Jesus Christ Superstar (MejCho 2018), “Tiresias” in Silent Echo Theater Company’s (SETC) 2018 Revenge and Sorrow in Thebes, “Bertha” in Hen Party, and “Lean and Hungry Mother” in Bad Mothers with Cascade Theatrical Company’s Cascade 10 Black Box series (2017), “Marlene” in Verbatim with SETC’s “Now You’re Talking” One Acts (2017), “Adult Woman” in Topsoil Theatrics’ Spring Awakening (2017), and “Grimsby” in the Thoroughly Modern Production of The Little Mermaid (2016).

TOM KELLEY

Monsieur Renaud

TOM KELLEY AS MONSIEUR RENAUD

Tom Kelley spent 38 years “on stage” as a Chemistry teacher, most recently in The Netherlands, before retiring to Sunriver in 2013 with his patient and supportive wife, Ann. Tom’s local acting debut was in 2014 finding 735,000 English Pounds in his briefcase as Henry in Funny Money. He has followed that with a total of eight roles including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 12 Angry Jurors, Arcadia, Play It Again Sam, and And Then There Were None. Tom is looking forward to working with such a great team of actors and crew to present La Cage aux Folles; uplifting entertainment in more ways than one!

AMY ANDERTON

Madam Renaud

AMY ANDERTON AS MADAM RENAUD

Amy Anderton is honored to be singing and dancing alongside such an incredibly talented cast in one of her favorite shows! You may have seen her previously in She Loves Me, A Christmas Carol, 9 to 5: The Musical, or A Miracle on 34th Street at Cascades Theatrical Company. Amy has also performed in Thoroughly Modern Productions’ of Peter Pan, Annie, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Tower Theatre. Amy would like to thank her incredibly supportive husband, Jim, and her sons, Wil and Sam, for always being her greatest fans. May you laugh until your sides ache and smile until your cheeks hurt – Enjoy the show!

DON DELACH

Francis

DON DELACH AS FRANCIS

Although Don Delach retired after teaching middle school Science and Drama for 36 years, he stays busy working side by side with Michael on their farm in Powell Butte. After portraying “Caiaphas” in last summer’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, he is once again grateful to be directed by Michelle, Trish and Jeannie. Don has directed or acted in over 35 previous local productions, including the 24/7 Project, It’s A Wonderful Life, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Les Miserables, Wrong Window, and Shooting Star.

Featuring our beautiful Cagelles:

JOHN KISH

JOHN KISH AS A CAGELLE

John Kish is living his full fantasy in what he believes is one of theater’s biggest transformative roles, a drag queen. He is thankful that Michelle and crew had him along on this glitter-iffic ride and is delighted to share it with Bend. He’s also thankful for the blossoming and brave drag-arts community here in Central Oregon and the ever-growing LGBTQ community for paving the first path and creating an opportunity for this show to be accessible and possible. Yes, he will still accept your $5s and $10s.

ED VICTOR

ED VICTOR AS A CAGELLE

Ed Victor is very happy to once again to be a “Cagelle” and working with such a talented cast and crew! Favorite roles: “Father Mark,” Tony and Tina’s Wedding; “Hannah,” La Cage Aux Folles; “Howie,” The Rabbit Hole; “Alan,” God of Carnage; “Richard/Garnett,” Equivocation; “Steve,” August: Osage County; “Baptista,” The Taming of the Shrew; and “Warden,” Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

CHRISTIE CAPUCCI

CHRISTIE CAPUCCI AS A CAGELLE

Christie Capucci is a realtor, and a buyer and seller of vintage clothing and decor. She studied classical and musical theater in Southern California before moving to Central Oregon in 1992. Here she has been in many shows including Nunsense, The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, as well as the lead singer in the local punk band, Rosey. Since then, she has treated audiences to roles in Disaster!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Boogie Wonderland. After this role as a Cagelle King, she will be in Mamma Mia!

JOSH DAVIS

JOSH DAVIS AS A CAGELLE

Joshua Davis was born and raised in Bend and has loved music his entire life. He was active in the music and drama programs at Ridgeview High School. This is his second musical with Mejaski Choreography after playing the role of Apostle Bartholomew in Jesus Christ Superstar in Drake Pak last summer. He also enjoys cooking.

STEPHANIE SLADE

STEPHANIE SLADE AS A CAGELLE

Bio coming soon!

MICHA BANSCHICK

MICHA BANSCHICK AS A CAGELLE

Bio coming soon!

THE BAND

“Taking Dixieland jazz to new heights” is a fitting slogan for this high-energy band from Bend,Oregon. All of these versatile musicians are equally at home in the Symphony playing Beethoven as they are on the street corner playing Louis Armstrong.

The magic with this group exists in the the way they interact with the audience. Humor and the unexpected play a big part in the show. No one plays Folsom Prison Blues like this band. Look for them soon at a venue near you. Better yet, contact that venue and tell them that you want Summit Express Jazz Band.

www.summitexpressjazzband.com

PRODUCTION CREDITS

MICHELLE MEJASKI

Director

MICHELLE MEJASKI - DIRECTOR

Michelle is an award winning tap dancer who has had the privilege to train with instructors from Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Allice, L.A. Dance Force, NRG, and Manhattan Dance Project. She also travels to NYC to train at the Broadway Dance Center with her favorite instructors. Michelle has had the privilege to tap internationally. She has attended, performed in, and trained with tap legends such as Michele Dorrance, Sam Weber, and Dianna Walker at the Vancouver Canada Tap Festival. She was the first and only American to be accepted into the Croatian Tap Festival where she trained with Chloe Arnold, Sara Reich, and Rueben Sanchez. Her most hilarious privilege was being a back-up dancer for Weird Al Yankovik!

JEANNIE WHITTLE

Asst. Director

JEANNIE WHITTLE - ASST. DIRECTOR

On stage, backstage, lights, sound, in the director’s chair or as the assistant director/stage manager, Jeannie Whittle is glad to do whatever it takes to bring a production to an audience. She has been seen onstage here in Central Oregon in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and An Ideal Husband. Back stage in Communicating Doors, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and 12 Angry Jurors. Lights and sound for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and light and sound design for In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play. Jeannie is looking forward to being back in the park and sharing this wonderful musical, La Cage aux Folles, with its story of family, love, acceptance, and happy endings.

TRISH SEWELL

Vocal Director

TRISH SEWELL - VOCAL DIRECTOR

Trish Sewell is thrilled to be joining Michelle Mejaski and Theater in the Park as Vocal Director for this presentation of La Cage aux Folles. She obtained her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University and since then has been teaching, singing and acting for over 30 years in Los Angeles; Mesa, Arizona; and Central Oregon.Trish was the vocal director for: She Loves Me (June 2019), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Jan 2019), Jesus Christ Superstar (August 2018), Oklahoma! (May 2018), and Spring Awakening (Jan 2017).

GARY LODDO

Set Design

GARY LODDO - SET DESIGN

While living in England, Gary Loddo worked as a specialist access, cameras and lights rigger on TV and major movies including Batman Begins, Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Since moving to Bend nine years ago he has designed and built sets for many theater companies and schools including Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Oliver, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Evil Dead the Musical, Disenchanted, Rent, Mulan, Tarzan, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Little Mermaid, and Oklahoma!. He is currently on the board of BEAT Children’s Theater and started his film and stage set design and construction company, Different Worldz.

TEMPEL CORPSTEIN

Costumer

TEMPEL CORPSTEIN - COSTUMER

Tempel has been involved in the Bend theatre community for over 13 years. She has directed and assistant directed, but costuming is where her heart is. Tempel loves the creativity and challenge that costuming provides. In her spare time Tempel trail runs, hikes and spends time with her three amazing children and two adorable dogs. She’s honored to be once again working with Michelle and this amazing production team & cast.

SEATING OPTIONS

Enjoy a musical — and join us for dinner with the purchase of a VIP ticket.

Aug. 23 & 24th, 2019
Doors, 6pm. Performance, 7pm.
VIP Dinner Entry, 5pm.

RED SEATING

$25

RED + VIP SEATING

$55

Includes dinner and two beverages of your choice

BLUE SEATING

$35

BLUE + VIP SEATING

$65

Includes dinner and two beverages of your choice

GOLD SEATING

$45

GOLD + VIP SEATING

$75

Includes dinner and two beverages of your choices

PAST PERFORMANCES

Photos from previous productions

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SPONSORS

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors

 
Avid Cider
Elixir Wine Group
Gompers Distillery
Inovia Vein Specialty Centers
KBND
Oregon Community Foundation
Silver Moon Brewing
Source Weekly
 

SPECIAL THANKS

 
Carol Sternkopf
Cascades Theatrical Company
Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
Queens & Kings of the High Desert