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Sunday in the Park with George
Get Familiar: Meet the Cast

WALTER CHARLES WALTER CHARLES (Mr./Charles Redmond) recently celebrated his 40th anniversary in the professional theatre. Highlights include: original Broadway companies of Grease, Sweeney Todd, Cats, and La Cage Aux Folles. One of the most versatile actors in musical theatre, Walter has co-starred with Tyne Daly in the Encores! production of Call Me Madam, Michelle Lee and Tovah Feldshuh in Hello, Dolly!, and with Constance Towers and Judy Kaye in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. In 1994, he created the role of Scrooge in Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol, which ran at the Paramount Theatre for 10 years. Last season, Walter made his Arden debut in Bruce Graham’s Something Intangible, earning a Barrymore Award nomination. He is delighted to be back!

FUN FACT: Walter has a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University

JEFFREY COON JEFFREY COON (George) is so grateful and privileged to be a part of this show at the Arden. He was last seen here in A Year with Frog and Toad. He has appeared locally at Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, People’s Light, the Prince, Fulton Theatre Company and many others. He is a 10-time Barrymore nominee, winning for his performance as Dominique in The Baker’s Wife. Favorite roles include Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Harold Hill in The Music Man, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins and Che in Evita. Next is Aaron Fox in Curtains at Walnut Street Theatre. Endless thanks to Terry and Eric for pushing me. For Piper and Jackson, the two most beautiful people I know.

FUN FACT: Jeff is taking drawing lessons as research for this show, which he finds incredibly useful and strangely calming

SARAH DACEY-CHARLES SARAH DACEY-CHARLES (Yvonne/Naomi Eisen) is thrilled to be making her Arden debut! Sarah was featured as the “Locket Hag” and understudied Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables on Broadway. National tour: Sunset Boulevard. Favorite Regional: Fosca in Passion, and Mrs. Gardner in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Film: Barbara Stanwyck in Agnes Moorehead is God! Recent Regional: A Streetcar Named Desire (New Harmony Theatre) and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mason Street Warehouse). Sarah is just back from the Caribbean, where she played the Captain in the pilot of The Lezboat. Upcoming film: Mrs. Benton in The Jesus Picture. Sarah holds an MFA from UC, Irvine.

FUN FACT: Sarah is Co-Director of the Prayer Chaplain Program of Unity Church of New York.

CAROLINE DOONER CAROLINE DOONER (Celeste #2/Waitress) is so happy to be back at the Arden for the second time. Previously, she played Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other shows have included Beauty and the Beast (Belle Understudy) and West Side Story (Maria Understudy) at the Walnut Street Theatre and Seussical (Gertrude) with OCRC and the Ocean City Pops. She just graduated from NYU Tisch’s CAP 21 this May. Thank you so much to the Arden, Terry, my awesome parents and family, my wonderful friends and… Stephen Sondheim.

FUN FACT: Caroline probably knows more facts about Harry Potter books than any other subject

SHERRI L. EDELEN SHERRI L. EDELEN (Mrs./Nurse/Harriet Pawling) National Tours: Big, Nunsense. Regional: Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center); The Light in the Piazza, Elegies: A Song Cycle (PTC, Barrymore Nom.); Caroline, or Change, Our Town (Arden, Barrymore Nom.); Sweeney Todd, Urinetown (Signature Theatre); She Loves Me (Olney Theatre Center); The Diary of Anne Frank, The World Goes Round (Round House Theatre); Cabaret (Arena Stage); Headsman’s Holiday (Theatre Alliance); A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theatre); The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music (Stages St. Louis). 2000 and 2009 Helen Hayes Award: Side Show and Les Misérables at Signature Theatre as well as nominations for Assassins, The Rink, Elegies, She Loves Me and Cabaret.

FUN FACT: Sheri is studying to become a holistic health counselor

DARREN MICHAEL HENGST DARREN MICHAEL HENGST (Franz/Dennis) Past Arden shows include Winesburg, Ohio and Candide.  Other credits: Born Yesterday, Les Misérables, Of Mice and Men at the Walnut and The Glass Menagerie at People’s Light.  Proud MFA graduate of UIUC & member of Equity. All his love to Jackie, Austan, Skyler, and Harrison.

FUN FACT: Darren and his wife own and operate Green Pad Living, whose products and displays are featured in local Whole Foods Market Stores.

LIZ FILIOS LIZ FILIOS (Celeste #1/Betty) is thrilled to return to the Arden after her debut in Candide. Having spent the last year singing jazz at sea, she is happy to once again call Philadelphia home. Liz has also performed locally at the Wilma, the Walnut, Joyce Soho, and with Bang On A Can. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Thank you Terry and Eric for another amazing experience!

KRISTINE FRAELICH KRISTINE FRAELICH (Dot/Marie) is thrilled to be back at the Arden. She was last seen here as nurse Betty Gow in Baby Case (Barrymore Nomination). Credits also include the B’way production of The Civil War, the Narrator in the first national tour of Joseph....Dreamcoat, Eva Peron in Evita (Walnut), Ellen in Miss Saigon (Lenape Performing Arts Center).  She appeared with Linda Eder at Carnegie Hall, and had the honor of performing Songs for a New World alongside of Jason Robert Brown at Symphony Space in NYC.  Many thanks to Terry, Eric, and Neill Hartley.  Love to my family, Nick and my children (and art) Zoe, Becca, and Tristan.  What “A Beautiful Mess” this is. M!

SCOTT GREER SCOTT GREER (Jules/Bob Greenberg) appeared with the Arden for the first time in their 1994 production of this play. What a privilege; what a joy it is to revisit this amazing musical. Other Arden favorites include: Death of a Salesman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Red Herring, Baby Case and Wittenberg. Scott has won four Barrymores, including the F. Otto Haas Award. Look for him in The Threepenny Opera at the Arden this fall. Scott would like to thank Terry and his old cast mate Jeff. Love always to Jen and Lily.

TIMOTHY HILL TIMOTHY HILL (Louis/Lee Randolph/A Man) A proud member of Actors’ Equity is so thrilled to return to the Arden after appearing as John Hinckley in Assassins. He is a graduate of New World School of the Arts conservatory in Miami, Florida, receiving his BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Florida. Favorite roles include Baker in Into the Woods and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. He has also performed the role of Pinkerton in the opera Madame Butterfly at the Cazza De Mezzo International Music Festival on the Isle of Crete, Greece. Thanks to my family for their unfading support.

BRIAN HISSONG BRIAN HISSONG (Soldier/Billy Webster/A Young Man) is ecstatic to return to the Arden stage and work with Terry Nolen again. He was previously seen as George in Winesburg, Ohio, for which he won a Barrymore award. Other credits include leading roles at Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, Goodspeed Opera, Arkansas Rep, Lincolnshire Marriott, MTWichita, WVPT, and the International Tour of West Side Story. He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and Actors’ Equity member. He sends love and gratitude to his family, his beautiful wife Jodi, and ‘little bit’ on the way!

MAGGIE LAKIS MAGGIE LAKIS (Frieda/Elaine) Arden Theatre Company has been very kind to Maggie. This is her seventh production here. Past credits include And Then They Came For Me..., The Boxcar Children, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, A Year with Frog and Toad, Ferdinand the Bull and Sophie in The BFG. Other credits include the first National Tour and Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q. She loves her family, Philly theater and Rob.

MICHAEL “TUBA” MCKINSEY MICHAEL “TUBA” MCKINSEY (Boatman/Alex) Tuba is thrilled to be making his Arden debut! He was most recently seen at the Ford’s Theatre in The Civil War (Helen Hayes Nomination). National: Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! NYC: Numerous. Favorite Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse, Papermill, Perseverance Theater, Gateway, and even the White House! Tuba has also created roles for Tony Winner’s Lucy Simon, Urinetown’s Hollmann and Kotis, and this past fall with legendary comedian Jerry Lewis on a new musical version of The Nutty Professor. Sincere thanks to Terry and the Arden! Much love to Ma, Pa, Sis, the boys, and the NY fam. Quiet, Spot!

FUN FACT: Tuba paid his way through college playing baseball

DANIELLE STANDIFER DANIELLE STANDIFER (Louise/A Boy) is excited to join the cast of Sunday in the Park with George in her first appearance at the Arden. She has just finished performing in the full length production of Annie in the title role. She has performed in numerous regional productions, some of her favorites include Flyer, the Musical, Evita and Seussical the Musical. Special thanks to the Arden production staff for this wonderful opportunity and of course to her family for all of their love and support.

FUN FACT: Danielle’s favorite color is neon yellow

MAUREEN TORSNEY-WEIR MAUREEN TORSNEY-WEIR (Old Lady/Blair Daniels) is so happy to be at the Arden again this season in such a wonderful show. Previous Arden appearances: Mrs. Lintott in The History Boys, Grandma Gellman in Caroline, or Change, Lydia in A Prayer for Owen Meany and Therese in The Baker’s Wife. Recent roles: Signora in Light in the Piazza at PTC, Lizzie in Cherry Bomb 1812. Other Philly theatres: Walnut, InterAct, Lantern, People’s Light, MumPuppet, Act 11, Theatre Exile. Working in New York for many years noted for Grace in Faith Healer, and Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation among many others. Individual Barrymore winner Best Supporting Actress - Angels in America, and Ensemble – Equus. Thanks again Terry and Eric. Love to the family.

FUN FACT: Maureen is blogging about Sunday in the Park with George! Visit the Arden Blog to read her posts.

Sunday in the Park with George
Walter Charles (Mr./Charles Redmond)
Jeffrey Coon (George)
Sarah Dacey-Charles (Yvonne/Naomi Eisen)
Caroline Dooner (Celeste #2/Waitress)
Sherri L. Edelen (Mrs./Nurse/Harriet Pawling)
Darren Michael Hengst (Franz/Dennis)
Liz Filios (Celeste#1/Betty)
Kristine Fraelich (Dot/Marie)
Scott Greer (Jules/Bob Greenberg)
Timothy Hill (Louis/Lee Randolph/A Man)
Brian Hissong (Soldier/Billy Webster/A Young Man)
Maggie Lakis (Frieda/Elaine)
Michael "Tuba" McKinsey (Boatman/Alex)
Danielle Standifer (Louise/A Boy)
Maureen Torsney-Weir (Old Lady/Blair Daniels)

Scenic Designer
James Kronzer
Costume Designer
Rosemarie E. McKelvey
Lighting Designer
Justin Townsend
Sound, Projection & Video Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Musical Director
Eric Ebbenga
Niki Cousineau
Sarah Ollove
Assistant Musical Director
Katya Stanislavskaya
Assistant Lighting Designer
Christopher Frey
Assistant Video Designer
Amy Hartman
Dialect Coach
Neill Hartley
Assistant Director
David Stradley
Stage Manager
Katharine M. Hanley
Cromolume devised by
Niki & Jorge Cousineau

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