Announcing the casts for Calendar Girls, Death of a Salesman, and Lend Me A Tenor


The wait is over…

Before we make each cast announcement, we’d like to take this time to thank each and every person who came out to audition.

If you were cast, congratulations!

If you were not cast, we’re sorry it didn’t work out this time, but thank you immensely for bringing your talent to our audition  rooms. We can’t wait to see you again at more upcoming auditions!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Now, keep reading to see who will be on stage next.




Annie:  Kathy Laakso
Chris:  Christine Winkler Johnson
Cora:  Shey Peterson
Jessie:  Celine Karicit
Ruth:  Cathy Berggren
Celia:  Emily Lanik Parr
Marie:  Cheryl Skafte*
Brenda:  Kathy Levine
Lady Cravenshire:  Kay Rieck
Rod:  Michael Kraklio*
John:  Joe Meichsner
Lawrence:  Rob Sidenberg
Liam:  Jacob Lindig
Elaine:  Jamie White Farnham

Calendar Girls is the hilarious and touching true story of middle-aged friends Chris and Annie who, upon the sudden loss of Annie’s husband, resolve to raise money to buy a new sofa for the family room at the local Yorkshire hospital. Their racy plan to raise the money involves them and fellow Women’s Institute members tastefully posing nude for an annual calendar.

The successful sales and media storm that follows puts Chris  and Annie’s friendship to the test, while also proving “the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire, the last phase of life is always the most glorious.”

Directed by Rob Hadaway  |  Performed January 11-20, 2018 in The Underground Theatre.

*Member of the Playhouse Resident Acting Company



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Willy Loman:  John Pokrzywinski
Linda Loman:  Ellie Martin
Biff Loman:  Rob Larson
Happy Loman:  Kent Dean
Bernard:  Greg Anderson
The Woman:  Jennie Ross
Charley:  Chris Nollet
Howard Wagner:  Jesse Meehl
Jenny:  Lindsey Bushnell*
Stanley:  Chandley Oja
Miss Forsythe:  Kitara Peterson*
Letta:  Aili Hakala*

This family drama introduces Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who is fired from his job and is struggling with his failed attempts to find success and happiness.

Willy’s slipping mental health, strained relationships with his sons and his dark secrets from the past have eroded the delusional world in which he lives. Now he clings to one final desperate act. This play remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre examining reality versus illusion of the American Dream.

Directed by Robert Lee  |  Performs February 22-March 3, 2018 in The Underground Theatre.

*Member of the Playhouse Resident Acting Company




Tito Merelli:  Jody Kujawa*
Maggie:  Eden Nesburg
Max Cory Anderson
Saunders:  Mike Pederson*
Maria Merelli:  Jessica Saxton
Diana:  KT Magnolia*
Bellhop:  Jonathan Manchester*
Julia:  Diane Friebe

Lend Me a Tenor is a hilarious romp through the high-stakes, high-strung world of opera. In this comedy by Ken Ludwig, the Cleveland Opera House is hosting the famous Italian tenor, Tito Merelli, whose celebrity has guaranteed a sellout performance. But is the management of the Cleveland Opera House ready for all the madness that comes with their guest star?

Directed by Michael Kraklio*  |  Performs April 5-15, 2018 at the NorShor Theatre.

*Member of the Playhouse Resident Acting Company