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The Story of My Life - Cast

THOMAS WEAVERAlan Gillespie*

Is thrilled to be making his Studio Theatre debut! Alan recently relocated to Orlando after living in NYC for the last twenty years and just returned to Florida after playing Sam in Mamma Mia at Maples Repertory Theatre and Sierra Repertory Theatre. National Tours: Miss Saigon (Chris), Showboat (Steve Baker). Tokyo, Japan: The Who's Tommy (The Specialist). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, New Provincetown Players, Bergen PAC. NYC: Musicals Tonight, Fringe Festival, NYMF, 54Below, Carnegie Hall. Education: Westminster Choir College, AMDA. Upcoming: Black Stache in Peter And The Starcatcher and Frederick in Young Frankenstein at The Waterfront Playhouse and Steve in Heartbeats at The Winter Park Playhouse. For my wife, Michelle. www.alangillespienyc.com
ALVIN KELBYAlex Jorth*

Alex is happily making his debut with the Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol! He is familiar with the space, however, having just appeared as Skip in Victory Productions' Life Could Be A Dream. As a resident of Southeast Florida, Alex performs across the state with companies such as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Billy Elliot, The Producers), Slow Burn Theatre Company (Violet), MnM Productions (La Cage Aux Follies), Palm Beach DramaWorks (A Little Night Music, 110 In The Shade), The Wick Theatre (42nd Street, Oklahoma!, Dames At Sea, etc.), TheatreZone (Godspell, Mack & Mabel, Copacabana, etc.), Alhambra Theatre (Crazy For You, Joseph..., etc.), and last but not least, alongside the Muppets at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Nationally, Alex has appeared in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Footloose 10th Anniversary National Tour, and at McCarter Theatre Center, Gateway Playhouse, Porthouse Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square and many others. Alex is a proud Iowa native, Millikin University graduate (BFA Music Theatre), and Actors' Equity Association member.
UNDERSTUDYJeremy Seghers

Jeremy is an independent producer and director known for staging immersive theatre in site-specific environments. These credits include: A Clockwork Orange (DRIP), Equus (The Acre Orlando), Dracula (Carmine Boutique), This Is Our Youth (Macbeth Studio), and Saint Joan (The Fred Stone Theatre). Other Orlando credits: Mysterious Skin (Orlando Fringe), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), and Red Black and Ignorant (Valencia College). Jeremy is thrilled to be directing such a lovely musical at The Studio Theatre, and would like to thank Whitney, Jason, Gary, and Danielle for this incredible opportunity.

The Story of My Life - Production & Design Team

ARTISTIC DIRECTORWhitney Morse

Whitney Morse won BroadwayWorld's award for Best Supporting Actress for Proof in the Inaugural Season at The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol. Morse kicked off the first season in Next To Normal, The Last Five Years, Proof, and Songs for a New World. In The Studio Theatre's second season, Morse starred in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune as Frankie, and in Company as Amy. Over this past summer at The Studio Theatre, Morse accomplished a once-in-a-lifetime acting experience in White Rabbit Red Rabbit. She also performed a one-woman run of fourteen sold-out performances for Tell Me On a Sunday. Her Central Florida Theatre credits include The Secret Garden, 1776 and Big River (Mad Cow Theatre). Chicago: Next To Normal (Skokie Theatre), Other Desert Cities (Citadel Theatre), The Children's Hour (Pride Films and Plays), Spike Heels (Brown Paper Box), Down Range (Genesis Theatricals), Trafford Tanzi and I Carry Your Heart (Prologue Theatre Company), Accomplice (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), The Turn of the Screw, Jeeves at Sea, Unnecessary Farce and The Merchant of Venice (First Folio Theater). Whitney is the Artistic Director of The Sharon and The Studio Theatre. MFA Acting - Columbia University School of the Arts. www.whitneymorse.com
PRODUCERJason Goedken

Jason Goedken is the Producer for The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol and the Operations Manager of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. While Jason helped open both theatres, manages both staffs, and is mostly behind-the-scenes, he also made a memorable acting debut in The Studio Theatre's Second Season as the character Harry in Company.
PRODUCTION MANAGERDanielle Paccione

Danielle Paccione has worn many hats in theatre in the last 20 years - an actress, teacher, stage manager, director and much more. Danielle moved to Orlando a few years ago and quickly joined Mad Cow Theatre as their Assistant Production Manager/AEA Stage Manager. She has lived up and down the East Coast working for production companies such as Minelou Productions, Howard Perloff Productions, Arts Power, Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts, Matt Davenport Production, and Gary Musik Productions to name a few.
DIRECTORJeremy Seghers

Jeremy is an independent producer and director known for staging immersive theatre in site-specific environments. These credits include: A Clockwork Orange (DRIP), Equus (The Acre Orlando), Dracula (Carmine Boutique), This Is Our Youth (Macbeth Studio), and Saint Joan (The Fred Stone Theatre). Other Orlando credits: Mysterious Skin (Orlando Fringe), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), and Red Black and Ignorant (Valencia College). Jeremy is thrilled to be directing such a lovely musical at The Studio Theatre, and would like to thank Whitney, Jason, Gary, and Danielle for this incredible opportunity.
MUSIC DIRECTORGary Powell

Gary Powell has been musically directing and staging shows for over 30 years in Texas, Chicago, New York City, and now Central Florida. Gary currently serves as the Resident Music Director for both The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.

Gary is proud to have been the Music Director since the inaugural season of The Studio Theatre and has worked with such talented actors and musicians for Next to Normal, The Last Five Years, and Songs For a New World. Select standouts of Gary's career include Into The Woods, Sound of Music, Godspell, Brigadoon, South Pacific, and Next to Normal. He has worked on several world premiere productions including: Tomorrow Morning and Scotch Verdict. While directing in Chicago, Gary was nominated for several Jeff Awards for the following productions: American Premier of Jerry Springer-The Opera, Thrill Me, Addam's Family, Opus 1861, The Baker's Wife, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Evolution/Creation, and Cats among several others.

Gary has recently been nominated for Best Music Direction by BroadwayWorld for Next to Normal, The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World.
COSTUME DESIGNERMonica Titus

Monica is an Orlando based actress, and costumer, most recently seen at The Studio Theatre last season as Jenny in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company. As a costumer Monica has worked as a designer for Mad Cow’s productions of The Letter, and The Who’s Tommy. While she has primarily worked on-stage, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to costume and design Story of My Life for The Studio Theatre. A proud graduate of Mercer University, she is deeply thankful for her multidisciplinary education.
SET DESIGNERKenneth Constant
Kenneth Constant is a Houston, Texas native. He studied scenic design at The North Carolina School of The Arts. Prior to graduation he worked for a number of different theaters including The Hangar Theatre in upstate New York, The Baystreet Theatre in the Hamptons, and even Oklahoma State University where he designed, painted, and built a production of "Little Shop of Horrors." After his education, he worked as the resident designer and technical director for The California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, CA. He was also the production manager for their beginning, intermediate, and advanced conservatories. While in California he designed, built, and painted over eighty sets earning him numerous awards including Best Scenic Design for A Summer Repertory and Best Show for A Children's Musical as awarded by the Southbay Theatre Awards. Other awards include SETC, and USITT Top Design for his production of "The Seagull" in 2007. After returning to Houston in 2010, he moved from being an assistant teaching artist at The Alley Theatre to being their Technical Director of Education, a position that had not existed prior. In addition to this, he worked as a carpenter and scenic artist in their scene shop. While in Houston he also worked as a technical director, paint charge, and scenic designer for dozens of productions earning him awards for his designs of "High Hat Hattie", Bye, Bye Birdie" and others. In 2012 he was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Scenic Art for The University of Houston. The following year he accepted a position as Technical Director and Educator for The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. Kenneth worked as the technical director for The Aspen Theatre and Opera Center during the Summers of 2013 - 2014 before becoming a member of The Villages family in October of 2014. He is now the technical director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, as well as the resident designer for The Studio at Tierra del Sol.
LIGHTING DESIGNERWeston Corey
Weston Corey is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in lighting design. Most recently, Weston has designed Proof, Bad Jews, Frankie and Johnny, Company, and Red at The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol. He designed the world premiere of Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster as well as The Rocky Horror Show while at VCU. He also designed Saturday, Sunday, Monday at Virginia Repertory Theatre, and was the Assistant Lighting Designer for the World Premier of Hamlet In Bed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City. Additionally Weston has served as the Resident Lighting Designer for the final summer of The Arundel Barn Playhouse in Arundel, ME and staffed a summer season of the New York Musical Festival. Weston has also worked on countless shows in central Virginia as a Lighting Designer, Assistant and Technician.
ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNEREric Van Tassell
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SOUND/AV DESIGNERNick Erickson

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STAGE MANAGERStefany Sosa
Stefany is so thankful to be stage managing her third show in the the Studio Theatre. The Studio team has welcomed her with open arms and hearts and she is so happy to be returning. Stefany currently works with the Walt Disney Company in the role of Global Entertainment Character Attendant. Huge thank you to all her family and friends in always supporting her in all her crazy dreams. Past stage management credits include: Broadway: Wicked (PA), Off-Broadway: Satan in High Heels: The Play (PSM), Regional: The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol - Hear My Songs: The Music of Jason Robert Brown (SM), Company (ASM), Encore Performing Arts - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (SM), Hairspray (SM)
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERStephanie Horn

Stephanie is thrilled to be joining The Studio Team for The Story of My Life. She's a native of TN who's been both onstage and backstage since her Junior Year of high-school. Some of her favorite productions have been Romeo You Idiot (Science Hill High-School), The Adventures of Robin Hood (Theatre Bristol), The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland (Johnson City Youth Ballet).

When not at The Studio she can be found running around The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. She would like to thank her parents and grandmother for their support and her work family at The Sharon for allowing her to explore the theatre realm to its fullest.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/SOUND OPAmber Sacks

Amber Sacks was born and raised in Central Florida. Amber discovered her passion for theatre in 8th grade, where she took part in designing and building the sets of the middle school plays. In high school, she played on The Villages Charter High School varsity softball team for three years until she had to stop due to injury. During her time recovering, she interned with The Villages Entertainment and began learning stagehand basics. After graduating from The Villages Charter High School in 2015, Amber became an intern at The Sharon and is now the property master and a production assistant at The Studio Theatre.
MASTER CARPENTERPreston Speaker

Preston is a Graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with a BFA in Technical Direction. While enrolled at UNCSA he worked all over the Eastern Seaboard building scenery at various summer seasonal theatre companies. After graduation he joined IATSE, the stage hands union, and continued to work in North Carolina and the surrounding areas as a stage hand, fly man, and rigger. During the summers after school, Preston got a seasonal job working on the Jam Band Music Festival Circuit. He travelled all over the country and to Costa Rica building and working festivals. Once he decided he was done living on the road, he was called to replace an employee at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he spent 3 summers building and rigging scenery for their Aspen Opera Theatre Company. In early 2016, he was hired to work for The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol in The Villages. Moving to Florida from northern Ohio; he is enjoying the weather and the exceptional team he works with.
HOUSE MANAGERGrace Petty
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ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGERDavid Paul Rowan

David was seen on The Studio Theatre's stage last season in Bad Jews and in Company. He's now excited to be a part of the crew and provide his skills behind-the-scenes as the Assistant House Manager. David attended the University of North Florida where he received his Bachelors of Music Education concentrating in violin and voice. He served as the choir and theatre director for The Villages High School for the past three years. He has had the opportunity of performing in the choir for Star Wars in Concert with the Royal Philharmonic and sang on stage with Patti Lupone at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. His past roles include Lt. Cable in South Pacific and Freddy in My Fair Lady. David would like to thank his family and friends for their unwavering support.

Musical Team

MUSIC DIRECTOR/KEYBOARDGary Powell

Gary Powell has been musically directing and staging shows for over 30 years in Texas, Chicago, New York City, and now Central Florida. Gary currently serves as the Resident Music Director for both The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.

Gary is proud to have been the Music Director since the inaugural season of The Studio Theatre and has worked with such talented actors and musicians for Next to Normal, The Last Five Years, and Songs For a New World. Select standouts of Gary's career include Into The Woods, Sound of Music, Godspell, Brigadoon, South Pacific, and Next to Normal. He has worked on several world premiere productions including: Tomorrow Morning and Scotch Verdict. While directing in Chicago, Gary was nominated for several Jeff Awards for the following productions: American Premier of Jerry Springer-The Opera, Thrill Me, Addam's Family, Opus 1861, The Baker's Wife, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Evolution/Creation, and Cats among several others.

Gary has recently been nominated for Best Music Direction by BroadwayWorld for Next to Normal, The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World.
DRUMS/PERCUSSIONJerry Bruno
Jerry has been playing drums and performing in bands since he was in grade school. He got his first record deal with Buddha Records in the 70's and went on to write for ABBA's publishing arm, Sweden Music.

Moving to Los Angeles in the 80's, Jerry's band, "The Jerry Bruno Orchestra" played for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, was a principal act for the presidential campaign of Senator Bob Dole, and performed for Princess Diana at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Jerry became the music director of the world-famous "St. James' Club" on Sunset Blvd., where his clientele included Mariel Hemingway, Barry Manilow, and Jon Bon Jovi.

Moving back to In Cleveland, OH in 1995, Jerry produced one season of the daily talk show "Live With David Lynch" and served as music director and band leader for the duration of the show. He also owned and operated "Jerry Bruno Productions", one of the largest and busiest live music production companies in Ohio.

As a drummer, Jerry performed with Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, Jim Nabors and Shirley McClain, and Hal Holbrook.

Jerry and his wife Mary Jo ("M.J.") sold the agency to their employees in 2010 and moved full-time to The Villages in January, 2011.

Jerry performs locally with The Orion Tri0 and The Valerie Gillespie Ensemble.
GUITARBill Neale

Bill Neale has a stellar biography as a stage performer, recording artist, producer and studio musician. Among his accomplishments are extensive tours and recordings which included a five-year tenure as guitarist with Motown's "The Temptations" during the height of their career. During the late 70's and 80's, Bill was the guitarist for all Chuck Barris Television Shows including "The Gong Show". He is a proud recipient of both RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum record awards for his work. Bill and his wife, MaryAnn, enjoy being residents of The Villages and he continues to perform locally with The Music Mixx and has been featured with The Orion Trio at their monthly concert series at the Savannah Center. In addition to performing, Bill stays active as co-owner of Benedetto Amplifiers.
BASSJohn Gaffney
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*denotes member of Actors Equity