John Burja made his first appearance with CTPs very first production of The Fantasticks as well as hosting 2015’s Christmas Memories. John grew up in Rochester and received his Masters from The University of Akron. John has been involved with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, CCAC South Campus Theatre, Starlight Productions, The Jewish Theater of Pittsburgh and performed at the Conley Dinner Theatre in Irwin. Some favorite roles include Hysterium in A Funny Thing…Forum, Neil Tilden in 1940’s Radio Hour, Billis in South Pacific, and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. John is a Risk and Reporting Analyst for The Bank of New York Mellon.
Jason is very excited to return to Center Theatre Players where he was last seen as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Pittsburgh credits includeThe Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Adam and Noah in Children of Eden, Tommy in The Who’s Tommy all with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. Other local credits include Jerry in The Full Monty and Dr. Madden in Next to Normal both with Stage 62. He has been seen on stages throughout the world as the Opera Diva in Nikelodeons Rugrats a Live adventure and host of Double Dare 2000.
Jeremy Kuharcik has been an actor on stage and screen for over 20 years, and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Stage credits: Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, Bert in MARY POPPINS, Conrad Birdie in BYE BYE BIRDIE, and Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS. Regional credits: Smudge in FOREVER PLAID, Bob Cratchit in A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE. Locally Jeremy has performed with Lincoln Park Professional Company, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Front Porch Theatricals, The Theatre Factory, The Strand Theater, McKeesport Little Theater, Colonial Theatre, Greensburg Civic Theatre, Split Stage Productions, The Geyer Performing Arts Center and Comtra Theatre. Television: ALL MY CHILDREN and THOSE WHO KILL. Film: JACK REACHER and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. A former model for Abercrombie & Fitch, Jeremy is a graduate of Penn State University.
Jeff Hall has been a fixture in Beaver County community theater since 1992. A graduate of Center Area High School and Thiel College, this performer has been seen in over 100 productions throughout the last 24 years. You may remember him as Man in Chair in CTP’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone or As Ben Franklin in 1776, among many others. You may also see Jeff at the New Castle Playhouse where he is an actor, director, producer, and member of the board of directors
Josh is thrilled to return to CTP for a third year. He is a Junior at Penn State University studying Rehabilitation and Human Services. Past CTP credits include Sweeney Todd (ensemble) and Children of Eden (Abel).
Logan is thrilled to be making his Center Theater Players debut. During the day, Logan is the Human Resources Analyst for the Allegheny County Airport Authority – Pittsburgh International Airport. At night, it’s all theatre all the time! Working for various professional production companies throughout the greater Pittsburgh area as an actor/director/stage manager, some of his favorite past onstage roles include Angel (Rent), Frederick Trumper (Chess), Cain/Japeth (Children of Eden), Narrator/Tommy (The Who’s Tommy), Annas (Jesus Christ Superstar), and Leaf Coneybear (The 25th Annual Putnam…).
Billy Vana is a History Major at Saint Vincent College. From Monaca, Pennsylvania, he has done high school musicals and church plays. Billy, also, does work as a recording musician under the stage name “Billy Boaz” and has released three albums.
Brontë Lucci is thrilled to be appearing as the role of “Lady of the Lake.” She is a senior currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Kent State University. She is a soprano taking voice lessons with renowned tenor, Timothy Culver. She has played the role of “Eve/Yonah” in Children of Eden, “Kitty” in The Drowsy Chaperone and was a cast member of Christmas Memories for Center Theatre Players. Brontë was recently seen as a mother in Cleveland Opera Theatre’s production of La Bohème. She also portrayed the role of “Liane” in Kent State Opera Program’s production of Victor Herbert’s Sweethearts and “Fleta” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. She was also in KSU’s opera scenes program, where she appeared as role of “Rose” in Ruddigore, “3rd Spirit” in The Magic Flute, and Taisez-vous.
Spamalot is Aaron’s third show with The Center Theatre Players. The previous two shows were Cabaret and Sweeney Todd. Aaron has just finished a run of The Fox On The Fairway with New Castle Playhouse. Aaron lives in New Brighton and is employed with Rosalind’s Candy Castle and Beaver County Times. He graduated from Clarion University with a BFA in Theatre and won the SilverFox comedy award. Aaron is involved with several community theatres around the area. He is a lifetime member of the Red Barn Players and was awarded the Samuel C. Mullins Award. He has also had the privilege to be an extra for 8 major motion pictures including Concussion and Fox Catcher.
Christian Heasley is thrilled to be joining the CTP for the fifth time. He has been active in musical theater for several years making appearances at the New Castle Playhouse, the Red Barn, LPPAC and Westminster College. Highlights include “The Drowsy Chaperone” (Man in Chair), “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” (Pato Dooley) and “Biloxi Blues” (Arnold Epstein). Christian is also active behind the scenes, most recently music directing the NCP’s production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”.
Mike Schrum is happy to be back for his ninth production with Center Theatre Players! He has previously been seen in CTP’s productions of Children of Eden (2003), Man of La Mancha, Big River, South Pacific, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cabaret, Children of Eden (2015), and most recently Christmas Memories. He is a proud graduate of West Virginia University where he received his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Creative Dramatics and Puppetry.
Caleb Porto is thrilled to return to CTP for his third year. He is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and avid filmmaker. Caleb’s previous stage credits with CTP are Sweeney Todd (ensemble) and Children of Eden (Shem)
Joe Parr grew up in Owensboro, KY, and graduated high school in Wooster, Ohio. He received his training from University of Akron and PBT School and joined the company in 2008. Some of his favorite roles include the Jester in Swan Lake, Toulouse Lautrec in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, the soldier in John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Renfield in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula and Benvolio in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette.
Jeff Ley is cracking the theatre stage for the first time in his career. After being a Production Assitant for over 6 years, Jeff has finally decided to make his on stage debut and couldn’t be happier to perform in Spamalot. Jeff is a Marketing Technlogy Coordinator for a top US storage company. He has a Masters Degree from Duquesne University.
This is Alex’s first time participating in a Center Theatre Player’s musical. He has participated in Central Valley’s musicals including Beauty and the Beast (Chip), The Wiz (Wiz), Shrek the Musical (Pig), Me and My Girl (Gerald), and Honk (Ugly). He has also qualified for PMEA State Choir twice. He is attending Penn State to major in biomedical engineering.
Nicole Spencer is a dancer and choreographer who graduated from Lincoln Park. She has been dancing for 19 years and has performed in numerous dance shows and musicals. Nicole has choreographed many shows including Shrek, Guys & Dolls, Once On This Island, and Me & My Girl. She is currently a dance teacher at the Mancini Academy.
Molly Patsch is excited to make her second appearance on the Center Theatre Player’s stage. She performed in Children of Eden last summer and has played the clarinet for CTP’s productions of Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Molly is a graduate of Quigley Catholic High School where she participated in the musicals each year and was even nominated for a Mancini Award for her performance as Debby Fox in Back to the 80’s. At St. Vincent College, Molly played the clarinet in the Jazz Band as well as in productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, All Shook Up, and The Hot Mikado. This fall, she transferred to Carlow University to study Biology and joined The Celtic Crescendos acapella singing group as well as the softball team. Center Theatre Player’s new home has special meaning for Molly as her Grandma Evelyn received her high school diploma on this very stage she is performing tonight.
Kathryn Scott A senior at Beaver Area High School, Kathryn is a member of the New Castle Playhouse Mini Stars and other various theater-related groups. Spamalot is her first production with Center Theatre.
Layne Bailey is elated to be a part of the Center Theatre Players production of Spamalot. This is her first performance with the CTP, and she has been so blessed to work with such an incredible director, cast, and production team. Layne was last seen in Prime Stage’s production of The Crucible (Mercy Lewis) and in the show Two in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival where she received the Best Actress in a Lead Role award. She studied at Seton Hill University and received a BFA in musical theater.
Ashley Crook is making her fifth appearance in a CTP Production with credits including Pirates of Penzance, How To Succeed…, Children of Eden, and Christmas Memories.A 2003 graduate of Center High School, Ashley appeared in Oliver!, Children of Eden, Bye Bye Birdie and Mame. In addition to performing, Ashley is a production assistant for the musicals at Central Valley High School. After obtaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Clarion University and Franciscan University of Steubenville, she is currently a Special Education Teacher at PA Cyber
Adrianna Gradisek is excited to be returning for a second year to CTP as an ensemble member in Spamalot. Last year, Adrianna was an ensemble member for CTP’s production of Children of Eden and participated in many musicals while she was a student at Central Valley High School. Adrianna is a senior at John Carroll University studying Exercise Science and Biology.