The Sharon Studio Theatre - Tierra Del Sol The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

WOMAN 1Allyssa Yost

Allyssa is thrilled to be making her debut at The Studio Theatre! A native of the Central Florida area, she has been performing around the state for years. She was last seen at The Winter Park Playhouse in their sold out run of Why Do Fools Fall In Love? Favorite roles include: The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, and Heather Duke in Heathers (Florida Premiere). She can be seen daily entertaining audiences at Walt Disney World in Finding Nemo: The Musical as well as singing and dancing with Celestina Warbeck and The Banshees at Universal Studios' Diagon Alley. BFA Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Much love to Mom & Dad for their continued support of my dreams. I love you both so much.
WOMAN 2Whitney Morse

In The Studio Theatre's inaugural season, Whitney Morse has played the roles of Diana in Next to Normal, Cathy in The Last Five Years, and Claire in Proof, she is also The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol's Artistic Director. Morse's Central Florida Theatre credits include The Science Play Festival's reading of Arcadia, The Secret Garden, and 1776 (Mad Cow Theatre.) Her recent Chicago credits include 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), and Little Women (Theatre-Hikes). New York credits: Hold Music (Culture Project,) and Love's Labour's Lost and Three Sister's (both directed by Andrei Serban.) Whitney is also the Artistic Director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. BA Psychology - Rollins College, MFA Acting - Columbia University School of the Arts. www.whitneymorse.com
MAN 1Josh Kimball

Josh Kimball is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Josh has been working in theatre all his life, beginning at the age of 5 and performing in shows ever since. Recent works have been Playlist Singer on the Carnival Ecstasy and Triumph, Henry in Next to Normal (The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol), a live entertainment performer in The Rockin' Country show and Spooky Shenani-gans (Cedar Point Theme Park), Mark in Rent (SIU), and Bob Wallace in White Christmas (SIU).
MAN 2Fernando Varela

The story behind Fernando Varela begins and ends with a voice. A voice that the press is constantly comparing to some of the world's greatest.

Fernando's powerful voice tells the tale of a breathtaking tenor whose spirit and determination has defied the odds.

Varela recently shared this voice with worldwide audiences who were continuously amazed and left standing on their feet after watching his participation in Europe's popular Night of the Proms tour, sharing the stage with notable talents such as Gavin DeGraw, The Beach Boys, Joe Jackson, Basement Jaxx, Maria Mena, OMD, Johannes Oerding, and Natalie Imbruglia. The innovation of star choreographer and creative director Marvin A. Smith inspired the astounding performance Fernando delivered on stage.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fernando moved to Florida at the age of eight, and while he always loved music it was not until he was seventeen that he discovered the impressive talent he had within him. With no formal training, Fernando sang for a university music panel out of high school and was presented with the barrier of doubt and adversity. His performance resulted in the professor's laughing and telling Fernando "Don't quit your day job, music is not for you."

Fernando turned doubt and disbelief from others into a fierce drive to succeed. He quit his day job at a successful financial firm and set out to achieve his dream. With more than a decade of hard work and dedication, he transformed into one of the most captivating tenors in the world today.

Fernando trained with some of opera's renowned classical icons and toured worldwide with Grammy Award-Winning producer David Foster (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban) performing amongst some legendary superstars including Lionel Richie, Babyface, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Seal, Jewel, and Chaka Kahn. He has also performed his own fifty date tour across the North America.

Varela signed with German record label, Deutsche Grammophon and United States Verve Label Group (Universal Music Group companies) and released his new album "Vivere," March 2017.

Vivere, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Recording Studio in the London and produced by Belgian producer Patrick Hamilton (Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, David Garrett), is a classical pop crossover album that perfectly showcases Fernando's infectious optimism, and soaring vocals. His PBS Special aired in March 2017 and he will begin International TV specials and headlining his own American and European tours in the end of 2017.

Fernando Varela sets the standard for what true musicianship is all about. His unique voice and engaging passion lights up the stage. His story demonstrates the power of not giving up on a dream, even when the odds are stacked against you.
WOMAN U/SHeather Ard

Throughout her career Heather has held many positions: singer, performer, stage manager, choreographer, and director. She has performed in over 35 professional productions throughout the country. Some favorite regional credits include Maria: The Sound of music, Belle: Beauty and the Beast, and The Narrator: Joseph. Heather moved to The Villages from Orlando in 2014 with her husband, Paul, and their 3 beautiful children. Her involvement with The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center began with the opening team as Properties Manager and she has been a part of the family ever since. Though Heather's title has changed throughout her career, her goal has always remained the same: "To utilize her passion for entertainment to bring joy to others." Enjoy the show!
MAN U/SNicu Brouillette

Nicu is excited to be returning to The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol for his third and final show of the season. He was last seen in the pit as the violinist for The Last 5 Years and Next to Normal. For the past four years Nicu has performed all across Florida in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Miami. Companies include Jobsite Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, and Stages Productions Family Theatre. Some of his favorite roles are Aladdin in Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Bruce / Karl in Old Enough to Know Better, and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. Nicu is a graduate of the University of South Florida. There he earned his bachelors in Music Studies with a focus in Vocal Performance. He hopes everyone enjoys the show!
PIANO/RESIDENT MUSIC DIRECTORGary Powell
Gary has been musically directing and staging shows for over 30 years in Texas, Chicago, New York City, and now Central Florida. Select standouts of Gary's career include Sound of Music, Godspell, Brigadoon, South Pacific, and regionally Sweet Charity and Next to Normal at the Skokie Theatre. 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: Jerry Springer-The Opera, Thrill Me, Adam's Family, Opus 1861, The Baker's Wife, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Evolution/Creation, and Cats among several others. Gary currently serves as the resident Music Director for both The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.
DRUMSJerry 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 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 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.
BASSJohn Gaffney
John Gaffney recently moved to central Florida from Allentown, Pennsylvania. While living in Pennsylvania John was very active in the local music scene playing bass with the Allentown and Schuykill Symphonies, The Allentown Band, as well as participating in over 40 various musicals with local colleges and theatre companies. John was also an educator, teaching private lessons as well as classroom music in a local private school. He nows lives in Oxford, Florida with his wife and three children and is excited to be part of The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.
PERCUSSIONMichael Petix

Michael studied with Emille Lattimer, a master drummer from Senegal, West Africa. With Lattimer, Michael learned African hand drumming and performed in African musicals and dance troupes throughout the U.S. and Canada. After a while, Michael studied with Carl Peraza and Raul Rekow, the percussionist with The Santana Band. The techniques Michael learned from his African drumming career and his studies with The Santana Band has translated nicely into other genres of music such as Latin Jazz, Jazz, Rock, and Reggae. Locally, Michael has performed with The Lenny Wilson Band, Hector Garrido, Oscar Feliu, Fernando Varela, The Dorels, Mary Jo Vitale and was a founding member of The Villages® Swing Band.

Directors

MUSIC DIRECTORGary Powell
Gary has been musically directing and staging shows for over 30 years in Texas, Chicago, New York City, and now Central Florida. Select standouts of Gary's career include Sound of Music, Godspell, Brigadoon, South Pacific, and regionally Sweet Charity and Next to Normal at the Skokie Theatre. 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: Jerry Springer-The Opera, Thrill Me, Adam's Family, Opus 1861, The Baker's Wife, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Evolution/Creation, and Cats among several others. Gary currently serves as the resident Music Director for both The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDTrevin Cooper

Trevin Cooper (Director) serves as the Director of Education for the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and Resident Director for The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol. Previous directing credits include: Lend Me a Tenor, The Miracle Worker, The 39 Steps, The American Plan, The Last Five Years, Art, Always…Patsy Cline, and 9/11: We Will Forget, voted one of the top 10 plays of the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival. He holds an M.F.A from The University of Central Florida, an M.A. from The University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Rollins College.
BAD JEWSTrevin Cooper

Trevin Cooper (Director) serves as the Director of Education for the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and Resident Director for The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol. Previous directing credits include: Lend Me a Tenor, The Miracle Worker, The 39 Steps, The American Plan, The Last Five Years, Art, Always…Patsy Cline, and 9/11: We Will Forget, voted one of the top 10 plays of the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival. He holds an M.F.A from The University of Central Florida, an M.A. from The University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Rollins College.
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNEBobbie Bell

Although originally from the Midwest, Bobbie has worked for the past 35 years in Central Florida as a director, actor, composer, playwright, and professor. He has worked for many companies and colleges including Mad Cow Theatre, Theatre Downtown, Valencia College, New World Theatre, The Huron Playhouse, Tropical Theatre, and Kent State University. Recent directing credits include: Skylight, Marcus; Or The Secret of Sweet, The Brothers Size, Clybourne Park, The Merchant of Venice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, August: Osage County, Titus Andronicus, The Pitmen Painters, Measure for Measure, The Caretaker, and A Delicate Balance. He twice won the Florida Playwrights Competition for his plays: Pascua De Flores and Of: A Play of Artemis.
COMPANYNathaniel Niemi

Nathaniel is thrilled to be working with the Studio Theatre for the first time. Credits include H2O: The Story of Water and Hawaii (tour), You and Me and the Space Between, Ordinary Ohana (Honolulu Theatre for Youth) A Murder of Crows, The Thin Man on the Ladder (University of Hawaii at Manoa), and Rose and the Rime (Chaminade University Collegiate Theatre Festival). Nathaniel is a graduate of the MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences (Directing Concentration) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Nathaniel is a recipient of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Directing Award through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Nathaniel is an Artistic Associate at Honolulu Theatre for Youth and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
REDTrevin Cooper

Trevin Cooper (Director) serves as the Director of Education for the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and Resident Director for The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol. Previous directing credits include: Lend Me a Tenor, The Miracle Worker, The 39 Steps, The American Plan, The Last Five Years, Art, Always…Patsy Cline, and 9/11: We Will Forget, voted one of the top 10 plays of the 2012 Orlando Fringe Festival. He holds an M.F.A from The University of Central Florida, an M.A. from The University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Rollins College.

Designers

SCENIC 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 Tiera De Sol.
LIGHTING DESIGNERWeston Corey
Weston Corey recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in lighting design. At VCU, he designed the world premiere of Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster in the spring of 2015, and The Rocky Horror Show in the fall of 2015. Outside of VCU, Weston has been a lighting designer and assistant for countless shows in the Richmond, Virginia area. He has also worked for the Arundel Barn Playhouse, New York Musical Festival, and as the assistant lighting designer for the premier of Hamlet in Bed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City.
SOUND DESIGNEREric Mielke
Originally from New Berlin, Wisconsin, Eric Mielke attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received degrees in Music Performance-Double Bass and Psychology. Although he was working as a musician, life continued to lead him into work as an audio engineer. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2003 and attended Belmont University to earn a degree in Audio Visual Production along with a minor in Music Business. As an audio engineer and sound designer for nearly 25 years, he has worked on world premiers of several student productions such as "Rent," "Avenue Q," "Shrek," and "The Little Mermaid." He has also received Tommy Awards for outstanding sound design for "All Shook Up," and "AIDA." Eric looks forward to being part of the production design staff for The Studio Theater.
COSTUME DESIGNERSeth Stelly
Seth Stelly is from southern Louisiana. Growing up, he worked for Cite Des Arts as an over-hire sewer for shows and festivals as well as helped create costumes for Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day parades. He went on to study production design with a concentration in costume at Savannah College of Art and Design. He joined IATSE and started working for Creative Costuming at Disney. Seth is now excited to be joining The Studio Theatre's team.

Production Team

ARTISTIC DIRECTORWhitney Morse

In The Studio Theatre's inaugural season, Whitney Morse has played the roles of Diana in Next to Normal, Cathy in The Last Five Years, and Claire in Proof, she is also The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol's Artistic Director. Morse's Central Florida Theatre credits include The Science Play Festival's reading of Arcadia, The Secret Garden, and 1776 (Mad Cow Theatre.) Her recent Chicago credits include 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), and Little Women (Theatre-Hikes). New York credits: Hold Music (Culture Project,) and Love's Labour's Lost and Three Sister's (both directed by Andrei Serban.) Whitney is also the Artistic Director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. BA Psychology - Rollins College, MFA Acting - Columbia University School of the Arts. www.whitneymorse.com
PRODUCERJason Goedken

Jason Goedken is pleased to be working in The Villages® community as the Director of Operations for The Sharon and The Studio theatres, after working in New York and Chicago for 12 years. While in New York, Jason worked at the New York Theatre Workshop and Juilliard. In Chicago, Jason worked for many different theatre companies including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and The Goodman. For two summers he worked in Aspen, Colorado at the Aspen Music Festival and School as the Production Manager for the opera department. Since opening The Studio Theatre, Goedken has served as Producer. He would like to thank his family and amazing staff for helping him make Florida's Friendliest Hometown® a new center for the Performing Arts.
TECHNICAL DIRECTORPreston 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.
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. Danielle is very excited to jump into her current role as Production Manager for The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol!
STAGE MANAGERAbigale Bobb

Abigale "Abby" Bobb (Stage Manager) is a graduate Interdisciplinary Studies Major with a focus in Dance and Stage Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently she was the Older Company Stage Manager for Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kid's Summer Camp (Legally Blonde, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland Jr., Willy Wonka Jr.) Some of Abby's favorite career highlights are Production Stage Manager for LANDING--- Fall Senior Projects, Assistant Stage Manager for The Richmond Ballet's The Nutcracker, Production Assistant for TheatreVCU's production of The Rocky Horror Show, and Production Stage Manager for the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert at The Reynolds Industries Theatre. She has also worked as Assistant Stage Manager for the 2009 Dance Magazine Awards. When not in the theater you're likely to find Abby cuddling with her fur baby Josie, eating peppermint patties, watching trash TV or baking treats for everyone!
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTAmber 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.
HOUSE MANAGERGrace Petty
Grace Petty is a native Floridian, hailing from Miami, Florida. She grew up right here in Lady Lake and has specialized in a variety of fields from Nursing, to Esthetics, and has also been performing as a singer throughout The Villages for 10 years. Although her passion is with the performing arts, Grace is also an Award Winning Esthetician. She is ecstatic to be a part of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and honored to be the House Manager at The Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol.
ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGERJosh Kimball

Josh Kimball is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Josh has been working in theatre all his life, beginning at the age of 5 and performing in shows ever since. Recent works have been Playlist Singer on the Carnival Ecstasy and Triumph, Henry in Next to Normal (The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol), a live entertainment performer in The Rockin' Country show and Spooky Shenani-gans (Cedar Point Theme Park), Mark in Rent (SIU), and Bob Wallace in White Christmas (SIU).
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