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Cast Bios

James Krall (Willum Cubbert) - James' involvement in community theatre feeds his soul and is largely responsible for his sense of community and belonging here on the island. For the past six years, he has performed in eight major productions with both Stage Left and SJCT as well as several smaller one acts. This is James' sixth collaboration with Andrew as either an actor or lighting, and Andrew is the only director James will sing for. After six years teaching the island's young people, James currently works as a tutor and photographer.

Roberta Leed (Tansy McGinnis) - Roberta has lived and performed on San Juan Island since 1989. Tansy is her first non-singing role in a full-length play. Between the theater, her businesses - Sound Home Loans and Sound Appraisal - and her son, Colby, her life is quite busy, happy and productive.

Hunter Wood (Axel Hammond) - After moving to the island in 2002 to join the teaching staff at Friday Harbor Middle School, Hunter decided to renew his interest in the theater. Besides commuting over to Orcas to be in Jesus Christ Superstar, he has been seen at San Juan Community Theatre in Bye,Bye Birdie, Shadowlands, and most recently as a range of characters in this summer's run of Greater Tuna.

Dorian Oliver (Warnock Waldgrave) - Dorian has lived on San Juan island since 1990. He has been acting since 1995. He has been in many plays at the community theatre as well as a season of Shakespeare with Stage Left and some dinner theater. He has been fatally bitten by the acting bug, and hopes to keep performing for many years to come.

Margaret Hall (Clelia Waldgrave) - Margaret is happy to return to acting after having directed several productions on our stage, including Brigadoon, Woman of the Year, And Then There Were None, Carousel and Hello Dolly! Back in the dark ages, she was a member of the resident acting company of the Dallas Theater Center.

Stephen Moon Chadwick (Thor Waldgrave) - Eleven-year old Stephen moved to Friday Harbor with his family when he was seven months old. Playing Thor in The Nerd, is his first theater experience which he says, "has been a lot of fun. I like the other actors and Mr. McLaglen is a great director." In addition to acting, Stephen is interested in computers, soccer, science, sailing, animals and building with Legos.

Alan Sean Geddes (Rick Steadman) - Alan first appeared in Mame and continued to participate in several shows including Peter Pan, Bye Bye Bijou, Death of a Salesman, Mr. Roberts and Playwrights Festival. He has been in Stage Left Production's of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Allan believes the theater is an opportunity for him to serve, to learn, to entertain and to share with the community.

Crew Bios

Andrew V. McLaglen (Director) - Andrew has spent most of his adult life in the motion picture industry and is a long-time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After becoming a director in 1955, he was under exclusive contract to CBS for six years, directing more than 200 television films. After that, until 1990 he directed 30 feature motion pictures with some of filmdom's biggest stars. He has been an active member of the San Juan Community Theatre since 1992 and has directed Shenandoah (a musical adaptation from his film by the same name), Chekov's Uncle Vanya, Noel Coward's Private Lives, Thomas Heggen's and Joshua Logan's Mister Roberts, Neil Simon's Chapter Two, Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and Ray Cooney's Funny Money. He has been a permanent resident of San Juan Island for more than 25 years, and is a former President of the Board of Trustees of SJCT.

Tom Steers (Set Designer) - Tom attended two years at Los Angeles City College technical stage under Barry MaGee (20th Century Fox); one year set design under Norman Mennes (Fox, MGM and JHF School of Dramatic Arts). Tom also put in one year with MGM Set Design before he was drafted in 1951. He spent two years in Korea as a forward observer radioman. Returning from Korea he was laid-off from the studio in 1953. Tom then decided to go straight, and became a radar operator for Douglas Aircraft Company. He then went on to become a flight engineer and instructor pilot for the next 43 years, and never looked back until Friday Harbor. Tom designed our sets for The Old Maid and the Thief and Funny Money.

Keith Busha (Lighting Designer) - Since 1995, Keith has been involved at SJCT as a lighting, sound and set designer, as well as a musician. Keith has designed for five Playwrights Festivals, 1995-2000, A Christmas Carol for Stage Left, and 20 main stage plays, including Guys and Dolls, Sylvia and Dancing at Lughnasa, which his partner, Susan Williams, directed. This marks his ninth collaboration with Andrew V. McLaglen and family.

Melissa R. McKay (Stage Manager) - Melissa has been involved in theater since the seventh grade. She has participated in 23 full-length productions and well over 30 smaller shows. While Melissa enjoys just about everything backstage, she says that stage management will always be her first love. "I am thrilled that Andrew asked me to help with such a wonderful show!"

John W. Boyd (Assistant Stage Manager and Property Master) - This is JB's seventh play since moving to the Island in 1997. Preferring to stay in the shadows of backstage, JB enjoys creating props to help each show look authentic. When not working to find or create props, JB can be found assisting Melissa and Andrew, maintaining his title of "All-Purpose Dogsbody."

Kim Burns (Costume Designer) - This is the fourth production Kim has done with Andrew, including Lost in Yonkers, Lend Me a Tenor and Funny Money. Kim most recently designed the costumes for the Witsend productions of Agnes of God and their News Year's Eve Gala. When not working at Century Tel, Kim enjoys quilting, camping, bowling and spending time with her husband, Tom, and their two boys, Joey and Willie.

Christy DeFilipps (Make-up and Hair) - Living on San Juan Island since 1982, her first experience with the Theatre was as a hair stylist for My Fair Lady. Since that time she has been part of several productions both on and back stage. She has been involved with stage productions from grade school through her college days at the University of Michigan.

Laura R. Wittwer Kahl (Assistant Stage Manager) - Laura was introduced to the island's theatre community about two years ago and has been involved in well over a dozen productions ever since! She is most often found behind the scenes, most recently as stage manager for Much Ado About Nothing, working as running crew on Funny Money, and acting in Witsend Production's, Talking With. She would like to thank her office mateds at the courthouse for dealing with her crankiness during tech weeks. She would also like to thank Melissa and JB for their general fabulousness!

Lyne McPherson (Assistant Set Designer) -

Patrick Rothlisberger (Sound Designer) - Patrick was born in New York and raised in Neuchatel, Switzerland. He worked in radio in the 1980s, then put in his time as a Microsoft "slave" (not millionaire). He now owns the Blair House B&B, and has been a great asset to our theatre, donating his talents in many ways, most recently as sound designer for Greater Tuna.

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