Troy AustinROLE: Joseph
Troy grew up in Buffalo, New York, and is a graduate of State University of New York New Paltz with a B.A. in theatre arts. Some of his previous credits include Avenue Q, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, and Closer Than Ever. He has also appeared in many theme park shows and plans on continuing his career in New York City with hopes of appearing on the Broadway stage in the near future. He is very excited to be making his La Comedia debut as Joseph.
Brynn OwenROLE: Narrator
Brynn is from East Hampton, Connecticut, and is a graduate of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Fine and Performing Arts with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. Making her La Comedia debut, Brynn’s previous credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes at the off-Broadstreet Theatre, Tarzan at the Gretna Theatre, and Jetco’s production of The Wild Party.
Ben-David Carlson ROLE: Levi/Pharaoh
A native of Newport Beach, California, Ben-David now lives in New York City and returns to our stage after appearing as Sky in Mamma Mia!, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof and Doody in Grease. Previous credits include Tarzan at White Plains Performing Arts Center and Heathers: The Musical at the Hackensack Theatre Company, Bat Boy in Bat Boy the Musical, and Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Andy Donnelly ROLE: Isaachar
Originally from Cincinnati, Andy now lives in New York City and is making his La Comedia debut. A graduate of Kent State University with a B.F.A. in musical theatre, his previous regional credits include George Boleyn in Queen Anne, Henry in Next to Normal, Santiago in A Few Good Men, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, and Bobby in Cabaret.
Emily EvansROLE: Ensemble
Emily is an operatic soprano from Chicago, Illinois, making her La Comedia debut. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Moody Bible Institute, and her Masters of Music from DePaul University. In Chicago she worked with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co., the Floating Opera Co., and the DePaul Opera Theater, where she was seen most notably as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She has been a featured soloist in Handel’s The Messiah, and Purell’s The Fairy Queen. She currently sings with the Dayton Opera Chorus.
Jessica HottleROLE: Ensemble
Jessica is originally from Hawaii, where she received her B.A. in vocal performance from the University of Hawaii. She toured with her ensemble group throughout college and recently played the part of Lily in Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe at Southern State Community College. She is the owner/operator of a princess party business called Grace’s Enchanted Events; she, along with others, dress up as princesses (Elsa, Cinderella, etc.) for children’s birthday parties, library programs, and special events. She’s excited to be making her La Comedia debut.
Jessica KaiserROLE: Ensemble
Jessica is excited to be returning to the La Comedia stage. Previous La Comedia credits include Val Clark in A Chorus Line, Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Brenda in Hairspray. Most recently, Jessica played Laurey Williams in Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ Oklahoma! Since obtaining her B.F.A. from Northern Kentucky University, she has sailed the world singing and dancing with JAR Productions and Silver Sea Cruises and had the opportunity to travel the U.S. with the national tour of Sesame Street Live. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line, Cats, Guys and Dolls, and Songs for a New World. “Don’t stop dreaming.”
Riley KarrROLE: Ensemble
Riley is from Beavercreek, Ohio, and is excited to be making her La Comedia debut. Previous credits include original dramas Super Duper Christmas, The Grouch of Beavercreek, Shipwrecked, and Pilgrim. She also performed in Epiphany Lutheran Church’s production of The Secret Garden, the original radio drama Answers in the Air, and as a puppeteer with The Puppet People for 10 years in many productions.
Clayton MatthewsROLE: Zubulun
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Clayton now lives in New York City where he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a B.M. in vocal performance. Credits include Sweeney Todd, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Snow Maiden, Avenue Q, Aida, and Tony in West Side Story. He is excited to be making his La Comedia debut.
Riley McManusROLE: Reuben
Riley is from Springfield, Illinois, now lives in New York City, and is making his La Comedia debut. Riley is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.F.A. in acting. Previous credits include Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Tulsa in Gypsy, Corny Collins in Hairspray in Concert, Cord Elam in Oklahoma!, Lurch in The Addams Family, Macbeth in Macbeth, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, and Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody.
Alexia Juniper MintonROLE: Ensemble
Alexia is from Wilmington, Ohio, and is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with B.A. degrees in dance, creative writing, and theatre. She returns to the La Comedia stage after appearing in White Christmas. Other credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Footloose, Cabaret, and Blood Wedding. She also performed as a dancer at the 54th Ohio Valley Emmy Awards, and choreographed Ohio Wesleyan’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Tanner NeathROLE: Benjamin
Tanner is from Overland Park, Kansas, and is making his La Comedia debut. Some of his previous credits include Mark in Roxy’s Downtown’s production of Altar Boyz, Bernstein in Dogfight, and Roosevelt University’s Tribute to E.Y. Harburg. Tanner has appeared in several TV commercials and short films and has performed for several years in show choirs in high school and community college.
Ron OrlovskyROLE: Simeon
Ron is originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, and now lives in New York City where he graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating, he has been fortunate enough to be involved in NYC’s vibrant theater scene. He has created theater pieces, originated roles, and stepped into repertory theater and musical roles. Some of Ron’s previous credits include Tateh in Ragtime, Harry in Company, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Ferapont in Three Sisters, and Abdullah in Camino Real. He is thrilled and excited to make his La Comedia debut.
Tonya OslackROLE: Mrs. Potiphar/Ensemble
Tonya most recently appeared at La Comedia in Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, and as Rhoda in White Christmas. She has been in many productions throughout the Tri-state area and has won OCTA-ACT awards for Excellence in Musical Theater Performance for her portrayals of Betty Haynes in White Christmas and Betty Blake Rogers in the Will Rogers Follies. She enjoys all aspects of theater and feels blessed to get to do what she loves. Enjoy the show!
Jonathan is thrilled to be back at La Comedia, having appeared in Annie and Mamma Mia! Some favorite credits include Cinderella for the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre, Rolf in The Sound of Music, and Chino in West Side Story, to name a few. Jonathan would like to give a shout out to his mom, dad, and best friend, Christen Placa. “You guys get me through it! This is for you, Gram. Follow your dreams – they know the way.”
Christopher “Topher” PutnamROLE: Dan
Christopher returns to the La Comedia stage after appearing as Mr. Green in Clue: The Musical. He has performed on stage and screen for over a decade. Currently, you can watch him every weekend on his critically-acclaimed PBS series, “Bug Bites” and on his popular YouTube channel, “Nobody Special.” Outside of acting, Topher enjoys writing and illustrating his comic book series “On Patrol: Dusk Bay Chronicles” which is approaching its sixth published issue.
David ThomasROLE: Napthali
David returns to our stage after most recently appearing as Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas and Mr. Boddy in Clue: The Musical. He has also been seen here in Timeless Memories of Christmas, Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, A Christmas Carol, as Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, South Pacific, as Mara in Miracle on 34th Street, La Comedia’s Holiday Celebration, Peter Pan and as Marty in It’s a Wonderful Life. Other credits include Lancelot in Camelot, Caveman in The Addams Family, The Sound of Music, Children of Eden, Guys and Dolls, The Man Who Came to Dinner, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Moon Over Buffalo, and The Wedding Singer.
Desmond Thomas ROLE: Judah
Desmond is excited to grace the stage once again in one of his favorite shows. He was last be seen here as Adam/Grady in The Color Purple. Other credits include High School Musical, Mamma Mia, Timeless Memories of Christmas (La Comedia); Seussical, Joseph, Once on this Island, Big Fish, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Epiphany Players); Godspell, Footloose, The Wild Party, American Idiot, Children of Eden, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dare to Defy). He would like to thank those who have been a source of inspiration during this process. “There’s nothing more important, or special, as live theatre.” SMASH
Robert WeidleROLE: Jacob/Potiphar
Robert is happy to be back on the La Comedia stage after appearing as Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof and Old Deuteronomy in our 2004 production of CATS, a performance which the Dayton Daily News named him Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He has been very busy acting and directing in the greater Cincinnati area, earning many awards. Shows include RENT, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Little Shop of Horrors, Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?, and Oklahoma! to name just a few. As always, Robert thanks his family and friends for all their support, especially his two amazing children, Rob and Cassidy.