Allie HainesROLE: Maria Rainer
Allie is absolutely thrilled to take the stage as Maria Rainer in her debut performance with La Comedia Dinner Theatre. Notable credits include Esmeralda in “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Daisy in “Side Show” and Grace in “Annie.” She would like to thank her incredible partner Andrew, friends and family for their unwavering love & support, as well as La Comedia for the opportunity to play such a fierce and compassionate character…it is truly a dream come true. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Chris KramerROLE: Captain von Trapp
Chris returns to La Comedia after most recently appearing as Pastor Gunderson in “Church Basement Ladies” and Santa in “A Christmas to Remember.” Other La Comedia credits include Walter in “Elf: The Musical,” Bill Ray in “On Golden Pond,” Pulitzer in “Newsies,” Boolie Werthan in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Sam Carmichael in “Mamma Mia!,” Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Sam Phillips in “Million Dollar Quartet,” The Old Man in “A Christmas Story,” Emile De Becque in “South Pacific,” Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34th Street,” and Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” He studied theatre and acting at Northern Michigan University, New York’s HB Studio, CCM, and Xavier University. Regionally, he’s worked with Mad Anthony Theatre, New Stage Collective, Know Theatre, Miami University, New Edgecliff, Ovation, and Human Race Theatres. Chris has appeared in innumerable local, regional and national TV commercials, industrial videos, films and print ads. Much love to Cheryl.
Zach BrownROLE: Herr Zeller
Zach is excited to return to the La Comedia stage for his second production after appearing as Pastor Gunderson in “Away in a Basement” in 2017. He has also been seen as Lancelot in “Spamalot,” Leo Bloom in “The Producers,” and as an improv performer at Kings Island.
Catie CumingsROLE: Sister Berte/Frau Schmidt
This is Catie’s first show with La Comedia (and first professional production ever), and she could not be more excited. She most recently appeared as Kaya in “The Zoom Play that Has a Title” at Kent State University and as Sue Snell in “Carrie: The Musical” at Akron Civic Theater with the Millennial Theatre Project. She is currently studying theatre performance at Kent State and is slated to graduate in 2022. When not performing, Catie loves subjecting her friends to bad horror movies or discovering new genres of music. She is supremely thankful for this opportunity and hopes you enjoy the show!
Linda DewROLE: Reverend Mother
Linda is honored to be back in the habit as Mother Abbess. Previously she played Sister Hubert in “Nunsense” and Mother Superior in “Sister Act.” A frequent performer at La Comedia since 1997, favorite roles include Anna in the 1999 production of “The King and I” and M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias.” Though she has performed in countless operas, musicals and plays throughout the Tri-state and New York, she considers La Comedia home. When she isn’t performing she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, four grown children, their spouses, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson. She dedicates her performance to her heavenly Father. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Shawn FurlROLE: Ensemble
Shawn is a sophomore at Miamisburg High School. This is the first show he has done with La Comedia after being cast as Mr. Mayor in the cancelled production of “Seussical the Musical Junior.” Other credits include “Music Man” at Miamisburg High School and “Godspell” at CPAM in Miamisburg. He was also in CPAM’s productions of “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit” as Jack and B.B. Wolf and “The Little Mermaid” as Grimsby. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Avery HuffROLE: Postulant 1
Avery began performing at 7 years old. She has had experience in various plays, musicals, and concerts. Avery currently is pursuing her passion for music and theatre at Butler Tech School of the Arts. She is happy to be making her debut at La Comedia.
Casen KiddROLE: Rolf
Casen is 14 years old and is currently in the eighth grade. He attends Stivers School for the Arts where he takes part in the theatre and choir programs. This is his ninth show and is excited to be making his La Comedia debut. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Rebecca MactaggartROLE: Sister Margaretta
Rebecca is delighted to be taking part in her first production at La Comedia. She is a freshman at Chicago College of Performing Arts pursuing a B.F.A. in musical theater. Favorite past productions include Sophie in “Mamma Mia!,” Madame Giry in “Phantom of the Opera,” Little Sally in “Urinetown,” and Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden.” Rebecca thanks her family and friends for all their support and encouragement helping her pursue her dreams.
Ashley OrtelROLE: Leisl
Ashley is “16 going on 17,” a junior at Springboro High School, and is excited to be returning to the La Comedia stage after appearing in “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “Annie,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Holiday Celebration,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Sound of Music,” playing the role of Gretl which is where her love of theater began. Other credits include “Annie Jr,” “Newsies,” Wendy in “Peter Pan,” Ariel in “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and Belle in “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” She is very active in her church, singing on the worship team and youth band. She has appeared all around the Miami Valley singing the National Anthem for various organizations including the Dayton Dragons. Her heart is very happy to be returning to the stage after this past year’s health crisis. After graduation she intends to pursue her love of musical theater in college.
Mark ReuterROLE: Admiral/Baron/Ensemble
Mark is happy to be returning to the La Comedia stage for his 18th show. He was last seen as Santa Claus in “Elf: The Musical,” and Weisel/Teddy Roosevelt in “Newsies.” Favorite roles include Uncle Billy in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Monsignor O’Hara in “Sister Act: The Musical,” and Jean Shepherd (Narrator “Adult Ralphie”) in “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Mark does work on other stages as well, having recently been seen in Freaky Friday: The Musical at Beavercreek Community Theatre. Mark works as a Bakery/Deli Clerk at Meijer in Kettering when he is not at the theatre. He wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support and to thank each and every one of you for coming out to support live theatre. God Bless!
Anthony SchaefferROLE: Franz/Ensemble
Anthony is excited to be making his La Comedia debut. Previous credits include “Hairspray,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Shrek: The Musical,” and “The Addams Family.
Karie-Lee SutherlandROLE: Elsa/Sister Sophia
Karie-Lee is happy to return to the La Comedia stage after last appearing as Sister Mary Amnesia in “Nunsense,” Jackie in “Disaster” and Chelsea in “On Golden Pond.” Other favorite roles include Tanya in “Mamma Mia!,” Truvy in “Steel Magnolias,” Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz,” Mother in “A Christmas Story,” and Morticia Addams in “The Addams Family.” Karie-Lee has toured the world as a performer for the DOD-USO, and is a veteran of live shows at Kings Island, where she recently sang at WinterFest. She has worked as an actor, director, and choreographer at various theaters in Cincinnati including the Covedale Center, Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, the educational outreach program at Playhouse in the Park, CCM’s prep department, and at Miami University’s theatre department. Love to Matthew, William, Aubrie-Lee, and Jeremy. Find her on YouTube at “Still Kicking with Karie-Lee.”
Robert WeidleROLE: Max Detweiller
“The Sound of Music is a very important show in Robert’s life. When he was only 10, he played Kurt Von Trap and from that moment, performing was in his blood. 48 years later, he has a full circle moment playing Uncle Max. He has appeared here at La Comedia in “CATS” for which the Dayton Daily News named him Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Old Deuteronomy. He has also appeared in “Joseph…Dreamcoat” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Robert has won numberous local and state awards for musical theater performance and direction. He wants to thank his family and friends for all their support over the years – especially his two wonderful children Rob and Cassidy. Robert would like to dedicate his performance to the memory of Mr. Jhon Marshall, a dear friend and theater supporter. He is directing from the great director chair in the sky.