Jonathan SmitheROLE: Ren McCormack
Jonathan is excited to be making his La Comedia debut. Previous credits include Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Tarzan in Tarzan, Crutchie in Newsies, and most recently as Brennan McBride in the world premiere performance of McBride’s Call. He has also appeared in three productions of the original show Horizons of Gold and has traveled the nation competing in a national speech and debate league. His all time dream is to play Spongebob Squarepants on Broadway someday.
Mallory Georgia MarieROLE: Ariel Moore
Mallory is thrilled to return to our stage in one of her dream roles. She has been seen here as Marianne in Disaster!, Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, and more. She can also be seen performing at Kings Island in various productions. She wants to give a special shout out to her son G.T. “I love you, even when it’s dark out.”
KatieAnn BonavitaROLE: Rusty
KatieAnn is excited to return to the La Comedia stage after just appearing as Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She graduated in December from Ohio State University with dual degrees in mechanical engineering and music and is currently pursuing professional singing while working as a dog trainer. As a resident of Columbus, her recent credits include Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense and Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy with the Little Theatre Off Broadway, and Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Maguellone in Cendrillón with OSU.
Naomi CarmanROLE: Ensemble
Naomi is excited to be making her La Comedia debut. She has studied dance and voice for ten years and also plays violin, banjo, guitar, bass and drums. She has taken summer intensives at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and has performed on river boat cruises and competed in several regional and national dance competitions.
Colin CranstounROLE: Travis/Ensemble
Colin is happy to be returning to the La Comedia stage after most recently appearing in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Little Mermaid, The King and I, as the operator of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, and as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. He has also been seen here in Sister Act, Fiddler on the Roof, A Christmas Story, The Addams Family, South Pacific, Miracle on 34th Street, Happy Days, Titanic, and A Christmas Carol. He has appeared in several productions with Cincinnati Christian Community Theatre including Broadway Showstoppers, Les Misérables, Hello Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Music Man.
Allison GabertROLE: Wendy Jo
Allison is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a B.F.A. in theatre performance and returns after appearing as Miss Barley in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and in The Little Mermaid. Some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda: The Musical, Eponine in Les Misérables and Little Red in Into the Woods. She has choreographed for several youth musical theatre productions and NKU dance shows and would like to open her own dance studio. Thank you to my friends and family for their endless support.
Digger HowardROLE: Willard
Digger is thrilled to be returning to La Comedia after last appearing as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, Kralahome in The King and I, and his Broadway World Award-winning performance as Ted in Disaster! He has spent over 10 years touring the globe from Alaska to Australia. Previous credits include Homer in Floyd Collins, Burrs in The Wild Party, and Jamie in the Japanese premiere of The Last Five Years. None of this would be possible without the never ending support and love of my parents, Paulett and Dominick.
Dylan JacksonROLE: Chuck
Dylan is thrilled to be returning to the La Comedia stage after appearing as Jetsam in The Little Mermaid. A graduate of the New York Film Academy, Dylan has been in New York and Los Angeles working in film productions for the last seven years. Past theatre credits include Willard in Footloose, Rooster in Annie, Felix in The Odd Couple, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, and Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad. “For Dalton, my number one fan!”
Tori KocherROLE: Urleen
Tori recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a B.F.A. in musical theatre, and she returns to our stage after appearing as Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She has been performing in theatre and music since the age of four and cannot see herself doing anything else. In 2020, she studied in the Broadway Dance Center Training Program in NYC. While living in Nashville, she had the opportunity to sing with various country music stars at The Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman Auditorium for the 2020 and 2021 ACM Awards.
Chris KramerROLE: Rev. Shaw Moore
Chris returns to La Comedia after most recently appearing in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, 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, The Old Man in A Christmas Story, Emile De Becque in South Pacific, and Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street. 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.
Jonathan PendergrassROLE: Bickle/Ensemble
Jonathan is thrilled to be back at La Comedia having last appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His previous La Comedia credits include Mamma Mia! and Annie, as well as our Lunch and Learn Children’s Theatre productions of Frederick: The Mouse and Flat Stanley in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. He thanks his mom, dad and supportive friends. Jonathan dedicates each performance in the memory of Kathryn Metz. Everybody cut FOOTLOOSE! John 3:16
Mark ReuterROLE: Uncle Wes/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, 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!
Cheryl SalzmanROLE: Vi Moore
Cheryl is happy to be returning to our stage after appearing as Karin Engelson in Church Basement Ladies. Previous roles include Clairee in Steel Magnolias, Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, Iowa Housewife in Menopause: The Musical, Sheree Hollinger in The Dixie Swim Club, and Alice Beane in Titanic. Some of her other favorite roles include Kathy in Vanities, Annie Sullivan in Miracle Worker, the Waitress in Working, Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, and as Violet in 9 to 5. She holds a B.A. in English and drama as well as a Master’s degree in communication arts. Cheryl sincerely appreciates her family and friends’ support during this exciting opportunity at La Comedia. Many thanks to the wonderful cast and crew of the Footloose family.
Karie-Lee SutherlandROLE: Ethel McCormack
Karie-Lee is happy to return to the La Comedia stage after last appearing in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Sound of Music, Nunsense, and Disaster! Favorite roles include Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, 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. 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.”
Jordan WardROLE: Eleanor/Ensemble
Jordan is excited to be performing on the La Comedia stage for the first time. She has trained in dance for many years with Boyd Dance Studio, the Broadway Dance Center in NYC, the Edmonton School of Ballet in Canada, and Elite Aerial Worx in Las Vegas. Some of her favorite performances have been Hall of Fame’s Series of Dance All-Star opening dancer, Mercer Health Charity Ball, Enchanted Forest, Star Power’s Battle of the Stars opening dancer, and being part of the TV pilot, Circus Kids.
Christopher WellsROLE: Cowboy Bob/Jeter/Coach/Ensemble
Christopher is excited to be making his La Comedia debut. He is a graduate of Wright State University with a B.F.A. in acting and a B.A. in French. Previous credits include Tony in Billy Elliot, Mrs. White in Clue: The Musical, and Jeffrey in Godspell. He has been seen at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Carnegie in Covington, Mariemont Players, New Edgecliff Theatre, and Middletown Lyric Theatre. After Footloose, he will be seen as Buddy the Elf in Elf: The Musical at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.
Zoe WoodsROLE: Aunt Lulu/Ensemble
Zoe is excited to be performing on our stage for the first time. Previous credits include Carrie White in Carrie: The Musical, Anna in Frozen Jr., Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, Virtue in Anything Goes, and Kim in Bye Bye Birdie.