Lily Autumn PageROLE: Belle
Lily returns to La Comedia after recently appearing as Christine in Phantom. She is from New York and is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. She also recently performed as the title role in the Off-Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. Other credits include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Brigitte in the Off-Broadway production of Swan Lake Rock Opera, and Ensemble in Gypsy. She has studied with the Joffrey Ballet School, and has been training in opera for over 10 years.
Matthew WadeROLE: Beast
Originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Matthew now makes his home in New York City and is happy to be return to La Comedia after recently appearing as Phantom/Erik in Phantom. He has previously performed in the original East Coast companies of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (and original cast recording). Workshop/reading performances include Anastasia and Joel in But I’m a Cheerleader. Other favorite roles include Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Antony in Sweeney Todd, Enoch Snow in Carousel, and Gordon in A New Brain. Matthew has also performed as a featured soloist in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at Madison Square Garden, Avery Fisher Hall, and NYCGMC.
Maxtyn BartonROLE: Chip
Maxtyn is excited to be returning to the La Comedia stage after most recently appearing in The Music Man. He also appeared as Young Erik in Phantom, Randy in A Christmas Story: The Musical, and in Elf: The Musical. He will be a 5th grader at Bell Creek Intermediate School in Bellbrook, Ohio. His favorite subjects are STEM and science. When he is not on stage, he enjoys playing football and lacrosse and loves being outdoors climbing trees. Maxtyn also likes spending time with his family and friends and enjoys playing with his two brothers and five dogs. He wants to thank his family and friends for all their love and support. He also wants to give a special thank you to everyone at La Comedia and the cast for making him feel so welcome. Matthew 19:26
Lindsay BatesROLE: Ensemble
Originally from Houston, Texas, Lindsay currently attends Wright State University working toward a B.F.A. in musical theatre. Credits include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Catherine in Pippin, and Amy in Little Women. Lindsay has trained in New York City for several years in voice and dance and is excited to be making her La Comedia debut.
Grace BradyROLE: Ensemble
Grace is currently studying music at Ohio University and is making her La Comedia debut. In addition to her voice studies, she has trained in dance and plays several instruments. Previous credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, Shrek, Grease, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors,and West Side Story.
Justin CarrollROLE: Cogsworth
Justin joins us after an 18-year hiatus from the theater, having left to pursue his career as a first responder. Previous roles include Judd Fry in Oklahoma, Jigger Craigin in Carousel, and Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a character actor at heart, Justin would like to thank La Comedia Dinner Theater for the opportunity to bring such an iconic character to life. While getting to share the stage with his son Isaac for the first time, he would also like to thank his wife and family for their encouragement and support to come back to musical theater.
Noah ChesshirROLE: Ensemble
Noah is a sophomore in high school from Springfield, Ohio, and is excited to be making his La Comedia debut. On stage since the age of 7, he has appeared in 35 musicals with the Springfield Arts Council, Civic Theatre, Fairborn Actors Theatre, iTheatrics, and others. Favorite roles include Scar in The Lion King, Sven in Frozen Jr., Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Lesgles and Fauchelevant in Les Misérables.
Alexia DanielsROLE: Wardrobe
Alexia is excited to be making her La Comedia debut. She is originally from Trenton, Ohio, and has recently graduated from Norther Kentucky University with a B.F.A. in acting. Recently, she originated the role of T in Keeper of the Realm. She also played Portia in Cinderella at Springboro Community Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their never ending support. Enjoy the show!
Allison GabertROLE: Babette
Allison is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a B.F.A. in theatre performance and returns after appearing as Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, Godspell, A Christmas Story, Footloose as Wendy Jo, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder as Miss Barley 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. Thank you to my friends and family for their endless support.
Abbey GraceROLE: Silly Girl/Ensemble
Abbey currently studying musical theatre and dance at Wright State University and returns to La Comedia after appearing as Brigitta in The Sound of Music. Recent credits include WSU’s Sweet Charity as Elaine, Rosie in Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof.
Ed IversonROLE: Maurice
Ed is pleased to return to the La Comedia stage after appearing as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, and in Godspell. He is no stranger to the stage, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater performance from the University of Maryland, and having been a performance instructor for the last 10 years at Town Hall Theater in Centerville, performing in over 40 shows. He also played Father Christmas and Uncle Diggory in The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe at Dayton’s Victoria Theater in 2019.
Audrey JacometROLE: Ensemble
Audrey is from Piqua, Ohio, and is making her La Comedia debut. Previous credits include Jane in Tarzan, Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Olive Ovtrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She performed and competed with the Piqua concert and show choirs and received 9 Best Female Soloist Awards. Later this year, she will be attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Mikayla JetteROLE: Silly Girl/Ensemble
Mikayla is from Dayton and is making her La Comedia debut. She has performed with Vandalia Youth Theatre and Dare2Defy and in productions at Chaminade Julienne High School and Marian University, where she studies pastoral leadership. Her favorite roles include Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress and Fastrada in Pippin. Other credits include Once on this Island, Cinderella, Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof, and Shrek: The Musical. Mikayla has also studied dance for 15 years and performed at many special events for Dream Making Princess Company.
Desmond KingstonROLE: Lefou
Desmond is from Dayton where he graduated from Stivers School of the Arts and currently attends Wright State University as a B.F.A. acting major. Making his La Comedia debut, his previous credits include Nigel Bottom in Something Rotten and Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia!
Steven LakesROLE: Gaston
Steven is excited to return to the La Comedia stage, having previously appeared as Carriere in Phantom and King Triton in The Little Mermaid. A few of his other favorite roles include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in Annie, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Papa Ogre in Shrek: The Musical, Lurch in The Addams Family, and Cornelius Hackel in Hello, Dolly! Steven would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him and encouraging him to pursue his passion. Enjoy the show!
Eleni LinardosROLE: Ensemble
Eleni is from Springfield and is making her debut at La Comedia. She has performed in many productions with Youth Arts Ambassadors including Frozen Jr., Fame Jr., Annie Jr., Alice in Wonderland, Once Upon A Mattress, Jr., and Lion King, Jr., She has also appeared elsewhere as Gertrued McFuzz in Seussical, and Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Bartholomew MaysROLE: Ensemble
Bartholomew is from Monroe, Ohio, and is excited to be making his La Comedia debut. He attends Cedarville University where he has appeared in productions of All My Sons, Four Comic One-Act Plays, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Beams are Creaking.
Casey MerrenROLE: Silly Girl/Ensemble
Casey is from Oregon, Ohio, and is a graduate of the Toledo School for the Arts. She currently attends Wright State University where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in acting and is excited to be making her La Comedia debut. Favorite roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Brenda in Catch Me if You Can, and Heather Duke in Heathers. She thanks her family and friends.
Greta MooreROLE: Ensemble
Greta is delighted to share the stage with this talented cast. This is her first appearance at La Comedia, but she is no stranger to the stage. She has performed in several local musicals, seen most recently as Cinderella’s stepmother in Into the Woods and Isabel in Scrooge! Greta performed last summer in Springboro Community Theatre’s Cinderella and Middletown Lyric Theatre’s All-American Cabaret. She also enjoys tennis, piano, and dance and hopes you enjoy the show!
Isaac MunizROLE: Chip
Isaac will be a 4th grader at Madison Elementary School and he is excited to return to the La Comedia stage after recently appearing as Young Eric in Phantom. You may have seen him before playing Tiny Tim in Scrooge! The Musical. He would like to thank his parents for their love and support and the entire cast and crew for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible show.
Julie MurphyROLE: Ensemble
Julie currently attends Wright State University where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in musical theatre, and she is making her La Comedia debut. Other credits include Jovie in Elf: The Musical, Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Laurie in Brighton Beach Memoirs.She has trained extensively in dance, voice and acting and plans to pursue a theatre career in New York after graduating.
Jonathan PendergrassROLE: Lumiere
Jonathan returns to La Comedia having last appeared as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. His previous La Comedia credits include Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 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. Phil 4:13
Gunnar ShoemakeROLE: Ensemble
Gunnar is from Cincinnati and is excited to make his La Comedia debut. Previous credits include Sheridan McBride in the world premiere of McBride’s Call, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, and Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Brielle StorerROLE: Ensemble
Brielle attends Butler Tech School of the Arts and is excited to return to the La Comedia stage after appearing in The Sound of Music and Footloose. Other credits include Rapunzel/Cinderella’s Mom in Into the Woods, Once on this Island, Dear Santa the Musical, Frozen Jr., and How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying.
Karie-Lee SutherlandROLE: Mrs. Potts/Enchantress
Karie-Lee is happy to be returning to the La Comedia stage after recently appearing in The Music Man, Phantom, Godspell and A Christmas Story. 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, Showboat Majestic, 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.”
Bryson Tyler WiresROLE: Mssr. D’Arque/Ensemble
Bryson is excited to return to La Comedia after appearing in The Music Man and Phantom. He is from Mason, Ohio, and is a graduate of Point Park University with a B.A. in theatre arts. Previous credits include Charlie in I Know You Are But What am I, Ant in The Bug Game, Grandpa in Trail to Oregon, and Joly in Les Misérables.