"Disaster"

Sep. 12 – Nov. 3, 2019

Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the ’70s take center stage in Broadway’s side-splitting homage to classic disaster films.

It’s 1979, and all of New York is at the opening of a floating casino and disco. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters.

With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue and ’70s, hit songs such as “Hooked On A Feeling,” “I Am Woman,” “I Will Survive,” and “Hot Stuff,” Disaster! is a hilarious tribute to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the “Hustle.”

“Silly, and deliciously funny…a clever and comedic romp!”Scott Cain, TalkinBroadway.com

“Tragedy has never been so funny! – Mike Woody, DaytonLocal.com

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Actor Bio’s

Alex Cottle

ROLE: Ensemble
Alex is from Trenton, Ohio, and is making his La Comedia debut. He previously won an Orchid Award for his performance as Bernard in the Fairfield Footlighters production of Boeing Boeing. Other credits include Legally Blonde, Glen in The Wedding Singer, and Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Ice Prince at Kings Island Winterfest.

Andy Donnelly

ROLE: Chad
Andy is excited to be returning to La Comedia after previously appearing as Issachar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other credits include Sandy in Hay Fever, George in Queen Anne, Henry in Next to Normal, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler, Santiago in A Few Good Men, Bobby in Cabaret, Whitney in The Stonewater Rapture, and many more. Andy holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Kent State University and would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support. Enjoy the show!

John Dorney

ROLE: Maury
John returns to the La Comedia stage after a 35 year sabbatical from musical theatre. Over the last two years, he has played a number of TV and movie roles including TV’s The Resident as “Dr. Blurry Guy in a Lab Coat,” and the movie Ant-Man & Wasp as “Little Dude in White Lab Coat Who Runs in Front of Exploding Bad Guy Machine.” He has had specialized training in airborne, air assault, jungle and urban warfare, but does not anticipate using these skills during this production. Enjoy watching! To my actual wife of 30+ years – love you always!

Noah Engel

ROLE: Ben/Lisa
Noah is an 8th Grader at Miamisburg Middle School where he participates in cross country and track. He also loves performing, both on stage and in front of the camera. He has appeared in three short films and 11 performances, which include his favorites as Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Ensemble in Mamma Mia! He is excited to share this performance with you and hopes you all make it out alive!

Madelynn Glenn

ROLE: Ben/Lisa
Madelynn is thrilled to be making her La Comedia debut. She is an 8th grader at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA). Professional credits include The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) Mainstage productions Santa Claus the Musical and Mary Poppins Jr. Favorite roles at CHCA include Zazu in The Lion King Jr. and Miss Andrews in Mary Poppins. She recently participated in her fourth year of TCT’s STAR Program at NKU and completed a year in TCT’s ALL STAR Program. She studies dance at the Academy of Dance Arts, dances competitively with The Dance Company, and takes voice lessons. She’d like to thank her friends and family for their love and support.

Alexandra Harrill

ROLE: Ensemble
Alexandra is a graduate of dance program at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati and returns to our stage after appearing in Seussical. She has danced professionally with Next Generation Dance Company, Exhale Dance Tribe, and De La Dance Company. Other credits include Lucy in Dracula, Snow Queen in Nutcracker, and Maria in West Side Story.

Digger Howard

ROLE: Ted
Digger is thrilled to be returning to La Comedia, after recenly appearing as Charlie in On Golden Pond. He has also been seen here in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, and Grease. Having spent 10 years performing in Japan and two years touring the U.S., he is grateful to be home in Ohio again. Favorite roles include: Burrs in The Wild Party, Homer in Floyd Collins, Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls, and Jamie in the Japanese premiere of The Last Five Years. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support, especially his awesome parents and Punkin Wasa.

Chris Kramer

ROLE: Tony
Chris returns to La Comedia after most recently appearing as Bill Ray in On Golden Pond and Pulitzer in Newsies. He has also been seen here as 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, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and Pastor Gunderson in four Church Basement Ladies productions. 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.

Molly Kuntz

ROLE: Ensemble
Molly is from Lebanon, Ohio, and is excited to be making her La Comedia debut. Her most recent roles include Rosie in Mamma Mia!, Aquata and Ariel in different productions of The Little Mermaid, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. She has always loved music and voice and aspires to further a career in musical theatre and voice acting. She hopes you enjoy the show and wants to see you dancing in your seat!

Ayanna Lewis

ROLE: Levora
Ayanna is a singer, songwriter, and actress. One of her most notable accomplishments is being the voice and face of the Safe Auto car insurance commercial which aired across the nation on TV and radio. Ayanna also created an original jingle aired nationally on radio after winning the Wendy’s/Coca Cola Freestyle Machine Jingle contest for Wiz FM (100.9). Ayanna is also known worldwide as “Psalmoetry,” an independent recording artist, known for her eclectic and inspirational music. She is a School for Creative and Performing Arts graduate who has performed in plays and musicals such as The Sound of Music, Oliver Twist, and The Wiz. Other notable credits include the role of “Minnie” in the independent film “Segregated Sunday” (Marvel Collins) as well as the role of Jade in Playwright Sandra Wright’s, “The Mask.” Ayanna loves the Lord and credits Him with the talents and blessings she’s been given. She loves her family and is a wife and mother of twin daughters.

Mallory Georgia Marie

ROLE: Marianne
Mallory returns to our stage after appearing in Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, and our Lunch and Learn Children’s Theatre production of Frederick. She has also performed at Kings Island in its production of Down Home Country, and will be seen there this winter in Holly Jolly Trolley.

Alison Moore

ROLE: Sister Mary Downey
Alison is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is making her La Comedia debut. She holds a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from North Park University and a master’s degree in voice performance from Wichita State University. Most recently, she performed with Nettle Creek Players as Isaachar/Potiphar’s Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and as Kala in Tarzan with the Richmond Civic Theatre. She also teaches at a private voice studio and enjoys volunteering with StageOne Youth Theatre at the Richmond Civic Theatre.

Tonya Oslack

ROLE: Shirley
You may remember Tonya as the bubbly blonde Rhoda in La Comedia’s production of White Christmas, as wild Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, or a 70s super fan in Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver. She’s received Ohio ACT awards and been in musicals all over the Tri-State. Away from the theatre she plays keys and sings in the 80’s band “RUBIX” out of Independence, KY (“like” to follow on fb). She loves the stage!

Madeline Sherck

ROLE: Ensemble
Madeline is from Tipp City, Ohio, and is making her La Comedia debut. She has appeared in many community theatre, high school and youth productions with Muse Machine, Vandalia Youth Theater, and Bethel High School. Credits include Cinderella Jr., School House Rock Live Jr., Seussical Jr., Elf: The Musical Jr., Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Hello Dolly, Mamma Mia!, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Karie-Lee Sutherland

ROLE: Jackie
Karie-Lee is happy to return to the La Comedia stage after recently appearing as 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 will be singing in this year’s WinterFest. She has worked as an actor, director, and choreographer at various theaters in Cincinnati including the Covedale Center, Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, and the educational outreach program at Playhouse in the Park. Karie-Lee is part-time faculty at CCM’s prep department and at Miami University, where she teaches dance. Love to Matthew, William, Aubrie-Lee, and Jeremy.

David Thomas

ROLE: Scott/Ensemble
David returns to our stage after most recently appearing in Shrek and Joseph…Dreamcoat. He has also been seen here as Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas, Mr. Boddy in Clue: The Musical, Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, Marty in It’s a Wonderful Life, Mara in Miracle on 34th Street, and many more. 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.

Dylan Turner

ROLE: Ensemble
Dylan is excited to be back on the La Comedia stage after recently being as Oscar Delancey in Newsies, Asher in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the Lunch and Learn Children’s Theatre production of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Dylan is a graduate of Edgewood High school and currently teaches dance at Turnout Dance Academy in Waynesville.

Gallery

“Saw ‘A Christmas to Remember’ today. Loved it! my friends and I talked about it on the way home. Great show and the efforts of the staff were top notch. Social distance, the way the food was handled, and thank you for asking everyone to put their mask back on when the eating was finished and the performance was beginning.”

Sandy Ingram

“Wonderful! Wonderful! Show! Children to 90 year old will love this show! Excellent job!!!!! Only sad part (of course of precautions) will were unable to greet the actors! They were outstanding! Story line was wonderful! Writers and actors outdid themselves!!!! Food was yum yum!”

JB Hull