Denise CoxROLE: Ethel Thayer
Denise is overjoyed to be back on stage and part of this talented cast. She cannot believe her good fortune to be playing this iconic role. You may have seen her here as Vivian in all of the Church Basement Ladies productions, in Titanic as Ida Straus, as the Bird Lady/Maid in Mary Poppins, and as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof to name a few. Denise has also done work for Kroger, Entertrainment Junction, Bathfitter, Kings Island, and Procter and Gamble. She would like to send thanks and love to Herb, her husband of 45 years.
Digger HowardROLE: Charlie Martin)
Digger is thrilled to be returning to La Comedia, after appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Almost Heaven, 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 KramerROLE: Bill Ray
Chris returns to La Comedia after recently appearing as Pulitzer in Newsies, as General Waverly in White Christmas, Professor Plum in Clue: The Musical, and Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy. Other La Comedia credits include F.D.R. in Annie, 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.
Ernie RowlandROLE: Norman Thayer, Jr.
Ernie is happy to return to La Comedia for his 24th show. He moved to Florida eight years ago and has appeared with the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Spanish Lyric and the Tampa Repertory among others. He was also a supporting actor in the film “At the End of the Day.” While he was living in Ohio, Ernie appeared with Human Race, Pioneer Playhouse, Kincaid Regional, Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati Children and Blue Jacket. Ernie has been married for 57 years to his wife Jean, with two children and four grandsons.
Karie-Lee SutherlandROLE: Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Karie-Lee is happy to return to the La Comedia stage after most recently appearing as Miss Scarlet in Clue: The Musical. 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.
Devon AdamsROLE: Billy Ray Jr.
Devon is an 8th grade student at Garfield Middle School and returns to La Comedia after appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Devon has a love and passion for performing, with other credits including Encore Youth Theatre’s 2019 production of Mamma Mia!, and the HAMS’ production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Outside of acting, Devon loves to stay active in school and perform for Garfield’s show choir, “Cutting Edge.”
Ben LockeROLE: Billy Ray Jr.
Ben is a freshman at Springboro High School. He returns to La Comedia after appearing in Newsies. Other credits include Aladdin in Aladdin Jr. and as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and video games and spending time with friends and family. He is looking forward to his second show at La Comedia.