Todd is jubilant that he is returning to the Towle Theater. He was last seen here in Next to Normal in 2012. Since then, Todd has enrolled and graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and now lives in Chicago with two amazing roommates. Todd's last project was working at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois, where he played Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as other various roles in the season. Todd would like to thank his Mom, Aunt Karen, Paul, Marisa and Shannon for all of the love and support.
Nikki is so excited to be a part of the Towle's Fab 50's legacy during its 15th anniversary production! In the last year, she has had the pleasure to play Rona in The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Lou Ann in Hairspray, Miss Amelia in A Little Princess, and Bird Girl/Ensemble in Seussical, all with Windy City Performs. When she's not performing, Nikki teaches in the schoolsite programs at Windy City Performs and is an Audience Services Associate for Emerald City Theatre. Thanks to Jeff, Kevin, and Elizabeth for the opportunity, and to this super fun cast for making this whole process so great!
Kelly is excited to be working at the Towle again. She was last seen as Anna in The House of Mirrors and Hearts. She recently returned from Austria where she spent six weeks at the American Institute of Musical Studies performing operatic repertoire in concerts and opera scenes. Opera roles include Mimi in La Boheme at Ball State University, Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica at the Chicago Summer Opera Theatre and ensemble and cover roles in Werther and The Medium. Musical theater roles include The Witch in Sleeping Beauty with the Windy City Players, Dorothy in The Wiz, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, and many more. She also recently appeared on television as a part of the Supergroup for Harmonies for Healing which premiered in October. She hopes that you will enjoy A Fabulous 50s Christmas and had a fun time with talented cast-mates and wonderful directors.
Jenn is thrilled to be making her debut at the Towle Theater in A Fabulous 50’s Christmas! Jenn is a licensed clinical social worker and lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Marty (love you!). She has performed with theatre groups throughout the Chicagoland area since childhood. Favorite past roles include: Christine Daaé (Phantom), Cosette (Les Miserables), Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar), Betty Schaefer (Sunset Boulevard), and Cinderella (Into the Woods). Jenn would like to thank the production staff for the opportunity to perform with this wonderful company. Lastly, to our audience, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
Tess is excited to be making her debut at The Towle! She recently graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Theatre Performance, frequenting the main stage in her program. She was most recently in an adaptation of The Tragedy of Dr. Faustus as Mephistopheles. Other credits include Carol in Feather and Teeth, Kate in The Wild Party, Banquo and Macduff in Macbeth, and Anything Goes. Though she considers herself a recent re-transplant to the Chicagoland area, she is not a stranger to the NWI stages; she performed at the Memorial Opera House as Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She currently works as a princess performer for children’s parties and cannot wait to dive into the Chicagoland theatre scene.
Classically trained, Jeff Wright has played roles ranging from Shakespeare to opera. Previously he was Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years (Big Noise Theatre); Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls (BrightSide Theatre), Paul in A Chorus Line, Prince John in Robin Hood, the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland and others. He lives in Chicago and has studied with John Komasa, Janelle Snow and Patrick Mulvey, after graduating from Illinois State University's School of Theatre. Jeff also has training in film, improv, and dance (jazz, modern, and some tap). Jeff wants to thank his family, the Towle cast/crew/staff, and his African Queen. Merry Christmas!