Kevin Bellamy - Richard
Kevin is thrilled to be back on stage in this amazing show after appearing as Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men!. This show is quite different from the last, which is what attracted Kevin to this project. Other credits include Rick Shaw in Adrift in Macao, Jason in Ordinary Days , Sylvia St,Croix in Ruthless, Grahame Chandler in The Fix and Gordon in A New Brain. Some of his favorite roles include the Emcee in Star Plaza’s production of Cabaret, Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical at Marion Theatre Guild, Stewart in Soup Du Jour at Footlight Players, Garry in Theatre at the Center’s Noises Off, Mary Sunshine in Chicago at Community Theatre Guild and Edward Lyons in Blood Brothers at Purdue University Calumet. Regional credits include Goodtimes Theatre, Clocktower Theatre, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Amish Acres, two national tours of The Wizard of Oz and a featured performer on SeaEscape Cruise Lines.
Dwayne Everett - Peter
This Northwest Indiana native is honored to be making his Towle Theater debut! Dwayne holds a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He most recently understudied the critically acclaimed, gender/ color blind production of Picnic at American Theatre Company in Chicago. Other credits include Hair (Barn Theatre), RENT and Jesus Christ Superstar (Big Noise). Dwayne will be appearing in the upcoming PBS docu-series, “Harmonies for Healing: Under the Streetlamp”, airing Fall 2017. Up next: Lysistrata Jones at Refuge Theatre Project (Chicago). Many thanks to family and friends for continued love and support, this incredible cast, and our brilliant Creative Team. Anything is possible…Have Faith!
Sarah Jean Mergener - Cynthia
Sarah is thrilled to be back at the Towle. Her latest involvement here was being an alternate for the All American Sweethearts: A Salute to the Andrews Sisters as Laverne. Sarah is a Chicago-based actress originally from the small town of Hartford, WI. She received her BA in theatre arts from the University of Wisconsin Parkside. Favorite professional credits include: Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Janus Theatre Company), Kat in Tomorrow Morning (Towle Theater), Kate in Zanna Don't (Cult Camp Productions), Bird Girl in Seussical (Big Noise Theatre), and Gabriella Montez in High School Musical (Broadway Dinner Theatre). Most recently she did a fundraiser performance of Peter Pan for Compass Creative Dramatics as the mischievous Tinkerbelle. She would like to thank Jeff and Kevin for yet another amazing opportunity and special shout out to her family and friends for their undying love and support.
Natalie Rae - Samantha
Natalie is so excited to be making her debut at Towle Theater in Standby! Natalie has a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She was most recently seen as Veronica Sawyer in Oakton University's production of Heathers the Musical. This show is so beautiful and she cannot wait to share it with all of you. She'd like to thank her family and friendsfor all of their love and support. Please enjoy the show!
Quinn Rigg - Andrew
Quinn is ecstatic to be back at the Towle for the Midwest Premiere of Standby! Currently working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre at Columbia College Chicago, Quinn's previous credits include Pete Twitchell in The Burnt Part Boys, (Towle) Henry Clay in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, (Columbia College) and Dave in The Typographer's Dream. (Columbia College.) Quinn hopes you'll connect to this moving, energized, uplifting piece on the nature of grief, and moving on. Catch Quinn again this November in Caroline, or Change at Columbia College Chicago, or in his experimental folk band, And We Jump!
Nate Strain - Jonathan
This is Nate's first production with Towle Theater and he couldn't be happier to work with such a truly phenomenal cast and crew. A recent graduate from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, Nate has only been in the Chicago area for a year. Some of his Chicagoland productions include: A Christmas Story (Ensemble) at Citadel Theatre, The Festivities (Shipuchin) at Little Things Theatre, and as various characters for the Murder Mystery Company. His educational credits include: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Doug) and Shakespeare's Richard III (King Richard III). He would like to thank his mom, friends, and incredible boyfriend in supporting him all this time.
Amy Baer (Composer & Orchestrations)
Amy is a composer for film, television and theater. She has worked on scores to such motion pictures as Spotlight, The Hobbit Trilogy, and Hugo as an assistant to film composer Howard Shore. In addition she has orchestrated and arranged songs for multiple Musical Theatre productions such as Hereafter and Samson and Delilah, and has written incidental music for several theatre productions in the New York Area, including Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park. Amy has also collaborated with composers Greg Pliska, Andrés Levin, the musical group HEM, and Academy/Tony Award winning artists Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, and Raul Esparza. Her music has been featured in numerous televised documentaries and reality series. As well as being the co-composer of the musical, STANDBY, Amy Baer is currently developing “Falling In Love Again”, an immersive musical based on the life of Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich. www.amybaer.com.
Mark-Eugene Garcia (Book & Lyrics)
Mark is very excited that Standby’s Midwest premiere is taking place at the Towle Theatre! Mark-Eugene is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and A.S.C.A.P. He is a graduate of the City College of New York and also studied book and lyric writing with the Academy of New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles. His musicals include STANDBY, THE HOLY COWS OF CREDENCE SOUTH DAKOTA, FACING EAST: A NEW MUSICAL, WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, and THE JOURNEY. His plays include (UN)MISSED CONNECTIONS, ONE NIGHT AT THE GOLDEN BOOT, INSCRIPTIONS, and KEYS. His works have been presented in The New York International Fringe Festival, The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York Public Library- Lincoln Center, Overtures at the Gallery Players Theatre, The Puzzle: Marble’s Festival of New Works, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Disney’s Hyperion Theatre, and The Colony Theatre Burbank. He has also contributed material to BROADWAY'S EPIC FAIL and Recording Artist Barry Brandon’s touring show In My Own Words.
Keith Robinson (Composer & Orchestrations)
Keith is a composer, producer, and sound designer. He is the Vice President and developer at the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Sample Logic LLC sound library company. Keith is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (Recorded Music: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU) where he teaches music production. As a part of his ongoing pursuit as an educator, Keith authored the book “Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8: Create, Produce, Perform” published by Focal Press, in October 2009.
For over six years, Keith worked alongside New York music producer Andrés Levin (Grammy Award, In The Heights – Cast Recording) composing music for a number of feature films (El Cantante, Borderland, Feel The Noise, Ladron Que Roba A Ladron, One Heartbeat), and TV commercials, including projects featuring Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Stipe, Cucu Diamantes, Miguel Bose, Beto Cuevas, Stephen Barber, and Yerba Buena.
Keith is a member of ASCAP and holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education & Trumpet Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Technology: Scoring for Film and Multimedia from New York University. He has also studied with Rachel Shenkin and Joel Derfner (Musical Theatre), Sonny Kompanek (Orchestration) and Deniz Hughes (Composition).
Alfred Solis (Concept, Book & Lyrics)
Alfred is a playwright and the Director of Innovation at the Buck Institute for Education. Alfred grew up in California amongst a myriad of Filipino families where he brought awareness of the Filipino culture through various creative works.
Alfred earned his BS Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Notably, Alfred hosted Bill Gates & Oprah Winfrey in his classroom at High Tech High as part of his efforts to advance education reform. He continues to travel the world promoting Project Based Learning and education technology.