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MCHS Spring 2007 "Seussical" Cast
Principles and Ensemble Cast
Directors
Director/Producer
Mrs. Kim Barnes
Mrs. Barnes is a graduate of Union County High School. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morehead State University where she majored in English and French. She currently teaches English and French at MCHS. While at MSU, she continued taking private piano and harp lessons and was a local piano teacher for ten years. This is Mrs. Barnes’ elevenenth spring musical. She and her husband, Steve, who works for Coca-Cola, have two dogs, Kate and Lucy, and a cat, Linus. They have two French daughters, Emmanuelle and Alix, and a German son, Oliver.
Vocal Director
Mr. Ashley Tyree
Mr. Tyree is a graduate of Montgomery County High School with degrees from Morehead State University and is in his fifteenth year as Director of Vocal Music at MCHS. This is also his fifteenth year as vocal director for the musical. Mr. Tyree judges KMEA music events, serves as a guest conductor and clinician, and is also choir director at First Christian Church in Mt. Sterling. He also directs the Gateway Community Youth Chorus supported by the Montgomery County Council for the Arts. He and his wife, Ginger, music teacher at Mt. Sterling Elementary, are the parents of a daughter, Katie Rose, and a son, John Mark.
Orchestra Director
Mr. Phil Kent
Phillip Kent received his bachelor’s of Music Education from Western Kentucky University in 2004. He studied violin with Stanislov Antoniovich and worked closely with the orchestra director of WKU, Joo Yong Ahn in the field of string pedagogy and conducting. He will be attending Vandercook College in Chicago, IL to pursue a Master’s Degree in String Pedagogy this summer.

Mr. Kent has performed with various collegiate and public ensembles such as the UK and WKU’
s Wind Ensembles and Orchestras, MSU Community Orchestra, UK Community Orchestra, WKU Community Band, Mt. Sterling Community Choir, and the “Bend in the River” Brass Band in Newcastle, IN. He is also a professional member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American String Teachers Association.

Mr. Kent is in his third year of teaching strings in the Montgomery Co. School District with 240 string students dedicated to the program. He teaches in two of the three elementary schools, the High School orchestra and assists with the Middle School orchestras. He also coaches a student chamber ensemble named the Fiero Strings which is in its second year.
Set Director
Mr. Sam Coleman
This is Mr. Coleman’s second production at MCHS as he helped build the sets for Grease in 2001 while student teaching with Mr. Tyree. After student teaching Mr. Coleman, taught choir at Conkwright Middle School in Clark County. Now a resident of Montgomery County, he is in his first year as the Choir Director at McNabb Middle School. As well as his duties as classroom teacher, he also coaches the 7th grade football and 7th grade basketball teams. Mr. Coleman is a proud member of the First Christian Church Chancel Choir.

Mr. Coleman’s theatrical credits include:
• Producer and Director of the 2004 Conkwright Middle School production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
• Technical Director of the 2003 George Rogers Clark High School production of Grease
• Technical Director, Master Electrician and construction crew for the Lexington Shakespeare Festivals 2000 – 2001
• Master Electrician for the Lexington Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Under the Stars 2000
• Backstage Manager, Lighting and Sound Technician at the Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington 1997 – 2001

Lighting Director
Mr. Scott Schweitzer
Mr. Schweitzer is a graduate of Scott County High School where he was a prominent member of the schools choirs, band, and drama departments. He received his bachelor’s from Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in Middle School Education with emphasis in mathematics and social studies. He is currently in his first year as an 8th grade teacher at McNabb Middle School where he has also been involved in the schools production of The Secret Garden acting as Technical Director.

Mr. Schweitzer has worked on numerous productions beginning in his freshman year of high school. He has contributed both as actor and technician but prefers working behind the scenes with light and sound design. He has a fourteen year old son, Jordan, who currently resides in New Mexico.

Accompanist
Lou Ann Gabbard
Mrs. Gabbard recently retired after teaching in the Montgomery County Schools for 32 years. This is her twentieth spring musical. She began her teaching career at Mapleton Elementary and was music teacher and Chorus Director of the seventh and eighth grade Singing Warriors at McNabb Middle School. Mrs. Gabbard serves as pianist for Sugar Grove Christian Church. She and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, Laura and Elizabeth.
Choreographer
Ms. Chelsey Powell-Davenport
Performing arts have been Chelsey’s passion since the early age of five. She studied many aspects of showbiz, including singing, acting, and dancing. She received a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University. Some of her credits include the Broadway National Tour of Mamma Mia, Walt Disney World, Sweet Charity, Evita, Secret Garden, Janet Jackson’s music video “Someone to Call My Lover”, Dick Clark’s TV Production “It’s Your Big Break”, and Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. Ms. Powell can also be seen in national television commercials, dance catalogs, and on some daytime soap operas. Along with performing, Chelsey has had the opportunity to choreograph many styles of dance to all ages for the past 15 years. She has contributed to the production of two musicals in the Bluegrass Region - 42nd Street and tonight’s performance of Seussical. Working with this cast, and director Kim Barnes, has been both an honor and positive experience for Chelsey. She hopes you have as much fun watching the show as she has had choreographing for it!
Makeup Coordinator
Sandra Gorrell
Mrs. Gorrell has taught English at MCHS for four years. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in English. Mrs. Gorrell lives in Owingsville with her husband Merrell. She is the mother of Brandon and John, and the grandma of Gracie. Mrs. Gorrell plays the piano and the guitar, and loves the visual and performing arts. She learned the art of stage makeup from the wonderful Dr. Layne at MSU. Mrs. Gorrell says she enjoys working with students involved in the musical and admires the director for the long hours and dedication she brings to the musical.
Principles
Cat in the Hat
Jordan Campbell
Jordan Campbell
Jordan Campbell is a sophomore at MCHS. He firsts wants to thank his almighty God and his savior, Jesus Christ -- without them, none of this was possible. He also wants to thank his parents who will take him all over the country to chase his passion. This summer, Jordan had the privilege of playing Troy Bolton in the World Premiere of “Disney’s High School Musical” on stage in New York. Since then, he has appeared in two international magazines. He also appeared in one of the most-watched music videos of 2006, Sarah Buxton’s “Innocence”. Jordan also loves on-screen acting. He was recently in two films, “Generation Rx” and “Saint Joseph College”. This spring, he will be auditioning for the first non-equity production of “Hairspray” through the International Thespian Society. During the summer, Jordan hopes to attend Governor’s School for the Arts in Musical Theatre and the School for Film and Television in New York City. Jordan is also on the MCHS Tennis team, in the ENCORE Troupe, Beta Club, SERVE Club, Montgomery County Youth Council, All-State Chorus, German Club, People to People Student Ambassadors, and YAB. He is a member of Living Water Church in Mt. Sterling. He is signed with Don Buchwald & Associates in New York City and Ivan Rivas in L.A. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”
JoJo
Dylan Sizemore
Dylan Sizemore
Dylan Sizemore is a freshman at MCHS. This is his first musical, but definitely not his last! He enjoys activities such as playing guitar, singing, skateboarding, and playing in the high school symphonic band. Although he knew little about acting before the musical, he has learned a lot and wants to learn more. “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!”
Horton the Elephant
Chris Darnell
Chris Darnell
Chris, a senior at MCHS, returns to the musical stage this year as Horton the Elephant. In previous years, he played in the pit orchestra for Into the Woods, played a student revolutionary in Les Miserables, and wowed the crowd as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Christ is part of many activities in school, including Band, Honor Choir, Tri-M music honor society, BETA Club, SERVE, National Honor Society. This year, Chris was part of the 2007 All-State Choir. As a senior performing in his last high school musical, Chris hopes to make this the best musical ever. “... I sure hope I’m not being type-cast!! But, in all seriousness, it has been a rollercoaster ride here at MCHS, and I will never forget any of it. The cast is my family and I hope the best for each and every one of you!”
Gertrude McFuzz
Madeline Gannon
Madeline Gannon
Madeline is a senior at MCHS. A huge music lover, Madeline has participated in many musicals, including Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. During her four years of high school, she has participated in many other music activities such as Honor Choir and Symphonic Band. She is excited to be a part of such an exciting and fun musical and she wishes to thank all of her friends and family for all of their support. “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
Mayzie La Bird
Hannah Colliver
Hannah Colliver
Hannah is an MCHS sophomore who loves Dr. Seuss books and is ecstatic to bring them alive on stage!! Mazie LaBird is Hannah’s alter ego. They are complete opposites and Hannah has had a blast bringing out the “Bad Girl” in her!! Hannah has always been involved in the performing arts. From Missoula Children’s Theatre to high school musicals, acting is Hannah’s passion!! She wants to thank God for strength and guidance. And many thanks to her fantastic family and fabulous friends for their support and inspiration! She couldn’t have stayed sane nor had as much fun without you! “There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes!”
Sour Kangaroo
Hollee Smith
Hollee Smith
Hollee is a 17 year old junior at MCHS. Hollee participated in Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast, making this her third musical. She has also been in Honor Choir for three years. Hollee enjoys being on stage and being in the spotlight. She believes that your personality should be honest and true. “All the world’s a stage; some of us just have better seats!”
General Schmitz
Drake Gillaspie
Drake Gillaspie
Drake is an MCHS sophomore and is very happy to be in Seussical. This is his second musical. He played the role of LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. Drake is participating in many other activities such as Sterling Players, Encore Theatre Troupe, and Honor Choir. He is also a sophomore class officer. Drake is active in his church where he sings and helps with his youth group. “Time marches on, the world keeps spinning, but I do both.”
Mayor of Whoville
Mark Nott
Mark Nott
Mark is a senior at MCHS. He is the son of Kimberly and Anthony Nott. He has been involved in the musicals since his sophomore year, beginning as a member of the stage crew and joining the cast in his junior year. Prior to his role in Seussical, he appeared as a bookseller and dancing fork in Beauty and the Beast. Mark is unsure where he will attend college, but plans to major in music.
Mrs. Mayor
Sarah Whisman
Sarah Whisman
Sarah, a junior at MCHS, is the daughter of Benny and Ann Whisman. This is her third year participating in the spring musical. Her previous roles include Fantine in Les Miserables (2005) and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (2006). She has been accepted to the Kentucky All-State Chorus in her sophomore and junior years, and is involved in the MCHS Honor Choir. She is the vice-president of Student Council and the junior class. She is also the vice-president of the MCHS chapter of the Tri-M music honor society. She is active in her youth group at Hope 1st Church of God and is the Minister of Music for the FCA huddle at MCHS. Sarah enjoys being involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program at Mt. Sterling Elementary. “Mr. Mayor! Unhand that Wickersham!”
Bird Girls
Rachel Nealis, Sarah Prekopa & Brittany Mills
Rachel Nealis
Rachel is glad to finally merge her love for literature with her passion for theatre in this year’s musical production. In past productions, she has been a Les Miserables Lovely Lady and Beauty and the Beast’s Madame de la Grande Bouche. As a senior, she would like to thank her family for their unwavering support and the directors for allowing her to strut her stuff. In her farewell performance, Rachel would like to encourage you to “Squawk like no one is listening; shake your tail feather like no one is watching!”
Sarah Prekopa
Sarah is a sophomore at Montgomery County High School. In past years, she participated in various musical productions including Guys and Dolls, School House Rock, Nutcracker, and last year’s Beauty and the Beast. This year, she has been involved in Tri-M, the Encore Troupe, Honor Choir, and BETA Club. She is also a member of the high school’s volleyball and tennis teams. Sarah hopes to continue her interest in music and theatre throughout her high school and college years.
Brittany Mills
Brittany is a senior at MCHS. She feels Seussical is the perfect musical for her debut at the high school. As a very artistic and dramatic individual, she is excited to perform in a production like Seussical. Brittany’s background in dance and participation in choir over the years has helped her to put forth her best performance this year.
Wickersham Brothers
Luke Spicer, Matt Hall, Glenn Means & Justin Reeder
Luke Spicer
Luke is a senior at MCHS and is basically ready to go on the next level: college! Luke shot the French army in the 2005 production of Les Miserables and was a French candlestick in his major role as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. His major regret for this year’s show is the lack of anything French (or fire-powered!). Luke is an All-State tenor and participates heavily in Honor Choir. He also enjoys reading, painting, graphic design, playing guitar, hanging out with the lovely Ashley Wade and Cogsworth, and filling out college applications. “You must simply strive to be the best, then there can be no true failure and no chance of regret. Carpe Diem. Soli Deo Gloira.”
Matt Hall
Matt Hall is a senior this year at MCHS. This will be his third show, having also played a student revolutionary in Les Miserables and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. He is an avid runner and artist. He plans to attend college in the fall and major in history. “The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination. - Victor Hugo, Les Miserables”
Glen Means
Glenn Means is a senior at Montgomery County High School. He has participated in the last three musicals, Into the Woods, Les Miserables, and Beauty and the Beast, playing violin in the musical pit. Seussical is Glenn’s first experience on stage as an actor. Glenn has received many honors and awards this past year including the 2006 Montgomery County Youth Excellence Award, a 2006 Destiny Award from Kentucky Child Now!, being named the Most Outstanding Youth of Kentucky, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards top high school volunteer from Kentucky, and a finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Glenn serves as President of S.E.R.V.E Club, President of the Montgomery County Champions Advisory Council, a student representative for the Community Education Advisory Council, Vice-Chair of Kentucky Child Now! Youth Council, one of 13 youth in the United States chosen to serve on the America’s Promise Youth Partnership Team, a member of ENCORE Club, a member of MCHS Orchestra, and a member of the MCHS Honor Choir. Glenn plans to attend a four year university and pursue a Pre-Professional degree in Pre-Medicine. “Being a Wickersham Brother lets me step out of my comfort zone, and most of all bring laughter into people’s lives”.
Justin Reeder
Justin is a sophomore at MCHS. He is a Christian who attends the First Church of God. Justin is also involved in marching band, jazz band, pep band, and symphonic band. He was a member of the cast of last year’s Beauty and the Beast as a villager and knife. He takes great pride in being involved with the musical. “I wear my sunglasses all the time – when I have them!”
Grinch
Nate Spicer
Nate Spicer
Nate Spicer - Is he a man or a God? You may have asked yourself this as you watched him play D”Arque in last year’s musical, Beauty and the Beast. He is also heavily involved in the MCHS Journalism Department, where he produces a bi-weekly segment. He enjoys choir, Tri-M, Student Council, and saving the lives of older women. He also enjoys parasailing, summer in Greece, and sunsets on the beach. “How can all the chairs be broken? I didn’t sit in them all!!
Fish
Sharla Fraley & Ashley Oldfield
Sharla Fraley
Sharla is a junior at MCHS. She is involved in Encore, Y-Club, Art Club, and BETA Club. She participates in competitive All-Star Pom-Hip-Hop dance and cheer teams while still working part-time at Berryman’s. She loves ballet and ballroom dancing, and plans on majoring in dance in college. “Oh, My Gosh!! I Got Scales!”
Ashley Oldfield
Ashley is a junior at MCHS. She enjoys being a member of Student Council, Y-Club, BETA Club, and Honor Choir. Ashley has been active in All-Star Pom/Hip-Hop dance and cheer teams. She also enjoys ballet and ballroom dance. Ashley would like to major in business, as well as study art and dance in college. “I’ve always wanted to be a dancing fish!!”
Ensemble
Ashleigh Donaldson
Caroline Little
Amy Estes
Karrie Scott
Amanda Porath
Kayla Chaney
Brittany Lewis
Amanda Carney

Ean Watkins
Jonathan Flannery
Lauren McCoy
Sydney Gilvin
Joshua Martin

Carissa Daugherty
Brittany Stevens

Pit Orchestra
Violin I
Katie Tyree, Tiffany Toland
Violin II
Jessica Ratliff, Kendra Hampton, Presley Patton
Cello
Josh Moore
Viola
Mary Mattox, Anthony Kenney
Reed I
Brittany Knox
Reed II
Sara Sipes
Reed III
Shalana Callahan
Trumpet I
*To be announced*
Trumpet II
Donte Blanton
Trombone
Sam Fields
Percussion
Megan Samples
Guitar I
Kyle Samples
Piano
Lou Ann Gabbard
Keyboard I
Sinhye Lee
Keyboard II
Tyler Wilson
Stage Crew
Stage Manager
Erin Elliott
*Rest of the crew to be announced*

   
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