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MEET THE CAST ~ PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES

 

ROBERT FRANKENBERRY (Music Director, L.M.)

Robert has previously appeared on the ACT stage as Simon Stimson (Our Town) and as Willy Wonka. He leads a multi-faceted career as a vocalist, pianist, actor, and conductor. On stage, he has performed roles ranging from Mozart in Amadeus and John Adams in 1776 to the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Faust, and Don Carlo, and include principal tenor roles in Il Tabarro, Tosca, Carmen, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rigoletto. He has originated roles in works by Roger Zahab, Jeremy Beck, Seymour Barab, Daron Hagen, and Kieren MacMillan, and sung premieres of song cycles by Eric Moe, Roger Zahab, and David Del Tredici. At the piano, he performs both standard and contemporary chamber music, and is a member of IonSound, the Music On the Edge Chamber Ensemble, Trio AnimeBOP, the Phoenix Players, and entelechron, and has appeared several times as a guest artist with PNME. Frankenberry's credits in musical direction cover the span of opera, including Sweeney Todd, The Tales of Hoffmann, Monteverdi's 8th Book of Madrigals, Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hagen's Vera of Las Vegas. Active as an orchestrator and arranger, Robert has created small ensemble orchestrations of works by Busoni, Satie, and Stravinksy; reduced orchestrations of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder; and new orchestrations of complete operas by Montemezzi (L'Incantesimo) and Gluck (Orpheus and Eurydice). His arrangements have been performed by Bobby McFerrin and the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, IonSound, and Alia Musica. Robert holds a BM (Piano Performance) from Mercyhurst College, where he studied piano with Sam Rotman and conducting with Walter Hendl, and an MM (Voice Performance) from Carnegie Mellon, where he was a student of John Shirley-Quirk.

 

JAMES CRITCHFIELD (CO-DIRECTOR, JIM)

James has lived, studied and worked as a professional actor, singer, director, producer, theater consultant, administrator, and performing arts educator in Western PA for most of his life. Jim, along with dear friend and talented colleague Mary Chess Randolph (Artistic Director for ACT), has produced professional live musicals, comedies, dramas, and high quality children’s theater for three seasons as the professional theater in residence in the Baverso Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center of Focus On Renewal. He is also extremely happy to continue his collaboration with Focus On Renewal as the arts center’s Program Director. Jim has been a major player for many years in numerous facets of bringing the Father Ryan Arts Center to life by helping to create the arts center’s mission, vision, goals, operations, programming, curriculum, and the art center’s facility design. James holds degrees in Theater Arts/Acting and in Children’s Theater in Elementary Education both from Point Park University.

Mr. Critchfield isn’t only an accomplished administrator but is also a professional artisan in his own right. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States and has a very successful career performing leading roles with many of the professional performing arts companies in the region. His performance credits include - but are not limited to – Actors Civic Theater, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and many productions for Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Some of his favorite roles include (Tevye) Fiddler on the Roof, (Stage Manager) Our Town, (Professor Marvel/The Wizard) The Wizard of Oz, (The Pirate King) The Pirates of Penzance, (Jonathan Brewster) Arsenic and Old Lace, (John Falstaff) “Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man” (excerpts from Merry Wives’ of Windsor), (Richard Henry Lee) 1776 (Sheriff Reynolds) Bat Boy, (Mr. Mushnik) Little Shop of Horrors, (Lank Hawkins) Crazy for You, and (Ebenezer Scrooge) in A Christmas Carol, for which he has received audience and critical acclaim for 18 Christmas seasons since December 1991 including 2 productions of ACT’s new version adapted by him and Mary.

Besides directing for ACT he has directed for the Pittsburgh Savoyards, Prime Stage, South Park Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory, and Duquesne University’s Vincentian Academy to name a few. He has taught for The University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Laboratory School, Point Park University’s Playhouse School and PPU’s Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), Actors Civic Theater (ACT), Father Ryan Arts Center, Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Richard E. Rauh Conservatory, East Liberty Presbyterian Church’s Hope Academy, The Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Children’s Festival Chorus, Pittsburgh Performing Arts Theater, The Joy School of Dance, Joyce’s School of Dance, Camp Deer Creek, and The Kids Theater Project. James also served as the Education Director for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater.

MARY CHESS RANDOLPH (CO-DIRECTOR, PRUDIE CUPP)

Mary has a BFA, with a concentration in theater from Point Park University. She has been performing for over 30 years, at many venues including The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater and Little Lake Theater , to name a few. Most recent acting credits include: Aida, in Over the River and Through the Woods; Gertrude, in The Seahorse, Mary in The Melville Boys; Mother Superior, Nunsense I and II; Mrs. Cratchit, Christmas Carol; and Betty Meeks in The Foreigner. In 2009, Mary won Best Actress in a Supporting Role at McKeesport Little Theater for her portrayal of Norma Hubley in Plaza Suite. Directing credits include: I Do! Do!, A Christmas Carol and Our Town. Ms. Randolph has also taught drama and music for numerous schools and organizations, including Vincentian Academy and St. John of God. She was drama teacher for the Peace Camp at the Father Ryan Arts Center, and drama coach for the Reader’s Theater program. She served as acting coach for he Children’s Festival Chorus’ Summer Camp at Geneva College. This summer will mark her sixth year as teacher and director at the Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) Performing Arts Camp where, along with Camp Director and choreographer Kathy Wayne, she directs and music directs approximately 40-60 students. Mary teaches Youth Musical Theater at the Father Ryan Arts Center. She has also performed on television and film, and industrials and voiceovers. Mary is alto section leader for East Libery Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. She may be seen next as Big Mama, in Throughline Theatre’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

 

 

 

 LAUREN MCCAFFREY (RHETTA CUPP)

Lauren is excited to be back on stage at the Father Ryan Arts Center. She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. Her favorite roles include: Melissa in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, Kate in “Harps and Harmonicas”, Gertrude McFuzz in “Seussical the Musical”, Corrie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense II, Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly. Lauren is also known for directing as well as stage-managing. Her directing credits include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Back to the 80’s, and Charlotte’s Web. Her upcoming project is directing “A Rock Roll Snow White” at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth.

  

 

 

 

 

  

ANDY FOLMER (JACKSON, INSTRUMENTALIST)

Andy is no stranger to theatre. He has served as a director, set designer and technical director for several performance companies in and around the city of Pittsburgh. He has performed with several local theater groups, including Stage 62, South Park Theater and Actors Civic Theatre (ACT). Andy’s credits include Bill Snibson in Me And My Girl; Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along; Leading Player in Pippin; Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music; J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic; Harry in Company; Jesus in Godspell; and El Gallo in The Fantasticks.

 

 

 

   

 TODD FARWELL (ROLLEY DURM)

 

Todd is excited to be back with Actors Civic Theater (ACT) after performing the roles of William and Topper in ACT’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story, 2008. He considers himself more of a singer than an actor, having performed with Pittsburgh Opera, and the Pittsburgh Symphony through the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and The Pittsburgh Savoyards. Todd currently serves as a Bass Section Leader with East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir.

 

 

 

 

  

 

LEO STANKUS (EDDIE, BASS)

Leo is normally a bass player, but is trying his hand at this acting thing. He has been seen on or back stage with Pittsburgh's CLO Cabaret, Stage 62, The Old Schoolhouse Players, South Park Theater and Heritage Players. This is his second performance with the ACT and we are so happy to be working with Leo again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOE WEISS (ACOUSTIC GUITAR)

Joe is currently a college student at Geneva College in Beaver Falls PA. Joe plays guitar and leads worship at various events around campus. Although usually just a guitarist and a singer he is excited to be a part of the “Pump Boys” crew. Joe currently is the worship leader of his church, First Baptist Church of Mckees Rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

KIMBERLYN PRICE (PERCUSSION)

Kimberlyn is a freshman at Montour High School. There she is member of the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, and the Marching Band. She has been playing drums and taking private lessons for 6 years. Kim is a former member of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently a member of the River City Brass Band.

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

MICHELE LEE BETTS (STAGE MANAGER) 

Michele is a native of Pittsburgh and hopes this is her first of many productions with Actors Civic Theatre (ACT)/Father Ryan Art Center. Michele is a classical vocalist who performs with local Catholic AME Zion, Presbyterian Churches, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. She has performed in productions such as; Jazz Opera: Just Above my Head, Marriage of Figaro, Carmen Jones, Lost in the Stars, Djamiileh, Die Fledermaus, and Porgy and Bess. She currently stage manages for several performance companies in Pittsburgh. Her most recent productions include; Mahalia Jackson; Standing On Holy Ground, The City Wide Kwanzaa 2010 with over 200 performers and more. Michele is the Founder and CEO of Mama Bear, a non-profit agency that mentors young ladies between the ages of 14-24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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