July 14th - September 11th
In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap… until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal.
About the Show
In 2015, we gave the classic Kander & Ebb musical, Cabaret. In 2016, we transform the space again for one of the duo's environmental musicals, this time transporting you to a Chicago women's prison in the roaring twenties. The Kander and Ebb classic won six Tonys when it was revived on Broadway in 1997.
Chicago contains mild language and sexually provocative costumes and choreography. Were it a movie, it would be rated PG-13.
Kander & Ebb
Meet the Cast of Chicago
LAYLI KAYHANI (Velma Kelly in Chicago) - is thrilled to return to OCT! Credits: Cabaret, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Hairspray, Urinetown. She’s a proud alumni of PCPA, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design (BFA). Special thanks to the cast and crew for their amazing work, to family and friends for constant inspiration and support, and to Ryan and Logan who fill my heart with so much love and joy!
DEANNA OTT (Roxy in Chicago) - Deanna is thrilled to join the wonderful company at Oregon Cabaret Theatre for Chicago! Recent favorites include: A Christmas Story (National Tour, Big League Productions 2014, 2015), Orange Star Dinner Show (NYC workshop), West Side Story (Drury Lane Theatre), Into The Woods, Sense and Sensibility (USF), A Christmas Carol, Spamalot (Palace Theatre) Legally Blonde (PCPA) Love to her family! Eucharisteo.
GALLOWAY STEVENS (Hart in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago) - Galloway is ready to razzle and dazzle Ashland as he clocks in with his 2016 return! You may remember him from his OCT debut performance as the Emcee in last season's production of Cabaret. Since then, Galloway has starred as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, and most recently in his first presidential role as Warren G. Harding in Mark St. Germain's, Camping With Henry & Tom. Other favorite regional credits include Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, Lank Hawkins in Crazy For You, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and King Mongut in one of his R&H favorites, The King & I. Feel free to follow Galloway on Twitter @gallowaystevens.
TAMARA MARSTON (Mama Morton in Chicago) - Tamara has been an actor, singer and director in the Rogue Valley for over 25 years, and appears joyously in her 18th show here at OCT since 1989. Last seen as Fraulein Schneider in 2015's Cabaret, other OCT appearances include Cindy Rella (all three!), Nunsense, Kathy and Mo, Parcel From America, and Kickin' The Clouds Away, a treasured memory of sharing stage and dance with the late, beloved Jim Giancarlo. Other Oregon productions include Woody Guthrie’s American Song, The Odd Couple, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Nickeled and Dimed. Recently, she’s served as Director and Music Director for Teen Music Theatre of Oregon and Oregon Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Tamara is also a choir director and audiobook narrator of over 70 titles.
BILLY BREED (Dick/Bob/Tinsworthy/Ensemble in 9 to 5, Amos Hart/Ensemble in Chicago) Billy is pleased as punch to be back working at the Oregon Cabaret. As a resident of the Central Coast of California he has performed in numerous productions with PCPA such as Man of La Mancha, Christmas is Here Again, Spamalot, Urinetown, Hot Mikado and many others. Other regional theatres he has worked at include: The Great American Melodrama,Theatre at the Center/Chicago, Royal Palm Theatre, Old Schoolhouse Theatre, Circa 21 Playhouse and he has toured Europe and Israel with Scala Productions. He has studied dance and theatre at the North Carolina School of the Arts, New York University and the University of Kentucky. It’s great to be back in lovely Ashland!
Katie Worley Beck
KATIE WORLEY BECK (Judy in 9 to 5, Liz/Ensemble in Chicago) Though Katie now lives in Corvallis Oregon, she is originally from Santa Cruz County California. In 2006, Katie graduated from the Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria California. Some PCPA credits: Our Town, Much Ado, Hairspray and Guys and Dolls as The Drunk. After graduating PCPA, Katie has been working off and on with the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville in Oceano, California since 2007. It is also at TGAM that Katie met her brilliant husband, Andrew. Her OCT credits include: What A Glorious Feeling as Jeanne Coyne, Let's Misbehave as Alice, The Winter Wonderettes as Cindy Lou, and The 39 Steps as The Woman. Katie would like to thank her friends and family for helping her remember that “nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”
LINA LEE (Annie/Ensemble in Chicago) - Lina is excited to make her Oregon Cabaret debut in one of her dream shows! Regional credits include Legally Blonde (Pilar), A Chorus Line (Connie), Les Miserable (Eponine), Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady. Recent graduate of James Madison University, Theatre and Dance. Thanks to family and friends for support! Go Dukes!
KATIE WACKOWSKI (Missy/Kathy/Ensemble in 9 to 5, June/Ensemble in Chicago) Katie has her BA in Theatre and Dance, is a 2013 graduate of PCPA, and has worked since as both an actor and choreographer. Her recent, favorite roles are as Dream Laurey in Oklahoma, and Rosalind in As You Like It. She is drawn to variety in choreography as well and has recently enjoyed creating My Fair Lady, Company, and Forever Plaid. She is thrilled to be joining Oregon Cabaret both on the artistic team and on the stage. She sends her immense gratitude to her family and theatre family, whose support keeps her going from near or far.
AMY ASHLEY (Hunyak/Ensemble in Chicago) - A Rogue Valley native, Amy is a classically trained dancer who has spent the past five years working and studying in Portland, San Francisco, and New York. Amy graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program in 2015 and has since worked with many amazing artists including Sidra Bell, Maurya Kerr, Tracey Durbin, and members of the Hofesh Shechter Company. Last seen in Camelot Theater's Oklahoma!, she is also a choreographer (One Eleven Theater's The Little Mermaid), and a casual pianist. Amy will be moving to New York within the year to continue her stage career.
JAKE DELANEY (Joe/Dwayne/Ensemble in 9 to 5, Fogarty/Bailiff/Harry/Ensemble in Chicago) - National/International Tours: The Addams Family; Fiddler on the Roof and ’S Wonderful. Favorite regional credits: Crazy for You (Bobby Child); Singin' in the Rain (Don Lockwood); Mary Poppins (Bert); Oklahoma! (Curly & Will) and A Chorus Line (Greg & Al). BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School. Special thanks to Valerie for this opportunity and bringing him into the OCT family, and to everyone who gets him through the day.
EDGAR LOPEZ (Josh/Ensemble in 9 to 5) - Edgar is very excited to be making his Oregon Cabaret debut! Other credits: Chicago, Evita, Anything Goes (Phoenix Theatre) Pirates of Penzance (Sacramento Theatre Company), Crazy for You (Candlelight Pavilion). Mary Poppins, the world premiere of Christmas is Here Again, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof, and West Side Story all with Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Other favorites include Godspell and Title of Show. Edgar has worked with Disney theme parks as a parade dancer as well being part of an opening act for the rock band HEART. Thanks to family and friends for the support!
Redge Palmer is from Roosevelt, Utah and is excited to make his debut at OCT. He's previously appeared at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Neil Simon Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Tucahn Center for the Arts, and the Victory Theatre. Other Theatres: Beauty & the Beast as Cogsworth, Bat Boy as Rev. Hightower, & Mrs. Taylor, Peter and the Starcatcher as Alf, Anything Goes as The Purser Chicago as Mary Sunshine, A Christmas Carol: On the Air as Andy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Forever Plaid as Jinx, Seussical the Musical as Horton, The Odd Couple as Murray, The Goodbye Girl as Ricky Simpson, Proposals as Vinnie Bavasi WWW.REDGEPALMER.COM
Kara has just recently moved to Ashland and this is her first show at the Cabaret! Broadway credit: Tarzan. Other NY credits: Radio City Rockette, MTV VMA’s, Nothing Like a Dame. Featured dancer 2002 Olympics. Television: Good Morning America, Broadway: The American Musical, The Today Show, Broadway Under the Stars, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The View. Training:Pacific Northwest Ballet - full scholarships, U.S. Olympic Training Center (Rhythmic Gymnastics). Teaching: The Rockette Experience, UNC School of the Arts, BYU. Choreography: Nestle, Heinz, Panasonic, Fox TV Upfronts, PBS, Cannon, Marriott Hotels, Aetna. Thanks and love to my supportive husband Josh and beautiful children who keep me on my toes long after hanging up my pointe shoes. karamarie.com
Most recently been seen on stage as Charity Valentine in Sweet Charity at the Camelot Theater, Sarah has been the principal choreographer for numerous shows and programs in the Rogue Valley. Her myriad of interests also carry over to the production side of the theater, which include props design, stage management, and assistant direction. She is also an experienced voiceover actor.
Samuel most recently completed a run in OSF’s, the Folger's, and the Guthrie Theater's Pericles as as Sailor, Pirate, Ensemble. Samuel appeared in ANPF's reading of Cost of Living, The Bottle Tree and The Little Dog Laughed. Other theatre credits include Macenas in Antony and Cleopatra (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Matamore in The Illusion; Eddie in The Drunken City; Editor Webb in Our Town; Servant in Three Sisters; Luigi Gaudi in Lucky Stiff; Bruno Binelli in The Metal Children; Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southern Oregon University); Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew; and Clarence/Catesby in Richard III (Island Shakespeare Festival). Honors include nominations for the Irene Ryan Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Samuel is a BFA Theatre Arts graduate of Southern Oregon University, with a minor in Musical Theatre.
Nolan is very excited to be working with the company of Chicago at OCT! He is originally from Riverside California, and is now a soon-to-be-senior working to receive a BFA in Acting at Southern Oregon University. Previous SOU credits include The Secret Garden (Dickon), Cody Stanfied (Kevin Bailey), Caliban's Dreams (Sockette), and The Winter's Tale (The Young Shepherd). Nolan would like to thank his friends and family for all their immense love and support!
Nathan is a Southern California transplant who moved to the Southern Oregon Valley in March of 2009. Nathan’s recent credits include Jamie Willerstein in The Last 5 Years, Curly McLean in Oklahoma, and Joey/Davy in the original musical Divine Lunacy. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support in his theatrical endeavors, and hopes you all enjoy the 2016 Cabaret season!