Ann Michels (Mary Poppins) has appeared in many CDT productions including: The Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, and Anything Goes. Other theaters: Guthrie, Ordway, Jungle, Torch, Old Log, Latté Da, Nautilus Music, History, Illusion, Outward Spiral, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Favorite roles: Sunday in the Park with George (Dot), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yitzak) and Man of La Mancha (Aldonza). Ann also sings with the George Maurer Group. AEA.
Mark King (Bert) is pleased to return to the Main Stage after appearing in Hello, Dolly! Over the years Mark has performed in many productions; a few Chan favorites include: Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Gad in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sylvester in Good News!, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, Andy Lee in 42nd Street, Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain, Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Carmen Ghia in The Producers. Mark is also a dance instructor at Chan DT Musical Theatre Camp for kids and teens. Proud member of AEA.
Keith Rice (George Banks) CDT highlights: King Triton in The Little Mermaid, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Edna in Hairspray, Michael in I Do! I Do!, Annie, Les Misérables, Music Man, Phantom and many others. Originally from New York, he has performed leading roles from there to California, including Chess, Carousel, Camelot, Damn Yankees, and the first national tour of Les Misérables. His favorite role was François Villon in The Vagabond King for Houston and San Francisco operas. His greatest blessings: Dena (wife), Luke, Theresa, and William. Member AEA.
Janet Hayes Trow (Winifred Banks) joy-fully marks her 45th production at CDT with Mary Poppins. Before settling in Minnesota, she performed from NYC’s Radio City and Off-Off Broadway, to Hawaii’s American Hawaii cruises, with the Ft. Worth Symphony, Aspen’s Crystal Palace, and St. Louis’ Goldenrod Showboat in between. A few favorite roles: Eva Peron in Evita, Marian in The Music Man, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Lena Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, and Polly in Crazy For You. She sends her love to her family, especially Danny Jack! Member AEA.
Isabelle Erhart (Jane Banks), age 12, is a sixth grader at Minnetonka Middle School East and is excited to make her CDT debut in Mary Poppins. Isabelle has performed in community and school productions with both Minnetonka Theatre and Chaska Valley Family Theatre. Favorites include: Evita, Our Gang Follies of 1938, Seussical and Annie. She has been dancing since age three at Deanne’s Dance Studio and loves taking voice lessons, playing tennis and percussion in school. Isabelle thanks her teachers, family and friends for their support and encouragement.
Jay Soulen (Michael Banks) is thrilled to perform at CDT. He recently portrayed Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story, The Musical at Ordway for the Performing Arts. Other roles: Minnetonka Theatre Oliver! (Oliver Twist), Evita (Ensemble); Minnesota Opera Turandot (Supernumerary); Minnetonka Elementary Schools Musical Theatre Program The Jungle Book (Mowgli), Our Gang Follies of 1938 (Alfalfa); Pantages Theatre “Christmas in the City” with John Trones (Children’s Chorus). “Big thanks to Mom, Dad, Trent Boyum and Reid Harmsen!”
Delaney Hunter (Jane Banks), age 11 and 6th grader at Chaska Middle School East, is thrilled to be returning to Chanhassen where she recently appeared in Hello, Dolly! Delaney also appeared in Chaska Valley Family Theatre’s production of Seussical, enjoys dancing, singing, playing the piano, and spending time with friends. Delaney thanks her parents, her brother Patrick, and her dance family at River Valley Dance Academy for their guidance, support, and encouragement as she continues pursuing her passion for the performing arts.
Carter Bannwarth (Michael Banks), age 12, is very excited to be in his first CDT production! Most recently performing as Schwartz in Ordway’s A Christmas Story, The Musical, Carter has also performed in many shows with both Woodbury and Ashland Community theaters. When not dancing competitively at Woodbury Dance Center, he enjoys playing percussion, cello and piano. Carter wishes to thank his parents and sister Madeline, as well as his theater community friends for their continued support!
Susan Hofflander (Miss Andrew/Queen Victoria) is thrilled to make her CDT debut in Mary Poppins! In a review of her work, the renowned Leonard Bernstein said, “Hofflander has the voice of Jenny Tourel and comic timing of Rosalind Russell.” Musical theater credits: national tour of Phantom of the Opera; and productions of Beauty and the Beast and Carousel; American recording of HONK! She has performed as a soloist with numerous opera companies/orchestras: Lyric Opera Chicago, Florida Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera. AEA.
Teri Parker-Brown (Bird Woman) is thrilled to join the cast of Mary Poppins. Most recently she was seen as Mrs. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank at Park Square Theater and in Mame at Minnetonka Theater. She has appeared at The Ordway, History Theater, Old Log, Illusion, and Children's Theatre as well as many times at Chanhassen: Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty & the Beast, Les Mis, Annie, State Fair, Brigadoon, Taffetas, Patsy, Midlife: The Crisis Musical and many others. Teri can be seen next in Sister Act at CDT. Best role of all - Mom to Audrey, Max, and Everett. AEA.
David Anthony Brinkley (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman) retired from the theatre in 2013 in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Other Desert Cities. He has, since, returned twice. First, to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for Michael Brindisi’s flagship production of Fiddler on the Roof. And second, to the Guthrie Theater for Marion McClinton’s production of Othello. These days he spends most of his time writing, painting, and making music in his home studio.
Seri Johnson (Mrs. Brill) is delighted to be back at CDT. She has been seen in Bye Bye Birdie, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Respect, Married Alive and as an occasional fill-in for Nunset Boulevard. She has also performed at Guthrie Theater in H.M.S. Pinafore, Old Log in Cowgirls, Jungle Theater in Urinetown and in a recent stint in Mame at Minnetonka Center for the Arts. She works as an on-camera and voiceover talent, is a founding member of the holiday singing group “Chick Cheer,” and is a busy, happy person in life.
Scott Blackburn (Robertson Ay) happily returns to Chanhassen’s Main Stage. Scott has appeared in dozens of Chanhassen productions over the past two decades. A few of his Chan credits include: Hairspray (Harriman Spitzer), The Producers (Franz Liebkind), Crazy For You (Lank Hawkins), Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim) and Can-Can (Boris). He also appeared in the regional premiere of The Big Bang and in the 18-month run of Midlife: The Crisis Musical. Scott is a native of Anoka, MN – Halloween Capital of the World.
Julianne Mundale (Mrs. Corry) happily returns for her 20th production with CDT! Previously seen in Hello, Dolly!, The Little Mermaid, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Jesus Christ Superstar, Swing, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, Cats, Crazy For You. Ordway credits include: A Christmas Story, The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, Romeo & Juliet, Anything Goes, Oklahoma!; Disney Productions; LLC; Flying Foot Forum. Member of AEA. “Love to my supportive family.”
Serena Brook (Katie Nanna) is very grateful to be back after making her CDT debut as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof last year! 7th House Theater: Jonah and the Whale (Guthrie Theater). Off-Broadway: Dear Edwina. National tour: Mama Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical. Favorite Regional: Mabel in Pirates of Penzance; Adelaide in Guys and Dolls; Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes. Serena has performed at Kennedy Center, York Theatre, Metropolitan Room and 54 Below. AEA member. www.serenabrook.com
Linda Talcott Lee (Miss Lark) Broadway credits: Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (original cast), Beauty and the Beast (original cast, Silly Girl, dance captain), The Goodbye Girl (original cast) and Seussical. CDT: Cats, West Side Story, Swing. Guthrie: My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, She Loves Me. Ordway: A Christmas Story, Cinderella. Fitzgerald: Wild Party Regional: Joseph…Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond (Apache Dancer), West Side Story (Anybodys), A Chorus Line (Maggie, Connie). She received an Emmy Award for choreographing The Comedy Hall of Fame with Jason Alexander. www.ltldanceworks.com.
Thomas Schumacher (Park Keeper) has played leading roles in many productions at CDT. Favorites include: Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom and Anything Goes. He has credits at Ordway including: A Grand Night for Singing and I Love A Piano, and numerous productions for Minnesota Opera. Career highlights: National tour of Phantom of the Opera; dancing at Radio City Music Hall; and touring nationally with Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! He holds a BA from Yale and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Sean Nugent (Policeman) is thrilled to return to Chanhassen’s Main Stage in Mary Poppins! CDT credits include: Hello, Dolly!, The Little Mermaid, All Shook Up, Footloose!, Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Producers, Swing!, 42nd Street, Good News!, Les Misérables, Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, and Forever Plaid. Sean has toured nationally with the first national tour of Seussical the Musical, starring Cathy Rigby, and Ordway’s production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
Rico Heisler (Von Hussler) credits include: ten Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ shows including All Shook Up (Chad) and West Side Story (Bernardo); Jungle Theater: Urinetown; Bloomington Civic Theatre: Crazy For You (Bobby), A Chorus Line (Mike); Minnesota Opera: La Traviata and The Merry Widow. Rico holds a B.A. from the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. Rico shares his life with his wife, Kari, and children, Silas, Gideon, Thaddeus, Malachi and Kasmira.
Jon Michael Stiff (Neleus) was most recently seen at Chanhassen in Hello, Dolly! after appearing in The Little Mermaid and Fiddler on the Roof. He is thrilled to return to the stage for this exciting production. A life-long dancer and performer, Jon has also been seen in Urinetown with the Jungle Theater and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector at Guthrie Theater. Other credits include: Troy in High School Musical, Eugene in Life Could Be a Dream, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Member AEA.
Frank Joseph Moran (Valentine) is excited to return to Chanhassen’s Main Stage. He is a native of Chippewa Falls, WI, and went to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire for Music. He has appeared at Chanhassen in numerous productions including Hello, Dolly!, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hairspray, and played Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie. His favorite roles include: Link in Hairspray, Angel in Rent, and Brad in The Rocky Horror Show. Frank is a proud member of AEA.
Andrew Hey (Northbrook) is honored to return to the Chanhassen stage after appearing in Hello, Dolly!, The Little Mermaid, and his favorite, Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka). He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Psychology and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology in order to establish a practice as a counselor. When not performing, Andrew enjoys following and attending Minnesota sporting events. He thanks his family for always supporting him.
Jessica Fredrickson (Ensemble) delightedly returns to CDT after appearing in Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay), The Little Mermaid (Aquata/Ariel U/S) and Bye Bye Birdie (Kim). She has performed locally with Ordway, Illusion Theater, Theater Latté Da, Skylark Opera, Bloomington Civic Theatre and internationally with Broadway Asia’s tour of Joseph…Dreamcoat. Favorites: Cinderella (Cinderella, Ordway), Clara (The Light in the Piazza, TLD; BCT), Mistress (Evita, TLD) and Laurey (Oklahoma!, BCT). “Love to hubby, Aleks!” Member AEA.
Martino Gabriel-Mayotte (Ensemble) is honored to make his CDT debut! He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Martino serves at Co-Artistic Director of Silver Slipper Productions and performs as Martina Marraccino in Martina's Broadway Cabaret. Some credits include Bloomington Civic Theatre: La Cage Aux Folles, Gypsy; Actor's Theater of Minnesota: Princess Diana; Cardinal Theatricals/American Reperatory Theatre: Mrs. Smith Live; Actual Reality Theatre: The Last Five Years; The Mechanicals: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Maura White (Ensemble) is from New York City where she had been a working actress and dancer since 1989. After graduating from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she got her first national tour of 42nd Street followed by tours of A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, and The Goodbye Girl. Regional credits include: Hal Prince’s Show Boat with the Chicago Company, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Maura is happy to be back at “The Chanhassen.”
Emily King (Ensemble) Favorite credits include: CDT: Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, Hello, Dolly!; Actors Theatre of Louisville: Love’s Labour’s Lost; Jon Ferguson: Super Monkey; Black Label Movement: The Woyzeck Project; Live Action Set: many shows including Ivey Award-winning The 7-Shot Symphony. Her choreographic work has been featured in the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening in 2009 and 2012, and in 7th House Theater Collective’s HAIR. She recently co-directed 7th House’s Jonah and the Whale with Tyler Michaels.
Laura Rudolph (Ensemble) is delighted to be on stage at CDT! Favorite credits include CDT: Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy), The Little Mermaid (Ariel/Alanna), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Ensemble/Narrator U/S), All Shook Up (Natalie), Nunset Boulevard (Sr. Leo); First national tour: Nunset Boulevard (Sr. Leo); Guthrie Theater: Roman Holiday (Ensemble), H.M.S. Pinafore (swing), She Stoops to Conquer reading (Kate Hardcastle); Bloomington Civic Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie). Love to her family and husband Patrick! AEA.
Tommy Benson (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Main Stage. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a BA in Music from the University of Minnesota/Duluth. He has performed in Turkey, China, and all over the Twin Cities, most recently in Hello, Dolly! on Chanhassen’s Main Stage. Favorite roles include: Oscar D’Armano in The Wild Party, Cowboy Bob in Footloose, Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad.
Brandyn Tapio (Ensemble)
is absolutely thrilled to be back on the Main Stage after being a part of Hello, Dolly! A recent graduate from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, he earned his BA in Vocal Music. While there, Brandyn hit the stage performing in Children of Eden, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Side Show, Oklahoma!, and The Mighty Casey. Other credits include: Footloose, Seussical, The Producers, The Music Man, Iolanthe and Once Upon a Mattress.
Michael Brindisi (Artistic Director) happily celebrates his 26th year as Resident Artistic Director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. In addition, Mr. Brindisi is proud to serve on the ownership team (established in 2010) for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. While he continues at the artistic helm, he adds the title of president to his “credits,” seeing and actively responding to the daily operations of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. (On your visit, you might see him walking through the dining room, holding a door for a guest, taste-testing a new menu item or assisting where an extra pair of hands is needed.) He directed his first Chanhassen production, Private Lives, in ‘88. Since then, Mr. Brindisi has over 100 Chanhassen productions to his credit. He previously spent several years in freelance directing, overseeing 40 productions in seven consecutive seasons of summer stock; three as Artistic Director of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Playhouse and four with MN Festival Theatre. He directed The Two-Character Play and Translations for Actors Theatre of St. Paul and Once in a Lifetime for Theatre in the Round. Other directing credits include The Beauty Part, The Robber Bridegroom, and Twigs for the Chimera Theatre and a Minnesota Music Theatre summer stock series with Winona St. Mary’s. Prior to directing, Mr. Brindisi enjoyed a successful acting career. Chanhassen productions include: Annie Get Your Gun, What the Butler Saw, Loot, The Robber Bridegroom, My Fair Lady, The Matchmaker, and his favorite production, Fiddler on the Roof (appearing in both 1978 and 1987 productions). He performed the role of Kenickie in the national tour of Grease and appeared in the Broadway revival of Once in a Lifetime with John Lithgow and Treat Williams. In 2002, he made a guest appearance in Ordway Center’s production of Anything Goes with Sandy Duncan and appeared in their production of Singin’ in the Rain. He was honored by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization to co-develop and direct the World Premiere of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, which debuted on CDT’s Main Stage in ‘07. In addition, when able, he takes time to guest direct locally and around the country. Some credits include: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Grand Night for Singing at Ordway Center; Grease and Hair at Historic Pantages Theatre, and most recently he directed Elmo and friends in the new Sesame Street Live national tour of Can’t Stop Singing. On a personal note, life in the theatre is a family affair. He is married to actor Michelle Barber. They have a daughter, Cat, and both are regularly seen on Twin Cities’ stages.
Tamara Kangas-Erickson (Choreographer) is Vice President and part of the ownership team of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, as well as its resident choreographer since 2004. She has been a part of the CDT family since 1981 when she appeared as Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Tamara was named “Outstanding Choreographer of 2005, 2006, and 2008” by the Star Tribune for Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, and 42nd Street and received an Ivey Award in 2008 for her choreography in 42nd Street. In the Fireside she directed and choreographed Respect, choreographed Altar Boyz, and in the Playhouse she directed The Musical of Musicals: The Musical. Tamara has also performed in numerous CDT shows including 42nd Street, Cats, Oklahoma, Can-Can, Crazy For You and Hair. Other Twin Cities credits include The Wild Party (Cardinal Theatricals); Faust and The Merry Widow (Minnesota Opera); The Most Happy Fella (Skylark Opera), and three years with Joe Chvala and The Flying Foot Forum.
Andrew Cooke (Music Director) At Chanhassen: Hello, Dolly!, The Little Mermaid; Fiddler on the Roof; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Our Hometown Christmas Pageant, Bye, Bye, Birdie!, Hairspray, Plaid Tidings, Forever Plaid, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up, Footloose, Another Night Before Christmas; Broadway: Aspects of Love, Sweeney Todd (first revival); Off-Broadway: Company, The Night They Invented Champagne, The World Goes ‘Round, Sweeney Todd; Guthrie: My Fair Lady; Roman Holiday, HMS Pinafore, Caroline, or Change, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Jane Eyre, 1776, She Loves Me, Death of a Salesman, Pirates of Penzance, Night of the Iguana, To Fool the Eye, Wintertime, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd; Children’s Theatre Company: Cinderella, Bert & Ernie, Goodnight!, Madeline and the Gypsies, Seussical, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Aladdin, Frog And Toad, Honk!, The Wizard of Oz; History Theatre: Queens of Burlesque; Mixed Blood Theatre: Pajama Game; Theater Latte’ Da: Floyd Collins. Other: The King and I, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls, Carnival, Camelot, Hello, Dolly! and others. Andrew is also a composer, arranger, and orchestrator. He is an instructor for the University of Minnesota /Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, and is also a private vocal coach and singing teacher. He studied at the University of Bonn and the Cologne Academy of Music, Germany; and is an honors graduate from the Indiana University School of Music.