Keith Rice* (King Arthur) marks his 41st CDT production with Camelot. Highlights: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Les Miserables (Javert), I Do! I Do!, Annie, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Music Man, Phantom, Disney’s Mary Poppins. Originally from NY, he has performed leading roles from there to California, including Chess, Carousel, Camelot, Damn Yankees, and the first national tour of Les Miserables. Favorite role: Francois Villon in The Vagabond King for Houston and San Francisco operas. His greatest blessings: Dena (wife), Luke, Theresa, William and Amber.
Helen Anker* (Guenevere) is thrilled to be back in the Twin Cities making her Chanhassen debut, after playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Guthrie Theater, 2 years ago. She originates from the UK where she performed in many West End and regional musicals and plays, then moved to NYC, performing on Broadway in Promises, Promises and many regional shows including The 39 Steps, Curtains, Newsies and Carousel. Television roles include: “White Collar,” “Law and Order” and “The Good Wife.” For more information: www.helenanker.com @helenanker
Aleks Knezevich* (Lancelot) is excited to return to CDT. Past CDT credits: Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. National Tour: Jekyll & Hyde (Title Role). NYC: The Cobalteans (NYMF); One For My Baby (workshop/reading). Regional: The Great Work (7th House Theater); H.M.S. Pinafore (Guthrie and PBS National Broadcast); Ragtime (Park Square); The Light in the Piazza (Theater Latte Da and Artistry); Spitfire Grill (Paul Bunyan Playhouse). “Thanks be to God for all things. Love to Jess, my family, and CDT for the opportunity.”
Tony Vierling* (Mordred) was recently seen at CDT as LeFou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Chanhassen credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cats, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singin’ in the Rain. Guthrie credits include: Midsummer Night's Dream, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, 1776, She Loves Me, and Pirates of Penzance. Regional credits include: White Christmas (TUTS), Little House on the Prairie (Paper Mill). National tours: A Chorus Line and Little House on the Prairie. Off-Broadway; We the People.
David Anthony Brinkley* (Merlyn/Pellinore) has worked at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for twenty-four years. Many thanks to Michael Brindisi. He is looking forward to getting back to full-time retirement after the run of Camelot.
Thomas Schumacher* (Sir Sagramore) has played leading roles in many productions at CDT. Favorites include: Les Miserables, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Phantom and Anything Goes. He has credits at the Ordway (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 AEA.
Renee Guittar (Nimue) is overjoyed to be back at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres after appearing in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Past credits include: Guthrie: The Music Man, Ordway: A Chorus Line. The Old Log: The Wedding Singer. Company Member of Collide Theatrical Dance Company since 2013. National tour: The Magic of Jared Sherlock. Minnesota Fringe Festival: Clocked and Circulate (producer and co-director). Teaching: Zenon Dance School, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy. Training: Gustavus Adolphus College. "So much love to family, friends and Rush!"
Jake Klinkhammer* (Sir Lionel) is happy to return to CDT where credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Jesus Christ Superstar. Chicago regional credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Xanadu (Drury Lane); The Who’s: TOMMY, Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Annie, and Hair (Paramount Theater); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Cats (Marriott Theater). Minnesota regional: Ragtime (Park Square Theater); Cinderella (Ordway); Evita (Theater Latte Da). “Love to my amazing wife, Leigh.”
Mark King* (Bliant/Dance Capatain) was last seen on the Main Stage as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. His Main Stage roles have included: Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins, Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain, and Carmen Ghia in The Producers. Other favorites are Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, Xanadu, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Janet Hayes Trow* (Lady Catherine) is proudly "3-peating" Camelot, the show which marked her Chanhassen debut in 1991. Many favorite roles include Polly in Crazy for You, Marian in The Music Man, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Jellylorum in Cats, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Mrs. Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins, and Babette in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She also has appeared in town at the Guthrie, the Ordway and the History Theatre. “Love to family!!”
Emily Rose Skinner* (Voice of Nimue/Lady Elaine) is delighted to be back after appearing as Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney's Beauty and the Beast! CDT credits include: Sister Act, Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, Respect. Guthrie: The Sunshine Boys. Ordway: The Pirates of Penzance. Park Square: Ragtime. History Theatre: Queens of Burlesque. Ritz: Venus. Artistry: Man of La Mancha, Funny Girl, Command Performance. Training: Carleton College, Vanderbilt University, National Theatre Conservatory.
Andrew Hey* (Sir Dinadan) is excited to return to CDT! Credits here include: Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, and three Disney productions, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and his career-defining role as the Starfish in The Little Mermaid. He has performed with the Ordway (The Pirates of Penzance) and Minneapolis Musical Theatre (Leap of Faith). Andrew recently earned his MA in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and also works as a mental health counselor. Andrew thanks his family for their support. @andrewchey
Michelle Barber* (Lady Anne) has appeared in over 60 productions at CDT. Favorites include: Fiddler on the Roof (Golde) Hello, Dolly! (Dolly, Mrs. Molloy), and Disney’s Mary Poppins (Bird Woman). Other credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha), Hamlet (Gertrude) at Jungle Theater; Caroline or Change (Grandma Gellman), Pen (Helen Bayer), Roman Holiday (The Countess), Other Desert Cities (Silda) at the Guthrie. Henry IV, Part I (King Henry) Ten Thousand Things, and most recently Mama Rose in Gypsy, Theater Latte Da. She loves her family more than the world.
Molly Sue McDonald* (Voice of Nimue/Lady Marian) credits include 12 shows at CDT, and work with the Guthrie, Cricket, Nautilus, Ten Thousand Things, Frank, Park Square, Mixed Blood, Illusion & Old Log theatres. Regional: ATC, Goodman and Lincolnshire Theatres. VocalEssence, Ex Machina & Dorian Operas. Orchestras: Minnesota, Columbus, Kansas City, Duluth, South Bend, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines & South Dakota. Her “Child of Mine” lullaby album won the ALA Award. She sings with Sopranorama!, and has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Maureen McGovern, and Garrison Keillor on PHC.
Reginald D. Haney (Congrevance) is thrilled to be back after appearing in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Sister Act (Sweaty Eddie). Hailing from Chicago he is a member of the three-time Grammy award-winning singing group, “Sounds of Blackness.” He has been blessed to perform in venues across the U.S. When not performing, Reginald serves as a teaching artist, shaping the minds of our youth across America. Reginald thanks “Charlie Brown” and his family for their never ending support. http://www.soundsofblackness.org/members/
Scott Blackburn* (Squire Dap) happily returns to the CDT Main Stage. Scott has appeared in dozens of Chanhassen Dinner Theatre productions over the past two decades including: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), 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.
Grace Lowe (Lady Sybil) is thoroughly honored to make her debut with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Her recent credits include: C with Theater Latte Da, Trial by Jury with The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, and A Christmas Carol with the Guthrie Theater. Grace is most grateful for the professional training she received from The New Studio on Broadway (Tisch School of the Arts) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. “Endless thanks to my family for the incredible love and support.”
Brandyn Tapio (Clarius) is back at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres whether you're ready or not! He earned his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance and a minor in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. He's performed with Out On A Limb Dance Company, Minnesota Project Opera, and community theaters around the State of Minnesota. His favorite roles include: Willard in Footloose, Dream Curly in Oklahoma!, Private Willis in Iolanthe and Fireball in The Mighty Casey.
Maura White* (Lady Moeya) 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: Hal Prince’s Show Boat with the Chicago Company, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Actors Theatre Louisville. Maura is happy to be back at "The Chanhassen."
Zach Keenan Kacey (Guilliam) is thrilled to make his Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut. Zach has been coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres with his family since he was just a little kid who liked to sing, and is honored to be included as part of this incredible cast. Zach was last seen as Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theater. Zach wishes you a most spectacular evening in the magical land of Camelot!
Mathias Anderson* (Castor) CDT credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Sister Act; Hello, Dolly!; Disney’s The Little Mermaid; Can-Can and Oklahoma. National Tour: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes. Little House on the Prairie, The Music Man, South Pacific (The Guthrie). Empire (Broadway Workshop), Seth’s Broadway 101 (Actors Fund) The Public Sings! (The Public Theater). Carousel (Minnesota Orchestra), Cats, Hot Mikado (Marriott Lincolnshire Theater - Chicago), Pippin (Denver Center), Guys & Dolls (Stages St. Louis) Encore! (Tokyo Disney), Chicago (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Arvada Center).
Sean Nugent* (Sir Percival) happily returns after being seen in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. CDT credits include: Disney’s Mary Poppins, Hello, Dolly!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Footloose!, Joseph…Dreamcoat, The Producers, Swing!, 42nd Street, Les Miserables, Easter Parade, Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Good News!, and Forever Plaid. Last season he was seen in All is Calm with Theatre Latte Da. Sean has toured with the first national tour of Seussical, starring Cathy Rigby, and the Ordway’s production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
Tommy Benson (Engamore) is thrilled to be returning to the Chanhassen stage. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a BA in Music from the U of MN/Duluth. He has performed in Turkey, China, and all over the Twin Cities, most recently in Disney’s Beauty & The Beast 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.
Mathias Becker (Gawaine) is excited to make his Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut! He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from MSU, Mankato and has played all over the Twin Cities, most recently in South Pacific at the Guthrie. Favorite roles include Monty in Violet at Yellow Tree, Sammy in The Wedding Singer at the Old Log, Johnny Cash in Ring of Fire at the Plymouth Playhouse and Football Player in Colossal at Mixed Blood (City Pages Best Play of 2014).
Jay Soulen (Tom of Warwick) returns for his third CDT production! Jay performed as Michael Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins followed by Chip in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Other roles: Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story, The Musical (Ordway), Oliver Twist in Oliver! (Minnetonka Theatre), Alfalfa in Our Gang Follies of 1938 and Mowgli in The Jungle Book. An 8th grader at Connections Academy, Jay is also a busy onscreen and voiceover talent. “Thanks to Mom, Dad and my “Chan” family!”
Carter Bannwarth (Tom of Warwick) is excited to return to CDT after last appearing as Michael Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins. He performed in the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at Children's Theater Company. He’s been on stage at the Ordway (The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story, The Musical), and with Woodbury Community Theatre and Ashland Community Theater. Carter has TV and voiceover credits including Nickelodeon Universe Fear2Fun Ad. Training: competitive dance, private voice, piano, cello, guitar and percussion.
*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.
Michael Brindisi (Artistic Director) happily celebrates his 29th year as Resident Artistic Director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. In addition, Mr. Brindisi is proud to serve on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ ownership team (established in 2010). 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 well 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 Minnesota 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. CDT 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 (he appeared in the1978,1987 and 2013 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 also 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; and Grease and Hair at the Historic Pantages Theatre. He had the unique pleasure of directing Elmo, Big Bird and friends in the Sesame Street Live national tour of Can’t Stop Singing. On a personal note, life in the theatre is a family affair. Michael is married to actor Michelle Barber. They have a daughter, Cat, who is married to actor and director, David Darrow, and all are regularly seen on Twin Cities’ stages.
Tamara Kangas Erickson* (Choreographer) is Vice President at 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 The Flying Foot Forum.
Andrew Cooke (Music Director) At Chanhassen: Beauty and the Beast; Mary Poppins; 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 in Germany, and is an honors graduate from the Indiana University School of Music.
Production Stage Manager - Katie Hawkinson*
Costume Designer - Rich Hamson
Resident Scenic Designer - Nayna Ramey
Lighting Designer - Sue Ellen Berger
Sound Designer - Russ Haynes
Hair/Makeup Designer -