Regina Marie Williams* (Deloris Van Cartier) is a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow at the Playwrights' Center, an Ivey Award recipient and a Helen Hayes Nominee. Credits include: Dinah Was (Dinah) at Penumbra Theater, Nina Simone: Four Women (Nina) at Park Square Theatre, The Bluest Eye (Mama) at Guthrie Theater, Death Tax at Pillsbury House, and Romeo & Juliet (Lady Capulet) with Ten Thousand Things. Ms. Williams has released three solo CDs and performs at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. City Pages named her Best Actress 2016. www.reginamw.com
Norah Long* (Mother Superior) Recent honors: 2015 Star Tribune Best Supporting Musical Actress (CDT's Sister Act); 2013 Broadway World Regional Best Actress (Marie, Lombardi). CDT: Eliza Doolittle, Maria von Trapp, Guenevere, Milly Pontipee, Agnes (I Do! I Do!). Also: Guthrie, Penumbra, Nautilus, History Theatre, Ordway, Jungle, Ten Thousand Things, Illusion, Arvada Center (CO), Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ), Florida Stage, Dakota Jazz, MN Orchestra, Cuba's National Symphony Orchestra. Norah is Adjunct Fine Arts Faculty at North Central University. www.norahlong.com
Brianna Graham* (Deloris Alternate/Tina) is excited to reunite with the Sister Act cast and crew. Highlights include Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Sister Act, Hairspray. Guthrie Theater: The Bluest Eye, Appomattox. The Ordway: Broadway Song Book Rebel’s on Broadway. 7th House Theater: Hair. Minneapolis Musical Theatre: Leap of Faith. Ashland Theatre: High School Musical. Brianna’s been a featured singer with Jonny James & the Hall of Fames. “Special thanks to family and friends." www.briannagrahamofficial.com
Keith Rice* (Monsignor Howard) marks his 43rd CDT production. Highlights: Camelot (King Arthur), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Les Miserables (Javert), Annie, 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.
Reginald D. Haney (Lt. Eddie Souther) is happy to return to CDT. He was last seen in Camelot and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Reginald is a native from Chicago and a proud member of the three-time Grammy award winning group Sounds of Blackness. Reginald has performed with several theaters throughout the Midwest including: Hope Summer Rep Theatre, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Stages, Sidekick Theatre and many more. He thanks his wonderful family and friends for their unwavering support.
Andre Shoals* (Curtis) is thrilled to return to CDT! Other stage credits include: Man of La Mancha, Next Festival 2017, Peter & The Starcatcher, Ragtime, Aida (Theater Latte Da), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and The Little Mermaid, Joseph…Dreamcoat (CDT), Rocky Horror Live (Cardinal Theatricals). Dance credits include Zenon Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co., Jane Comfort Dance, and Susan Marshall Dance Co. Andre is also a co-founder of Boston Fringe Theater Company: The Gold Dust Orphans.
Kasano Mwanza* (TJ) is excited to return to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres where he was just seen as Teen Angel in Grease. Previous to that, he was seen in Contempo Physical Dance Company’s Balacobaco and has worked with Theatre Latte Da, Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company and many more! For more info on Kasano, and to hear some of his original work, go to www.KASANOMUSIC.com “To my family & friends, I love you!” Member AEA.
Mathias Anderson* (Joey) CDT: Camelot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Hello, Dolly! National tour: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other: The Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Disney, Pioneer Theater Company, Denver Center, The Public Theater, N. Carolina Theater, Weston Playhouse, & Stages St. Louis. Choreography/Direction credits: CTC and Cedar Summerstock Theater; Second Fiddle: Managing Director. B.F.A. Theater-UMD. AEA member. Upcoming: Dance 'Til You Drop (History Theater/Collide).
Fernando Collado (Pablo), a recent transplant from New York, is ready for his debut on the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres stage. His past local credits include: In the Heights (Sonny) at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Safe at Home (Andy Luis) with Mixed Blood Theater, and A Christmas Carol (Fezziwig Guest) at the Guthrie Theater.
Britta Ollmann* (Sister Mary Robert) is so pleased to return to Sister Act! Recent regional credits include: Sunday in the Park with George (Guthrie Theater); Red Velvet (freeFall Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL); Ragtime, Into the Woods, Violet, Steerage Song (Theater Latte Da); The Last Five Years (FLiP Theatre); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Old Log Theatre). New York: A Catered Affair (Broadway & world premiere at The Old Globe, San Diego). Britta holds a B.F.A. from New York University and an MA in teaching from Hamline University. Member AEA.
Therese Walth* (Sister Mary Patrick) was last seen at CDT in Grease. Credits include: CDT: Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad) and Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula). Guthrie Theater: The Music Man, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Jungle Theatre: As The World Goes ‘Round, Urinetown. The Ordway: Broadway Songbook: Gershwin. Second Fiddle Productions: 110 in the Shade (Lizzy Curry). Minnetonka Theatre: Mame. Open Window Theatre: The Lilies of the Field. Bloomington Civic Theatre: Les Miserables; Kiss Me, Kate. Therese is Choral/Vocal Music Director at Hill-Murray School. Member AEA.
Seri Johnson* (Sister Mary Lazarus) was last seen as Mrs. Brill in CDT’s production of Disney’s Mary Poppins. She has been seen in Bye Bye Birdie, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Respect, Married Alive and in Nunset Boulevard. In addition, her credits include work 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.
Molly Sue McDonald* (Sister Mary Theresa) is familiar through her work at CDT, Guthrie, Cricket, Nautilus, Ten Thousand Things, Frank, Park Square, Mixed Blood, Illusion & Old Log theatres. Regional credits include: ATC, Goodman & Lincolnshire Theatres; VocalEssence, Ex Machina and Dorian Operas and Orchestras of Minnesota, Columbus, Kansas City, Duluth, South Bend, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and South Dakota. Her ‘Child of Mine’ lullaby album won the ALA Award, she's guested with Garrison Keillor on PHC and sings with Sopranorama!
Emily Rose Skinner* (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours) has her "sisters by her side" again! CDT: Camelot, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Wardrobe), Sister Act, Hello, Dolly! (Ernestina), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah), Joseph...Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Girl), All Shook Up (Miss Sandra), Oklahoma! (Gertie), Respect. Regional: Guthrie, Ordway, Jungle, Park Square, History, Ritz and Lab theaters. North Carolina Symphony: Totally Awesome 80s. Training: Vanderbilt University, Carleton College.
Mark King* (Ensemble/Dance Captain) was last seen on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Main Stage in Grease. His Main Stage roles have included: Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, 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, Xanadu, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Ruthanne Heyward* (Michelle) is delighted to be back at CDT. She was last seen on the Main Stage in Grease (Rizzo), preceded by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and Christmas Together (on the Fireside Stage). Local credits include Skylark Opera (On the Town, Mlle. Modiste, Wonderful Town and The Vagabond King) and The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company (Patience, H.M.S. Pinafore). Ruthanne thanks her family for their constant support of her theatrical endeavors. Ephesians 3:20. ruthanneheyward.com
Thomas Schumacher* (Ensemble) has played leading roles in many productions at Chanhassen Dinner theatres. Favorites include: Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom and Anything Goes. He has credits at Ordway Center: 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 Association.
Rudolph Searles III* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the CDT stage having also appeared in Hairspray and Disney's The Little Mermaid. Other credits include The Ordway: Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Pirates of Penzance, White Christmas, A Christmas Story The Musical, Damn Yankees. Park Square: The Color Purple, Johnny Baseball. 7th House: Hair. Attended Minnesota State University at Mankato and Casper College. Proud member AEA.
Teri Parker Brown* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back in the habit again! Most recently seen in Savannah Sipping Society at Old Log Theater. Other credits include: Ordway, History, Illusion, Park Square, Minnetonka and Children's theater companies; as well as over 25 productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres including: Bye Bye Birdie, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, State Fair, and Brigadoon. Favorite roles, Mame and Belle. Best role of all: Mom to Audrey, Max and Everett.
Leslie Brown* (Ensemble) has appeared in over 25 CDT productions and is very pleased to be back in Sister Act. Other past Chanhassen roles: Maggie in A Chorus Line, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Liesl in The Sound of Music, Gertie in Oklahoma!, Demeter in Cats, and Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain. Other credits include: North Star Opera, Actors Theater of MN, Ordway Center, Cincinnati Ballet Co., and with UCLA Summer Theater Co. (as Asst. Choreographer). Member AEA.
Alyssa Seifert* (Ensemble) is happy to be back in the habit! Previous CDT productions include Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s Mary Poppins and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She has performed locally with Old Log Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Lyric Arts, Collide Theatrical, Artistry, and Minnetonka Theatre. Favorite roles include: Cinderella in Into the Woods, Ivy Smith in On the Town, the swing for Shrek, the Musical and Maxene Andrews in Sisters of Swing. "Bless Our Show!"
Janet Hayes Trow* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Sister Act, having just played Miss Lynch in Grease. Favorite Chanhassen Dinner Theatres roles include Marian in The Music Man, Lena Lamont in Singin' In The Rain, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Polly in Crazy For You, Grace Farrell in Annie, and Lizzie in The Rainmaker. She has also worked at the History Theatre, the Ordway and the Guthrie locally, as well as Off-Off Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
Laura Rudolph* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with her sisters! Favorite credits include CDT: Grease (Sandy), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid (Ariel/Alanna), Sister Act, Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Ensemble/Narrator U/S), All Shook Up (Natalie), Nunset Boulevard (Sr. Leo); First nat’l tour: Nunset Boulevard (Sr. Leo); Guthrie Theater: South Pacific, Roman Holiday, H.M.S. Pinafore, She Stoops to Conquer reading; Old Log Theater: Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne). Member AEA.
Nickie Kromminga Hill* (Ensemble) is so happy to join the cast of Sister Act! This is Nickie's sixteenth performance at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Nickie holds a K-12 Theatre and Dance license and is in her 5th year teaching at Anoka Middle School for the Arts. Nickie also sings with holiday a cappella group, Chick Cheer, and runs The Spread Sunshine Gang, an organization that finds creative ways to give back to the community. She is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her percussionist hubby, Paul. AEA. “For Mom.”
Roland Hawkins (Ernie/Ensemble) is extremely excited to reprise this role in one of his favorite stories from childhood! Roland holds a BM from Simpson College where he was a Vocal Performance major. He has performed in Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Scotland and England and toured the Midwest with various vocal ensembles and companies. Favorite roles include Seaweed in Hairspray, Chris the Seismologist in Sasquatched! The Musical and most recently A.D. Williams in Mother King.
Tommy Benson (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to CDT! 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 across the Twin Cities, most recently in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Ordway and Ghost The Musical at Old Log Theater. Favorite roles include: David DiNotello in Spandex The Musical, 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.
Michael Brindisi (Artistic Director) will happily celebrate his 30th year as Resident Artistic Director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 2018, however, he has been affiliated with CDT since 1971 when he first appeared on stage here in The Matchmaker. In addition, Mr. Brindisi is proud to serve on the CDT ownership team (established in 2010). While he continues at the artistic helm, he adds the title of president to his “credits,” seeing and responding to daily operations. (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 CDT 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 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 and his favorite production, Fiddler on the Roof (appearing in 1978,1987 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, was a guest artist in the Ordway’s production of Anything Goes with Sandy Duncan and in 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. 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 the Ordway; 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, seen on stage here and across the Twin Cities. Their daughter Cat, also a professional actor, is married to actor and director, David Darrow and they reside in New York.
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.
Richard Long (Music Director) has been associated with CDT for over 30 years, first appearing as an actor in Joseph…Dreamcoat in 1983. Memorable onstage roles include “Cornelius” in Hello, Dolly! and “Father Virgil” in Nuncrackers. He joined the CDT orchestra as principal keyboard player in 1992, and in the years since has served as music director for Chanhassen’s productions of My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Sound of Music, Annie, Grease, Les Misérables, The Producers, I Do! I Do! (2010), Xanadu and Sister Act. He has performed similar duties at other theatres, including Minnesota Festival Theatre, History Theatre, Old Creamery, Circa ‘21, the Cricket, and Children’s Theatre Company. In 2011, he conducted Guthrie Theater’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore, which was videotaped and broadcast nationally on PBS. Richard is also an accomplished composer. His opera, Ever After, was both a critical and popular success when it premiered at Minnesota Festival Theatre, and his cabaret songs and church music have proved to have lasting appeal.
Scenic Designer - Nayna Ramey
Costume Designer - Rich Hamson
Lighting Designer - Sue Ellen Berger
Sound Designer - Russ Haynes
Hair/Makeup Designer - Paul Bigot
Production Stage Manager - Katie Hawkinson*
*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.