BRIDGET ADAMS-KING (PAMELA)
is thrilled to be making her Kokandy Productions’ debut in Head Over Heels! Bridget was seen in Underscore Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Haymarket as “Lucy Parsons.” Bridget is a recent graduate from North Central College double majoring in Musical Theatre and Theatre Performance. Some of her favorite on-campus roles include: Once on this Island (“Ti Moune”), The Laramie Project (“Amanda Gronich”),Sweet Charity (“Nickie”) and Troilus and Cressida (“Ulysses”). She would like to thank her incredible family, friends, Nate and Gray Talent Group for their endless support and encouragement! Enjoy the Beat! bridgetadamsking.com
JEREMIAH ALSOP (MUSIDORUS)
is over the moon to be telling this story with this company! Chicago credits include Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane), Spring Awakening (Blank Theatre Co), YANK! (Pride Films and Plays), and working aboard The Polar Express (Rail Events Productions). Raised in North Carolina, he attended CCPA at Roosevelt and has enjoyed working with The Jewish Plays Project, Regarding Actors, and the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Much love to his family- old and new- this beautiful cast and crew, and Max. Proudly represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent, you can follow him @jnalsop and @mayareola! Love hard!
EMILY BARNASH (ENSEMBLE, u/s MOPSA)
is thrilled to be making her Kokandy debut! Some of her favorite Chicago credits include “Vicki Nichols” in The Full Monty (Theo Ubique), “The Old Woman” in Candide, “Mazeppa” in Gypsy (Music Theatre Works), 13th Annual Black Play Wrights Festival (Black Ensemble Theatre). Regional credits include In the Heights (West Coast Black Theatre Troupe), Man of La Mancha (Central City Opera). After a career in the opera world, Emily is head over heels to be living her musical theatre and rock and roll dreams! She dedicates her work to her loving and supportive parents and family and wants to thank everyone involved with this production for providing a safe and beautiful place for self exploration and creativity.
FRANKIE LEO BENNETT (BASILIUS)
is head over heels to make his Kokandy debut. Chicago acting credits include: In The Heights (BroadwayWorld Chicago Award – Best Actor in a Musical/Revue), 1776, New Faces Sing Broadway 1985 (Porchlight Music Theatre); Altar Boyz, Sweeney Todd (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); Poseidon: An Upside Down Musical, The Golden Girls – Volume 3 and Bea Afraid, Christmas Dearest (Hell In A Handbag Productions); Triassic Parq (Circle Theatre Chicago). He is equally thrilled to be librettist/lyricist for the new original musical Joystick!, currently in development. www.frankieleobennett.com | Twitter: @FrankieLBennett | Instagram: @FrankieLeoBennett
CAITLYN CERZA (PHILOCLEA)
is thrilled to be performing with Kokandy once again, especially on such a fun show with the best people! Some of her Chicago credits include: Yippee Ki Yay Merry Christmas at the Den Theatre (“Holly”), Thrones: A Musical Parody at the Apollo Theatre (“Cersei/Arya”), Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding with Chicago TheatreWorks (“Sister Terry”), Heathers with Kokandy (“Ensemble”) and Violet with Griffin Theatre (“Violet U/S”). She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from CCPA at Roosevelt University. Thank you to Derek, Elizabeth, and the entire production team for this opportunity! Love to MG, M&J, and my family.
CAITLIN DOBBINS (ENSEMBLE, U/S PAMELA)
is a senior at Columbia College Chicago where she is a Musical Theatre major and Voice Over minor. Caitlin is super excited to work with Kokandy! In Chicago, Caitlin has recently been seen in: Wife Material (“Luci”), Caroline, or Change (“Radio”), Make America Gag Again (“Kamala Harris”) and Beehive The Musical (“Tina Turner/Gina”).
BRITAIN GEBHARDT (ENSEMBLE, U/S GYNECIA)
is thrilled to make her Kokandy debut! Chicago credits include: Disaster! (“Sister Mary”), Carrie 2: The Rage (“Sue Snell”), My Name Is Annie King (“Mav”), Lippa’s The Wild Party (“Queenie”), and High Fidelity (“Sarah”). Favorite New York credits include: Little Shop of Horrors, and Avenue Q (“Bear/Mrs. T”). Britain received her theater training from CAP21 in New York. Thanks and love to Greg and the entire Kokandy Team! Special thanks to Cailtin, Brittney, Shane, Kirk and Josh.
CONNOR GILES (ENSEMBLE, U/S BASILIUS)
is thrilled to make his Kokandy debut with Head Over Heels! Chicago: Mamma Mia (Drury Lane Theatre), Dames at Sea (Theatre at the Center), Bare (Refuge Theatre Project). Regional: Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Anything Goes, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.Connor holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Endless love and gratitude to friends, family, and Wesley & Harv. @connordgiles
PARKER GUIDRY (PYTHIO)
is thrilled to be back with Kokandy Productions, after playing “Erik” in Grand Hotel last year. Originally from Lafayette, LA, they are a proud graduate of Roosevelt University and a genderfluid actor based here in Chicago. Recent credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (“Gymnasia,” Metropolis Performing Arts), Can-Can (“Etienne,” Porchlight Music Theatre), 110 in the Shade (BoHo Theatre), The Fly Honey Show (The Inconvenience),Yank! A WWII Love Story, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Pride Films and Plays), Triassic Parq (“Innocence,” Circle Theatre), and RENT (Theo Ubique). Endless thanks to my loving partner, Royen. www.ParkerGuidry.com
COURTNEY DANE MIZE (SWING)
Some recent Chicago credits: Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical (“Denise/Purser”) These Violent Delights (“Balthasar”) Barney the Elf (“Cookie”) Strangest Things! The Musical (“Will/Nancy”) and more! A few favorite regional credits: Legally Blonde (“Vivienne”) As You Like It (“Phoebe”) & Hello, Dolly! (“Ensemble”). She is thankful for her family and friends that always provide support, comfort, and joy. For Mom, Dad, & Kayla. His eye is on the sparrow.
KAIMANA NEIL (ENSEMBLE, U/S MUSIDORUS)
is a current junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with and emphasis in Dance. His most recent professional credits include: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Wizard of Oz (“Ensemble Swing”), Porchlight Music Theatre’s A Chorus Line (“Mark Anthony”) and New Faces Sing Broadway Now (“Soloist”), as well as The Encore Musical Theatre Company’s West Side Story (“Diesel”). His favorite credit at the Chicago College of Performing Arts was taking part in Into The Woods (“The Wolf”). Originating from Maui, Hawai’i, he is so excited to be making his Kokandy debut during such a glorious summer. Many thanks to all of his family and friends, you guys rock! Follow along on instagram: @woosh_kid
LIZ NORTON (GYNECIA)
Credits include: Grand Hotel (Kokandy Productions); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Anything Goes (Music Theater Works); A New Brain (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); Merrily We Roll Along (Porchlight Music Theatre); La Cage Aux Folles (The Marriott Theatre). In Milwaukee: The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Sound of Music (Skylight Music Theatre); Dear World, Pal Joey (Boulevard Theatre); Hello, Dolly (Sunset Playhouse); Company (Lake Country Playhouse); Follies (Soulstice Theatre). www.liznortonsings.com
PATRICK O’KEEFE (SWING)
is a Chicago native and a recent graduate of Millikin University where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous Chicago credits include: “Icarus” in Michael Potsic’s Flight (Beverly Arts Center), and “Deputy” in Bonnie and Clyde (Skokie Theatre). Patrick’s favorite roles at Millikin include: “Alex” in Buyer & Cellar and “Andre” in The Phantom of the Opera. Patrick would like to thank his friends, family, and teachers for making everything possible.
DEANALÍS RESTO (MOPSA)
is a Pennsylvania-raised Boricua teatristx and an alum of the Ithaca College BFA Musical Theatre program. They are over the moon to be making their Kokandy debut as a part of this queer af show alongside a very attractive and talented company of actors! Favorite credits include: Fifty Shades of Shakespeare, The Lady Demands Satisfaction (“Trothe Pepperston”), Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical (“Trixie”), Speech & Debate (“Diwata”), High Fidelity (“Penny/Back-Up Singer”), Things to Ruin (“Singer”), Rent (“Ensemble, Mimi u/s”), and The Princess, The Minstrel, & The Rabid Bat (“Shaina Trencher”). Fun facts: Deanalís is a sexuality education teaching artist, she can probably recommend you a dope beer, and it wasn’t until the tender age of 28 that she really learned to ride a bicycle. Also, their dad is literally the sweetest cowboy you’ll ever meet and they love him a lot.
SHANE ROBERIE (DAMETAS)
is mad about making his debut with Kokandy! He was most recently seen in Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Other recent credits include: Evil Dead: The Musical (Black Button Eyes), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(Citadel Theatre), Nightmares & Nightcaps (Black Button Eyes), Disaster! (Chicago Theatre Workshop), Into the Woods (Metropolis PAC), 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Madkap), The Liar (Promethean Theatre Ensemble) & As You Like It (Midsummer Flight). He would like to thank his Louisiana/Chicago families and his partner, Jason (and their 3 dogs), for their continuous support.
ROY SAMRA (ENSEMBLE)
is over the moon to be making his debut with Kokandy! Some recent credits in Chicago include work with Refuge Theatre Project, Circle Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, Underscore Theatre (CMTF Award for Best Supporting Performer), Lifeline Theatre, and Other Theatre. Much love to Doug and his circle of family and friends for their unconditional support of his work and weird miscellaneous antics. Roy received his BFA in Acting and is a proud Oklahoma City University graduate.
TIFFANY T. TAYLOR (ENSEMBLE, U/S PHILOCLEA)
is thrilled to be making her Kokandy debut! Recent credits include: Thea, u/s Ilse in Spring Awakening (Blank Theatre Company), New Faces Sing 1964 (Porchlight Music Theatre), Christmas Mubarak (Silk Road Rising), “Cinderella” in Into the Woods (CCPA). Tiffany recently graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Sending so much love to mom, friends, and mentors. Mahal kita!tiffanyttaylor.com, IG: @tiffanyttaylor
MARCO TZUNUX (ENSEMBLE)
hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is an alum of the Chicago College of Performing Arts. This is his first collaboration with Kokandy Productions. Regional credits include: Gypsy (“Tulsa”), Seussical (“Wickersham Brother”), TRU (“Thomas/Gabe”), Altar Boyz (“Juan”), HAIR (“Tribe”), and The Producers (“Ensemble”). TV/Commercial: “There’s Good Inside” (national Method soap tv spot), Chicago Fire (“Aaron”). #peacocknation #representationmatters @marquitolay