A Virtual Presentation of Part 1 (Acts 1 through 3) of Tartuffe by Moliére - from the Kershaw County Theatre Guild and The Arts Center of Kershaw County

 

A collaboration between the Kershaw County Theatre Guild and Actors from Camden, Columbia and as far away as Birmingham Alabama!

Meet The Cast:

Orgon: Andrew Duxbury has been performing steadily in the greater Birmingham area for several years in musical and dramatic arts. He is best known as the Emcee and principal writer for the long-running Politically Incorrect Cabaret, which has been touring the Southeast for nearly fifteen years. Other recent roles include Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the Captain of the Guard in Man of La Mancha, Rudolph in Hello, Dolly! And Pops in Gypsy, all with the Virginia Samford Theater, Will Dearth in J. M. Barrie’s Dear Brutus and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol with the Belltower Players, and Mr. Pendleton in Choir Boy with Birmingham Black Repertory Theater Company. In these days of Covid-19, he is working on various online projects (such as The Importance of Being Earnest) and writing steadily, including his Accidental Plague Diaries blog about the intersection of the pandemic with a medical and artistic life. (http://lifetheuniverseandeverything.blog). Offstage, he is a professor of clinical geriatrics at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine.

Damis: Richard Kiraly is the Arts Center of Kershaw County’s Resident Technical Director (a.k.a, the guru of all things technical) of the Arts Center of Kershaw County. After a wildly successful run as Moulton in The Importance of Being Earnest, he has dusted off his jobot to play Damis, the hot-headed son of Orgon. Richard recorded and edited hours and hours of video, provided long-distance tech support to our actors, and acted. Richard is a doting husband, son, best friend, and uncle. Richard would like to dedicate his performance to all his theater friends. Hold on; we will all be back to the theater soon.

Cleante: Bill Arvay has been acting on Columbia area stages for over 40 years. Favorite roles include King Arthur, Atticus Finch, Pontius Pilate, Chief Bromden, Daddy Warbucks, Prince Hal, and Trekkie Monster. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in movies with Burt Reynolds and Patrick Swayze. Bill is past president of the Columbia Drama Club, owner of the company that built the world's largest fire hydrant, and currently employed by Prisma Health Orthopedics. But Bill's all-time favorite role is as a father to his daughters, Allison, C.C., and Robyn. Last year Bill appeared in our production of "Earnest" with his real-life partner, Resi Talbot. We are so glad to have him back for Tartuffe.

Valère: Ivan Ryan Harris is playing Valère! He is a 22-year-old active performer in the Arts Center of Kershaw Counry, originally from Michigan. His previous roles include Pepper in Mamma Mia (2018) TJ in Sister Act (2019), and his first virtual show as The Wolf in the Big Bad Musical (2020). The pandemic has definitely put a damper on his spirits lately. Still, through working on different virtual shows like this wonderful production of Tartuffe, he has seen how theatre manages to survive these trying times.

Tartuffe: Johnathan Miles is currently residing in Birmingham, Alabama, Jonathan has worked as an actor in NYC, LA, and in several national touring shows. He has appeared on network and cable TV and in several Off-Broadway productions. Favorite roles include Jamie in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Mason in Take Me Out, and Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross. Jonathan enjoyed working with such a talented group of actors in this production of Tartuffe and hopes to return to a stage in front of a live audience soon.

Madame Loyal/Officer: Debra Kiser was in numerous community theatre productions in Columbia from 1977-1981, including Nancy in Oliver!, Sandy in Grease, and Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate. She moved to NYC in 1983 and was a professional actress appearing in commercials and industrial training films. Debra moved back to Columbia in 2016 and returned to the Columbia stage in 2019 after a thirty-eight-year absence with roles as Polly in Workshop's production of Other Desert Cities, Dinah in Chapin Theatre's Dixie Swim Club, and Ruby in Twilight on Cape Fear at OnStage Productions. This is Debra's third virtual production during quarantine. Those productions include roles as Henry IV in King Henry IV -Part 2 and Mrs. Bramson in Night Must Fall. And the Arts Center of Kershaw County's online production of The Importance of Being Earnest. When not performing, she enjoys retirement and looks forward to performing live theatre again post-quarantine.

Laurant: Jaston Hawes is a native of Spartanburg, SC. He currently resides in Camden, SC, where he teaches General Music for the Kershaw County School District. Jaston is also active at the Arts Center of Kershaw County, where he teaches Voice and Piano. He is excited about our virtual productions and looks forward to hearing and seeing more.

Mme. Pernelle/Dramaturge: Allison McNeely is thrilled to appear alongside the highly talented cast and production staff of Tartuffe. Previously, she has appeared as Rev. Crisparkle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Narrator/ Officer Finnegan in Baby Mine, and Narrator in Night Must Fall, all directed by Charlie Goodrich. Allison is a retired drama teacher and holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre/ Communication Arts from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in Acting/ Directing from USC. Mainly, Allison has been directing theatre productions in the community, but most especially at Town Theatre. Allison wants to thank Frank Thompson, Richard Kiraly, and Jennifer Steele for their enthusiastic support and for allowing her this wonderful opportunity. As always, Allison extends a very special thank you to her mother and best friend, Pat McNeely, and her father and favorite actor, Al McNeely.

Director: Frank Thompson is also known as Paddington, hails from the Darkest Peru.  Contrary to current rumor, his is a propensity for marmalade not muffins.  Mr. Thompson has played everyone in everything.  He is a fantastic director, actor, and mime. In his spare time Mr. Thompson can be found stalking cats, reviewing adult beverages, and loitering Paddington railway station, muttering “Please take care of this bear” to every Helena Bonham Carter look-a-like that walks past. Frank would like to thank his lovely, and patient wife, Laurel Posey for fulfilling his need to be hopelessly and shamelessly in love, and his Stage Manager, for writing the bio he failed to complete in a timely manner.

Dorine: Leah Luker is back again after The Importance of Being Earnest, Leah is a long-time Birmingham resident; Leah served as the production manager/artist in residence for Birmingham Children's Theatre for ten years. She has played roles around town such as Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly, The Witch in Into The Woods, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Catherine Hyatt in The Last 5 Years, Anna Leonowens in The King and I, and Ivy in August Osage County. She has been a solo performer with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra three times. Leah is often seen off stage (on film) through the popular internet series "SEC Shorts" and "It's a Southern Thing" and (on signs in yards) as a real estate agent. Many thanks to Frank Thompson for this fantastic opportunity- and thank YOU for continuing to support the arts in these challenging times! Leah holds a degree in theatre from the University of Montevallo.

Elmire: Jami Steele Sprankle was born to perform, and has had the pleasure of doing so in some capacity on both coasts as well as around Europe. She has vast theatre experience both on stage and as a director at various theatres, including a turn at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Jami’s improvisational skills were honed by teachers from the Groundling as well as with her Comedysportz team, providing her skills to develop characters through physical, emotional and vocal play including many accents! Her film experience includes everything from a variety show shot in Hollywood, CA to movies filmed locally in SC. Jami has also written and produced many characters and educational shows for zoos, museums and churches. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include Shirley Talley in Fifth of July, Abigail Adams in 1776, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserable and Donna in Mamma Mia. Jami also relished any opportunity to do Shakespeare or other classic pieces like Tartuffe! Suffice it to say, performing on Zoom was a bit more complex, but a lot safer than when she had to dance and climb stairs in rollerblades as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella! Jami really enjoyed getting to work with actors across state lines (makes it sound illegal - wheeeeee!) as well as with her local friends. She would like to thank Frank Thompson and crew for the opportunity and for all of their hard work pulling the show together. Thanks also to the Arts Center of Kershaw County where she works as the Director of Theatre and Education for all they do to keep the arts alive and available!

Mariane: Abby Olson After spending time away from the theatre during the global pandemic, Abby is excited to make her return in this production of Tartuffe. During the panorama, she spent her time navigating teaching online, writing one act plays, hanging out virtually with friends and family, and doing her part to keep others safe by staying inside. She would like to thank the cast and production team of Tartuffe for welcoming her as a late addition to the cast and making the whole experience so much fun. She would also like to thank her family (both born and chosen) for always supporting her, even while being kept apart by this pomegranate. And, of course, Rob Carroll, for being a wonderful partner during the parallelogram.

Flipote: Ruthann Steele is delighted to be a part of Tartuffe, her first online production.  Ruthann fell in love with theater after seeing Sweeny Todd with her father.  She got involved with the Arts Center of Kershaw County after seeing Momma Mia. There she appeared in The Phantom Tollbooth, The Lion King Jr., and School House Rock Jr. Ruthann has also helped backstage on many other performances. Ruthann is also a proud dancer at the Patterson School of Dance, where she is also a teaching assistant. Ruthann would like to dedicate her performance to her mommy, who she loves with all her heart and her guinea pigs, Peanut and Cashew.

Stage Manager: Jennifer Steele has been involved with the Arts Center of Kershaw County for the past two years. She started as a backstage parent helper and never left. Jennifer is a graduate of the stage management class offered at the AC. She was the assistant stage manager for Fences, the stage manager for The Lion King Jr. Jennifer loves to assist in the wings.  Jennifer helps build sets and paint, manage props, sew things, and most of all. Jennifer loves working the lights in the booth. She has assisted in one way or another in School House Rock Jr., The Odd Couple (Female version), and Sister Act the Musical. During COVID quarantine, Jennifer assisted with The Importance of Being Earnest, and now Tartuffe. Jennifer discovered a love of photography after taking an AC’s ZOOM photo class; some of her photos can be seen in the virtual gallery https://artscenterofkershawcounty.wildapricot.org/project-photo . Jennifer recently completed her MS. in Forensic Psychology. Jennifer would like to thank her husband, Cameron, her children, Jerry and Ruthann, and her theater family for their constant love and support, and Frank Thompson and Richard Kiraly for letting me be their stage manager again.


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