Michael Cook as TOM Michael is thrilled to debut with BCT and return to theater after a 14-year acting hiatus. He had a brief Portland-area theater career in the early 2000's, performing with Theater-in-the-Grove, Liminal, Lakewood, and Tapestry, among others. He was Artistic Director for Portland Actors Ensemble from 2003-2007. Michael credits his 14-year-old son Brendan for inspiring and supporting his return to theater. Special thanks to Terri and the BCT team for taking a chance on me!
Tyrene Bada as DINA Tyrene was last seen with BCT playing keyboard & performing in Songs for a New World, and has also appeared in shows with the Broadway Rose Theatre & Lakewood Theatre Company. During regular business hours, Tyrene can be found in the Beaverton City Attorney’s Office, where she endeavors to bring harmony & balance amongst the attorneys, court staff, & information systems staff. She would rather fight one hundred duck-sized horses than one horse-sized duck.
Jordan Morris as JOE Jordan is thrilled to return to the stage with BCT for Schoolhouse Rock: Live! He has been previously viewable in Beaverton Civic's Annie as Daddy Warbucks, and sports the same hairdo, presently. During the day, Jordan is a geoscience technician for a company in Vancouver. Thanks to his beautiful wife Andreen for all her love and support, his family and friends for encouraging him in all his artistic endeavors, and the cast, crew, and behind-the-scenes team at BCT.
Jemi Kostiner Mansfield as DORI Jemi is delighted to be back on the BCT stage after appearing as Sorel Bennet in 2017's Death by Design. A stage brat going way back to Portland Civic Theatre in the 80s, Jemi is a proud alumna of the Erickson years at Beaverton High School and holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA. Heaps of love for husband Greg and sons Alex and Ben. You all Rock the School House!
Brittain Jackson as GEORGE Brittain is a native of Washington, D.C. and began dancing at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. He has trained at Washington Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Dance Institute of Washington, NWPDP, the Ailey School, and Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He’s performed with Reflections Dance Company, NW Dance Project, Tania Pérez-Salas Compania de Danza, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Liss Fain Dance, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Kolben Dance Company, Fresco Dance Company
Caralynn Shields as SHULIE Caralynn grew up singing Schoolhouse Rock!, and often in harmony, with her family. Growing up, music was always right at hand and it's that song in her heart that has taken Caralynn this far. She is so grateful to bring the show, that sparked her life-long love of music, to life with such a marvelous cast.
Terri Kuechle (Director) Last season, Terri choreographed the orphan numbers in Annie. A middle school drama teacher, Terri has directed 10 musicals at Highland Park MS. Favorites have included Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Fame, Jr., and Pirates of Penzance, Jr. As a performer, she has sung with the Oregon Symphony Pops Series, the Portland Opera Chorus, and in leading roles with Artist Repertory Theatre, PSU, and local community theaters. Thanks to family and friends for their support of her work in theater.
Sandy Libonati (Music Director) Sandy has been a director for thirteen years, and a singer and actress for over thirty years. In addition to directing for local Schools & Community Theatre, she's also been a guest artist for YMA’s Summer Camp, and Director and Teaching Artist at Buckman Arts School and OCT. Sandy has loved every moment of this project with BCT. "The cast is so talented and fun to work with. Thank you, Melissa and Terri for bringing me on board!
Glen Libonati (Bass) Glen grew up playing and taking piano lessons for ten years. He taught himself bass in high school and has been playing ever since. He has played many musicals including Godspell, Roar of the Greasepaint, Curtains, and West Side Story. Glen is currently the music teacher at Raleigh Hills K-8.
Linda Smith (Piano) Linda’s fingers have danced over the black and whites for many years with community theatres in Beaverton, Hillsboro and Forest Grove. Her last time performing with Beaverton Civic was for Camelot, when she not only accompanied the show but played the part of Merlin’s Muse. Linda is a solo entrepreneur with Notes of Celebration, playing piano for weddings and events in the greater Portland area. She thanks her husband for his continued support with her music passion!
Stacie Looney (Stage Manager) Stacie is an avid participant of BCT and enjoys volunteering both on and off the stage. Recently, she has been seen in Annie, Curious George and the Golden Meatball, and The Hundred Dresses on stage. Off stage work includes costuming Oklahoma with Theatre in the Grove and, with her sister, costuming The 39 Steps and the upcoming BCT production of Sleepy Hollow. It’s her first time stage managing and she couldn’t have asked for a better cast and crew!
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