MATTHEW BLUM (Male Swing/Ensemble Understudy) is ecstatic to be swinging for this wonderful show! Recent credits include: Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweet Charity, and more! Georgia native and UNH class of ’15. Thanks to Mom and Dad for all their support! Follow along @matty_blum
KATELYN CANDIELLO (Swing) is thrilled to be traveling and sharing her love of theatre. Past Prather credits: Seussical the Musical, Mary Poppins, Shrek, King and I and High School Musical. She is also currently working on her M.S. in Speech Pathology at New York University and hopes to combine her passion for the arts and use it to help others in rehabilitation. Love and thanks to her family, friends, and dogs for their never ending support.
TROYER COULTAS (Ensemble) is a proud Hartt School graduate with a BFA in Music Theatre. He would like to thank his parents and friends for their overwhelming support. Regional: Peter Pan (John Darling), Les Misérables (Ensemble/Gavroche understudy) Connecticut Rep. A Christmas Carol (14th Century Apparition/Ensemble) Hartford Stage. ZM (Billy Jr.) Goodspeed Opera House. Pygmalion (Ensemble), The Ladies Man (Bassinet understudy), Sherlock (Billy), Miss Nelson is Missing (Adam) Peterborough Players. Peter Pan (Twin) Dutch Apple. Performances: Kristin Chenoweth’s Love Letter to Broadway (Singer) Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. troyercoultas.com
TommieLee Crutcher (Ensemble) National tour debut. An AMDA NYC/ LA graduate, and US Air Force veteran. Regional credits: Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Sophisticated Ladies featuring Jennifer Holliday (Swing), La Cage Aux Folles (Chantal), Tops In Blue world tours 2008 Deja Blue/ 2011 Rhythm Nation (Vocalist/ Dance Capt), Wizard of Oz (The Jitterbug). Other credits include Dreamgirls (Jimmy Early), Gloria! (Balthazar), Red Car Trolley Newsboys (Tacks). Hey Crutcher Clan, I love you and thank you for all your support.
Scoob Decker ((Ensemble/ Henry/Gatekeeper/Professor Marvel/Wizard Understudy) is thrilled to debut for Prather. Recent credits include Jim Bayliss in All My Sons (national tour), Jean Shephard in A Christmas Story, and Uncle Henry/Guard in Wizard of Oz.
CHRIS DUIR (Hunk/Scarecrow) is thrilled to be touring with Oz! PEG: Mary Poppins (Bert). National Tour: Grease (Eugene). Regional credits include Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Damn Yankees (Smokey), The Drowsy Chaperone (George), and Singin’ in the Rain (Production Tenor). Singer for Celebrity Cruises and Galaxy Macau Resort. Much love and thanks to family and friends!
MEGAN GODIN (Ensemble) is thrilled to find herself in the Merry Old Land of Oz! Past Tours: Peter Pan 360 (mermaid; Wendy (alternate), understudy Tinkerbell), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (Bielke; Fruma Sarah; understudy Chava), Sesame Street Live!, Barney Live: Birthday Bash!, Chuggington Live!. Regional Credits: Oliver (Fagin’s Gang, Ensemble) and Shrek the Musical (Shoemaker’s Elf) at Arizona Broadway Theatre; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice) and Shrek the Musical (Shoemaker’s Elf) at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre; Scrooge No More (Martha Cratchit) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Much love to my family for their love and support while I continue down my own yellow brick road.
JESSE JACOBSON (Ensemble/Dorothy Understudy) is thrilled to be touring with Wizard of Oz! Previous credits: Wendy in Peter Pan (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre), Sarah Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Alhambra Dinner Theatre). University of Northern Colorado alumni! Special shoutout to her family for their endless support. www.jessejacobson.com
Elieen Janesz (Ensemble) Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Eileen is thrilled to be a part of Wizard of Oz! Eileen was last seen as Elmo in the national tour of Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend. Some of her other favorite credits include Footloose (Ariel), Cabaret (Frenchie), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Mayella). Eileen would like to thank all the cast and crew for making this production possible. Thanks to friends, teachers, and members of the big Janesz clan for all their continuous love and support. Love you guys!
KALIE KAIMANN (Dorothy Gale) is thrilled to be on the yellow brick road. She previously played this role for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. She has also performed as Bonnie in Anything Goes, Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ulla in The Producers, Millie Dilmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly! She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical by BroadwayWorld.com for her performance as Minnie Fay. She’d like to thank her family for their love and support and Judy Garland for being a huge inspiration.
YURINA KUTSUKAKE (Ensemble) a Pace University graduate is thrilled to join the cast of Wizard of Oz. NY:Mamma Mia, (Ali US/Ensemble), A Chorus Line (Connie). Yurina thanks her parents and Josh for their support. YURINAK.COM
KIRK LAWRENCE (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz) is thrilled to be traveling the yellow brick road with this wonderful company. Favorite Prather shows include: Clue: The Musical (Mustard); Oklahoma! (Carnes); A Wonderful Life (Potter); Anything Goes (Eli Whitney); Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom (Jean Claude); Hairspray (MAF). Other regional favorites include: Sweeney Todd (Todd); Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Wonka); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig). Toured internationally with Julie Taymor; Steve Reich; Penny Arcade. Thanks to the Prather organization. Love to Jamie. Kirk dedicates his performance to his father. www.kirklawrence.com
VICTOR LEGARRETA (Zeke/Lion) has performed professionally in over 150 productions nationally, internationally, and on cruise ships. Follow him on Instagram at vicleg1118. Kelly, I love you!
Toto is played by Murphy (#montanamurphy), a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier mix with scruffy fur and an adorable underbite. Murphy was rescued on February 5th, 2016 from the ASPCA in Chandler, AZ by Lizzie Webb (music director for the Wizard of Oz tour) and was immediately welcomed into the theatre world. He has been a trusty backstage companion, a pit orchestra puppy (sleeping at mom’s feet while she plays piano and conducts shows) and within a few months of adoption he was onstage as Willoughby in Mary Poppins. This will be his second time playing Toto. Even though he came from the Arizona desert, he loves the mountains of Montana, where he now resides. Favorite activities include sleeping, riding in the backpack while his parents bike, running through the snow on the trails of Montana, sticking his head out of the car window, going on walks, being cuddled by people, wearing costumes, and playing fetch. He is trained by his owners, Lizzie Webb and Scoob Decker (an actor in the Wizard of Oz).
MEGAN ORLOWSKI (Ensemble/Witch Understudy) is thrilled to be living it up in the Emerald City. Touring: Fiddler on the Roof (Liba). Regional: Stepping Out (Mavis), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Dixie Swim Club (Sheree), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Lend Me a Tenor (Dianne), and Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling). Megan also had the thrilling opportunity to write the lyrics for and perform in the premiere of Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical. When not frolicking on stage, Megan is the author of several young adult novels. For information on her published work, visit MeganORussell.com. Love to her husband in search of a heart, Christopher Russell.
Nicholas J. Pearson (Ensemble/Understudy Lion): Nicholas is thrilled to be on the road, bringing a story of brains, heart, and courage across the country. Past Prather credits: Crazy for You (Moose). Regional credits: Wizard of Oz (Lion), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present), Rocky Horror Show (Eddie), Monty Python’s SPAMALOT (Mrs. Galahad/Sir Bedevere). Many thanks to PEG for this fantastic opportunity. Love to Mom and Laura. Every performance dedicated to his father and brother.
EMILY PERZAN (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West) Honored to be making her national tour debut. A Uhartt Conservatory graduate. Regional Credits include: Velma (Chicago), Cassie (A Chorus Line), Vivian (Legally Blonde), Maureen (Rent), Rutledge (1776), Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Elizabeth (Young Frankenstein). Emily is bilingual in ASL/English and has a passion for deaf theater. She has interpreted for various performances and worked with deaf actors across the country. Love to my family and friends. Theatre for all! Follow along the yellow brick road on IG: @mleperz
CESAR RAZZA (Ensemble) is thrilled to be touring with Wizard! National Tours: Sid the Science Kid, Clifford the Big Red Dog Live. Regional: Young Frankenstein at Fulton Theatre, Mike in A Chorus Line at Show Palace Dinner Theatre. Love to Nicholas and all who have supported him.
CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL (Hickory/Tinman) is thrilled to be hitting the road with the Oz national tour! Past credits include National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Avram/Perchik US). Regional: Funny Girl (Eddie Ryan), The Producers (Leo Bloom), The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski), Lend Me a Tenor (Max), Steppin’ Out (Geoffrey), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson), and Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical (Wally), for which he also composed the original score. Much love to his APEX family and to his tour family, including his wife, fellow performer and Ozian, Megan Orlowski.
JACK SALEEBY (Ensemble/Scarecrow & Tinman Understudy) is a New York City based actor, writer, director/choreographer. Education: BFA Acting from Hofstra University. Off Broadway: Molasses in January. Regional: Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar. Website: jacksaleeby.com
KELSEY SCHERGEN (Ensemble) is ecstatic to join the Wizard of Oz tour! She graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama and Education. Recently, Kelsey played Lambchops in the National Tour of Fame the Musical. Additional credits: Peter Pan (Prather), Jesus Christ Superstar (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Cabaret (Theatre Aspen). Thanks to her friends and family for their endless support! www.kelseyschergen.com
CATHERINE SKOJEC (Ensemble) National tour debut! Favorite credits: Maggie (A Chorus Line), Joan (Dames At Sea), Sarah (Guys and Dolls). Proud graduate of SUNY Cortland. Thanks to family and James! catherineskojec.com
ASHLEIGH THOMPSON (Aunt Em/Glinda) Ashleigh is a New York based actress and a Virginia native. She has appeared regionally in 9 to 5 (Judy) and Mary Poppins (Bird Woman), Jenny Wiley Theatre; Company (Kathy), Heritage Theatre Festival; Oliver! (Nancy) and As You Like It (Phebe), Festival 56; All Shook Up (Natalie), Theatre West Virginia. BFA in Musical Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory. Deepest love and gratitude to my Allen and my family. www.ashleighthompson.com. Galatians 6:4-5.
CLINT MADDOX THOMPSON
(Ensemble) The Wizard of Oz marks Clint’s national tour debut! A recent graduate of Wagner College. Select credits include Larry (A Chorus Line), Chantal (La Cage) and Plato (CATS). Love and thanks to his family, friends, mentors and PEG! Social Media: @clintmthompson
MICHAEL WEAVER (Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper) National Tours: Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regional: Shear Madness, Camelot, Sister Act, Greater Tuna, Christmas Story. Film: Cult classic Tiki.