Michelle Bailey (Ensemble/Dorothy Understudy) Recent Credits: Grease (Patty Simcox) National Tour of Chicken Dance (Marge), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero) and Crazy for You (Follies Girl). Michelle is a proud Canadian and graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School Conservatory in New York City. Thank you to Prather, her family and Noah for all of their love and support!
JOSHUA BELLAMY (Ensemble/Lollipop Guild/Crow/Scarecrow Understudy/Assistant Dance Captain) International Tour debut! Regional: Disney’s Newsies (Specs), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (U/S LeFou), Rent (Angel), Mary Poppins (Swing), West Side Story (Swing), Peter Pan (Michael Darling); plus Maine State Music Theatre, Media Theatre, Fulton, Sight & Sound, Norwegian Cruise Lines, American Music Theatre, & Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.
Kiersten Benzing (Ensemble/Lullaby League) National Tours: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Favorite regional: Mamma Mia (Ali), Chicago (Liz), and White Christmas (Rita). Thanks to my family, friends and especially Jacob for all the love. Psalm 139:16
TROY BRUCHALSKI (Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz) is grateful to be joining The Wizard of Oz! He recently toured with the national tours of Spamalot (Sir Dennis Galahad, The Black Knight), Ragtime (Father) and Camelot (Sir Lionel). Recent credits include: Phantom (Phantom), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), Showboat (Ravenal), and White Christmas (Bob Wallace). Troy would like to thank APEX for the continued opportunities, Mom and Dad for their unrelenting support, and his lovely fiancé Kat for being by his side every step of the way.
Katelyn Candiello (Ensemble /Glinda and Wicked Witch Understudy/Dance Captain) Past Prather credits: Seussical the Musical, Mary Poppins, Shrek, King and I and High School Musical. She is currently working on her M.S. in Speech Pathology at New York University using her passion for the arts to help others in rehabilitation. Love and thanks to her family, friends, and dogs for their never ending support.
DEVAN MARIE CORCORAN (Ensemble/Tree/Monkey) is thrilled to be a part of The Wizard of Oz! Favorite credits include Abby Cadabby Sesame Street Live Make a New Friend, Disney Cruise Line, Jan in Grease (PEG), Bebe in A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Cabaret, and Mary Poppins. Devan previously was a faculty member for The School at Steps in NYC. Love and thanks to her parents, friends, and family. www.devancorcoran.com
SCOOB DECKER (Ensemble/Barrister/Henry/Gatekeeper/Professor Marvel/Wizard Understudy) is thrilled to be continuing this portion of The Wizard of Oz. Scoob is a graduate of the University of Montana with a BA in Theatre and is currently working towards a Masters in Integrated Arts and
Education. Credits include Jim Bayliss in All My Sons (national tour), Jean Shephard in A Christmas Story, and Uncle Henry/Guard in Wizard of Oz. Much love and thanks to his fiancé Lizzie Webb (Music Director) and the APEX and Prather team.
James Francis (Ensemble/Lion Understudy) National Tour debut! Favorite credits: Silversea Cruises, Denali Princess Resort, Working My Way Back to You (Western Canada Tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast), South Pacific (Lt. Joseph Cable), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Jekyll and Hyde (Simon Stride). @jamesfrancismusic
MEGAN GODIN (Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain) is grateful to be journeying down the yellow brick road for a second year. Tours: Peter Pan 360, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Fiddler on the Roof, among others. Regional: Shrek and Oliver at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Seven Brides and Shrek at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. UNH grad. Much love to fiancé, Britin (Oz’s Head Rigger/the muscle behind the flying), and my family for their constant support. Many thanks to everyone at PEG and APEX.
Nick Gurinsky (Hickory/Tinman) International tour debut! Previous credits: Sailor (Anything Goes) Sharon Playhouse, Eddie (Mamma Mia) Beef & Boards, Phil (White Christmas) Dutch Apple, Ensemble (Chicago) Park Playhouse, Norwegian Cruise Lines (RSS Explorer). Training: CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. Many thanks and lots of love to PEG, friends, family and his incredibly supportive parents. @nickgurinsky
Hunter Henrickson (Nikko/Ensemble) is beyond excited to be joining the 2018-2019 national tour of The Wizard of Oz! He wants to thank his friends and family for their love and support, his girlfriend for her endless encouragement and inspiration, and his adventuring party for all the memories.
Previous credits include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at HART Theatre, Curly in Oklahoma! at HART Theatre, and Jeff in [title of show] at the New Incline Theatre.
KATHERINE WALKER HILL (Aunt Em, Glinda) is tickled pink to be traveling down the yellow brick road. Favorite Regional: White Christmas (Betty Haynes), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaff), A Chorus Line (Sheila), Anything Goes (Bonnie). Proud Tennessean, Webster Conservatory graduate, and aunt to Brock and Madelaine. Gratitude to God for his amazing grace, her parents for taking her to that first audition, and her amazing fiancé Troy, for his forever love, support, and laughs. Esther 4:14 www.divorcedyetdevoted.com
Kalie Kaimann (Dorothy Gale) is thrilled to be back on the yellow brick road for a second season! She previously played this role for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Additional credits: Bonnie in Anything Goes, Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ulla in The Producers, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sandy in Grease, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! She received an award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical by BroadwayWorld.com as Minnie Fay. Special thanks to her family for their love and support, and Judy Garland for being a huge inspiration. *faceboook.com/kaliemkaimann
SABRINA KALMAN (Ensemble/Lullaby League/Tree) is a recent graduate of Wagner College. Regional: Footloose, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Newsies. Sabrina is over the moon to be joining such a wonderful production. Thanks
Mom, Dad and Becky! sabrinakalman.com. @sabbykalman
YURINA KUTSUKAKE (Ensemble) International tour debut! She has her BFA in musical theater from Pace University and a minor in business and dance. She is thrilled to be going back on the yellow brick road! Yurina toured with the company last year. Favorite credits include: Mamma Mia, (Ali US/Ensemble) at the Engeman Theater, A Chorus Line (Connie) at the Fulton Theatre and Lysistrata Jones (Lampito) at Pace University. Yurina thanks her parents and partner for always supporting her.IG @yuriqt Yurinak.com
Murphy (Toto) is a white Brussels Griffon/Terrier mix. Murphy was rescued from the SPCA in Chandler, AZ by Lizzie Webb (Music Director) and Scoob Decker (Ensemble) who are also his trainers. He has been a trusty backstage companion, a pit orchestra puppy and he was onstage as Willoughby in Mary Poppins. He is thrilled to continue touring with his Oz family, stealing their bus seats and sleeping in hotel beds across the nation. (#montanamurphy)
Nicholas J. Pearson (Zeke/Cowardly Lion) 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) is melting with joy to be making her international tour debut! A graduate of the HARTT Conservatory and film study at LAMDA. Emily is also an American Sign Language Interpreter. and supporter of Theater for All around the globe! Regional credits: Velma (Chicago), Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Cassie (A Chrous Line), Rutledge (1776), Maureen (Rent), Elizabeth (Young Frankenstein), Vivienne (Legally Blonde), and Ursula (Little Mermaid). Big Thanks and Love to my family! IG: @emilyperzan www.emilyperzan.com
WILLIAM PATRICK RIVERA (Ensemble/Lollipop Guild/Crow) This is William’s first international tour! He was last seen as Race in Newsies at Cortland Repertory Theater. Other credits include Sketch in Hairspray (Surflight Theater), Carlos in Legally Blonde (Temple Theatre) and he was a featured dancer in Monster Stomp at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He’s so happy to be a part of the wonderful land of Oz! He’s incredibly thankful for the love and support from his family and friends. Check out his adventures on Instagram @willrivera317.
JACK SALEEBY (Hunk/Scarecrow) is a New York City based actor, writer, director/choreographer. He is a co-founder of the creative artists group known as The Fellowship. They are best known for their original musical Bright and Brave for which Saleeby wrote the lyrics. Other credits include: Molasses in January (Vincent, original cast; Off Broadway), Bat Boy: The Musical (Bat Boy), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Hello Dolly (Cornelius), Peter Pan (Curly), Jesus Christ Superstar. Website: jacksaleeby.com Follow him down the yellow brick road @jacksaleeby
DeJuan Thompson (Ensemble/Mayor/Crow) National Tour Debut! CCU Grad, Go Chants! Regional: Sister Act, White Christmas, The Wiz, The Hot Mikado, Memphis, Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening, HAIR, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd. Workshops: Carner & Gregor’s ‘TOAST A New Musical’. Endless gratitude, God first, “Mom Dukes” for her unconditional love & support, amazing life partner, Chris for his endless love, SW Artist, the BRILLIANT creative team, and Mary Negron, for being the first to take him down the yellow brick road! Philippians 4:13! Follow @diggity_dej, or dejuanthompson.com
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.