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) National Tour Debut! Regional: Disney’s Newsies (Specs), Beauty & the Beast (U/S LeFou), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), 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, and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.
Kiersten Benzing (Swing) National Tours: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Favorite regional: Mamma Mia (Ali), Chicago (Liz), White Christmas (Rita). Thanks to my family, friends and especially Jacob for all the love. Psalm 139:16
Katelyn Candiello (Swing/Dance Captain) 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.
Devan Corcoran (Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the yellow brick road. Favorite roles: Jan Grease, Bebe A Chorus Line, Abby Cadabby Sesame Street Live: MAKE A NEW FRIEND, Disney Cruise Line.
Kellyann Coyle (Ensemble) Recent credits: Grease, Pippin (PEG), Saks 5th Ave Light Show (Disney), Mamma Mia! (Pittsburgh CLO), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 18′ (NBC). Thanks to Prather, my family, and Gabe for all of their love and support! PPU grad. Follow her journey down the yellow brick road @KellyannCoyle
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 be on his second national tour 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. 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. Proud dad of Murphy (Toto).
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) 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.
Nick Gurinsky (Hickory/Tinman) National 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: CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. Many thanks and lots of love to PEG, friends, family and his incredibly supportive parents. @nickgurinsky nickgurinsky.com
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 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 ecstatic 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 Opera House, Lysistrata Jones (Lampito) at Pace University. Yurina thanks her parents and partner for always supporting her. 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
Murphy (Toto) is 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). #montanamurphy
Nicholas J. Pearson (Zeke/Cowardly 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 returning to this role on the tour. 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
William Rivera (Ensemble) First National Tour! He was last seen as Race in Newsies at Cortland Repertory Theater. Other notable credits include Sketch in Hairspray (Surflight Theater), Carlos in Legally Blonde (Temple Theatre) and 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. Off Broadway: Molasses in January. Regional: Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar. Website: jacksaleeby.com Follow him down the Yellow Brick Road @jacksaleeby
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.