Eric Blake (Cinderella’s Father) – Eric is currently employed as the Director of Operations for Shrivers Oxygen and Home Medical. He has had a love of the theatre for many years and he enjoys directing as well as being on stage. It was instilled in him at an early age the importance of working behind the scenes as well as acting. Eric currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Zanesville Community Theatre. Eric’s directing credits include: Proof, Spring Awakening, August, Osage County, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, RENT, Doubt, J.B., Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and The Lion In Winter. On stage, Eric has recently appeared in The Hollow, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sweeney Todd, Death of A Salesman and The Crucible; just to name a few.Eric wishes to take this opportunity to thank his wife Janice for her 32 years of love and support and for helping him to make the time to be involved with theatre and the many other community activities they are involved with.Eric hopes that you enjoy the show and thanks you for supporting Zanesville Community Theatre as they continue to strive for excellence against a backdrop of tradition.
Lura Wallace Brannon (Giant) – Lura has been active with zct for the past 3 years. She started by portraying Jean in August: Osage County and most recently produced A Bad Year For Tomatoes. She feels honored and grateful to have been chosen to be a part of the cast of Into the Woods, for it was this show which inspired her to become a thespian.
Lydia Eno (Cinderella) – Lydia has always loved stories, especially fairy tales. She grew up in a home filled with books, but learned from a young age to enjoy stories in any form. At age nine she had her first role in a play: Cook #3 in a children’s theatre production of “Sleeping Beauty”. She started writing about the same time, mostly stories about orphans having to face terrible circumstances. She continued to act and write into her teens, enjoying roles such as step-sister Joy in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” and Joanne in “Godspell”, and finishing her first novel, a fantasy piece à la Robin Hood, just after her sophomore year of high school. She went on to college at Taylor University, where she studied English and Creative Writing and participated in theater whenever she could, taking a turn as Mrs. Fezziwig in “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” and pulling the strings as the Good Fairy in a pantomime production of “The Frog Prince”.
Lydia is very excited to return to the ZCT stage for one of her dream roles as Cinderella. She was last seen in 2011’s production of “Annie” as Grace Farrell. She lives in Columbus with her wonderful husband, Caleb, and is currently writing a Dieselpunk version of Little Red Riding Hood.
Oz, Sound of Music and Cinderella. Ella is excited to be performing in the upcoming ZCT “Little Mermaid Jr.” She also enjoys soccer, dance and cooking.
Steven Hendershott (The Baker) – It seems like just a short while ago that Steve found out about this wonderful theater, and in some ways that’s true. But now it just feels like home! What an awesome experience this show is; so much work and play all at once! This is a “bucket list” show for Steve and he can hardly express what a gift it has been to work with so many dedicated and talented people to bring this show to life. What a blessing it has been for Steve and he hopes that you share in that blessing in the audience.When he isn’t on stage or in rehearsal, Steve works at the David Crist State Farm agency http://ycityinsurance.com and has enjoyed his “temporary” position there for the last 10+ years. He is also currently working online toward a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Because, you know, free time, right?
None of this would be possible without the exceptional support of his AMAZING wife Jolene, and his loving daughters, Jadyn, Cadence and Alonna who play their roles as audience participants with aplomb. Steve and Jolene celebrated 13 years of wedded bliss this Spring, and he is so grateful to her for being the real reason for anything that could be called his success! SDG
Alaine Kay (Sleeping Beauty) – Upon accidentally auditioning for a middle school play, Alaine discovered a love for theater. She has participated both on- and off-stage in many productions at New Lexington High School, Malone University, and the New Lexington Community Theater. Her favorite roles to date have been Vi Moore in “Footloose” and Gertie in “Oklahoma!”. She is thrilled to be a part of the cast of “Into the Woods”, which is her first ZCT production. Alaine lives in New Lexington and works at the Crooksville Branch Library. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Library Science at Kent State University.
Originally from Perry County, Tahnee now lives with her husband and three cats in their new home in Zanesville. She has been in productions of Grease, Guys & Dolls and Bye Bye Birdie with New Lexington High School and Community Theatre. She attended Hocking College, majoring in theatre, and went aboard to Havering College in England. There she was in a production of Oh! What a Lovely War at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in the West End. This will be her seventh show with ZCT including Young Frankenstein, Spring Awakening, Rumors and Proof. Her favorite role thus far is Doralee in 9 to 5 The Musical.
Tahnee has had a lot of fun developing this character and hopes the audience enjoys this show.
I’ve been involved in shows since I was a little boy in Cincinnati. I was active in my High School drama department and continued to perform while attending Muskingum College. Seems like I’ve been in so many shows I’ve lost count.
This theatre holds a special place in my life. My wife, Christine, and I met while we were in a show here at ZCT so it’s great to continue the tradition with my son Matt.
Sheryl Wise (Director and Music Director) – Sheryl has recently moved to a new phase of life, as she is now semi-retired after working for Franklin Local Schools for the past 35 years. During that time she served as a music teacher, technology coordinator, and directed the high school theater department. This fall, she will continue teaching theater at Philo High School but will be enjoying sleeping in a little and having more time for other pursuits. She plans to work on several projects that have been left undone at her house and hopefully read a book or two. But, she will still be quite active on church and civic boards, teaching voice and piano, and as church organist at Market Street Baptist Church. She shares her home with her Mom and lots of cats.She has been involved in numerous shows at ZCT as well as Licking County Players, Cambridge Performing Arts Center, Philo Players and Zane Trace Players. Some of her favorite onstage roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeny Todd, The Reverend Mother in several versions of the Nunsensations series, and many characters in The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. Some of her favorite directing experiences have been Noises Off, The Odd Couple, Nine to Five, and Little Shop of Horrors. She is looking forward to working on several shows this next season between ZCT, Zane Trace Players, and Philo High School.
Sheryl thanks you for supporting the arts in our area.
To quote Little Red Ridinghood, when I first decided to tackle Into The Woods I was “excited and scared”. I still am. But, this has been such an amazing journey with a fantastic group of people…and a cow. So many creative people have added their own special talents to create one of the finest ensembles I have ever had the pleasure to direct. I am also excited that you will see many new faces along with some that have been away for many years along with our stage veterans.
Each year we try to incorporate new technology and techniques as far as our time and budget will allow. For this show we have new lights that allow us to choose from thousands of colors to light the set. The set is also something new we have never done. When Rebecca Wagstaff brought in the poster design it was apparent that it could translate from paper to reality in the set design. The image transports you to a world of mystical fantasy. As you watch the show, be reminded that there is a live band playing! Sometimes because you don’t see them you forget that there are 12 wonderful musicians backstage performing. They provide the sounds that complete the mood.
I especially want to thank my assistant director Nancy, my producer Jan, my assistant musical director Tom, costumer Pam, and our technical director Carl for their support and endless hours of work. A special thanks goes to the Gantzer family who built the tower and have provided sparkle to our production.
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