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In my other life, I am a Program Supervisor at Mount Aloysius, Inc. in New Lexington, Ohio. I have been on the Board of Directors of ZCT for the last 4 years and recently served as Vice-President. I am married to my lovely wife, Angel, who is the Producer and Stage Manager for this show and am blessed to have a great family. I want to thank you for supporting the arts and for coming to see Ransom of Red Chief.
Chelsea Miller (Mrs. Miller) – I am thrilled to be joining some amazing folks on stage in this entertaining adventure! When asked to play the role of Mrs. Miller I felt honored. I mean, who better to play Mrs. Miller than Mrs. Miller, herself? Haha!
I am married to a wonderful man and together we have a beautiful one year old daughter! I graduated from Ohio University with my Bachelor of Specialized Studies in History and Management. Right now I have the best job in the world, being a stay at home momma to my little girl! Although life is far from perfect, I am enjoying every moment of this life with which God has blessed me!
Please relax and enjoy the show!
Jan Smith (Constable Jones) – “Another opening, another show”! In this show I play a constable: in real life I was an Investigator…what a stretch. It’s been a long time since I have done a comedy. I have been mostly directing and doing some walk-on parts, and I must say, I am a little nervous about it. But what can one say. It’s a great script and an outstanding cast. And to have the chance to work with some of my favorite people on and off stage- I could not pass up working with my lovely wife, Pam. Enjoy the show.
Pam Smith (Miss Oliver) – As most already know, I am more comfortable “creating” from backstage, but every once in a while it’s fun to step out of your comfort zone…and the part of Flora Oliver was too good to turn down! I also have the chance to work with my husband and some great people! I hope you enjoy the show and…I just KNOW that sapsucker is here somewhere!
Maggie Nussbaum (Mrs. Rudge) – Although many years have passed since I was introduced to O. Henry’s short story “Ransom of Red Chief” in a junior high English class, it has remained as one of my favorite short stories. The story became one I enjoyed sharing with my fifth grade students during my teaching career. Being a teacher allowed me to attempt comedic performances to dramatize lessons, but after retiring it was time to follow my desire to participate in a community theater. A number of years ago I finally took my first baby step onto stage with a minor role in M*A*S*H. I am excited to now take that second baby step onto the stage and be a part of a theater production of a story that continues to tickle my funny bone.
Payton Van Nort (Abigail) – Hi! My name is Payton, and I am an 8th grader at Bishop Fenwick. I like to sing, dance and act. I’ve been in many plays, most recently The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods, and Alice in Wonderland. My most favorite part in being in this play is getting to experiment with different costumes. I hope you enjoy the show!
Val Gahagan (Director) – Val Gahagan is a wife and mom to 7 children. She became addicted to the theater 12 years ago when her oldest auditioned for his first show and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with each of her children at least once. When she is not busy homeschooling, she is usually running kids to their activities. She is especially thankful for having a husband of 25 years who has been so supportive and indulges her theater hobby.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to direct my third show here at Zanesville Community Theater, the previous two being “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Cheaper by the Dozen”. This show has a new significance for me since I not only get to work again with my wonderful producer and dear friend, Angel Palmer, but alongside my assistant director and beautiful daughter, Reanna Warne. “Ransom of Red Chief” is a favorite story for our family–who doesn’t enjoy a good O. Henry story, complete with unexpected endings? And the story has been made even better with a wonderful cast and crew that has worked hard to bring this story to life on the stage. To my cast and crew: Thank you for the laughter, tears, hugs, and encouragements. You are a cast that will hold a significant place in my heart. In true O. Henry fashion, this production is ending a whole lot differently than we all imagined when we dreamed it up a year ago. And thank you, audience and patrons, for allowing me the indulgence of escaping to the world of theater and literature. I hope you enjoy the show!
“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” O.Henry
Angel Palmer (Producer, Stage Manager) – I have many passions in life…my faith, my family, music…and the theater. I love being onstage and performing under the lights, but more than that…I love to be behind the scenes, quietly making sure everything is exactly where it is supposed to be so that the magic onstage can happen. Give me a headset, and I am a happy person.
Katie Boyd (Assistant Stage Manager) – I’m a Junior at West Muskingum High School, and have been a part of theater since I was very young. I recently ventured into working backstage instead of being on-stage, and LOVE it! This is by second time working backstage with ZCT, and I have been the stage manager for my school’s productions for the past three years. When I am not backstage, I can be found anywhere my camera takes me. Photography and film are passions of mine, and I hope to one day make a career out of them.
Allison Bashore (Stage Crew) – I have been involved with theater since the young age of 5 and have always loved performing. My first show with ZCT was Our Town, and I went on to act in, stage manage, and assist in many others before marrying the love of my life, Matt, and moving out of the area. We have recently moved back and I am excited to be getting involved again because I would love to make sure my two little boys have the same opportunities to be as involved as I was. Thank you to each of you for coming to see our show and for helping make the arts possible for our youth.
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