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Community Theatre

July 14 – 31, 2016
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

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SEAN MAXWELL BAILEY (Ensemble) makes his COM theatre debut with this production but is no stranger to theatre or “The Drowsy Chaperone.” His favorite roles include Brody in Theatre Under the Stars Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre’s production of Vote! The Musical, Dewey in HSMT’s production of Legally Blonde and Robert in Clear Springs High School’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, in which he was nominated for a best Supporting Actor Tommy Tune Award. When he’s not on the stage, Max is mastering the art of building Lego Megazords and making his own music.
MELANIE BERNSEN CLINKSCALES (Trix/Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in her 18th production at COM! Previous roles include 9 to 5: The Musical (Roz), Fascinating Rhythm (Liza), Grand Night for Singing (herself), The Wedding Singer (Angie), Shout: The Mod Musical (Orange Girl), Chicago (Mary Sunshine) Cabaret (Kost), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman #2), Fiddler on the Roof (Frumah-Sarah), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Smoke on the Mountain (Denise Sanders), Noises Off (Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent), Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Secretary), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Dawn) and The Taffetas (Peggy). Other favorites: Urinetown (Little Becky), Little Women: the Musical (Meg March), The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon), Annie (Grace Farrell) and 1776 (Martha Jefferson). During the day, Melanie serves as the event and administrative coordinator for Matt Carlin and Associates and is owner/baker of Hazel’s Dessert Shoppe! Much love to Chris and Kyle who always keep her laughing and John for loving her daily!
AUBEN BROWN (Kitty) is over the moon to make her COM stage debut! A senior at Clear Brook High School, Auben has been performing on the stage since she was a toddler and hopes to pursue her passion for theatre in college and for the rest of her life! Her other passions include singing, dancing, writing, art and American Sign Language. Favorite roles include Dottie in Noises Off, Madame Thernadier in Les Miserables, Beast in Beauty and The Beast (yes … as the Beast), Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Ugly Duckling in Shrek and Annie in Annie. Auben is so thankful to her Momma, Daddy and Bubba for supporting her passion (it’s not every family that regularly breaks out into spontaneous musical theatre numbers!) and their non-stop love. She would also like to thank her crazy group of friends that love her, support her, make her laugh and just GET HER! 
JARED CADORE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut with COM theatre. He is currently majoring in communication at the University of Houston. Some of Jared’s past credits include Tim in Get Yourself (D’Rock), Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (HCC) and Pedro in Man of La Mancha (PLT). Jared would like to thank the amazing cast and crew for an incredible ride and the chance to perform on stage again.
JEFF COLETTA (Gangster #1) is excited to return to COM for the first time since 2008 in The Oldest Living Graduate and Big River. Jeff has directed shows at Pasadena Little Theatre and Clear Creek Community Theatre. Some of Jeff’s favorite roles include Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Emile De Becque in South Pacific, Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown and Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Jeff has appeared in theatres all across the southeast Houston area including Baytown Little Theatre, Clear Creek Country Theatre, United Players and the Theatre of Seabrook. He has a degree in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University. In his real life Jeff works for the law firm of Andrews Kurth; however, he would like to point out he isn’t one of the attorneys; he only works for them.
KYLE CRAWFORD (Robert Martin) is thrilled to be returning to the COM stage after his last performance as June Cline in Second Samuel. He is elated to be a part of this new and exciting chapter of COM Community Theatre. At COM, Kyle has appeared as Arles et al. in Greater Tuna, Leaf in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Joe in 9 to 5: The Musical and George in The Wedding Singer, among others. Other credits include Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, Charlene in Re-Designing Women, Michael in Tick, Tick ... Boom!, Man 2 in Songs for a New World and Michael in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. When not on stage, Kyle teaches theatre at McAdams Junior High in Dickinson ISD. He would like to thank his family and friends for their unwavering support. 
KEITH DUPREE (Feldzieg) is a 25 year-old kid who has had the pleasure of being in some truly wonderful shows. He made his debut as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, as well as Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods at Clear Creek Community Theatre, followed by Fagin in Oliver! and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Upstage Arts. He has also been a Wickersham Brother in Seussical at BAHBT and Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Triple Rock Theatre. Keith is so happy to be a part of this wonderful production and thanks everyone in the cast and crew for allowing him to be a part of it!
SHAWNA GLAD (Mrs. Tottendale) has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this enormously talented cast! Shawna is originally from Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She most recently appeared on the COM stage as M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. Other recent favorite roles include Reba in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Jeri Neal and Vernadette in The Dixie Swim Club, Doatsey Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sister Albert Maria in Tony and Tina’s Wedding and Annie in Misery. Shawna and her husband, Rick, have three children and reside in League City. She is the theatre arts teacher at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School in Clear Lake. She would like to thank both H. Russ Brown and Joey Bernsen for this opportunity.
PAUL HAGER (Underling) – A native Houstonian who has been active in local and regional theatre as an actor, director and playwright for over 40 years, Paul is thrilled to return to the COM stage to work with such a superbly talented cast, crew and directors after having appeared this season as Mr. Mozel in Second Samuel and Reg in Round and Round the Garden. He spent his college years at the University of Houston School of Theatre while performing anywhere they would let him on stage at such venues as Houston Grand Opera, Chocolate Bayou Theatre Company, the Windmill, Balinese and Mystery Cafe Dinner Theatres, Country Playhouse and Theatre Suburbia. Some of Paul’s favorite performances include Bye, Bye Birdie (Harry MacAfee), Killer Karaoke (Preston Avery), Blythe Spirit (Charles) and Harvey (Ethel Chauvenet /Judge Gaffney) at Island ETC.
BRYAN HARDEE (Superintendent) is making his acting debut here at COM. A COM theatre major, Bryan’s primary focus is technical theatre, but he is excited to act for the first time! He would like to thank his family for loving and supporting him throughout this process. He would also like to thank H. for giving him this opportunity to perform in this fun and exciting musical! 
LINDSAY LINDQUIST (Ensemble) is elated to be back on the COM stage, having last appeared in The Wedding Singer in 2012. This summer marks the 15th anniversary of Lindsay’s first production with COM. A few of her favorite roles include Joanne in Godspell, Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and June in Smoke on the Mountain. Mom to three spunky kids and the associate publisher of three magazines, Lindsay is excited for the chance to perform (jazz hands!). She gives huge thanks to her amazing husband, Michael, who makes her world go ‘round. She also thanks Mom, Dad, M.K., Bob and the Krewe du Culdesac, her support system extraordinaire! Also, love and hugs to Mrs. Melanie Rose Bernsen Armstrong Lindquist Clinkscales – the best BFF a girl could have!
BILL LUNDGREN (Man in Chair) is thrilled to join his first COM production. Previous credits include Macbeth (Doctor), Twelve Angry Men (Juror 12) and Grease (Roger) with Pearl Theatre and Urinetown: The Musical (Sen. Fipp) with Inspiration Stage. Bill is also a private violin/viola teacher and performing musician, which he got to combine with his love for theatre as Ray Bob/Fiddle Player in Always ... Patsy Cline with Unity Theatre. Bill would like to thank H. Russ Brown, the Gentle General, for this truly fantastic opportunity and experience; the all-star cast for their warmth, excitement and dedication to this production; and his more theatrical girlfriend for her encouragement and guidance, without which, this would not have been possible. To the creative team, his family, and friends: thank you for believing. 
CHRIS POOL (George) was raised in Baton Rouge and attended Louisiana State University as a vocal performance major on a full scholarship. After spending time in North Carolina and Georgia, he made his way to Houston and has been seen around the area at various theatres. His acting credits at College of the Mainland Community Theatre include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (J. Pierpont Finch), Seussical: the Musical (Horton the Elephant), Smoke on the Mountain (Rev. Oglethorpe), Spitfire Grill (Joe Sutter) and Chicago (Amos Hart). He also performed in The Best Man (Sheldon Marcus) at Main Street Theatre, Godspell (Company) with A.D. Players, Company (Paul) and I Ought To Be In Pictures (Herbert Tucker) at Island ETC, Into the Woods (The Baker) at Alvin Community College, Wilde, A New Musical (Oscar Wilde) with Thunderclap Productions and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour Krelborn) at Stage Door Inc. He dedicates this performance to Admiral Daddy, wherever you are.
ANDREA L. RICHARDS (Gangster #2) Fun fact: this is Andrea’s fourth production at College of the Mainland. Some of her favorite past roles include Olive Ostrovsky and Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Little Sally (Urinetown – Harbour Playhouse and Inspiration Stage), Agnes (I Do! I Do!), Sally Brown (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Vivienne Kensington (Legally Blonde), Bad Idea Bear (Avenue Q), Bonnie/Chastity (Anything Goes), First (Wiley and the Hairy Man) and most fabulously, Sir Robin (Spamalot)! Andrea would like to thank her parents for all their support and love; she could not have gotten as far as she has without them.
LAUREL SMALLEY (Janet Van De Graff) A junior at West Texas A&M University, Laurel is studying to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre. Her favorite roles include Thyona (Big Love), The Witch (Into the Woods), Morticia (The Addams Family Musical), JoAnne (RENT) and Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show). The Drowsy Chaperone is one of her favorite shows, and she is over the moon at this chance to tackle her dream role, Janet, with such an exceptionally talented company. She is so grateful for a family who supports her dreams and her career in the arts and for the magnificent teachers she has been blessed with.
ROGER STALLINGS (Mr. Fellerocker) has been performing here since 1978. It’s always something he looks forward to doing. Not only does he perform here, but in earlier years he used to direct some COM shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Westside Story and A Chorus Line. Most recently at COM, Roger played Frisky Madison in the smash hit, Second Samuel. His last musical role was Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown at Galveston ETC. Some of his favorite roles at COM include, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, John Proctor in The Crucible, Felix in The Odd Couple, Uncle Adolph in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. Roger retired from COM in 2014 after a 36-year career as professor of speech communication. He now works part-time in our Speaking, Reading and Writing Center as a professional tutor. 
ZACK VARELA (Aldolpho) – His previous roles at COM Community Theatre include Max (Cabaret), Actor 2 (Five Course Love), Clown 2 (The 39 Steps) and Sammy (The Wedding Singer). He performed as Moses Levy (A Civil War Christmas) at Main Street Theatre and as Toad (A Year with Frog and Toad), Hank (Hank the Cowdog ‘14), Actor 1 (Alice in Wonderland), Carlos (The Magic School Bus), Sharktooth the Pirate (How I Became a Pirate) and Jose (Junie B. Jone in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells) at Main Street Theatre for Youth. He was seen as Charles Giuteau (Assassins) at Standing Room Only, Miles Gloriosus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Mr. Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors), Benny (RENT) and Deputy Butner (Christmas Belles) at East End Theatre Company. He was also Roy (The Odd Couple) and Paul (Company) at Texas Reparatory Theatre and the Mad Hatter/Lewis Carol (The Adventures of Arthur Ignatius in Wonderland) with Killdozer Productions.
Do you have your 2016-2017 season tickets yet?!

Theatregoers are buzzing with excitement over what they’ve seen on our stage at College of the Mainland Community Theatre this past year and the 2016-2017 season proves to be even greater! As a valued part of our COM theatre family, we thank you very much for your continued support. Your ongoing attendance makes bringing outstanding talent in extraordinary productions to our stage (for your enjoyment) a reality! Current season subscriptions end soon, and to continue enjoying all the benefits available to COM Community Theatre subscribers, it’s time to renew your membership! Likewise, we’re rededicating ourselves to bringing you the best in exceptional, thrilling live theatre with extra savings of up to 25 percent when you purchase the entire season! As always, we extend a heartfelt thank you for playing your part as an audience member and for your generous support as a season subscriber of The Biggest Li’l Theatre in Texas!

Excelsior!

H. Russ Brown
COM Community Theatre Artistic Director
Jonatan Ramirez, a graduate of Texas City High School, is a theatre performance major here at COM. This spring semester at COM, he became nationally certified in knife and unarmed stage combat by the Society of American Fight Directors. Jonatan is a passionate young theatre artist who hopes to one day make acting on the stage and in film his full-time pursuits. He hopes that after establishing a successful career he will be able to give back to the school and community. Jonatan would like to thank his family for supporting him while pursuing what he loves. He would also like to say a huge thank you to the COM theatre faculty and teaching staff: Amanda Bezemek, H. Russ Brown and Curt Meyer for their mentorship and dedication.
H. RUSS BROWN (Director) is a nationally recognized theatre artist/educator who has worked at theatres across the country for the past 30 years. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Western Illinois University and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. As COM’s new head of theatre/artistic director, H. Russ is excited to help guide the growth of COM’s Academic Theatre Program and continuing the tradition of excellence on the COM Community Theatre stage. His greatest achievement, though, is his marriage to his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, and his two amazing kids, Grant and Auben.

JOEY BERNSEN (Music Director) has been a music director, conductor, accompanist and organist for many theatres, churches and schools over the years. He served as music director/conductor for his first show at COM, Hello Dolly, at the age of 19 and followed that with Mame, Annie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Music Man, Man of La Mancha, Babes in Toyland, A Chorus Line, and many others. With United Players, he conducted Fiddler on the Roof and The Music Man, and played keyboard for Children of Eden and woodwinds for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He has accompanied several musicals, including Little Shop of Horrors, 42nd Street, Godspell, RENT, and Beauty and the Beast and served as music director for Legally Blonde. Joey has also enjoyed playing with PitchMeThis Productions, including performances of The Rocky Horror Show, EDGES – A Song Cycle and Pop Up: 90s Cabaret.

SARAH BUSBY (Choreographer) has been dancing since she was five years old. She was raised on the East Coast where she had the privilege of choreographing for such musicals as The King and I, Music Man, Oliver!, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Alice in Wonderland. Since moving to Texas, she has choreographed for a number of different events including Dancing with the Stars Tour Show Dallas, and The Dallas Dancing With the Stars. She’s had the exciting opportunity to dance/perform with Emmett Smith. Sarah is amazingly excited to be choreographing for this production here at College of the Mainland Community Theatre!

MAX ESTUDILLO (Stage Manager) is happy to work with this amazing company! You may have last seen him as B Flat in Second Samuel or past roles including Saint George (The Christmas Revels), Igor (Young Frankenstein), The Cat in the Hat (Seussical the Musical), his award-winning role of John Proctor (The Crucible) and his ensemble roles in The Wedding Singer and 9 to 5: the Musical. Other stage-managing credits include Nunsense, Round and Round the Garden, Steel Magnolias and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. (Request more info at maxestu@hotmail.com.) Max received his Associate of Arts in theatre from COM this year. He will continue studying theatre arts this fall at Texas State University in San Marcos. He would like to thank Curt Meyer, Brian Hamlin, Mark Adams and H. Russ Brown for making his first college years a valuable, fun and amazing experience. Because of you all, I’ll never stop growing!

CURT MEYER (Technical Director) received his Bachelor of Science in technical theatre from Lamar University in 1996, and his Master of Science in scenic design and theatre technology from Southwest Texas State University in 1999 before he began teaching at San Jacinto College-Central from 2002-2014. His work has been seen in Houston, San Marcos, Baltimore and Atlanta, including designs for Jesus Christ Superstar (Beaumont Civic Opera), A Streetcar Named Desire (Southwest Texas) and most recently Young Frankenstein (San Jacinto College). Curt served on the Texas Educational Theatre Association board of directors in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. Curt is also a University Interscholastic League contest manager and adjudicator.

AMANDA BEZEMEK (Costume Designer) is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Houston School of Theatre. In addition to her work at the university, she has also worked for the Alley Theatre, Stages and the Houston Shakespeare Festival and Children’s Festival. Amanda joined the theatre staff at COM in February 2004.

SUSAN GILBERT (Box Office Manager) enjoys her busy job with the COM Community Theatre and has been with us since 1992. She believes the success of the COM Community Theatre can be attributed to the many volunteers who dedicated their time and energies to make this theatre one of the leading community theatres in the southwest. She also thanks Joyce Palmer for her endless energy in supporting COM Community Theatre and the box office. Susan resides in Texas City with her son, Andrew.
2016-2017 COM Community Theatre Season

Crimes Of The Heart
By Beth Henley
Winner of 1981 Pulitzer Prize and NY Drama Critics Circle Award
Sept. 8-25, 2016

COM Wasn’t Built in a Day
By H. Russ Brown, COM Artistic Director
World Premiere
Nov. 3-20, 2016

Lost in Yonkers
By Neil Simon
Winner of 1991 Pulitzer Prize, Four Tony Awards and Four Drama Desk Awards
Jan. 26 – Feb. 12, 2017

Moon Over Buffalo
By Ken Ludwig
March 23 – April 9, 2017

Red
By John Logan
Winner of Six Tony Awards and Three Drama Desk Awards
May 18 – June 4, 2017

Song Of Singapore – The Swing Musical
By Alan Katz, Erik Frandsen, Robert Hipkens, Michael Garin and Paula Lockheart
July 13-30, 2017
TICKET PRICES
Sections: A / $23, B / $18, C / $13
Discounts for students and senior citizens
Children must be four years old to attend.

For Reservations
Call the Box Office at 888-258-8859, ext. 8345 or 409-933-8345
Purchase tickets online at www.com.edu/theatre.

Patrons who leave the auditorium during the performance cannot be reseated.

Produced by special arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL –
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

In Memory of Mark "The Admiral" Adams

For many years, Mark Adams was the heart and soul of COM Community Theatre and dedicated his life to educating and mentoring students and presenting quality theatrical experiences for the enjoyment of you, your family and this community.

Mark was able to bring talented actors and designers to Texas City just with the pull of his charisma and the welcoming atmosphere he created.

You can help continue his legacy of theatrical excellence for generations to come by supporting the Mark Adams Memorial Fund.

SUPPORT THE MARK ADAMS MEMORIAL FUND!

Give online at give.com.edu, contact Matthew Busby, COM Foundation at 409-933-8675 or make a check payable to “COM Foundation” and designate your gift to the Mark Adams Memorial Fund.

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