BROWNVILLE

VILLAGE THEATRE

Liz Kelly  (Margie Pierson) is joining BVT for the first time.  Though native to Southeast Nebraska, she has spent the last 15 years elsewhere.  While studying math and physics at Morningside College, she was active in theatre, including TheMandrake, Antigone, and Dancing at Lughnasa (where she played the matriarch of a dysfunctional Irish family, her favorite role to date.)  After venturing west, she was part of Cheyenne Little Theatre Players, acting in OnGolden Pond and James and the Giant Peach, and assistant directing I Hate Hamlet.  Liz works in chemistry at Cooper Nuclear Station.  She is excited to be back to the place she's always thought of as home, as well as continuing her passion for theatre.

Paulina Flatt (Carrie Masters) was born in Bangkok, Thailand where she lived for two years. She has since lived in Illinois, Colorado, and Nebraska.  Currently she attends Calvert Elementary in Auburn, NE.  Paulina participates in soccer, band, choir, and theater. Previously she has appeared in the Youth Actors Academy of Lincoln production of William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night's Dream” in 2017.  Paulina also attended the Young Performers Workshop at the Brownville Village Theatre in 2018.

Xavier Carr (Reverend William Esterbrook) has been a member of the arts since high school, primarily as a singer. In 2008, he tried acting for the first time at Peru State College and fell in love with. In 2012, he expanded his horizons and became an actor at the Brownville Village Theatre, where he later was a part of for four seasons, and counting. Since 2008, he has been in various shows such as Pippin, Godspell, Next To Normal, Big River, Perfect Wedding, Once on This Island and many others. He says he is truly blessed to be a part of the fall show at the Brownville Village Theatre once again!

Lisa Smith (Mrs. Pierson) of Auburn, NE was flabbergasted  in 2017 to not only step outside her comfort zone to audition for the play, but to be chosen to play the role of Mrs. Pierson. Lisa truly enjoyed the entire experience, learned a lot, and the show was incredible! The cast beyond compare! Lisa finds it a TRUE HONOR to be asked to "Reserect " her role again in 2018. 

Rachel Curtiss (Artistic Director) has been involved with BVT since 2012, first as a company member, then as props supervisor, director, and associate artistic director last summer.  She graduated from Wichita State University with her BFA in theatre performance in 2013.  She lived in Chicago for three years; while she was there she worked with Edge of the Wood Theatre.   She is so happy to share the artistic director position with Mitchell and can’t wait for what the future holds for BVT.

Willa Cather's A Resurrection Cast and Crew

Gavin Moyer (Bobbie Dempster) played "Bobby Dempster" in the 2017 performance of A Ressurection at the Brownville Village Theatre. He has had a role as an extra and has participated behind the scenes of several PSA's sponsored by Nemaha County Community Health Partners. Gavin has attended several acting camps, including camps at the Omaha Rose Children's Theater, and a camp last spring at the Brownville Village Theatre.

Fred Vogel (Martin Dempster, Light and Sound Designer) is a substitute teacher for Lincoln Public Schools.  He has been a company member at the Brownville Village Theatre for four seasons, during which time he was in such productions as A Year With Frog and Toad(Frog), Rumors (Lenny), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan) in addition to working in the scenery and lights/sound shops.  Fred is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the role of Martin once again, and hopes you all enjoy the show!

Sara Scheidies (Scenic Painter, Costumer, Poster Designer) is thrilled to be returning to her home away from home at the Brownville Village Theatre. She has been a company member for the past four summers, and also worked on "A Resurrection" last fall. She has worked at BVT as an actor, costume designer, stage manager, and set painter. She is currently living and working in Omaha, and looks forward to what the future holds.

Mark Caspers (Leonard Birch) is the fourth generation in his family to farm in Nemaha County, Nebraska.  He holds his MS in Agribusiness from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Mark resides at "Happy Valley Bachelor's Quarters" in Benton Township, Nemaha County, Nebraska.  

Mitch Bean (Artistic Director) is a graduate of Central College and holds his Bachelor’s in music and theatre.  Mitch recently moved from Chicago to Omaha with his fiancée and co-artistic director, Rachel Curtiss.  Both have been working hard to continue BVT's long tradition of summer repertory as well as on many off-season BVT sponsored events including Willa Cather’s A Resurrection, The RiverInn’s production of Murder on the Missouri, and a youth workshop.  Mitch’s past BVT directing credits include Steel Magnolias, The Tell-Tell Farce, Maybe Baby, It's You, The Game’s Afoot, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Oh, Fudge!, and The Tender Trap.  His BVT acting credits include Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad, Charlie Brown in Snoopy!!, Glenn in Rumors, Frankie in Forever Plaid and Jesus in Godspell. 

Mikala Sullivan (Aimee De Mar) is a Kansas City native and a recent graduate from Avila University. She graduated in May with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Theatre. She is excited to be returning to the BVT stage again this year. During her time at Brownville this past summer she played roles such as Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Theodora in The Haunting of Hill House, and Cindy/Bride in Maybe Baby, It’s You. While In Kansas City, Mikala has played roles in Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Noises Off, and Buried Child. Now she is looking forward to bringing the role of Aimee to life and she hopes that you enjoy the show.

 Colleen Volkmer (Mrs. Skimmons), a resident of Brownville for twelve years, previously lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for fifteen years.  While there, she enjoyed theatre both as an audience member and a participant.  Colleen was a board member of the Phoenix Playhouse as well as the stage manager for their production of "The Rocky Horror Show".  She has also stage managed "Ten Little Indians" and "Waiting for Godot" for other production companies.  She has had various roles in other productions including a stage manager, a (silent) countess, and dual parts in the same show as the "other woman" and foreign spy.  Locals may be more familiar with her as one of the witches of Indian Cave's Haunted Hallow.  She's enjoying playing Mrs. Skimmons and helping bring life to Brownville's history.