Mitch Bean returns for his sixth summer at BVT and his first summer as artistic director. He 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 on many off-season BVT sponsored events including Willa Cather’s A Resurrection last fall, The RiverInn’s production of Murder on the Missouri, and a youth workshop this spring. Mitch’s past BVT directing credits include The Game’s Afoot, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Oh, Fudge!, The Tender Trap, and Amy’s Wish. His BVT acting credits include Charlie Brown in Snoopy!!, Glenn in Rumors, Frankie in Forever Plaid and Jesus in Godspell.
Sara Scheidies is thrilled to be returning to BVT for her fourth summer! Some of her favorite roles at BVT include Martha in "The Games Afoot," Cindy Lou in "The Marvelous Wonderettes," Peggy in "Godspell," and June in "Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming." In addition to performing, Sara has worked as a costumer, choreographer, script supervisor, and set painter. She would like to thank her parents for always supporting her in her artistic pursuits.
Jessica Curtiss is a recent graduate of Wichita State University where she earned her BFA in Theatre Performance. In Wichita she has performed in A Hedda Gabler (Hedda), Fly By Night (Miriam), and Heathers the Musical (Heather McNamara). This is her first summer as a BVT company member.
Rochelle Hovde is currently a Junior at Winona State University in Winona, MN. Her major is Theatre and her minors are Psych and Women’s Gender Studies. She was actively involved with musical theater throughout high school, and had the opportunity to perform in Hot L Baltimore for Winona State University this past year. She also plays and coaches volleyball whenever she is free. Her other hobbies include watching YouTube or Netflix and hanging out with her family and friends.
Sarah Ramsey is very excited to be returning for her 3rd year as an actor and crew member of Brownville Village Theatre. Sarah is currently a senior at Dickinson State University with hopes to graduate in the Fall. She plans to achieve her BA in Theatre with a minor in psychology. Over the past years, Sarah has participated in many shows, including school projects and local productions. Her most current works included her role as Sarah in Time Stands Still, Nan in Midsummer Mink, Goldie in Bark! The Musical and her work in directing the Fall 2017 musical at DSU, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. As a returning member, Sarah looks forward to seeing familiar faces from past seasons as well as working with the new company!
Fred Vogel is thrilled to be returning for his fourth and final year at the Brownville Village Theatre. He currently works as a substitute teacher for both Lincoln Public Schools. Recently, he directed "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Lincoln Community Playhouse and appeared as Chip Tolentino in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at The STAGE Theater. Previous roles at BVT include Lenny in "Rumors", Smudge in "Forever Plaid", and Jonathan in "Arsenic and Old Lace", as well as Martin Dempster in the fall production of "Willa Cather's A Resurrection". He'd like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support, and hopes that you all enjoy the show!
Rachel Curtiss is back in Brownville for her first summer as artistic director. Since 2012, Rachel has been involved with BVT, 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.
Drew George is so excited to be making his professional debut with Brownville Village Theatre. He is a recent graduate of Kansas State University with a BA in Theatre Performance. While at college he has performed in Seusical(Horton), Godspell(Jesus), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark(Donovan/Slasvick), As You Like It(Duke Sr.), A Christmas Carol(Smythe), Glass Menagerie(Jim), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown(Charlie Brown), and Inn-Dependent(Henry; premier) at the Manhattan Arts Center in Rent(Mark), Hair(Berger), and Spamalot(Lancelot) and The Columbian Theatre in Gypsy(Tulsa). When not on the stage he can be found in the scene shop painting sets, in the dance studio, or at the card shop playing Magic the Gathering.
Johnny Kroll is excited to be spending his first summer in Nebraska with the Brownville Village Theatre! Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Johnny will be going into his junior year at Drake University in Des Moines, IA earning his BFA in Musical Theatre this fall. Recent credits for Johnny include; The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Ragtime (Ensemble, Featured Dancer/DC) both through the Des Moines Playhouse, Dogfight (Fector), The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide (Mike Rice), Heathers (Officer McCord), all through Drake University, West Side Story (Principal Dancer) with Ann Arbor in Concert, and A View from the Bridge (Submarine) with the Iowa Stage Theatre Company. Johnny has also recently placed second in NATS in the state of Iowa for Musical Theatre Performance. Johnny, as always, would like to thank his friends, family, and peers for their continuous support in his artistic journey.
Lizzy Pegler makes a whirlwind return to the Brownville Village Theatre as the Costume Designer of The Tell Tale Farce. Lizzy was recently seen as Catarina Bouchelli in Murder on the Missouri and Aimee de Mar (and Costume Designer) in Willa Cather's A Ressurection both in Brownville during this past year. Lizzy has spent the year working at her alma mater, Doane University, as the Performing Arts Coordinator and Recruitment Assistant. She was recently awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" award by her theatre students for which she felt deeply honored and richly blessed. Lizzy is ecstatic to be returning to BVT before heading off to whatever her next adventure may be!
Jarvis Jahner graduated from Dickinson State University in 2004 with a B. A. in Theatre, and in 2011, he completed his M.F.A. in scenic design from the University of Oregon. Jarvis has worked as a carpenter for Theatre IV in Richmond, VA, as the Technical Director/ Scene Designer for the Brownville Village Theatre in Brownville, NE, and Props Master and Scenic Artist for the Oregon Festival of American Musicals in Eugene, OR. He is now an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Communication and Technical Director at Dickinson State University. Jarvis was honored last year with the Outstanding Faculty Award from Dickinson State University.
Trevor Comstock, Kansas native and Wichita State University Theatre Performance graduate, is proud to be making his Brownville Village Theatre debut. He can usually be spotted on the Manhattan Arts Center stage in Manhattan, KS where he most recently played in The Game's Afoot as Felix and as Hanschen in Spring Awakening. Other noted performances include: Oscar Wilde in A Man of No Importance (Wichita Signature Theatre), Orlando in As You Like It (Wichita Shakespeare Company), Guildenstern in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (WSU), and Trissotin in Moliere's The Learned Ladies (WSU). He would like to thank his family and friends for their support, Shay for being a listening ear, and most importantly, YOU, the audience. Without you this would all be for naught.
Trisha Marie Miller is thrilled and honored to be joining the BVT family for her first time this year. In the fall she will be a senior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance. Some of her most recent Theatre credits include Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell's [title of show], Fay and Michael Kanin's Rashomon, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball. In the world of dance she just recently was in two pieces of UNK's Spring Dance Concert "eloquence in action" as well as the Choreographer for Kearney Community Theatre's Guys and Dolls and Alexa Kriss' music video "I Believe In Love." Over the winter break she also worked on the short film "Perfektion" with Avenue9 Productions as an actor.
Connor Bosworth is a recent graduate from the University of Central Missouri with a BFA in Theatre Performance and is looking forward to his first summer with BVT. Some of his past roles have been Chuck Cranston in Footloose, Georg Zirchnitz in Spring Awakening, and Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, all at UCM. Connor is incredibly excited to get to create such wonderful experiences doing what he loves and building relationships through it.
Ella Dierberger is returning for her second year in Brownville. Best known as the lady behind the piano, you may also recognize her from her roles as Sally from Snoopy, and Aggie from The Games Afoot. This past year she has been the music director for Peter Pan and Wendy at the Winona Senior High school. She also completed her senior capstone where she played the role of Claire, and also acted as producer, costume designer, and master electrician for Jean Genet's The Maids. For her dance minor, she choreographed a dance piece, "Shading", for which she designed the costumes and the lighting. She also played the role of "The Girl" at Winona State's production of Hot L Baltimore.
Tanner Sabol is thrilled to join the Brownville Village Theatre for the first time this year! Majoring in musical theatre, he is currently a sophomore at the University of North Dakota. He started out acting in his high school’s Oral Interpretation team in Sioux Falls, SD, being a part of that team for all four years. Entering college, he played Felix in the Odd Couple, Professor Marvel/Oz in the Wizard of Oz and was also a semi-finalist in the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting competition. He hopes to find another home away from home at BVT!
Mikala Sullivan is ecstatic to be joining BVT for the first time. She is a recent graduate from Avila University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. She has played roles such as Miss Casewell in Mousetrap, Halie in Buried Child, Belinda in Noises Off, and Don Jon in Much Ado About Nothing. While at Avila she also had the opportunity to stage manage, assistant direct, and playwright. She looks forward to joining the company and is excited to see what this season will bring.