Mitch Bean (Artistic Director) returns for his ninth summer at BVT and his fifth year as Artistic Director.  He is a graduate of Central College and holds his Bachelor’s in music and theatre.  Mitch shares the title of Artistic Director with his wife, Rachel Curtiss.  Both have been working  hard to continue BVT's long tradition of summer repertory as well as keeping BVT alive throughout the year with productions and events such as  Sander's Family Christmas (2021) Willa Cather’s A Resurrection (2017 and 2018), BVT's Young Performer's Show (2019), BVT's Radio Theatre (2019 and 2020), the spring Young Performer's Workshop, and Shadows of Suspicion (2020), an interactive murder mystery performed by the BVT Mystery Troupe.  You might remember seeing him as George in Schoolhouse Rock Live!,  Jonny Warner in Zombie Prom, Max in Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors, Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad, and Jesus in Godspell.  He would like to thank all the supporters of BVT for keeping this organization thriving. 

 

Rachel Curtiss (Artistic Director) has been involved with BVT since 2012, first as a company member, then as director, and now in her fifth year as Artistic Director. Rachel holds her BFA in theatre performance from Wichita State University. While living in Chicago, she was a frequent artist with Edge of the Wood Theatre. In 2017, Rachel adapted Willa Cather’s A Resurrection for the Brownville stage, and she has also written multiple murder mysteries for the BVT Mystery Troupe. In 2019, she adapted a radio theatre production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol that was produced on the BVT stage. After the postponement of the 2020 season, she also adapted Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as an audio drama for BVT’s Radio Theatre. Rachel has had the joy of directing 10 shows and playing over 20 roles on the Brownville stage including Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias. She continues to happily share the director position with her husband, and commit to the tradition and growth of the Brownville Village Theatre.

 

Trevor Comstock (Associate Director) is pleased as punch to be returning for his 3rd year as a BVT company member. You may remember him as the Poe imposter in 2018's The Tell Tale Farce, the operatic Tito Merelli in 2019's A Comedy of Tenors, or as the Director of last season's crazy, stupid, love story FOOLS. Trevor currently resides in Manhattan, KS with his husband, Shay, and his dog, Chunk. When he's not cooking up culinary delights at The Guilty Biscuit, Trevor moonlights as an actor and director on the Manhattan Arts Center stage. He most recently directed Lauren Gunderson's The Revolutionists and starred as D'artagnan in Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers. In October, Trevor will direct Twelfth Night for Manhattan Parks and Recreation's inaugural Shakespeare in the Park performance on the Larry Norvell Band Shell stage in Manhattan City Park. For more info check out the Manhattan Parks & Rec website. Trevor hopes you will take the time to see all five of the amazing shows that BVT has to offer this summer. He would like to thank Mitch & Rachel, the outstanding 2022 BVT company, and his husband Shay for his unwavering support. He would also like to thank you, the audience, for supporting live theatre. Enjoy the shows!

Cole Beckis from Dickinson, North Dakota. This is his first season as a company member of the Brownville Village Theatre. He previously worked at Fort Totten Little Theatre in Devil's Lake, North Dakota where he played the role of Roger in Grease. He is a recent graduate of Dickinson State University with a B.A. in Theatre and a music minor. His favorite role he played was Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. He is excited for an amazing summer with BVT!

Joshua Bennett is from Texarkana, Texas and is excited to make his debut at Brownville Village Theatre! A recent 2022 graduate from Southern Arkansas University, he received a degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Theatre. Some of Joshua's previous roles include Centipede in James and the Giant Peach, Shipuchin in The Anniversary, Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls, and Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Joshua would like to thank all his directors, from high school to college, that helped him grow to love theatre and got him to where he is today.

Erin Chaves is beyond thrilled to be joining the BVT company this summer! She is a recent graduate from the University of North Dakota, where she received her BFA in musical theatre. Some of her favorite previous roles include Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Henrietta Leavitt (Silent Sky), Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Woman 1 (Songs for a New World)! Erin is an avid lover of the arts in every form, and is overjoyed to be so thoroughly engaged in them this summer through the Brownville Village Theatre. She wants to give a huge shoutout to her friends and family, whose love and support she is endlessly grateful for, and she hopes you enjoy the show! 

Allyson Fricke is ecstatic to be back for her second year at BVT! Allyson will be graduating from UNK in the fall with a theatre major as well as a dance and educational studies minor. You may have seen Allyson last year in A Wrinkle in Time as Meg or School House Rock Live! as Shulie. Allyson would like to thank her family and boyfriend for always supporting her through her theatre journey!  

 


Lucy Haarmann is delighted to be making her BVT debut. She is currently majoring in theatre and minoring in educational studies and art at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Lucy has been seen on the UNK stage as Tilly Evans in She Kills Monsters and the Kearney Community Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast as a Silly Girl. She would like to thank her family for their unconditional support.
 


Hannah Post is ecstatic to be back on the Brownville Village Theatre stage! An Omaha based performer, Hannah was last seen on the BVT stage as Denise in Sanders Family Christmas. Some acting credits include Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Katherine Plumber in Disney’sNewsies (Midland University), Philia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Fremont Opera House) and Marty in Grease (Bellevue Little Theatre). Hannah wishes to thank her family and friends for their constant support during the 2022 summer season, especially Junior, Maria, Payton, Sarah and her cat, Freddie Meowcury.

Ben Salazar is from Moorhead, Minnesota and is majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Film Studies at Concordia College. Ever since he began performing back in 2015, Ben knew he had found his passion and wanted to make a professional career out of it. Over the years, Ben has been a part of 38 total productions, including two where he served as a director. You might have seen Ben last year on the BVT stage as Red Eyes (Wrinkle in Time), Joe (Schoolhouse Rock Live!) and Gregor Yousekevitch (Fools). Some of his other favorite roles from past shows have been The Baker (Into The Woods), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Pepper (Mamma Mia!) and Chip Tolentino (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). When he's not on the stage, you can find Ben writing his next ambitious screenplay, or hanging out with his pet snake, Snakespeare. Ben is beyond thrilled to be back at BVT for another year, and cannot wait to tell more stories with his fellow artists! 

Amanda Susman is delighted to be working with Brownville Village Theatre for the first time! She’s a rising senior Musical Theatre major at Lindenwood University and has performed in their productions of Urinetown, Rent, and You On the Moors Now. Her other credits include: Little Women (Academy of Community Theatre), Side Show and The Secret Garden (Colorado Springs Conservatory), and The Nymphs of Arryn (Colorado Springs Young People Theatre Troupe). Find her on Instagram @amanda.j.susman

Bella Walker is thrilled to be joining Brownville Village Theatre for the first time! She is originally from DFW and is a recent graduate of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Some of her favorite past roles include Molly Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher, Somebody in Everybody, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Jo March in You On The Moors Now, and she had the pleasure of assistant directing The SpongeBob Musical this past Spring. Bella would like to think of all those who have continually supported her: Mom and Dad, Nana and Pops/Granny and Papa, Henley, Huston, Oakley and Lily, Mackenzie, Callie Hisek, Stephen and Leigh Anne Crandall, and the whole WT Theatre Department. Thank you for all your love and support. 

Brennan Wright is an actor and student who loves film, stories and all geeky things. He studies at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. Brennan has been involved in theatre since he was 13 and has been in shows since he was 15. He is constantly striving to do his best and make his family and friends proud. He would like to thank his family for their constant support, his friends and teachers from school for making him feel like the luckiest person on Earth and the Wininger family for their warm hearts and this great opportunity. He couldn’t have done anything without the amazing people in his life.

Gavin Young is ecstatic to be working with Brownville Village Theatre this summer! He attends Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO as a theatre major. Some works he has recently done are Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Concordia University Chicago, Daniel Pontipee in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, and Magistrate in Fools at Missouri Baptist University. Gavin is ready to be back in theatre after all the events these past few years and is overjoyed to be doing what he loves. He wants to thank his family and friends for pushing him to work harder in his career. Gavin especially wants to thank BVT for giving him this opportunity. He wants to also thank you for coming to see the show, and he hopes you enjoy these amazing works.

 

Sean Gestl (Fight Choreographer) is an actor, stunt man and fight choreographer. Born in Salina KS, he is a graduate of the International Stunt School in Seattle and received a Bachelor’s in fine arts from Wichita State University. Sean has worked in film, theater and live entertainment for years. He recently lived in Baltimore where he worked as a stunt performer at Six Flags America and was the fight choreographer and appeared as Laertes in the Baltimore Organic Theatre’s production of Hamlet. Sean also recently acted in and worked as the stunt coordinator in the feature film, Death Alley.


Cinda Goodrich (Music Director/ Accompanist) is very excited to be involved as Musical Director/Accompanist for her fourth show at Brownville Village Theatre. She was the BVT Musical Director/Accompanist for Zombie Prom (2019) Schoolhouse Rock Live (2021) and Sanders Family Christmas (2021) where she also had the acting role of Vera Sanders. Her education consists of a Bachelors Degree in Music from PSC and a Masters Degree in Music Education from UNL. She has taught private vocal and piano lessons as well as instrumental music, general music and choral music in the public school system. Currently she is accompanist for Johnson County Central schools and church musician at the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh. She also now writes and performs original music. As well as music, her life is also fulfilled by family, which includes husband, Stacey, 3 children and their spouses and 8 grandchildren.

Jarvis Jahner (Technical Director) has been a part of BVT since 2003 when he was hired to design 2 shows and act in 3.  After spending the next 5 seasons as a full-time company member he took some time off to get his M.F.A. in Theatrical Design from the University of Oregon.  After graduation he came back to BVT in the summer of 2012 to design scenery and has been happily a part of BVT every summer since.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre and Communications at Dickinson State University.   

 

Sara Scheidies (Costume Designer) is honored to be returning to work at her favorite theater this summer! She was a company member from 2015-2018, and a guest costume designer in 2019 and 2021. Some of her favorite BVT roles include Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes, Martha in The Game's Afoot, and Clairee in Steel Magnolias. She has also been involved with BVT in the off season, performing in BVT Radio Theatre productions and Murder Mystery shows. Sara lives in Omaha, and has recently spent a lot of time getting her "theatre fix" with the Florentine Players. As always, Sara would like to thank her parents Tim and Lisa for being such wonderful supporters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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