Mitch Bean returns for his seventh summer at BVT and his second summer 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 many BVT sponsored events throughout the year including Willa Cather’s A Resurrection (2017 and 2018), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play , The RiverInn’s production of Fowl Play, and BVT's Young Performer's Workshop. Mitch’s past BVT directing credits include Steel Magnolias, The Game’s Afoot, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. His BVT acting credits include George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad, Frankie in Forever Plaid and Jesus in Godspell.
Rachel Curtiss has been involved with BVT since 2012, first as a company member, then as props supervisor, director, and now in her second year as artistic director. She graduated from Wichita State University with her BFA in theatre performance in 2013. She lived in Chicago for three years; where 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 two murder mysteries that have been performed at the River Inn Resort in Brownville. She continues to happily share the director position with her husband, and commit to the tradition and growth of the Brownville Village Theatre.
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 with the Outstanding Faculty Award from Dickinson State University in 2017.
Lizzy Pegler joins BVT for her fifth consecutive summer. This year, she is the Costume Designer of Zombie Prom, The Diary of Anne Frank, Murdered to Death, and Leaving Iowa. Last summer, she designed The Tell Tale Farce. Lizzy has also been seen on the Brownville stage. Some of her favorite roles include Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes, Daria in The Game's Afoot, and Peppermint Patty in Snoopy! Lizzy currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island where she works as a Costume Technician at the Tony Award-Winning Trinity Repertory Company.
Sara Scheidies feels so blessed to be returning to BVT for a fifth summer. She was most recently seen on the BVT stage as Violet in "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" last Christmas. Some of her favorite Brownville acting credits include playing Cindy Lou in "The Marvelous Wonderettes," Clairee in "Steel Magnolias," and Martha in "The Game's Afoot." She has also worked behind the scenes for BVT, including costume designing shows like "A Year with Frog and Toad" and "Steel Magnolias," as well as providing scenic painting for "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Resurrection" in the off season. Sara is so grateful to Mitch and Rachel for asking her to be part of the 2019 season, and she can't wait to see what the summer has in store!
Elijah Biggers makes his first appearance on BTV’s stage and is excited to work with such a talented cast and crew. Recent roles include Prince DeLong in Unsinkable Molly Brown and Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank (Avila University), Bert Healy in Annie (Marshfield Community Theatre), Glenn Cooper in Rumors, Interviewer/Hobos in Little Shop of Horrors, Roger Spaulding in Attack of the Pom Pom Zombies, and Scrooge's Father in A Christmas Carol (Marshfield High School). Elijah is currently studying acting as a sophomore at Avila University in Kansas City, MO.
Xavier Carr joins the Brownville Village Theatre for his fifth season. He is very blessed and excited to once again be a part of the BVT family and community! During his off season this past summer, Xavier tapped into the Omaha theatre Scene. There he was in various shows such as A Resurrection and It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at the Brownville Village Theatre, Murder in A Jerkwater Town at the Apollon Art Space, Elegies at The Shelterbelt with SNAP! Productions, Perfect Wedding at the Bellevue Little Theatre, Once On This Island at SNAP! Productions with Omaha South, and a few others. All of this while working as the Lead Patient Coordinator and Manager In Training at Stanton Optical. He would like to thank all of the patrons who come out every summer in support of the theatre, the company, and Brownville as a whole. This truly is a magical and special place that he has kept near and dear to his heart since 2012. Thank you again and enjoy the season!
Raynee Case is a freshman at Southwestern College where she is majoring in Musical Theatre. Her most recent shows were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in which she played Voice 5, No. 40, Lady in the Street, Information, and Punk Girl and Doctor Faustus and played the roles of Chorus, Scholar 2, Darius, Cardinal, and Carter. She is very excited to be joining BVT for the first time this summer!
Trevor Comstock is a Kansas native and a Wichita State University (WSU) Theatre Performance graduate. Returning for his second year at BVT, he can usually be spotted on the Manhattan Arts Center Stage in Manhattan, Kan., 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 at Wichita Signature Theatre and Orlando in As You Like It with the Wichita Shakespeare Company.
Hannah Hill is thrilled to be joining the BVT family for the first time this summer! Hannah is currently a senior at Ouachita Baptist University in AR seeking her BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits for Hannah include: The Secret Garden (Martha), You Can't Take It With You (Alice), and Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl #2). Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support on her theatre journey.
Rochelle Hovde is back for her second year at BVT. She just finished her junior year at Winona State University in Winona, MN. This past year she was in the ensemble for "The Rocky Horror Show”, Dionysus in “The Frogs”, wardrobe supervisor for “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” and stage manager for “Dancescape.” She is excited to be back in Nebraska this summer, and can’t wait to work with the new company.
Ben Jaeger is so excited to be spending his first summer in Brownville. Ben is originally from North Liberty, IA and is a rising sophomore at Drake University in Des Moines, IA where he is pursuing a BFA in acting with a minor in musical theatre. Some past credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Brad) and For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls (Lawrence), both at Drake. As well as Little Women: The Musical (Laurie) with City Circle Acting Co. and Catch Me if you Can (Agent Dollar) at the Des Moines Playhouse. Much love and thanks to his family, friends, and professors for their unending support.
Ryan Lynch is excited to make his BVT debut! He is going into his junior year at Ouachita Baptist University where he is earning a BFA in musical theatre. Ryan has performed in educational, community, and professional theaters all around central Arkansas and the Dallas Fort-Worth area. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Trisha Marie Miller is thrilled to be back for her 2nd year at BVT. In December, Trisha will receive her BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In February she will be moving to Chicago. Her recent acting credits include “Lysistrata” (Kleonike), “Eurydice” (Big Stone), and “Orphan Train: The Musical” (Miss Harriet Pemberton). She was also a dancer and choreographer for UNK’s productions of “spaceSplaces” and “SDW2018.” You might recognize her from “The Tell Tale Farce,” “A Year with Frog and Toad,” or “Maybe Baby, It’s You.”
Tanner Sabol is ecstatic to be a returning member to the Brownville Village Theatre! Majoring in musical theatre, he is currently a Junior at the University of North Dakota. He started acting in his high school’s speech team in Sioux Falls, SD, being a part of that group for all four years. Entering college, he played Felix in the Odd Couple, Cat in the Hat in Seussical, and was also a semi-finalist in the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting competition. Last BVT season he was Luke in the Haunting of Hill House and Poe in the Tell-Tale Farce. He is excited to be a part of the Brownville community once again!
Rachael Solberg is very excited for her first summer with Brownville Village Theatre. A native of North Dakota, Rachael plans to graduate from Dickinson State University in December with a BA in Theatre and Minor in Music Performance. Her favorite roles she’s played so far include Silence in “Silence”, Celia in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” and most recently, Agnes in “She Kills Monsters”. She is excited to see what the summer holds!
Gina Uhlir is heading into her senior year at the University of North Dakota where she is pursing a BFA in musical theatre. Some of her recent credits include Gertrude in Seussical, #46 in The Wolves, and Diwata in Speech and Debate. Last summer she taught as a vocal coach/director in Cleveland Georgia, and previously worked with the Empire Theatre Company playing Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Heather MacNamara in Heathers the Musical. Originally from Wisconsin, this is her first time in Nebraska! She is eager to spend the summer with such a talented and tight knit group of people.