Mitch Bean returns for his eighth summer at BVT and his third 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 keeping BVT alive throughout the year with productions and events such as Willa Cather’s A Resurrection (2017 and 2018), BVT's Young Performer's Show (2019), BVT's Radio Theatre: A Christmas Carol (2019), the spring Young Performer's Workshop, and Shadows of Suspicion (2020), an interactive murder mystery performed by the BVT Mystery Troupe. Mitch’s past BVT directing credits include Leaving Iowa, The Diary of Anne Frank, Steel Magnolias, The Game’s Afoot, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. His BVT acting credits include Jonny Warner in Zombie Prom, Max in Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors, 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 third year as artistic director. She graduated from Wichita State University with her BFA in theatre performance (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 three murder mysteries that have been performed at the River Inn Resort in Brownville. Last December, she adapted a radio theatre production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol that was produced on the BVT stage. Rachel has had the joy of directing 10 shows and playing over 20 roles on the Brownville stage including Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Aunt Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace, 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.
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.
Elijah Biggers is a Junior pursuing his dream at Avila University in Kansas City MO. He is excited to be returning for his second season with the Brownville Village Theatre. His recent roles include Adam in Miss Nelson is Missing (Theatre for Young America), Jake Laurents in War of the Worlds (Avila University), Peter in Diary of Anne Frank, Pierre in Murdered to Death, Don Browning in Leaving Iowa (Brownville Village Theatre), Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank, Prince Delong inThe Unsinkable Molly Brown (Avila University).
Hannah Breshears is an incoming senior pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre from Southwestern College. She was born and grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and she pursued the arts from an early age. Community involvement in groups such as the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, Flight Show Choir, and select ensembles at her high school encouraged her to work in the arts. At Southwestern, she has taken on many roles including Cinderella in Into the Woods, Beth in Little Women, and Claire in Ordinary Days. She has also been thrilled to explore directing one acts and assistant directing main stage shows at her school. She is so excited to spend a summer doing what she loves at Brownville Village Theatre!
Carlin Campbell is from Wichita, KS. He is a Junior at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and is getting his BFA in Music Theatre. He has performed in shows there including Sense and Sensibility and Oklahoma. One of his favorite roles there was the part of Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. Carlin loves to bring joy and entertainment to others through singing and performing. He is thrilled to be working his first theater job with the crew of BVT. When not doing school or working, Carlin enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, being outdoors, and playing guitar. His favorite words of wisdom are from Proverbs 3:5-6.
Raynee Case is a sophomore pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at Southwestern College. Some of her past credits include Little Women (Jo), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank), Eurydice (Big Stone), and Zombie Prom (Ginger). She is thrilled to be spending a second summer at BVT and she'd like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!
Michael Fitzsimmons, originally from Iowa, is finishing the final semester of his Theatre Arts degree at Benedictine College. He has appeared on stage in plays such as Rumors, Speed-the-Plow, Faust Part I, Fuenteuvejuna, Mother Courage and Her Children, Twelfth Night, and Charley’s Aunt as well as his senior project currently under production: a one-man adaptation of The Man Was Thursday: A Nightmare. Michael has also designed set, costume, sound, and directed and coordinated Benedictine College Theatre Department’s Annual Round the Clock Theatre Festival for the last three years. Michael is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the Brownville Village Theatre for his first season and looks forward to what the summer has in store!
Aren Goodwin is a first-time company member with BVT. He was born and raised in Warrensburg, MO (Kansas City area) and discovered a love for acting and performing through his high school Speech & Debate team. After finding his confidence in his high school theatre program, Aren decided to go down the career of professional acting. He is currently pursuing an AFA in theatre performance and is getting ready for his sophomore year in the theatre program at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO. Some of his favorite acting credits include the role of Eddie in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Warrensburg High school), Mr. Burns in Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play (State Fair Community College), and Dewey in The Diviners (State Fair Community College). He is excited to get some professional acting experience under his belt and to make many new friends along the way.
Rochelle Hovde is excited to be back for her third year at BVT. She just finished her third year at Winona State University in Winona, MN. This past year she has focused on stage management, she was the stage manager for Little Shop of Horrors and The Secret in the Wings. Rochelle also had the opportunity to try her hand at lightning design this past year. She designed two dance pieces for WSU’s dance show. She is excited to be back in Nebraska this summer, and can’t wait to work with the new company.
Sophie Knauss is an actor and scenic designer based in Omaha, Nebraska. This is her debut season with Brownville Village Theatre and she is thrilled to be working with this company. Sophie is a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha pursuing a degree in theatre. Previous productions include Orlando with the University of Nebraska Omaha, All's Well That Ends Well with Nebraska Shakespeare, and Little Wars performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Zachary Petry is absolutely elated to spend his first summer at BVT! Zachary grew up all over Richardson County and is excited to spend the summer close to home! (His mother is especially excited.) Zachary is a junior at the University of Nebraska Kearney studying theatre with minors in music and dance. Some of Zachary's favorite roles include Steve in She Kills Monsters, Zacky Price/Fisherman in Big Fish, and Duperret in Marat/Sade.
Celeste Russell is delighted to join BVT for the first time this summer! Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Celeste just graduated this May from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Acting & Communication for the Arts. Her studies included a semester abroad training with Rose Bruford acting professors in London, England, as well as at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Favorite credits for Celeste include: Cherie in Bus Stop, Estelle in No Exit, Martha in A Piece of My Heart, and Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer.
Sam Scherrer is ecstatic for his 2020 debut at the Brownville Village Theatre! Sam is a graduate of Winona State University, earning a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Arts Administration. He is also a stage combat enthusiast, earning a pass in Quarterstaff by the SAFD. Some of his favorite past roles include Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap, Jaques in As You Like It, and Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors. Sam is a strong proponent of laughter being the best medicine, after receiving legitimate medicine.
Rachael Solberg is so excited to be back for her second summer with the Brownville Village Theatre. Rachael recently graduated from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota with a BA in Theatre and Minor in Music Performance. Her favorite roles from her time at Dickinson State include Agnes in She Kills Monsters, Silence in Silence and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Last summer at BVT, she performed in Zombie Prom, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, and Leaving Iowa. Rachael cannot wait to be back in Brownville!
Trevor Comstock is a Kansas native and a Wichita State University (WSU) Theatre Performance graduate. This summer he is returning to direct Neil Simon's Fools. 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. Trevor was a BVT company member in 2018 and 2019.
Cinda Goodrich is so excited to be the Musical Director/Accompanist at BVT for the second straight year. Her education consists of a Bachelors Degree in Music from PSC and a Masters Degree in Music Education from UNL. Throughout her music career, she has taught private studio vocal and piano lessons as well as instrumental music, general music and choral music in the public school system. Though retired from teaching, Cinda still works as the piano accompanist at Johnson County Central Schools and is the church musician at the United Methodist Church in Tecumseh. In retirement, she has started a new musical venture of writing songs. As well as music, her life is also fulfilled by family, which includes husband, Stacey, 3 children and their spouses and 8 grandchildren.
Sara Scheidies is so excited to be costume designing for BVT this summer. Sara was a company member from 2015-2018, and a guest designer last year. She has also worked with BVT on off-season shows like BVT’s Radio Theatre: A Christmas Carol and several murder mystery dinners performed in Brownville and Omaha. Many thanks to Mitch and Rachel and the BVT family for their constant love and support!