Jake Borowski (Roger DeBris) is originally from the city of Chicago and moved to Overland Park, KS about 3 years ago. He has been seen at The Barn Players in such roles as Malcolm in The Full Monty and as Sheriff Reynolds in Bat Boy. Mr. Borowski has also performed at the JCC's Center Stage Theatre as Action in West Side Story, Marvin in Falsettos and as Thomas Jefferson in1776. By day, he is a Para-Educator for the Olathe School District and is currently attending Graduate School at Avila University and was a performer in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Korey Childs (Carmen Ghia) resides in Kansas City, Mo and more recently directed Eleemosynary and Graceland at UMKC. Past acting experiences were Butch in Leading Ladies with OCTA, Evelyn Oakley in Anything Goes with Bell Road Barn Players, Mark in A Chorus Line, along with many other performances with Stephens College School of Performing Arts. In Mr. Childs' off time, he is a trusty host at TOMFOOLERIES on the Plaza where he, like his character Carmen, assists the lovely waiting staff on getting tables and making sure the restaurant runs smoothly. Some hobbies are acting, dancing, and just being an overall normal 20 something. If it seems fun, he probably is participating in it. He enjoys multiple hobbies and is always open to learning a new one, probably by the time this is written a new one has already ensued.
Jay Coombes (Max Bialystock) has worked at most of Kansas City’s Theatres in one form or another either as an actor, director, choreographer, music director or costumer. Mr. Coombes favorite projects as a director include Pirates of Penzance, Chicago, A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and The Foreigner. His choice roles include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Tito Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor, Sancho in Man of LaMancha, Father in Children of Eden, Larry in Company, The Baker in Into the Woods, Ira in Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes.
Eryn Hamer (Ulla) comes to us from Roeland Park, KS and has been performing in and around the KC area for over seventeen years, and most recently the Siamese twin Violet in Side Show. She has also performed the roles of Nancy in Oliver!, Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy, M.J. in Inspecting Carol, Oolie/Donna in City of Angels, Georgie in The Full Monty, Cherie in Bus Stop, Nellie in South Pacific, Maria in The Suicide and Ariel in The Tempest. This summer along with performing the part of Ulla in The Producers, Ms. Hamer will be choreographing the stage combat for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Theatre in the Park and planning her wedding with her fiancé Travis. In her real life, she pays the bills as an administrative assistant for an insurance broker’s office which is true testament to how far a bachelor’s degree in theatre will get you. At this time, she firmly considers starting her master’s degree in education at Emporia State this fall.
Richie Johnson (Franz Liebkind) grew up loving to entertain and has played Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Maitre’d in Hello Dolly back in Arkansas. Over the years, he has been singing at numerous engagements such as weddings and local community events. Since moving to Kansas City a few years ago, Mr. Johnson has been making local theater a part of his life again starting with backstage work for the very missed Late Night Theatre. Last summer he returned to the stage playing Brother Boy in Sordid Lives at Just Off-Broadway Theatre. Recently, he served as the stage manager for the Barn Players production of Side Show. He is very excited about returning to musical theatre as Franz Liebkind in The Producers.
Ken Koval (Lead Stormtrooper) just wrapped up Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre's KC debut of Kander & Ebb's Kiss of the Spiderwoman and is honored to sing "Springtime for Hitler" all summer long in KC's community theatre premiere of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Mr. Koval is no stranger to the stage, having participated in 54 theatrical productions to date. He is no stranger to the Bell Road Barn Players, having been seen as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with the late Peter Fopeano, to whom he dedicates his return Bell Road performance to. Ken would like to thank all of those who continue to support him through his pursuit of the arts, and musical theatre- mainly God, his family, friends, and patrons who he may not know...but continue to support the arts.
Kevin Wells (Leo Bloom) resides in Kansas City, MO and just recently made his film debut in an educational film for UMKC. Some of Mr. Wells’ past stage credits include Herr Schultz in Cabaret at HR Block Theatre, Ali Hackim in Oklahoma at Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, The Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with The Barn Players and several murder mystery productions. He is currently employed with the City of Kansas City as an Analyst for the City Manager. So, just like Leo Bloom he crunches numbers, but dreams of becoming a “producer.” If for no other reason but to say, "I want you, you, you, but not you." Some of his hobbies include dancing, pottery, gardening and pets; he has two very spoiled pound puppies at home and will always go out of his way to find homes for orphaned pets.
Nino Casisi (Director) has been directing plays and musicals in Kansas City for 17 years and has been onstage in over 100 productions ranging from musicals to comedies. His directing credits include Steel Magnolias, You Can’t Take It With You, Funny Money, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Big River, Fiddler on the Roof, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Noises Off, Nine The Musical, Plaza Suite, California Suite, Inspecting Carol and Little Shop of Horrors to name a few. His productions have been onstage at City Theatre of Independence, Blue Springs City Theatre, Bell Road Barn Players, Wyandotte Players, The Barn Players as well as other venues. Later this year, Mr. Casisi will be directing Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret for The Barn Players in Mission, KS in November and The Great American Trailer Park Musical for O.C.T.A. in February 2010, both alongside Mr. Kevin Bogan as Musical Director. Onstage, he has performed in such shows as Funny Money starring William Christopher at The New Theatre Restaurant, The Wizard of Oz, Noises Off, Leading Ladies, Run For Your Wife, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Deathtrap, Fiddler on the Roof and the Foreigner to name a few. He also can be seen in the movies, Truman starring Gary Sinise and Kansas City starring Harry Bellafonte and Jennifer Jason Leigh, which were filmed locally. By day, Mr. Casisi works as a Commercial Loan Specialist at Commerce Bank in Kansas City. He is beyond thrilled to include the Kansas City Premiere of Mel Brooks’ The Producers to his repertoire.
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