What they’re saying…

Posted on Saturday 28 October 2006

Students

KATHERINE McNAMARA (The Disney Channel, Broadway: “A Little Night Music”, Walter Kerr Theatre…TV: “30 Rock”, “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit”…Regional Stage: “The Sound of Music” & “Oklahoma”, The New Theatre…”A Christmas Story: The Musical” & “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, “The Music Man” & “Anything Goes”, Starlight Theatre, “The Happy Elf”, The Coterie Theatre…Film: “Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency”, “Matchmaker Mary”, “New Year’s Eve”, “Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn”. TV: “Madison High”, The Disney Channel.

WENDY JO SMITH (a.k.a WENDY HO…actor/singer/recording artist in New York and Los Angeles.)

JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ (Ocean City Theatre Company, Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School, New York)

ANDREW NIELSON (Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, NYC’s Barrow Group Theatre, The Bitter End in Soho, Shetler Studios, the Kansas City Music Hall, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, and the Lincoln Lied Center)

PHIL TAYLER (CRUMRINE) (”Stones in His Pocket”, “Avenue Q”, “Big River”, “Kiss, Me Kate”, “Follies” Lyric Stage Company, Boston - Boston Conservatory)

CHRIS BRITT (Dancer/Actor/Singer - New York City, TV - “So You Think You Can Dance”, “America’s Next Top Model”)

VALERIE DYKES
(”Blood Brothers” - Barney Award for Best Actress, The Barn Players)

CHRISTIAN OWEN
(”Blood Brothers” - Barney Award for Best Actor, The Barn Players)

KATIE MEADOR
(”Blood Brothers” - Barney Award for Best Supporting Actress, The Barn Players

JENNIFER COVILLE (”Marvin’s Room” - Barney Award for Best Actress, The Barn Players)

JOSH BRADY (”Marvin’s Room” - Barney Award for Best Supporting Actor, The Barn Players)

BRYAN LAFAVE (”110 in the Shade” - Buddy Award for Best Supporting Actor 2011, Olathe Community Theatre)

BOB HART (”Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” - Buddy Award for Best Actor, Olathe Community Theatre)

NATE STOCK (”Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” - Buddy Award for Best Supprting Actor, Olathe Community Theatre)

AUSTIN STANG (Wichita State University)

ALEX BIGUS (Oklahoma City University)

BETHANY FAY (Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Webster University - St. Louis)

MATTIE BELL (”Grey Gardens”, Unicorn Theatre; “The Sound of Music”, The New Theatre)

DARIA LeGRAND (”To Kill A Mockingbird”, Kansas City Reperatory Theatre)

KATIE BARTOW (Ithaca College)

ELIZABETH BERRA (Tulane University)

CINDY JOO (Dancer/Actor/Singer - New York City)

KATIE KESTER (University of Missouri, Kansas City)

CARLEY WHITT (”The Sound of Music”, The New Theatre - “The Wiz”, “Into The Woods”, “Godspell” - The Barn Players)

AYRN CHRISTIAN (”Gypsy”, Musical Theatre Heritage - “Assassins”, The Barn Players)

MOSHA CLYMA (”Carousel”, Kansas City Rep / Living Room; “One False”, The Lyric Opera; “The Music Man”, The Kansas City Symphony; “The Secret Garden”, “Into The Woods” - The Barn Players)

ALEXIYA MENDEZ (”A Christmas Story: The Musical” - Kansas City Repertory Theatre)

MOLLY WETZEL (Otterbein College)

SAMANTHA BARTOW, C. J. BRADLEY, EVELYN BURDETTE, MADISON CALHOUN, DYLAN COONS, ROB CONSTANCE, JOSHUA DAVENPORT, GABRIELLA DELANO, RILEY EWING, GABBIE FRIED, KATIE HALL, REBECCA HALL, GLENN HANEY, LINDSEY HART, MIKE HASKIN, PAM HASKIN, ELLIE HERTER, NICK HODGKIN, KRISTIN LEATHERS, ALEXANDRA MATTEO, MELENA MARCASE, DAVID McTEER, ALYSSA MENDEZ, SARAH MONTOYA, ERIN MOYLAN, SIMONE MULLER, ANDREW NIELSON, KATE O’NEILL, ALEX PETERSON, ADAM SEGURA, CHASE SIMMONS, MICHAELA SPECK, MAYCEE STEELE, HARRISON STEWART, HAYLEY STEWART, PAYTON STRONACH, NICOLE THENO, CALEB J. TRACY, TAYLOR WHITT, JENNIE WILLIAMS, MILES WIRTH, TIM ZAGER

“I just wanted to take some time to thank you for the wonderful experience that you have given me. It has been a lot of fun, and I am so thankful to have worked with you. You are efficient, imaginative, and professional; and I really respect all of those qualities. Thank you again for the opportunity, and I hope we get to work together again in the future.”

Shelby Floyd, “The Rocky Horror Show” - JCCC, 2008 (Magenta)

“Thanks again for your help. Daria felt that she was thoroughly prepared and she wouldn’t have changed anything about the audition!”

Linda LeGrand, (mother of acting student Daria LeGrand.)
Daria was subsequently cast as Scout in Kansas City Rep’s 2008 production of “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

“What impressed me most about being directed by Eric in BUS STOP was the way he let me find the character while at at the same time, helped me find the character. And his way of explaining his vision of the show and relationships was so clear and enlightening. I hope the future will find me both acting with him, and performing under his direction again.”

Bruce Efron, “Bus Stop” - The Barn Players, 2006 (Virgil)

“He makes even the most mundane and boring plays interesting and exciting.”

Alex Bigus, acting student (Oklahoma City University)

“Katie got the part at the Coterie (the 2006-2007 production of “The Giver”. She is thrilled. and we are both very grateful for your help. You not only gave her confidence going in…but you called everything exactly right. They only had her read from the page with the long paragraph and she felt very prepared.”

Laura Hall (mother of acting students Katie & Rebecca)

“Cindy came in 2nd in commercial and photography (in talent competitions in Florida), and was a finalist in runway. It was a great experience, and she had some good feedback from both coasts. In September we flew to NYC for a follow up with some agents/clients, and while there, she auditioned for the School of American Ballet and got in! As of last week (mid-October), Cindy is living in Manhattan, she is enrolled at SAB and Broadway Dance Center, and she is signed with FFT for print work and was just offered to be represented by Jordan, Gill & Dornbaum for TV, movies, legit. Again thank you for working with her. You are a great coach!”

Kristin Joo (mother of acting student Cindy Joo)

“Eric made me feel like I was really the character, and not just an actor.”

Dylan Coons (acting student)

“The most amazing director, he brings passion and life to all things theatre. Whenever you are around him, he always brings the energy of someone who is directing for the first time. Even though he has been involved in theater for a long time, it never feels dull, and you’re always appreciated, whether it be as simple as an extra with no lines, or a lead in a major production.”

Ethyn Gutierrez
(Acting Student & High School Student teacher Under Eric.)

“What an amazing director to work with! From when I was running a spotlight, to when I was up onstage in a lead role, I always had a ton of fun and learned so much. He made every show amazing, and without a doubt, theater the last two years were some of the best times of my life. I’m proud to have been in productions with him as my director.”

Kayla McKinney
(Former Frontier Trail student)

2 Comments for 'What they’re saying…'

  1.  
    April 18, 2007 | 10:44 am
     

    The Greatest friend, and most amazing director, he bring passion and life to all things theatre. When ever you are around him he always brings the energy of someone who is directing for the first time. Even though he has been involved in theater for a long time. It never feels dull, and your always appreciated wither it be as simple as a extra with no lines, or a lead in a major production, he always makes you feel loved, and at home

    ~Ethyn Gutierrez
    (Acting Student & High School Student teacher Under Eric.)

  2.  
    Kayla McKinney
    August 5, 2007 | 11:21 am
     

    What an amazing director to work with! From when I was running a spotlight to when I was up onstage in a lead role, I always had a ton of fun and learned so much. He made every show amazing, and without a doubt, theater the last two years were some of the best times of my life. I’m proud to have been in productions with him as my director.
    -Kayla McKinney

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