Friday, August 23, 2013

Meet the cast of Nebraska Shakespeare's Touring production of Twelfth Night

Ben Beck as Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Ben is thrilled to be a part of the Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour production of Twelfth Night! He has a BA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Favorite past roles include Hannay in The 39 Steps, Jules in boom, and Booth in Assassins. He has appeared in numerous television and radio commercials and has done extensive voice-over work for DIC Productions. This winter he will tour the east coast in the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s production of A Christmas Carol. Ben is a resident director for The Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha where he lives with his lovely wife, Sam.

Sarah Carlson-Brown as Feste
Sarah graduated from UNO with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Performance and has worked with Nebraska Shakespeare for 12 years. She has toured with the Utah Shakespeare, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, and she also traveled to DC to perform at The Folger Theatre in the production of King John with Taffety Punk Theatre. Sarah teaches throughout Omaha, working with the Omaha Community Playhouse, Metro Community College, Omaha Symphony, Omaha Performing Arts and many high schools and middle schools. This past year she was named Nebraska Shakespeare's Director of Education. Sarah is currently working towards her Masters in Theatre Education at University of Northern Colorado.

Konrad Case as Orsino
This is Kanrad's first production with Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour. Konrad has been performing for local audiences for the last 12 years.  He has appeared in Shakespeare On The Green for five seasons, most recently as Fabian in Twelfth Night and Lucius in Titus Andronicus. Prio to that, he was been touring the country with Broadway's West Side Story. Much love to Mom and Kaley. For Dad- "Don't miss the sunrise."
Dan Chevalier as Sir Toby Belch
Dan is thrilled to be returning for his third year of Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour. He has also worked as an actor for Nebraska Shakespeare On The Green the previous two years. Over the past 8 years, Dan has appeared on stage at many theatres in the Omaha area, including The Rose, the Omaha Community Playhouse, Bellevue Little Theatre, Chanticleer Theatre, and Shelterbelt Theatre. Some favorite roles include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Jeff in I Love You Because. Dan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Lauren Krupski as Maria
Lauren is back with Shakespeare On Tour after performing in Much Ado About Nothing two years ago. She has most recently been seen at The Rose, appearing in seven shows over the past two seasons. Some of her favorites include George and Martha: Tons of Fun, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. She also performed with Shakespeare On The Green in Much Ado About Nothing in 2008, which was the same year she graduated with a BA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Shannon Lampkin as Olivia
Shannon recently graduated from Creighton University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. She has been involved with many productions at Creighton, most recently as Ginette/Waitress/Marci in Almost, Maine, a member of the Ensemble in Dames at Sea, and Dorine in Tartuffe. You may have also seen her in Nebraska Shakespeare’s On The Green production of Julius Caesar as Concubine/Plebeian /Soldier. Lampkin currently resides in Saint Peters, Missouri and is very excited to be joining Shakespeare On Tour this year!
Josh Ryan as Sebastian and Malvolio
Josh is very grateful for the opportunity to be touring with Nebraska Shakespeare's production of Twelfth Night. Josh is a recent graduate of UNO with a degree in acting and directing. He made his Shakespeare On The Green debut this last summer playing Mutius in Titus Andronicus, and a Musician in Twelfth Night. He is thrilled to be taking part in another adaptation of the bard's comedy and looks forward to working with this great group of performers.
Casey Wortmann as Viola
Casey is thrilled to be performing with NS for the first time. A Chicago-based actor, her recent Chicago credits include productions with Strawdog Theatre Company, Interrobang Theatre Project, and Steppenwolf Garage Rep. She spent this past summer performing in Macbeth and Love's Labour's Lost with Door Shakespeare in Door County, Wisconsin. Casey is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and the Training Institute at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

During the months of September and October, Shakespeare On Tour takes Shakespeare's work into the classrooms and communities of Nebraska and Western Iowa. Nebraska Shakespeare is excited to be presenting Twelfth Night On Tour and the continuation of our workshop series. 

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