2005-2006 Traveling Troupe
This year's Troupe will be performing The Fabulous
Fable Factory, by Joseph Robinette. This
fantasy/adventure features young Monroe, a boy looking
for something new, who stumbles upon the 2,000-year-old
fable factory operated by Mr. Aesop and his band of
fable makers. The factory is in need of a moral-maker
to make each tale they enact complete and Monroe fills
the part perfectly. At the end, he must decide if he
will join them as they travel through time and space or
stay in his 12-year-old world. Favorite fables
include, "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse", "The
Lion and the Mouse", "The Hare and the Tortoise" and
We have cast 2 Troupes this year and each Troupe will
travel one day a week from March 7 through May 19 to
perform for area elementary schools.
There will also be four at-home performances on the
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stage on Saturday mornings,
February 25, March 4, 11 and 18 at 11:00 am. The doors
open at 10:30 am with open seating and the performance
is free. The show is suitable for family audiences
ages 6 and up. There is also a performance tentatively
scheduled for Festival 2006 the first weekend in June.
Ed Nelson will again act as Road Manager for the Troupe
and will also appear as Mr. Aesop. Penny Notter and
Mary Beth Quillin are co-directing.
Abby LaBarge is appearing for the first
time at GRCT, although she is an active member
of the School of Theatre Arts. She started
acting in the third grade and is now in the 6th
grade at Baldwin Street Middle School, Abby has
also worked with Master Arts Theatre in
September Bears. She would like to thank her
family, Penny Notter, the rest of the troupe
and of course her many, many friends.
Allie Soave just finished appearing as a
flying monkey in GRCT's The Wizard of Oz. She
has also appeared in Harriet the Spy. Allie
takes voice lessons with Sherry Less Allen,
acting with Rick Hardenberg and dances at
Roxanna's Dance Academy. In the eighth grade
at Forest Hills Eastern, she has can also been
seen in the GVSU movie, The Gospel According to
Roy. She is currently enrolled in the School
of Theatre Arts' Theatre Wheel. Allie enjoys
drawing, basketball and hanging out with
friends in her free time.
Anthony Murphy is currently a member of
the School of Theatre Arts where he is
completing the Theatre Wheel. He last appeared
at GRCT in Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
Anthony has also been seen around town in
There's Murder on This Train (Rogue River
Theatre) and The Lion, The Witch and the
Wardrobe (Northview Highlands Middle School).
Anthony is in the sixth grade.
Bob Reed has been a very active member
of the School of Theatre Arts, appearing in
over five productions through Theatre Arts Day
Camp and Phase Two! He is in the eighth grade
at St. Andrew's where he is extremely active in
their drama department.
Breighanna Marie Minnema has appeared
previously in Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and
Harriet the Spy at GRCT. She has also been
seen around town in Joseph and the... (Circle
Theatre and Grand Rapids Christian High); Peter
Pan, Two Nights Before Christmas (Childrens'
Creations and La Boheme (Opera Grand Rapids).
Breighanna is in the 7th grade at Ada Christian
David Shepard most recently appeared in GRCT's
production of Harriet the Spy. A seventh
grader at Northpointe Christian, he has also
appeared in Salute to America and The Perfect
Gift (with Children's Creations) and The Lion,
The Witch and The Wardrobe with Koinonia
Homeschool Drama Club.
David Solon just appeared in GRCT's
production of The Wizard of Oz. An active
member of the School of Theatre Arts, David is
in the 6th grade at Goodwillie Environmental
School. He would like to thank Penny Notter
for "casting me once again."
Jacob Loader last appeared at GRCT in
Harriet the Spy. An 8th grader at East
Rockford Middle School, Jacob appeared in many
school productions including Princess, Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory and Christmas Carol.
Jacob is a freelance voice talent and appeared
in the film, The Gospel According to Roy. He
is a member of the School of Theatre Arts. He
would like to thank his family, Penny and
friends for all their support.
Josh Eid-Ries is a member of the GRCT
School of Theatre Arts. A 7th grader at City
Middle School, he currently plays bass, Bodhran
(Irish drum) and Djembe (African drum) in his
family's band, Kinsfolk. He
has also been involved in various dance and
Kasey Cheydleur is appearing in her
first show at GRCT, although she is a member of
the School of Theatre Arts. Kasey is in the
7th grade at Grandville Middle School. She was
also seen in The Best Christmas Ever with
Riverbend Players and has taken the theatre
wheel at GRCT.
Katherine Lee Curley is in the eighth
grade at Northern Hills Middle School, where
she is on the Honor Roll. She has completed
the Theatre Wheel with the School of Theatre
Arts and is in the 1st orchestra section of
Michigan All-State Orchestra. She also studies
voice with Kathy Wagner. Katherine would like
to thank her wonderful parents for always being
Katie Schneider has been an active
member of the School of Theatre Arts since 4th
grade. Currently a 7th grader at East Grand
Rapids Middle School, Katie is on the dance
team and sings in the choir. She is a straight
A student and is in challenge Language Arts.
She wants to thank her family and friends for
supporting her, as well as Penny and Mary Beth.
Nadia Last appeared in the Forest Hills
Fine Arts Center's premiere production of Art
Speaks. Nadia is an honor student at Forest
Hills Eastern Middle School and has been a
member of the North American Choral Company for
six years. She is a member of the School of
Theatre Arts. Nadia would like to thank her
spectacular family that sacrifices precious
hours each week for rides.
Silas Kachman is no stranger to GRCT
having appeared in Velveteen Rabbit, Gypsy,
Harriet the Spy and The Wizard of Oz. In the
7th grade at City Middle School, Silas has also
been seen in various GVSU films and GVSU
productions including Big River and The
Merchant of Venice.
Skyler Kragt has appeared several times
on the GRCT stage in shows including Madeline
and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, and has
completed the Theatre Wheel at GRCT's School
twice! Skyler has attended Blue Lake Fine Arts
Camp. She has won several awards including the
Midwest Academic Talent Search Recognition
Award in 2005, the 2004 International Grand
Prize for NPR's Earth and Sky Radio Series and
was the 2005 Theatre Scholarship Recipient for
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Skyler is in the 7th
grade at Northern Hills Middle School. "Thanks
to Penny, for being such a great director, as
well as Jeff, Mom, Dad, Griffin and Dylan for
supporting me all the way.
Tyler Dorsey Ligon is in the 6th grade
at Creston Christian. He has been acting in
classes in the School of Theatre Arts for five
years. Tyler would like to thank Penny Notter
for casting him.
Edward Jay Nelson is appearing in his
third Traveling Troupe show and acting as Road
Manager for the second year. He has appeared
in numerous shows at GRCT including Alice
Through the Looking Glass, The Boxcar Children,
Cinderella, City of Angels, Kiss Me, Kate, The
Velveteen Rabbit, Winnie-the Pooh, and Cotton
Patch Gospel, Somebody Catch My Homework,
Harriet, the Spy and Blue Horses. He has also
performed at Actors' Theatre, GRCC Players,
Madame Babe's Dinner Theatre, Ladies' Literary
Club, Jewish Theatre GR and Circle Theatre. He
is a member of the faculty in GRCT's School,
teaching Song & Dance.