Meet The Cast

Meet The Cast 2017-07-06T15:21:51+00:00

Cast

Frank N Furter: Scott Keith

“This is such an iconic role. I can’t be Tim Curry, nobody can, but I can do my best to reveal Frank within myself…everyone has a little mad scientist transvestite alien in them.” Scott Keith is a star. You may recognize his personage from the acclaimed 2014 production of The Rocky Horror Show. He is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to do the Time Warp again as Dr. Frank ’N Furter and appreciates all the support he has received from his fans. Scott is well versed in the business of show, and is in love with the Indy theatre community. Scott wants to recognize everyone behind the scenes that makes a production like this possible. He knows it takes a lot of talent to squeeze his fat, hairy ass into these costumes, light him ever so softly, reinforce the floorboards, and make him sound much better than he is. “When I was a fat, little, closeted tween, I would play the Rocky Horror soundtrack, clumsily smear on some eyeliner, and perform the entire floor show in my bedroom. ‘Don’t Dream It Be It’ became a mantra, something sacred. Each night I perform this, I’m that scared, little 11-year-old gay again, in front of my closet mirror, giving myself over to absolute pleasure! I dedicate this performance to anyone who has felt alone or unlovable just because they were different or didn’t fit the mold. Tonight we are all fucking stars!”

Brad: Tim Hunt

Tim is very happy to be goofing around with Zach and Zack again after working with them in Holy Ficus for IndyFringe. He’s performed locally with Actors Theatre of Indiana, American Cabaret Theatre, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Q Artistry and others. Favorite credits: Forever Plaid (Sparky); Chicago (Fred Casely); A Year With Frog and Toad (Snail); Big River (Tom Sawyer); Damn Yankees (Smokey); and A Chorus Line (Paul). His voice is featured on demo recordings for Hal Leonard Publishing (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and others) and MTI’s Broadway Junior Collection (Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, and Guys and Dolls).

Janet: Betsy Norton

Betsy is pumped to be reprising the role of Janet! Previous credits include: Sarah (Guys and Dolls) at Beef & Boards; Dyanne (Million Dollar Quartet) and Erato (Xanadu) at Actors Theatre of Indiana; Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with EclecticPond; and Sally Bowles (Cabaret) & Little Red (Into the Woods) with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. She was also in the IndyFringe Festival the past two years with Holy Ficus and Haul & Oatz: Time Traveling Detectives. Up next, Betsy will reprise the role of Quartet Singer in A Beef & Boards Christmas. Many thanks to Zack and Zach for their support and overall awesomeness.

Magenta: Claire Wilcher

Claire has been friends with Z and Z for a long time, but has never worked for them—let’s see how this goes. Claire does lots of improv and sketch comedy around town with ComedySportz and Three Dollar Bill Comedy. She was in White City Murder earlier this year with Q Artistry, and I’d Like to See More of You with BOBDIREX for the IndyFringe Festival. Next up: Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Riff Raff: Craig Underwood

Craig is excited to have this opportunity to work with Zach and Zack as well as this fantastic cast. A proud graduate of the Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance, he spends most of his time as the Artist in Residence for the Wayne Township Education Foundation and performing as often as possible. Recently you may have seen him on stage at Beef & Boards, Actors Theatre of Indiana, and The Children’s Museum. Thanks to RDMLL.

Columbia: Erin Becker

Erin is thrilled to be returning to Rocky Horror after appearing as Magenta in the 2014 production. Last Halloween season, she appeared as Morticia in The Addams Family at Beef & Boards. Thanks to Patrick, Mom & Dad and TMU. Happy Halloween!

Rocky: Joe Doyel

“Joe Doyel: winner, great body, great hair, lots of tats, HE PLAYS BY HIS OWN RULES, LIKE TRUMP!  He uses big words – the best words – like I do. Joe Doyel: he’s a regular at Trump Tower, gets the Taco Salad. Let me tell you, IT’S A GREAT TACO SALAD, so crunchy, lots of flavor. He says he won’t vote for me, terrible idea folks. THOUGHT HE WAS A WINNER. Still has the voice of an angel, unlike CROOKED HILLARY CLINTON! Sad.” -Donald J. Trump, Republican Candidate for President of the United States of America

Eddie/Dr. Scott: Joanna Winston

Joanna is ecstatic to be making her ZRP debut! Joanna is an Indy-based actor/voiceover artist whose resume includes: EclecticPond; WFYI; The Children’s Museum; IRT; Heyman Talent; Indiana State Museum; and the Eiteljorg Museum. Her recent roles include: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Empress) and The Tempest: Adrift in Time (Prosprina). Joanna is a full-time actor interpreter at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Catch her award-winning burlesque stylings this December at Melody Inn’s Punk Rock Night for the return of Bra Wars: A Burlesque Tribute to Star Wars.

Narrator: Adam O. Crowe

Adam is a graduate of Wabash College and has been slinking through the local theater scene for many years, most recently appearing down the street in It’s Only A Play. He has also graced the stage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Indiana and Cardinal Stage in Bloomington. He dedicates this performance to Transylvanians everywhere!

 

Ensemble

Matthew Altman

Matthew is thrilled to return to Earth to do the Time Warp again! Matthew (pronounced ZYBEGH) comes from the planet Xeron, where they do nothing but prance around in stiletto heels and fabulous lace front wigs all day. He has graciously taken the form of a human, as to not offend or scare the human race with his true form. Human stage credits include: Cat In the Hat (Civic); Special Guest dancer for the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus; Star Tracks (The Children’s Museum); Heathers: The Musical (TOTS); Joseph… (WTCT); and Mary Poppins (Civic). He thanks his fellow aliens and earth friends for always supporting and loving him. Now, do the Time Warp!

Danielle Carnagua

Danielle is thrilled to return to Rocky after performing in the 2014 production! Danielle has been performing around Indianapolis for 10 years. Recent productions include: Guys and Dolls and Peter Pan (B&B); Calder the Musical (IndyFringe); and Monty Python’s Spamalot (Civic). Her favorite production, however, is her seven-year-old son, Devin. She is profoundly grateful to Zach and Zack for this opportunity, and her family and friends who encourage her to follow her passions and pursue her dreams. Now, get loud, get crazy, and “Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!”

Paeton Chavis

Paeton is absolutely thrilled to be a part of The Rocky Horror Show cast! Her most recent theatre credits include: Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) at TOTS; and Leyenda The Nether, and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at the Phoenix Theatre. She relishes the opportunity to work with such a gorgeous, colorful, vivacious group of people, and she can’t wait to bring all of this sexy madness to the stage.

Chelsea Cottingham

Chelsea is new to the theatre world and extremely proud to be joining the cast of Rocky Horror this year. Chelsea lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Bryce and her dog, Luna. She works as an environmental manager for the state of Indiana. In her spare time Chelsea enjoys reading, online gaming, and watching obnoxious reality TV (much to her husband’s dismay). Chelsea would like to thank her husband, mom, dad, family, and VIA family for their constant love and support.

TJ Ford Cunningham

TJ has prepared for the role of Transylvanian his entire life. From death-dropping out of his mother’s womb, to creating choreo for every ‘90s girl group hit, to high school show choir (the queerest training he’s ever received), he was made to play the big-assed, alien whore of your fantasies.  Special thanks to Maya Angelou, his husband Matthew (of one year this month!), Shade Enclosed, white tears, and to Destiny’s Child’s 1999 platinum album, “The Writings on the Wall.” Are you subscribed to his and fellow Transylvanian Sam McKanney’s podcast, The Kween’s Vernacular?  Well, you should be.

Nick Heskett

Nick is overjoyed to be returning to Frank ‘N Furter’s castle yet again in ZRP’s second year of The Rocky Horror Show. This is Nick’s third time working ZRP. Some of his other theater credits include: Heathers The Musical (TOTS) this past July and August; Hair (BOBDIREX); and Hairspray (Footlite). Nick would like to thank every single phantom who came out to support this production. He gives a big rock n’ roll thank you to Zach and Zack and everybody involved in this show, cast and crew, for making this an awesome experience and allowing him to be on this stage again. Thank you and BREAK LEGS!!

Lauren Leigh

Lauren is shivering with antici…pation to be a part of The Rocky Horror Show at the Athenaeum, because it’s a crazy exciting show that encourages you to let go of your inhibitions and be whoever you feel like being in this present moment. A four-year voice student of Tony-winner Jason Robert Brown, Lauren graduated from USC with a musical theatre degree. She recently moved to Indiana from sunny Los Angeles, CA and lives in downtown with her adorable dog, Knox. Some of her favorite roles include Meredith in Bat Boy: The Musical and Lucinda in Into the Woods. Lauren would like to thank the production crew for making this show a reality, her fiancé, Kyle, for putting up with her shenanigans, and her parents for always supporting her dreams.

Samuel P. McKanney (Dance Captain)

Sam has been shivering with anticipation to perform in the second ZRP award-winning production of The Rocky Horror Show! You may have seen him onstage as Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Theatre on the Square, and Hilbert Circle Theatre. Favorite performance credits include: Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone; TJ in Sister Act: The Musical; Gilbert in Hairspray with John Waters; Angel in Rent; and Mereb in AIDA. He also performed alongside Madonna in the XLVI Super Bowl Halftime Show and as a flash mob dancer featured on ESPN. You can also see Samuel featured in several Herff Jones internet videos and print ads. Many thanks to Zach R., Zack N., Mariel, and the rest of the production staff for this opportunity! Enjoy the show!

Staff

Producer: Zach Rosing

Zach is the owner of Zach Rosing Productions, providing video, photography and multimedia production services to arts organizations across Central Indiana. Both of Zach’s previous productions of The Rocky Horror Show have won NUVO’s Best of Indy for Best Locally Produced Play (2014 and 2015). Other independent productions include Holy Ficus and The Great Bike Race (Indy Fringe), along with the Indiana premieres of Bare: The Musical and Edges: A Song Cycle. Named one of 2014’s ten most compelling performing arts people in Central Indiana by Examiner.com, Zach’s design work has been seen in Avenue Q (Phoenix), Yellow Wallpaper (NoExit), How I Learned To Drive (CCP), RENT, The Last 5 Years and Souvenir (Footlite), The Wizard of Oz, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, and Golda’s Balcony (Civic).

Director: Zack Neiditch

Zack is a director, actor and writer (bragging) from Indianapolis, IN. He’s happy to be returning to this baby after also directing the 2014 production. Other directing credits include: Miss Gulch Returns, Bat Boy, and Heathers: The Musical (TOTS); as well as The Great Bike Race and Holy Ficus (Zach Rosing Productions). Zack still occasionally acts onstage, most recently in Star Tracks at The Lilly Theatre and Twelfth Night with HART in White River State Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the next adventures of Zack and Zach as they bring back The Great Bike Race to TOTS in June 2017. Much love to Mom and Dad, Shade Enclosed, and his darling Scooter.

Associate Producer: Tim Alan Thompson

Tim is thrilled to be the Stedman to Indy’s Oprah & Gayle, Zach & Zack, and to be working with the entire Rocky staff and cast. Stage credits include: Anything Goes: In Concert (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra); NOISE! (Original Cast); The Sound of Music (Rolf); Bye Bye Birdie (Harvey Johnson). Creative credits: Shrek the Musical (Producer); RENT (Associate Producer). National Tours: The Book of MormonWickedLes Miserables; Spring AwakeningGreen Day’s American IdiotThe Color PurpleRock of AgesSister ActDreamgirls9 to 5Memphis; Disney’s Mary Poppins and more. Special thanks to: Shade Enclosed; Silver in the City (Kristin Kohn); Delicia/La Mulita; MacNiven’s; Mel Moss & Sarah Moscato-Goodpaster; Toolbox Men’s Supply; Illinois Street Food Emporium; Heather Givans; and especially my ever-supportive Aunt Sue, who didn’t come see the show (“It’s not my type of play”).

Choreographer: Mariel Greenlee

Mariel is originally from Vestal, NY. She holds a BA in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and has studied many different styles of dance, both classical and otherwise, at various schools across the US. She has been a professional modern dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope for over 11 years and teaches ballet and modern dance locally. Her choreography has been seen at the Phoenix Theatre, IRT, with Zach Rosing Productions, Marian University, Summer Stock Stage, Dance Kaleidoscope, and UIndy.

Music Director: Jacob Stensberg

A native Wisconsinite, Jake recently moved to Indianapolis from Brooklyn, NY where he worked as a freelance musician. He has taught music in the public schools of Wisconsin, private schools of Manhattan, worked as a piano accompanist, church musician, and as assistant director of the award-winning arts non-profit Choral Chameleon. Musical theater keyboard credits include: Company; Kiss of the Spiderwoman; Fiddler on the Roof; and Guys and Dolls. As a lover of live theater and things that are borderline inappropriate, projects like The Rocky Horror Show (and the all-star creative team that he is privileged to work with) bring him great pleasure. Jake is currently a first year graduate student at Butler University in the Choral Conducting program.

Vocal Director: David Barnhouse

David is honored to join The Rocky Horror Show as the vocal director for this year’s production. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, David enjoys performing on stage with the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus and off the stage, serving as vocal coach for various theatrical productions in town. Enjoy the show!

Costume Designer: Peachy Keen Costuming

Peachy Keen Costuming is brought to you by the twisted minds of Ashley Kiefer and Andrea Bear. They are two Indiana-based costume designers with over 20 years combined experience who have joined forces to help bring beauty to the Indy stage.

Scenic Designer: Andrew Darr

Originally from Richmond, IN, Andrew recently relocated back to Indianapolis after a brief exile in Wyoming. While in Richmond, he attended Indiana University East, studying Humanities, Psychology, and Technical Theatre. Andrew has designed scenery for several productions, including: The Yellow Wallpaper (NoExit); Picasso at The Lapin Agile (Studio10); To Kill A Mockingbird (Murray Theatre); Collected Stories (Studio10); The Rocky Horror Show (Footlite); And Then There Were None (Atlas Theatre); Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure (Atlas Theatre). Andrew has also served as lighting designer for: The Tempest (Studio10); Cabaret Poe (2010, QArtistry); Free To Be You And Me and A Midsummer’s Night Dream (CYTSS). He has stage managed and designed sound for The Richmond Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Titus Andronicus. In addition, Andrew worked as a stagehand with IATSE 229 in Colorado. He lives with his spouse, Charlie, and has a budding collection of Sigmund Freud figurines.

Lighting Designer: Michael Moffatt

A member of the Indianapolis theater community for over 25 years, either freelancing or as a resident artist, Michael has designed lights, set, and sound for hundreds of productions around the central Indiana area.  Michael has served for eight years as the lighting designer for Summer Stock Stage. During the “school year,” his full time job is Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Cathedral HS, where he has designed over 60 productions for their thriving theatre program for the past 15 years.

Sound Designer: Matthew Ford Cunningham

Matt knows sound. From a young age, he was told he had ears and it was full speed ahead from then on. He can make sounds with his mouth, inanimate objects, and cordless drills. Matt can push buttons in machines that control sound and has done so on land (Resident Sound Designer, American Cabaret Theatre) and sea (Senior Entertainment Sound Technician, Carnival Cruise Line). Matt also uses the sounds that come out of his face hole to teach young people about sound as the technical theatre teacher at Herron High School. Lastly, Matt would like to put sounds together to say “I Love You” to the fiercest Transylvanian alive, his husband TJ. And if something sounds cunty, it probably came from “Shade Enclosed.”

Hair/Makeup Designer: Daniel Klingler

Broadway: Matilda (Shubert Theater); International Tours: Annie (Head of Hair). National Tours: Wizard Of Oz (Assistant Head of Hair/Makeup); Annie (The National Theater Washington DC); Wicked; Beauty and the Beast; Mama Mia; Flashdance; Elf; Peter and the Star Catcher. Locally: Yuletide (ISO); A Christmas Carol; To Kill A Mockingbird (IRT); Beauty and the Beast; Addams Family (Beef and Boards); Million Dollar Quartet, Sweeney Todd, and Xanadu (ATI); and Cripple of Innishman (Phoenix). He is the author of Idiot’s Guide Everyday Makeup Secrets (Penguin Random House). Love, as always, to my Jay! www.neckupdesign.com

Stage Manager: Allison Ackmann Gibbs

Allison is thrilled to be a part of this incredibly talented staff and cast. Stage Management credits include: Willy Wonka, Carousel, and Cabaret (Civic). Allison sends all the love to her amazing husband, Pat, and their two girls, Harper and Juliet.

Technical Director: Jeffrey Martin

Jeffrey is elated to be working with this talented group of people. Jeffery has scenic and lighting designed for multiple theatre companies, which helped him become a recipient of the Indianapolis Foundation’s “Theatre MVP” award. Favorite Indianapolis and Atlanta design credits include: Sweeney Todd, Typhoid Mary, Pulp, Den of Thieves, Peter and the Starcatcher (lighting); and Assassins, Petite Rouge, Butler, Acid Dolphin Experiment, Tigers Be Still (scenic). Jeffery can next be seen designing the set for the Phoenix Theatre’s production of Static.

Master Carpenter: Stirling Matheson

Stirling founded and directs Ballet Theatre of Indiana alongside his wife Sabrina. He grew up in Fairfax, CA, trained under David Roxander and Jody White, and continued his training with Nadya Zubkov before attending Butler University, where he earned a B.A. in Dance. While at Butler, he performed principal roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Serenade, and several other works. After graduating, he danced Ballet Theatre of Maryland, where he performed soloist and principal roles in Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Frontier 1812. After leaving Maryland he danced as a freelancer throughout the country before founding BTI in 2014. For BTI, Stirling has created a number of original works while building sets with BTI dancer and carpenter Emma Beigel. As a writer, Stirling has been published by Dance Magazine, Complex Magazine, Complex.com, 95 Octane, Technabob, and About.com.

Social Media: Bill Skaggs

Bill has been involved with Indianapolis theatre community for over a decade and is very excited to be part of the Rocky staff this year. He is Managing Creative Director of INDYPROV, Indy’s only Emmy-nominated improv comedy troupe. Break a leg to this fantastic cast and crew! Enjoy the show!

Band

Keyboard: Jacob Stensberg
Synth: Ginger Stoltz
Guitar: Nick Friend
Bass: Steve Byroad
Drums: Rocky Rodriguez
Sax: Julian Orem