Theatre Across Borders

Ghost Fish: Legend of the Lake

by Melissa and Stephen O’Rear

October 8-22, 2022

Shadow Puppeteer Richard Sebastian-Coleman
Grandpa (voice)________David Corder
Captain Bones Alex Wimmerle
DerekEllis Evans
Wesly Kinnett
CrackersIlana Sherwood
Ella KazaamCyndi Parr
Jackie FathomsCassidy Forrest
Sea MonsterRyan Wilkes
MermaidCeleste Tice
SunnyJulie Talty
Older DerekCreston Cooper
AmandaTeagan Hodur
Klara Bostelman
Ghost FishKaty Williams
DirectorsMelissa O’Rear
Katy Williams
Shadow Puppets + Ghost Fish Designer Katy Williams Design
Sea Monster Designer________Kristin Dalleske Productions
Costumes, Set, Prop DesignAudrey McGee
Melissa O’Rear
Fight ChoreographerAlex Wimmerle
Sound EditorBryse Boynton
Trail CrewSamuel O’Rear
Poster ArtBrandon Ruiter
PromotionsStephen O’Rear

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KLARA BOSTELMAN (Amanda) made her acting debut in Stuttgart, Germany, in “Two Adults and a Child” (Theatre Rampe). A creator at heart, Klara enjoys making “poof-balls” and other crafts. She is a fifth grader at Jordahl Elementary School and wants to be a chicken farmer when she grows up. Thanks to Ant Hampton and Theatre Rampe for the opportunity to start acting, my mom for supporting me, and my friends for accepting my total weirdness.

CRESTON COOPER (Older Derek) is a UCCS alumni. A native of Atascadero, California, he enjoys theatre and scenic design. Local theater credits include “HAIR” (UCCS), “Ugly Lies the Bone” (UCCS), Snowy Tales (Theatreworks) and “Tempest Free-for-All” (Theatreworks).

DAVID CORDER (Grandpa) has worked with almost every theatre company in town and is thrilled to add Theatre Across Borders to the list. You may have seen him recently as Ms. Trunchbull in “Matilda” (Colorado Ballet Society) or Neville Craven in “The Secret Garden” (First Company). Watch for him this Christmas as the narrator, William Jackson Palmer, in “A Colorado Nutcracker” (Colorado Ballet Society) at the Pikes Peak Center.

ELLIS EVANS (Derek) is thrilled to join Ghost Fish. The role combines two of his favorite pastimes, being outdoors and sword fighting! Favorite roles include Peter in “Buttons for George Washington” and Mr. Baldwin in “Mysteries at the Mansion.” Ellis studies piano and trumpet at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. He is a year-round swimmer and avid trail runner. Ellis would like to thank his family, especially his grandma, for their unwavering love and support.

CASSIDY FORREST (Jackie Fathoms) has been doing theatre since she can remember. She grew up in Pueblo and attended The Arts Academy, where her favorite role was Mrs. Manningham in “Angel Street.” Cassidy can next be seen as Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family” (Sunrise Players). When not onstage, she is a Director of Youth Development for the Boys and Girls Club. Cassidy also directs plays for Kids Club 360 at James Irwin Charter Elementary School.

TEAGAN HODUR (Amanda) is a 6th grader in District 11. A former Visual and Performing Arts student, Teagan played Santa in “Christmas vs. Halloween” and Charlotte in “Proper Pirates: A Penzance Musical.” In addition to acting, Teagan loves to sketch and go camping with her family. She wishes to thank Mrs. O’Rear for giving her this opportunity and her family for always supporting her dreams.

WESLY KINNETT (Derek) has acted in Dragon Theatre Productions for 7 years, most recently as a clown and magician in “Patching the Circus.” This past summer, he helped with theatre camps at the Millibo Art Theatre. Wesly plays a pirate at Renaissance Festivals, but he usually lets his pet bird do the talking for him. He is excited to be in this outdoor adventure and had fun learning some new swordplay!

CYNDI PARR (Ella Kazaam) has performed on Colorado stages for over 20 years. An actor, director, puppeteer, playwright and magician, Cyndi played Hogweed in “Magic of the Marsh.” She is the director and co-founder of Dragon Theatre, a community-inclusive theatre that welcomes everyone who can make the rehearsal commitment. Cyndi has emceed multiple Rocky Mountain Puppet Slams with her puppet Rose Gold. She is delighted to share this adventure with her nephew, Wesly!

RICHARD SEBASTIAN-COLEMAN (Shadow Puppeteer) is an actor, playwright and musician. His short play, “There’s Room on Top,” played festivals in New York and Montreal. His other scripts have featured locally at Craft Production Resource, Springs Ensemble and Funky Little Theatre. Richard has an extensive acting career, stepping in whenever a tall, gangly character is required. This is his first time doing shadow puppetry. Many thanks to Katy for the training!

ILANA SHERWOOD (Crackers) is a senior at Pikes Peak Early College. Favorite roles include Megan in “Ben and the Magic Paintbrush” (Fine Arts Center), understudy for “The Wolves” (Fine Arts Center) and Thyrsis in “Aria de Capo” (Pikes Peak State College). She looks forward to seeing you on the trail!

JULIE TALTY (Sunny) is a Colorado native who teaches K-12 visual art, stage manages on roller skates, and puppeteers with shadows. She was an aerialist for a traveling circus in England and a scenic painter for Broadway-bound shows. Julie recently performed in the Women’s Theatre Festival (Millibo Art Theatre) with her marionette, Puella. She loves bringing stories to life through puppetry, music, dance, and/or high-flying apparatus. Walk tall and shine bright!

CELESTE TICE (Mermaid) is a recent UCCS theatre graduate. She wishes to pursue a lifetime career of performing and touching hearts. Local projects include makeup artist for “The Drag” (UCCS), dancer in “Collective Trust” (UCCS) and makeup artist/scare actor at Scorched Earth Haunted Farm. A former Disney attractions intern, Celeste owns a character entertainment company: Celestial Princess Parties. She is so grateful and honored to be part of this fantastic show!

RYAN WILKES (Sea Monster) is a puppeteer and creature performer living in Denver. His prize-winning work has been featured at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, the New York Museum of Moving Image and in the Dark Crystal series for Netflix. Ryan played the Beast in TAB’s last theatre hike, “Magic of the Marsh.”

KATY WILLIAMS (Ghost Fish, Co-Director, Puppet Design) specializes in building and teaching puppets, props and makeup design. A 2019 recipient of the True West award, Katy has spread the joy of puppets to theaters all over Colorado. Recent work includes “Shadows of Sleepy Hollow” (Denver), “Puppet Palooza” (Green Mountain Falls), “Everybody” (Santa Fe), “Snowy Tales” (Theatreworks) and “Hand to God” (Springs Ensemble). Katy produces the Rocky Mountain Puppet Slam! and serves on the board of Puppeteers of America. She would like to acknowledge the enormous support from her friends and family as they help her navigate all her amazing and time-consuming projects!

ALEX WIMMERLE (Captain Bones/Fight Choreographer) is an advanced actor combatant through the Society of American Fight Directors. He last fight-choreographed for “A Flea in Her Ear” (Theatreworks). You may have seen Alex acting or stage managing at Theatreworks, the Millibo Art Theatre, and the Fine Arts Center. Alex would like to thank his wife for her love and support. He can’t wait for you all to experience the magic!

We couldn’t have staged “Ghost Fish” without the help of:
Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers
Jessica Miller
Mary Jo Lewis
Rocky Mountain Puppetry Guild
Jeff Hall and Dragon Theatre Productions
Millibo Art Theatre
Karin Hill at Fountain Valley News
Keith Simon at KCME
Deborah Contreras, El Paso County
Larry Ferguson at Pikes Peak Bulletin
Brett Yager at FOX21 News
Jennifer Mulson at The Gazette
Our Families and Friends, for Attending Dress Rehearsal
Laura O’Rear
Megan O’Rear
Bryan and Liz Law

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