Mary-Margaret Roberts is ecstatic to be making her Refuge Theatre debut playing Lyssy in Lysistrata Jones! She most recently performed in The Christians at The Steppenwolf Theatre. Other credits include Doreen in Far From Heaven (Porchlight Theatre), Tracy Patridge in The Bardy Bunch (Mercury Theatre), Sally Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas (Broadway Playhouse), and Halle in Hey Dancin! Hey Musical! (The Factory Theatre). She would love to thank Justin and Shanna for believing in her from the beginning, her close friends and loving family for always being there to support her, and her Matthew who never ceases to amaze her with his love and patience. This is for y’all! www.marymargaretroberts.com
Gina Francesca is beyond thrilled to be back on the RTP stage after having recently completed an incredibly exciting run in Bare: A Pop Opera as Nadia. She is a proud company member with Refuge, having been featured in several cabarets and workshops and she thoroughly enjoys helping to create a strong foundation for this bold and powerfully influential, young company. Gina's favorite credits include: Olive Ostrovsky in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Martha in Heathers with Up and Coming Theatre, Joanne in RENT with Introspect Theatre, Edges with Wishing Star and Beehive with Williams Street Repertory. She is a Chicago native and proud graduate of Elmhurst College having graduated in 2016 with a B.A in Musical Theatre and Music Business. Gina would love to thank Justin and Shanna for their sheer brilliance and guidance throughout this process. As well as the entire Lyssie J cast and crew, RTP family and Mom, Dad, Joe, Dorothy, Bennett and Jonny for being her source of lifelong happiness. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. - Psalm 118:24
Collin is thrilled to be making his RTP debut with this fantastic cast and artistic team! Originally from Irvine, CA and now a Chicago-based actor; Collin most recently came from The Little Theatre on the Square where he performed in their 2017 Summer Season. Other regional credits include: Singin’ in the Rain and Elf the Musical at The Marriott Theatre; Cabaret (Hans) at Theatre at the Center; Funny Girl (Production Tenor /“Cornet Man” Featured Dancer) and James and the Giant Peach (James) at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Collin has been seen at The Little Theatre on the Square in The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke), Hairspray (Sketch), Joseph... Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dan/Butler), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Speed Tapper), Smokey Joe’s Café, Mamma Mia, The Wizard of Oz, Swing!, and Mary Poppins. Coming up...this December, Collin will be making his Lythgoe Family Panto debut as Lennon, the Pirate, in Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirates Christmas at The Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA. Collin received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Thank you to Justin and Shanna for their constant support and guidance; and thank you to Matt and Chris for making this opportunity possible. Much love to Mom, Dad, Garrett, Kaylee, and the pups. Proverbs 3:5-6. www.collin-sanderson.com
Kaleb Van Rijswijck
Kaleb is thrilled to be returning to, Refuge Theatre Project! A recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Kaleb enjoys eating, sleeping and taking spontaneous trips to Disney. Some of his previous credits include Spring Awakening (Melchior), Into the Woods (Jack) and the workshop and original cast of RPG (Chime). He would like to thank his friends, family, and Zeke for the continuous love and support.
MAISIE ROSE is so excited to be returning to Refuge, after recently appearing in THINGS TO RUIN. Other professional credits include NUMBERS NERDS at the New York Musical Festival, BONNIE & CLYDE and LOVING REPEATING with Kokandy Productions, ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S: WE ARE IN A PLAY! with Northbrook Theatre, and GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK! with Lifeline Theatre. Maisie is a proud Northwestern graduate. So many thanks to Justin, Shanna, and the whole team for being so supportive, and to Meghan, Myrna, and Mom & Dad for all the love. Maisiezrose.com
Jayla recently graduated from Western Illinois University in the Spring studying both Theatre and Communication. Her previous credits include: Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier), Ruined (Mama Nadi), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear). This is Jayla's first production with Refuge Theatre Project and she couldn't be more excited! She thoroughly enjoyed the process to such a fun and exciting show! She would love to thank her amazing family and friends for all of their love and support and she hopes everyone enjoy the show!
Ryan is pumped to be returning to Refuge Theatre Project for another show. He was last seen as Matt in their production of Bare. Ryan has recently performed in multiple productions at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre (The Most Happy Fella, The Newley-Bricusse Songbook, Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Passion) He has also performed with other local companies like Underscore Theatre and Timber Lake Playhouse. Ryan hails from St. Louis and attended Millikin University for Theatre.
Mollyanne Nunn is thrilled to be a part of this production! She was last seen in Paramount’s production of Hairspray (Shelley, u/s Amber Von Tussle) and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s production of Hair (Dance Captain, Ensemble, u/s Crissy) and Rent (Mimi Marquez). Other credits include Swing the Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Little Theatre on the Square), Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre), The Producers, Victor/Victoria (NightBlue) and Next to Normal (Towle Theatre). She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. All my love to my family and friends. “It’s dangerous to go alone”.
This Northwest Indiana native is honored to be making his Refuge Theatre Project debut! Dwayne holds a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He most recently served as an understudy in the gender/ color blind production of Picnic at American Theater Company. Other credits include Standby (Towle Theatre), Hair (Barn Theatre), RENT and Jesus Christ Superstar (Big Noise). Dwayne appeared in the recent PBS docu-series, Harmonies for Healing: Under the Streetlamp. Many thanks to family and friends for continued love and support, this incredible cast, and our brilliant Creative Team. Anything is possible…Have Faith!
Kyra is so excited to be making her Refuge Theatre debut as Celo in this production of Lysistrada Jones. Her recent credits include Chess With Porchlights Revisits Series, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, and Newsies with Rocky Mountain Repertory theatre, and the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. She will be graduating in the Spring of 2018 with a BFA in Musical Theatre Dance, from Roosevelt University (Chicago College of Performing Arts). She sends her endless love to her Mom, Dad and all of the amazing teachers and friends who've believed in her work along the way!
Xavier Euzarraga is X-static to be returning to Refuge Theatre Project, after making his debut as Mohawk Guy in High Fidelity! When this Pacific Northwest native isn't performing in musicals, he enjoys; performing with the Comedy Dance Collective, training with his Circus Squad at MSA & Circus Arts, as well as, critiquing Horchata on instagram every Thursday at various restaurants around Chicago under the alias, The Horchata King. Some Credits include; Choreographer of Magic MaxXL (MCL Chicago), Nikos (Legally Blonde) , and the ensembles of Young Frankenstein and TAPPED: A Treasonous Musical Comedy. @xavier.euzarraga
Miles is currently studying theater and economics at Northwestern University. He's been seen on Chicago stages at Porchlight Music Theatre in Sweeney Todd (Tobias) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero) -- both of which received Equity Jeff Award nominations for best midsize musical production -- and at American Blues Theatre in Ripped: The Living Newspaper Festival. He would like to thank Justin and Shanna for this wonderful opportunity!
Brandy Cheyenne Miller
Brandy is a senior Musical Theatre Performance BFA student currently at Columbia College Chicago who is making her RTP debute. She was last seen in Hair at Metropolis Performing Arts Center and Porchlight’s New Faces Sing Broadway 1969. Other credits include Ring of Fire (Metropolis Performing Arts Center) and [title of show] (Columbia College Chicago). She would like to thank her wonderful family and friends in addition to RTP for giving her the opportunity to continue doing what she loves.
Michelle is absolutely thrilled to be making her Refuge Theatre Project debut! Recent Chicago credits include Jeff award winning Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre). Also, she’s performed twice at Carnegie Hall with the Grammy-award winning Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir. Originally from Bellevue, NE, Michelle graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Music as well as a Theatre Arts minor. Michelle would like to thank her family and friends for their support to follow her dreams, and most importantly God for giving her this opportunity! Without them none of this would be possible!
Maurice is thrilled to be making his Refuge Theatre Debut with Lysistrata Jones as part of the Ensemble. Maurice is a recent graduate of Millikin University Class of 2016, and is a Chicago native. Maurice has previously been seen as Andy Wright in Scottsboro Boys (Porchlight), Scarecrow in The Wiz (Emerald City Children's Theatre), and made his professional debut in the Ensemble of The Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre). Maurice would like to thank the entire company for giving him the best theatre experience he could ask for, Go Athens Go!
An Iowa native, Merrick attended Olivet Nazarene University before moving to Chicago and is excited to make his debut with Refuge Theatre Project. Other Chicago credits include Herb in Godspell (Theatre at the Center), Henry in Chagrin Falls (Agency Theatre Collective), the Porter in Macbeth (Shakespeare All-Stars), and Bucky the Bingo Caller in We Gotta Bingo! (Chicago Theatre Works). A few other favorite roles include Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, and Jud Fry in Oklahoma! You can also see him on-screen in NBC's Chicago Fire and the independent movie Empty Space, among other projects. Find out more at MerrickRobison.com. Merrick would like to thank his jr. high basketball coach for drilling all of those layup shots.
Male Swing/Dance Captain
Raymond Goodall (Male Swing/Dance Captain) is thrilled to join the cast of Lysistrata Jones. Chicago credits include Guys and Dolls, Candide, Gypsy (Music Theatre Works); Prone (Underscore Theater); Hairspray (Music On Stage). Raymond is a senior at The Chicago College of Performing Arts where he’s studying musical theatre with a concentration in dance.
Tuesdai B. Perry
Tuesdai B. Perry is super excited to work on her first show with Refuge Theatre Project and her first show as a swing! Chicagoland credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Diva) with Pride Films and Plays, The Wiz! and Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare with Emerald City Theatre, Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play; Peter and the Wolf; Junie B. Jones; and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences. When not performing, she can be found teaching, directing, and choreographing with performers ages 4+ in Northbrook, Skokie, Oak Lawn, and several places in between. She holds a B.A. in Directing and Creative Writing from Western Illinois University. "Love, light, and solidarity."