Welcome to Curtains for a Cause, a Capital City Playhouse benefit that over the years has benefitted not for profit organizations and programs such as the  Brian Jackson Dystonia Research & Discovery Program at FSU College of Medicine, Character & Heritage Institute, Ability First and various other worthwhile charities!

Production Staff


Director - Mark A. Marple
Mark A. Marple has directed or produced over 160 productions that span four decades. He has acted in numerous film, commercials and T.V. shows, as well as, on stages throughout the country. For his lengthy bio, please go to www.markamarple.com 
 
Over four decades, Mark A. Marple has produced theatrical productions for charities and not-for-profit organizations ranging from the Character & Heritage Institute and Ability 1st to the Aids Foundation and the American Relief Fund. Curtains for a Cause is an event that he started  to help raise funds for another worthy cause, the work on finding a cure for Dystonia.

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2015 "Are We There Yet?" Production Staff

Michele Ackermann Choreographer

Michele Ackermann is a professional teacher and a certified member of Dance Masters of America, Inc. and Dance Educators of America, Inc. A native of Miami, Mrs. Ackermann has trained with such noted educators as Judy Bassing, Janice Barringer, Daryll Retter, and the internationally known master of Tap, the late Mr. Al Gilbert.

A prolific choreographer, Michele Ackermann’s musical theatre work has been seen on the stages of Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee Little Theatre, Young Actor’s Theatre, and Quincy Music Theatre. Some of her many show choreographic credits include, “Phantom”, “Follies”, “Me and My Girl”, “La Cage Aux Folles", “Gypsy”, “1776”, “The Who’s Tommy”, “Peter Pan, the Musical”, “Scrooge”, “Ragtime”, "Curtains, "Xanadu", "Aida", and the nationally acclaimed, “Nine", to name just a few. For over twenty years, Mrs. Ackermann was the Dance Director for the award-winning, Theatre A la Carte (1993-2013). She was the first resident choreographer at Young Actors Theatre in the late ‘70s and early 80’s. Mrs. Ackermann has enjoyed staging several Leon High School summer musicals well as productions for other Leon County Schools. In addition,

Mrs. Ackermann was twice honored to have her tap choreography selected to be showcased in the “Winter Dance Fest Invitational Concert” held at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. Mrs. Ackermann designed unique, educational, and entertaining music/movement programs for several area pre-schools, including FSU’s Educational Research Center for Child Development, The Creative Pre-School, and Annsworth Academy. In the 1990's, she presented workshops at early Childhood Conferences on the local, state, and regional level in the area of pre-school music and movement. As the director of the award winning, “THE DANCE STUDIO COMPANY”, Mrs. Ackermann and her staff directed and staged thirty-minute dance concerts at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney from 1998 through 2014 after successfully auditioning for this honor. She is thrilled to be among the group of studio directors whose students have achieved National Title Championship several times. She is enormously proud that many of her former students and theatre cast members have worked professionally as both teachers and performers on Broadway and on both large and small screen. As an active member of the Board of Directors for Florida State University's Friends of Dance, Mrs. Ackermann is very happy to be able to share her life’s work with others who have a passion for dance. She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Women”, and was honored in 2007 by the faculty of DanceMakers, Inc. with the "Marjorie Perry Award" for her dedication and standard of excellence in Dance Education.

Michele Ackermann feels blessed to be wife to John for over thirty-nine years, mother to Brandon and Joey, and “Nonnie” to her precious granddaughter, Mena.





     Alison Quinn Stage Manager

Alison Quinn is a native daughter of Tallahassee and graduate of FSU by way of Newfoundland, Canada. Alison recently moved back to Tallahassee from Atlanta, and she's loving every minute of being back in the theatre scene. You didn't see her most recently in Theatre Tallahassee's Venus in Fur (Stage Manager), TT's La Cage Aux Folles (Crew), or TT's The Odd Couple (Asst. Stage Manager). Helping engineer the onstage magic is her passion and she's delighted to work with Capital City Playhouse and “Curtains for a Cause”.

 




 Curtis Smith pianist


Pianist Curtis Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and his Master of Music degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. After training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Technique School New England in Amherst, Massachusetts, he now teaches performing artists and people from many walks of life how to move, work and play with less tension and more freedom. Mr. Smith has been a featured performer on WICN public radio in Massachusetts and has enjoyed serving as musical director and pianist for many musical theatre productions as well as organist for St Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee.




Catherine Burns
 is a professional singer and actress who has studied at Florida School of the Arts, Otterbein College, F.S.U. and Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. She has performed professionally with Eckerd Theatre Company (Clearwater FL) and Salerno Theatre Company in Tampa FL. She is trilled to once again work with Mark Marple who directed her in  "Broadway Memories" (2005) and "USO Tribute Show" (2006).  She began teaching voice and piano in 2010 and found a passion for developing young artists. She is very grateful for the opportunity to work with the voices in this talented cast!


2014 Forbidden Broadway Production Staff
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Stage Manager - James Greer

James Greer has been involved with theatrical productions both as a Stage Manager and actor since high school and is excited to be working with Capital City Playhouse.   His previous credits include RENT (SAIL High School), Romeo & Juliet (Capital City Shakespeare), Pygmalion (Rickards High School), and Merchant of Venice (Capital City Shakespeare).

 

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Star Volunteer - Drake Conrad

Drake W. Conrad was born in Ridgewood Valley Hospital, New Jersey. He lived in New Jersey until he was 10 yrs. old then moved to Maine where his pursuit of acting started. Performed in several DRHS productions in high school under Mr. Lawrence Barbetta. His first commercial was for a local drugstore in Dexter, Maine and has done several others since. He has been an extra in "Tom and Huck" a Disney Production and had a supporting role in an independent film "Truly Everlasting" directed by FSU graduate Gerald Jackson, Jr. and written by Brenda Jackson. Drake has several FSU Film School credits to his name such as: "Tee Time", "Blackeye", "Under Siege" and "Release". His stage roles include: "A Tribute to Ed Sullivan", "Trial of King Coal", "A Different Drummer" and "The Best Years of Our Lives".

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Rehearsal Pianist - Stephen Terry

Stephen Terry hails from Pensacola. He attended private school and homeschooled for most of his education before attending community college for his last two years. All the while he took piano lesson and participated in competitions in the local area. After receiving his Associates Degree and the rank of Eagle Scout, he pursued his interest in politics and history by attending Florida State University and staying active in Alpha Phi Omega. Finishing up by studying aboard in Turkey this past summer, he completed his B.S. in Political Science and now is interning at the Office of the Governor and James Madison Institute to prepare for Graduate school or the Peace Corp.

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Sound & Lighting Designer - Russ Pangratz
Russ has over 28 years experience in sound and lighting. He is also a guitarist and is currently playing in the band Tightner. Russ and his wife Josie started ECB Pro, LLC sound and lighting company in 2012. Since then, they have worked with national and local area artists and businesses and have gained a pretty impressive portfolio. Their vision is to not only offer quality, affordable services but to use their musical networking to boost the quality and quantity of artist performances in our community.

Russ Pangratz - Owner

Phone: 1-800-551-9751

Cell: 850-321-5680

http://www.ECBpro.com

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2013 Production Staff!



Music Director / Pianist - Leigh Felten

Leigh Felten is a classically-trained pianist who earned a B.M. in Piano Performance from USF and M.M in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from FSU. Ms. Leigh has instructed Group Piano Class to Music Majors and Non-Music Majors at FSU's College of Music. Since
2008, Ms. Felten has independently owned her own piano studio at Cavatina Music Studios in Market Square. In addition to instruction, Ms. Leigh is an active performer. Since 2011, Leigh has been accompanying choirs for both English and Spanish Masses at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee. She is currently the Music Director for the Spanish Mass. Leigh is also a freelance pianist who performs for all events (parties, receptions, weddings, etc) and plays all styles with an emphasis in classical music

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Violin - Katie Geringer        Katie Geringer began studying classical violin at the age of 6. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Music Education and a Certificate in Violin Performance. Katie currently lives in Tallahassee and teaches middle school orchestra while also maintaining a private violin studio and performing in the Southeast US.

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Assistant Director - Rhett Coleman 

Rhett Coleman is continuing to climb the latter of success in the world of theatre and film. With dreams of one day becoming a film director or broadcasting producer Rhett attends FSU double majoring in Theatre and Communications. Rhett is always busy working and volunteering ether on a theatre production or a film project. Rhett’s first steps to success started when he created the high news program LHS NEWS his senior year. After graduating he got involved with TheatreTCC! performing in It’s a Wonderful Life and creating the projections for Chicago and Zombie Prom. Rhett also got involved with working for ESPN every summer at the US Open Karate Tournament in Orlando, FL. After being Prop Master for Capital City Playerhouse’s Mid-Life The Musical, Rhett was asked to Stage Manage The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged and The Complete History of America Abridged. Afterwards he created the theatre news program Tallahassee Theatre Broadcast where he once again created and produced his own news show broadcasting all the theatre events in Tallahassee. While producing TTB Rhett was asked to Sound Design FSU STA’s Chicago. Now in hopes of one day directing his own show Rhett is Assistant Directing I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change!

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Stage Manager - Mike Herrin
Mike Herrin is very excited to be a part of this fantastic show!  This is his first stint backstage as Stage Manager.  He is relatively new to the theater scene, having been a performer in several shows locally including The Bad Seed, 12 Angry Men, Wonder of the World, The Mousetrap, and Frankenstein.  He has also acted in several FSU Film School projects and local independent films.  Mike wishes to thank Mark (his first acting teacher!) and the amazing cast and crew of "Perfect" for this wonderful opportunity.

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Lighting Designer - Jessica Jarrett
Jessica, a graduate of Florida State’s School of Theatre, is happy to be back in Tallahassee after a period of time working off-Broadway. While in New York, she worked for theater companies such as Signature Theatre Company and New World Stages as a Master Electrician. Most of her design work however, was done here in Tallahassee. Some of her previous credits include Bingo: the Musical (Capital City Playhouse), Pajama Game (Lincoln High School), Sugar (Lincoln High School), Once Upon a Mattress (Lincoln High School), and many others.

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Sound Designer - J.B. Ritter
Media Designer - Unique Video Creations

 

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