|Arbella Al-Bazi (Rheba)
is excited to be appearing in another Stage Center Theatre
production. It has been such a great experience working with a very
talented group of actors in this amazing show. Arbella would like to
thank her Mom, Dad, sisters and her amazing friends for their love and
support. As Grandpa says, “You can’t take it with you,” so follow your
dreams and do what makes you happy, the rest will come. Arbella will be
graduating in the spring with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication,
Media and Theatre.
|Clark Bender (Paul Sycamore)
is enjoying another whirlwind of Stage Center Summer shows: only weeks
ago he was clowning around as Touchstone in As You Like It. Other Stage
Center roles include Sandy in Hay Fever, Mr. Sherwood in My Sister
Eileen and Stryver in A Tale of Two Cities. He thanks Anna for
wonderful roles and sure-handed guidance; the great cast and crew for
their creativity and dedication; friends and family for encouragement
and support; and most of all his beloved wife Kim for putting up with
his extended adolescence.
|Brad Cantwell (Mr. Kirby)
recently appeared at the Stage Center Theatre as Phileas Fogg in Around
the World in 80 Days, Gordon in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Richard in Hay
Fever, Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities, various roles in
Vaudeville America, Richard in Living Out, Oberon in A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Amenuensis/Geronte in The Illusion and as Teddy in How
He Lied To Her Husband. Brad thanks this talented cast and crew,
especially Ms. Antaramian. Thanks to Lisa and McCoy for filling my life
with love, excitement and adventure.
|Lisa Cantwell (Mrs. Kirby & Duchess)
Lisa is deliriously happy to be working with this delightfully wacky
cast and crew. She is currently a theatre instructor here at NEIU where
she received her master's degree in Communication, Media and Theatre.
Recent acting credits include Audrey in As You Like It, Myra in Hay
Fever, Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver, Rita in Lucky Stiff, Titania in A
Midsummer Night's Dream, Miss Framer in Lettice and Lovage, and Miss
Lynch in Grease. She thanks her lucky stars each day for Anna, her
guiding light. Much gratitude to sweet Jessica, to John, my Tony, and
to darling Laura. And to my boys, Monkey and B... I can take you with
|Bill Chamberlain (Grandpa)
is thrilled to be making his debut with the Stage Center Theatre.Most
recently Bill played the Wizard and Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz at
the Provision Theatre. Last fall, he played Atticus Finch in To Kill a
Mockingbird with Chase Park Theater. He has performed several roles
with Light Opera Works, including Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady,
sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago (where he was a member of the Lyric
Opera Center) and the Santa Fe Opera, among others. This fall, he will
be singing the role of Roscoe in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s
production of Follies.
|Ellen Cribbs (Penny Sycamore)
is so excited to continue her summer with the Stage Center Theatre
after just performing the role of Rosalind in As You Like It. Next up,
Ellen is performing the role of Susy in Wait Until Dark at Citadel
Theatre, and reprising her role from last year in Commedia Beauregard's
production of A Klingon Christmas Carol. Ellen would like to thank Anna
and everyone involved with the Stage Center this summer for a fantastic
and unforgettable couple of months. Special thank you to Charles for
all his support.
|Ann Dernbach (Gay Wellington )
Ann is very excited to be appearing onstage for the second time, and
stage managing for the third at Stage Center Theatre. She appeared
earlier this summer as Phebe in As You Like It, and stage managed Lucky
Stiff and Vaudeville America! She graduated from Fordham University,
and recently completed the Teacher Certification Program at NEIU. Ann
would like to thank Anna for a summer of amazing opportunities, her
friends and family for their support, the cast and crew for being
thoroughly delightful, and Lisa for the rides, encouragement, and for
bringing her here in the first place.
|Keith Harkleroad (Kolenkhov)
is in graduate school studying linguistics at NEIU. He has recently
been bitten by the acting bug and is having a blast working with such
talented people. He was last seen in Stage Center Theatre’s As You Like
It as Oliver, Around the World in 80 Days last fall and played the
jester Truffaldino in this spring’s Children’s Theatre Workshop
production of The Love For Three Oranges.
|Paul Hearmon (Mr. De Pinna)
is thrilled to be given the chance to appear in his first production
for eight years! Please forgive him if his accent occasionally slips.
Previous productions include Feste in Twelfth Night, an Antipholus and
a Dromio in Comedy of Errors and Angus in Neville’s Island.
|Mark Hernandez (Mr. Henderson/G man)
is excited to be joining the cast of You Can’t Take It With You! This
is his first time performing as an actor in a play. He previously
worked behind the scenes on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Moraine
Valley Community College. Mark is a senior here at Northeastern
Illinois University; he is set to graduate in December with a Degree in
Communication, Media, and Theater with a minor in Political Science.
|Katie Lanigan (Alice)
is excited to be joining such an amazing production. She has recently
graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Arts Entrepreneurship.
In addition to her theater performances she is also a competitive
Latin and Ballroom dancer. A BIG recognition to God, family and a new
niece, Eva Mc’Dowell. A special thanks to her supportive sister who has
always encouraged her to follow her heart!
|Jill Matel (Essie Carmichael)
is excited to be returning to the NEIU summer stage for the 4th time. A
native of Milwaukee, she studied acting and dance at Barat College in
Lake Forest and performs in and around Milwaukee and the Chicagoland
area with various groups. Favorite roles include Nancy in Oliver, Roxy
in Chicago, and Holly in Wedding Singer. Thank you to Anna and the
cast and crew for all their hard work.
|Rand Ringgenberg (Donald)
has been seen recently at the Stage Center Theatre in As you Like It,
Emma’s Child and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Rand is a Communication, Media,
and Theatre major here at NEIU and will be graduating in December. He
is looking forward to his final semester this fall when he takes a
break from acting and assumes the role of playwright, as two of his
one act plays, O Come All Ye Faithful and The Gedanken Experiment, will
be presented in the Studio Theatre in October.
|Brian Rogers (Ed Carmichael)
is thrilled to be appearing in his second show at the Stage Center
Theatre. He appeared in the roles of Charles, William and Jaques in As
You Like It. He is currently an English major here at Northeastern
Illinois University. Brian would like to express his warmest gratitude
to Anna Antaramian, who is simply the greatest! Brian wishes only the
best for the cast and crew in their future endeavors. Lastly, Brian
would like to exclaim his love and thanks to his family and friends,
especially to his wonderful girlfriend for her help and support.
|Herschel Slosberg (The Man)
comes to the theatre from the world of television and news production,
where he was an Emmy nominated Associate Producer for CNN’s highly
acclaimed documentary crew. A former member of the US Olympic diving
team, Herschel first appeared last summer at the Stage Center Theatre
in My Sister Eileen. He’s returned to Chicago from LA just last month
and is already back into the “swing of things”.
|Patryk Szwankowski (Tony Kirby)
is very excited to be performing in You Can't Take It With You and to
be working alongside some really talented people. After finishing his
run as Silvius in As You Like It, he is excited to be working with some
of the same actors. Going into his second year at NEIU, he has
performed in two Children's Theatre Workshop plays (The Wolf and Its
Shadow, The Love for Three Oranges) and is majoring in Communications,
Media, and Theatre, Patryk hopes to one day be a screenwriter or a
playwright. Thanks to all my wonderful friends and family for their
|Twila York (G man)
is happy to be back on the stage having taken an extended break since
high school. She is a Communication major and will be graduating May
2012 from NEIU. Twila would also like to extend a special thank you to
her fiancé Devin who has been so amazing this summer dealing with
Twila's busy work and school schedule.