Jason has always been more of a “video” guy. Behind the camera, editing, or doing something stupid to get you laughing on the screen. Jason thought about acting in high school but sold his soul to the basketball program just to go 3 and 20 his senior year. Jason has seen Oliver at least fifty times, he is a big fan of Newsies, Blue Man Group, anything Jerry Lewis, and he loves to laugh so hard that it hurts.
I want to give glory to the King who’s kingdom is not of this world; who rescued me from becoming another inevitable statistic and gave me true and eternal life. I grew up in the Charlotte area, studied Christian Education and Music Performance at Montreat College, moved to Asheville, and have found my home studying the historical person, work and claims of Jesus Christ. I enjoy the arts, piano, reading, culture, big dogs, young people, dialogue about religion (or the lack thereof), philosophy, picking up stuff, learning new things, ball sports, and driving through puddles with my wife! I live my life by two mottos, “Love is as love does”, and “eat more fried chicken”. Do it!
Derek, or Derek to his friends, would first and foremost like to thank his personal savior, Jesus Christ, for his angelic new daughter Aria and his incredibly beautiful and talented wife, Bronwyn. The joy and happiness that I…err he, experiences simply being in their presence is profoundly awesome! Derek’s theatre credits include, but are not limited to, working spotlight for two performances of The Princess and The Pea in high school. Derek would like to dedicate his performance (barring any mistakes) to his hero and father, Ross Cronin, who passed away April 12th, 1996. Lastly, Derek would like to thank his fans that have traveled from across the country to see his theatrical debut (Hi Mom!).
Sherri is the reigning Queen of Kitchen performances- as her Husband of 20 years and 4 children can attest. She began in her living room at the tender age of six with a hand me down leotard and red tights. At 12 years old she advanced to choreographing her own baton twirling dances to her first record “Grease.” In High school she finally found a real stage and fell in love with Music theatre. Her life called her to a different place however- and though she stood on hundreds of High school stages (and gym floors) speaking to students across the country- she wouldn’t find a stage for theatre again till this production of Godspell at The Orange Peel, over 20 years later. She has found that the absence has only made her heart grow fonder. “I am profoundly grateful to my Husband and children for their sacrificial support of this endeavor- and to Jesus for surprising me with this moment.”
Maggie Cathcart has always enjoyed being behind the scenes rather than on stage. Her fear of the stage started in 8th grade when she was singing Summer Nights at the Middle School Talent Show. “I like to sing, just don’t know what to do with my hands and feet,” says Maggie. The same was true all the way through High School and even now. “Being in Godspell is a stretch for me. I do it for one reason. That reason is sharing the Good News of Christ.” Maggie graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education. She now is an Administrative Director for Elevate Life and Art.
My name is Rachel Peniston and i am a shy, rambunctious junior who is already feeling the pinch senioritis:) i was born and raised in Kansas (hello!!:), land of big skies and green prairies. I love to sing and have been apart of anything that has to do with singing ever since 2nd grade. I have also been taking some dance classes for four years now. Highland Christian church has provided me with opportunities to do lots of the things in the areas of acting, singing, and dancing. I have participated in my school’s musical performance of Footloose where i was a background singer/bench carrier(?) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels where i am a “featured” dancer/background singer (yes this is in present tense because it is still in the making:). I thank God for this amazing opportunity to be apart of the Godspell cast and pray that my performance is glorifying and uplifting to Him and Him alone! I hope that you enjoy the performance as much as i have loved performing it:)
Annie McCready being the youngest member of the cast (turning 13 April 19!) would like to thank everyone for there prayers and advice. Her former experience includes playing a space rock in 1st grade and a soccer player in space in 2nd grade. She also frequently enjoys the musical works of High School Musical 1, 2, and 3. She extremely hopes you can enjoy this production as much as she has. XOXOXOX!!!
Myles has been involved in music and theatre sense high school where he was part of the Concert Choir. They performed productions of Anything Goes, Oliver, and Jesus Christ Superstar. After high school Myles traveled for several years as part of a team doing school assemblies and church rallies. Today he still enjoys participating in drama and music at Highland Christian Church. In his free time he enjoys singing loudly in his car and making faces in his bathroom mirror.
Joshua Geiger is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and relocated to Asheville in 2006. He proudly claims his “Itanman” heritage– Italian, Spanish, and German. Although he would not be willing to audition for American Idol because he fears he would be a recipient of Simon Cowell’s unceasing wrath, Joshua grew up in a family of singers and has been singing since he was a young boy. From doing vocal warm-ups in the car for fun to Geiger family gatherings which never fail to involve singing and a guitar, Joshua has a love of singing deeply rooted in family tradition. Joshua first tasted the world of theater when he starred in a local production of A Christmas Miracle. Throughout his high school years, he sang in his school choir and traveled and performed at school assemblies with a volunteer team of students in support of Hope Pregnancy Center, a crisis pregnancy center located in Davie, Florida. Joshua also started dancing in high school when his younger sister needed a partner for ballroom dance lessons. In college his dance experience proved useful… because all the girls loved a guy who could dance. Joshua says: “To all the men out there: get you some dance lessons.” Joshua is grateful to be a part of this production of Godspell and the opportunity to portray a spiritual freedom that is often lost in stereotypes of religion.
As a pianist, aspiring cellist, high school choir vocalist, amateur dancer, art appreciater, wishful gardener, yorkshire terrier caretaker, budding wife, shoe collector, novice homemaker; Hannah has considered herself as a jack of all trades, but master of none. Finding her calling in the world of Technical Photography, she received a B.S. from Appalachian State University in the fall of 2007.
Seeking to rekindle her love of the stage, ignited by her high school performance as Laurie in Oklahoma, Hannah now joins the cast of Godspell lending her flare for the dramatic and an eager set of pipes.
Among the mountains of Asheville, Hannah finds herself at home with a tiny dog and a macho, macho man, Nathaniel.
My acting experience goes way back. And by “way back,” I mean you have to go waaay back to find any experience. Once Upon A Mattress, Chorus, Wichita South High School ‘97; Good News, Corda, WSHS ’98; Quilters, Margaret, Friends University 2001. Yes, high school and college musicals. Woo woo. I also traveled with a drama team for a few years. Currently, I perform by Zeke and Jude’s Bedside. (Zeke and Jude are my 2 year old and 6 month old sons.) Needless to say, music theater has been a dream of mine and I am beyond excited to be a part of this production.
Let’s see here, where do I begin? I started acting when I was very young in church plays and such, but the real deal didn’t happen until I was 13, when I snagged an extra part in a CBS Mini Series called Shake Rattle & Roll. Oh yes, I had to show off my inner jitter bug and such. I was also enrolled in an acting/modeling school called John Casablancas where I thought I was the next big thing (wink wink). I am now a Montreat College graduate and have earned my Bachelor degree in Worship Arts with a focus in Music and Vocal Performance. I also took a few acting courses and have been involved on the creative arts team at Highland Christian Church. The whole “Godspell” experience has been amazing and I don’t for one second regret being involved. I knew it would take a lot of sacrifice, but every moment of it has been worth it all the way. My prayer is that this will glorify Him and only Him!!! I am honored to be apart of a very special mission for an everlasting Kingdom with an everlasting God. I want to thank Him for giving me my talents so that I may give back to Him. I want to also thank my family and my husband Caleb for their support and prayers over this journey. And thank you Highland Christian Church for giving me an opportunity to participate in something I’ve always wanted to do…a Musical!!!
Bronwyn Cronin has graced venues as obscure as a grocery deli in Lansing, Michigan and as majestic as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Performances include Guys and Dolls (Chorus) and The Music Man (Marianne the Librarian). Mrs. Cronin holds a BA in Music Performance from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and currently teaches in the Asheville area.
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