Meet the Cast of “Picasso”!

CAST AND CREW

IMG_3405 George Casper (Freddy) is delighted to be indoors for this performance, since, unlike his last show, that means the set doesn’t need to be evacuated in case of thunderstorms.  He would also like to clarify that he does not live with his parents; they live with him.  The status of George’s residence vis-à-vis the cats remains ambiguous, however.
IMG_3395 Glenn Wilson (Gaston) is appearing for the third time with the RiverStage Community Theatre. Last seen as Joe Keller in All My Sons and The Count in Fools, his other credits include Tito in Lend Me A Tenor (Valley Players), Mark Rothko in Red and Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross (Waterfront Playhouse), to name a few. He is married to costume designer Ms. Barbara Ross.
IMG_3416 Jessica Paquin (Germaine) was seen last season as Mazeppa in RiverStage’s Gypsy and as Ann in All My Sons, and when not acting with the local theatre groups, she is working in Lewisburg as the Director of Outreach & Fundraising at the Campus Theatre.  Jessica is also co-owner/actor/producer at Fist In Post Films with director Steve Gibson, and they have recently completed their second feature film called OLD BABY. You can find out more by visiting GoFundMe.com/OldBabyMovie or FistInPostFilms.com.
IMG_3385 Jove Graham (Albert Einstein) and his mustache are thrilled to be a part of this production after acting together in RiverStage’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (as Simeon and his mustache), Flywheel (as Groucho Marx and his mustache), and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (as Pseudolus and his mustache). Jove received his B.A. in Theatre from Swarthmore College and has worked at the People’s Light and Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company and Montgomery Playhouse, among others.  He is thankful for Donna and the kids and for this excuse to learn more about Herr Professor Einstein, a surprisingly complicated guy.
IMG_3401 Maria Lauer Kline (Suzanne) is from Selinsgrove, Pa. and stays very busy working as a waitress at Isabella Restaurant, a substitute teacher, and habilitation staff for Hope Enterprise. She has been in several other shows including Jake’s Women, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Weekend Comedy and most recently Steel Magnolias. Maria would like to thank her family for always supporting and encouraging her in all her acting endeavors.
IMG_3383 Fred Hooper (Sagot)  is delighted to be performing with RiverStage Community Theater again. Fred recently appeared as Dr. Jim Bayliss in the RiverStage Community Theatre’s production of All My Sons, Porter Milgrim in the Courtyard Theater production of Deathtrap, and John Hancock in the Courtyard Theater production of 1776. He studied music at  Susquehanna University and Penn State; he also has a degree in Reading Education from Bloomsburg University. He lives in Selinsgrove avec sa femme, Kay, et deux chiens lunatiques, Ben & Max.
IMG_3421 Ben Hartman (Pablo Picasso) is happy to be in his second show with RiverStage, following his turn as Leon in Fools. Favorite past roles include Hamlet, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. Ben would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.
IMG_3390 Andrew Shaffer (Schmendiman) is appearing in his fourth RiverStage production.   Past roles with RiverStage include Kringelein in Gypsy, Thorndyke in Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel, and Slovitch the Butcher in Fools.  Andrew has also performed in Gaspipe Theatre Company’s Shakespeare in the Park, with roles including Bottom the Weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iago in Othello, and Macbeth in Macbeth.  Andrew has an Erdös-Bacon number of 6, has two small dogs, and lives in Lewisburg.
IMG_3426 Caroline Pogust (The Countess) graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in music and film and is proud to be in her second production with RiverStage Community Theater, previously appearing as Lydia in All My Sons.  She is also a member of Gaspipe Theatre Company and hope to expand her acting range by participating in many more shows with both groups.
IMG_3410 Katherine Coup (A Female Admirer) is a Lewisburg native, now residing in Milton. Kathy brings her love of performing to RiverStage Community Theatre’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She thanks you for being here today, supporting community theatre.
IMG_3387 Brad Wakeman (A Visitor) holds a B.S in Computer Science from Purdue University and works at Geisinger Health Plan. He has appeared in productions with both Milton Area Community Theatre and RiverStage Community Theatre including Into The Woods, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jekyll  & Hyde, Fools and most recently, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Brad enjoys singing with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and playing the role of soccer coach.
Barbara Ross (Costume Design) is pleased to do the costuming of this show! This era is one of her favorites. She has also costumed Annie, Guys & Dolls, South Pacific and My Fair Lady, to name just a few. She and her husband Glenn Wilson (Gaston) met while doing a show outside of Philadelphia.
Randal Shroyer (Production Stage Manager) is a newcomer to the RiverStage Community Theatre but has been involved with the Valley Players for a number of years and recently produced their staging of Lend Me a Tenor.  He also owned a cat that ran into a closed cat-door but since he observed this event, Randy can’t really be sure it was funny.
Hope W. Kopf (Assistant Director) is a retired Shikellamy teacher who established and ran the Shikellamy Children’s Theatre for the last seven years of her career. Favorite roles are Emma in Over the River and Through the Woods, Miss Hannigan in Annie, and Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Since her retirement in 1999, she has studied drumming from West Africa. She has been teaching that since 2004 and now directs the Ko-i-niké West African Drum Ensemble (openings available, no experience necessary). Hope, a Milton native, lives in Northumberland with her husband, Ken, and four cats.
Ken Kopf (Director) has been active in community theatre since 1981 when his wife convinced him to join her in a production. Since that date, he has acted, produced, directed and worked in virtually every role in community theatre. He has been most recently spending his time with RiverStage but has also worked with most local community theatre groups, including the Valley Players, Gaspipe Theatre Company, the former Milton Area Theaer of the Arts, and while in Alaska he worked in community and regional theatre. Ken is retired from Susquehanna University and lives in Northumberland with his wife, Hope, and four cats.