Naomi Wager is thrilled to play the role of Annie and to perform in her 4th Orpheus Production!! In past Orpheus productions, Naomi appeared as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Baby June in Gypsy and Matilda/Sophie in Willy Wonka the Musical. Naomi has also performed in the Youth Chorus and as a supernumerary with the Glimmerglass Festival in La Boheme, Robin Hood, The Odyssey, American Tragedy, Madame Butterfly and little match girl passion. She also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in the Youth Chorus with the Washington National Opera in The Little Prince and The Lion Unicorn and Me.
Casey is happy to join Orpheus Theatre’s production of Annie: The Musical. Credits include Matt in The Fantasticks, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine in Next to Normal, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, Berger in Hair, Lord Farquaad in Shrek: The Musical, Skimbleshanks in Cats, Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, and Warner in Legally Blonde. In addition to Orpheus Theatre, Casey has appeared with Bigger Boat Productions, Stuff of Dreams Productions, Tri-Town Theatre, and Catskill Community Players. He was also a member of The Colgate Thirteen, one of the oldest and renowned collegiate a cappella groups in the country, and currently sings with Eight is Eneuf (aka Enough Already!), a local a cappella group. Casey lives in Oneonta.
Kara Grady is excited to be joining the Orpheus Theatre production of Annie! She previously appeared as Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz. Kara is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her daughter, Lilly for this production. In her spare time you can find her Irish step dancing with Iona Troupe.
Brooke Tallman-Birkett most recently appeared in Orpheus Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias as Annelle, and directed Orpheus Theatre’s May 2017 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her favorite Orpheus roles include Janet Weiss (The Rocky Horror Show), Louise (Gypsy), Rizzo (Grease!), The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz), The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Jeannie (Hair: The American Tribal, Love-Rock Musical), Gingy (Shrek the Musical), Jennyanydots (Cats), Enid Hoopes (Legally Blonde the Musical), and Jenny (Company). Outside of Orpheus, Brooke has appeared locally in The Laramie Project, and in Cooperstown V-Day’s production of The Vagina Monologues for the last six years, making her directorial debut with their 2015 production, as well as producing and directing the 2017 production. She is currently directing The Starstruck Players, Orpheus Theatre’s children and teen acting troupe, previously directing them in The Classics and Into The Woods JR.
Benjamin Burke has appeared with Orpheus Theatre in Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas Iscariot), Grease! (Roger), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), Willy Wonka the Musical (Willy Wonka), Into the Woods (Jack), Cats (Munkustrap), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), The Sound of Music (Max Detweiller), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Cabaret (Emcee), Rent (Mark Cohen), Babes in Arms (Valentine White), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ephraim Pontipee), South Pacific (Stewpot), and Grease! (Teen Angel). In addition to his on-stage efforts, Benjamin has served Orpheus Theatre as director and scenic designer on productions of Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde the Musical JR., Steel Magnolias, Next to Normal, Shrek the Musical JR., Grease!, 13 the Musical, Gypsy, Into the Woods JR., Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie JR., Shrek the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show and Company. Benjamin studied Theatre Arts at Hartwick College and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Zoe Curtis has appeared in Orpheus Theatre productions of Anything Goes, Stop The World - I Want To Get Off, and most recently as The Jitterbug in The Wizard of Oz. She is thrilled to be joining the cast of Annie! Owner of ZOE Fitness in West Oneonta, she loves instructing group fitness classes and specializes in ZUMBA Fitness & POUND Rockout Workout.
Sean Sansevere is a 24 year old Cooperstown Native. He is a board member of Orpheus Theatre and has been involved with the company since adolescence. He has a degree in Theatre, as well as business administration and works full time for The Glimmerglass Festival, in Cooperstown NY. His favorite SUNY Potsdam credits are Princeton in Avenue Q, and Horst in Bent. Favorite Orpheus credits include Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel in 2005, his first show ever.
John R. Willis has performed in thirty Orpheus productions (twice as Senex in A Funny Thing Happened…) but had to wait until he was in his seventies and Cabaret to cross “romantic lead” off his bucket list. His last Orpheus role was the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. He has performed as well for Catskill Theatreworks in such roles as the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Charlemagne in Pippin and the carnival owner in Carnival. He has over 200 performances as a chorus member for Glimmerglass Opera and has sung with the Catskill Chorale Society for over thirty years and currently serves on its board. Having played FDR twice before, he knows enough of history to know he should stop at three.
Henry Wager is a fifteen-year-old high school freshman from Cooperstown, NY. He is thrilled to be back with Orpheus Theatre, having previously appeared with the company as Charlie Bucket in the 2015 production of Willy Wonka the Musical. Previous roles include: Binghamton University: Amahl and the Night Visitors (Title Role); Opera Saratoga: Jeremy Beck and Stephanie Fleischman’s The Long Walk (Sam); Washington National Opera: Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince (Title Role), Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (The Angel); Glimmerglass Festival: Robin Hood (Title Role), The Music Man (Winthrop), Ben Moore & Kelley Rourke’s Odyssey (Children’s Choir), Tobias Picker’s American Tragedy (Children’s Choir), David Lang’s little match girl passion (Children’s Choir) and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (supernumerary); Oman’s Royal Opera House Muscat: The Music Man (Winthrop).
Molly Bowen is a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Cooperstown Central School. She is ecstatic to play one of her dream roles, Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening. She has been in several Main-Stage productions with Orpheus, including, Cinderella, Hairspray, Cats, Shrek the Musical, Willy Wonka the Musical, Gypsy, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and most recently Jesus Christ Superstar. Some of her favorite roles include Lucy (13 the Musical), Cinderella (Into the Woods Jr.), Pinocchio (Shrek the Musical Jr.), Ryan Evans (High School Musical Jr.), Margo (Legally Blond Jr.), Timon (Disney’s The Lion King Jr.), and Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.). She is member of The Starstruck Players. Molly has also served as a “Junior” Producer for Orpheus Theatre’s 13 the Musical, and has been Dance Captain on four shows. She dances at Elite Dance Academy. Molly has participated in NYSSMA and All-County Choir for five years.