Eddie Birdlace is returning home from Vietnam in 1967. On his way the memory of Rose Fenny floods in and transports him 4 years prior. Rose is a shy waitress who becomes the subject of a cruel joke between Eddie and his buddies. When she discovers the truth behind Eddie’s intentions she changes the rules of the bet and teaches him a little about love and kindness. “Dogfight” is a moving pop-rock musical.
Mark is very humbled and excited to be joining such an amazing team. He is fortunate enough to be part of such a wonderful community that allows him to direct aspiring actors at West Catholic High School while participating in amazing community productions; recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (GR Circle Theatre), Into the Woods (Theatre 616) and most recently, the Grand Award winning Avenue Q (GR Civic Theatre).
Maddie is thrilled to be doing another show at Actors’ Theatre with this amazing production team. Some of her other theatre credits include: Ilse in Spring Awakening (Actors’ Theatre), Velma in Chicago (Aquinas College), The Wedding Singer (Circle Theatre), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Actors’ Theatre).
Alex is a Brazilian-American theatre practitioner who has been working in the Grand Rapids area for the last seven years. In that time, he has primarily acted for productions with the Calvin Theatre Company and the Howmet Historical Playhouse. Prior to that, he helped found an organization in Brazil enabling high-schoolers to act, write, and direct in a theatrical context. Recent roles include Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Calvin Theatre Company), Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha (Shadblow Theatre Company), Jesus in Cotton Patch Gospel (Howmet Historical Playhouse), and Julian in The Killing Jar (Blue Star Players).
Jason is delighted to take the stage again in his fourth show with Actors' Theatre! Jason studied Theatre at Cornerstone University and Aquinas College and always seeks ways to improve his craft. He has recently been seen on this stage in Heathers the Musical, and also Evita at Circle Theatre and in Man of La Mancha with Shadblow Theatre Company. He has been in a number of productions over the past few years in Grand Rapids and is very grateful to everyone involved for letting him pursue his passion. In his free time, he enjoys games of all varieties, karaoke, and being involved with music.
Jenny is proud and excited to say this is her first Actors' Theatre production, and her first production under the direction of Mr. Fred Sebulske! Previous show credits include Spamalot! (Ensemble) and The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan) at Circle Theatre and 9 to 5 (DoraLee Rhodes) at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. She has been in the Grand Rapids theatre scene since she was 11 years old. After taking a few years in NYC pursuing her career as an actor, she returned home to begin a new adventure as a mom.
David is making his first stage appearance, ever, here on the Actors’ stage. David decided to audition for this musical because he’s been going to plays with his grandmother since he was very young and always thought it would be an amazing experience to be a part of one. He finally mustered up the courage to audition and amazingly, he was cast! He hopes that this is “just the beginning” and would like to be involved in many more productions after this. In his spare time, David likes to go to music festivals, play guitar and sing with friends and family.
Casey is thrilled to be making is debut on the Actors’ Theatre stage in Dogfight. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in musical theater performance at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. His other Grand Rapids credits include Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, and South Pacific at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. He also appeared in Heritage Theatre's production of Bus Stop.
Molly is excited to be returning to the Actors' Theatre stage after almost 5 years away. Some of her favorite roles include Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (Civic Theatre, Grand Award), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Circle Theatre, Grand Award nomination), and Eponine in Les Miserable (Civic Theatre, Grand Award).
Kyle is the Managing Director of Actors' Theatre and was last seen on stage as Trip Wyeth in Other Desert Cities (Grand Award winner). He has also been on stage for past Actors' productions including the Priest in The Light in the Piazza, Thomas in Venus in Fur (Grand Award winner), Gabe in Next to Normal (Grand Award nomination), Hanschen in Spring Awakening, The Lecturer in Reefer Madness: The Musical (Grand Award nomination), and Michael in The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. Other on-stage credits include: Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer (Circle Theatre), Berger in Hair (Circle Theatre, Grand Award winner), Mark in Rent (Circle Theatre) and Tweedle-Dee in Alice in Wonderland (Magic Circle).
Jason is excited to finally be able to work with the incredible team at Actors’ Theatre! Past Grand Rapids theatre credits include Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, The Mousetrap and Footloose at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, Evita and Catch Me If You Can at Circle Theatre. Regional credits include Hunter in [title of show], Charlie Brown in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy: The Musical, Israel Swan in Trey Parker's Cannibal the Musical and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd.
Alicia is extremely excited to be on stage at Actors’ Theatre for the first time! Recent credits include: Man of La Mancha (Shadblow Theatre Company), Bernarda Alba (Theatre 616) Carrie the Musical (Circle Theatre) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Circle Theatre), among others.
Lindsay is excited to be making her debut with Actors' Theatre! Some of her favorite theatrical credits include 9 to 5 (Judy Bernley), Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Various Roles). In 'real life,' she spends her days as a Private Event Specialist at The Murder Mystery Company.
Carly is so excited to have the opportunity to perform in her second Actors’ Theatre show with this ridiculously talented production staff! She was last seen on Actors’ stage last season in Chess. Most recently she was seen on stage as Cheryl Ann in Circle Theatre’s production of Catch Me If You Can. Her previous credits also include: 9 to 5 the Musical, Hairspray (Penny Pingleton) and Hello Dolly at Civic Theatre; Cabaret and Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns (Cindy Lou) both at Circle Theatre. Carly attended Alma College on a vocal scholarship where she privately studied Vocal Performance and toured through the United States and Europe with the Alma College Choir. Outside of Dogfight, Carly can be seen singing with her band Shimmie Pearl, singing karaoke at every given opportunity, and teaching at the School of Theater Arts at Civic Theatre.
Fred Sebulske is the founder of Actors’ Theatre. He is the recipient of 15 directing Grand Awards, the Norma Brink Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Arts Council Arts Award. This show is his 71st production directing for Actors’ Theatre.
Scott began his performance career at age 15, and has studied at Interlochen, EGRHS, GRCC and GVSU. Scott has performed before presidents Bush, Reagan, Ford, PM Margaret Thatcher, Queen Beatrix (NDL), and has worked on projects that have included Martin Short, Kevin Nealon, Alan Zweibel (SNL), Jay Leno, and Tony Randall. Scott has produced work for Actors’ Theatre, Heritage Theatre Group, GVSU, Aquinas College, Circle Theatre, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Jazz Society. Scott’s repertoire of work includes: Evita, Chess, Spamalot, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Next To Normal, Spring Awakening, Honk!, Little Shop Of Horrors (Grand Award), Reefer Madness, Rent, Altar Boyz, Hello Muddah, Esther, Smokey Joe’s Café (Grand Award), Love,Perfect,Change, Pippen, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. He has also written and directed several original and concert version shows, including, Let’s Twist Again, Shout Somebody, A Bit Of Billie, Let It Be, Jesus Christ Superstar In Concert, Men Of Motown, Divas Of Soul, and The Music Of: Queen, Woodstock, Stephen Schwartz, and Andrew Lloyd Webber in concert. As a freelance vocal talent, Scott’s voice has been heard in many regional jingles and ads over the years. He has been a returning guest artist at Fountain Street Church and St. Thomas the Apostle as well as many other charitable organizations. He has performed in venues throughout the USA, and continues to provide public and corporate entertainment.