Accidentally booked as an all-female country band, a group of classically trained musicians go "From Chopin to Country" while trying to save the grand reopening of a debt-ridden saloon.
Angela C. Howell*
Emily S. Grosland*
SARAH HUND hails from NYC, and is thrilled to be making her FST debut! Favorite productions include Smoke on the Mountain (June), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Suzette), The Sound of Music (Elsa Schrader), Run for Your Wife (Mary Smith), Spelling Bee (Logainne), and The Music Man (Marian Paroo). TV and film credits include Law & Order: SVU and The Listening Dead. Sarah also sings and plays fiddle with rock and country artists throughout the U.S. www.sarahhund.com
FRANCA VERCELLONI is delighted to be at FST. Her musical solo show, Classically Trained, Practically Broke was a 2010 NY International Fringe Festival hit. Regional: Hampton Playhouse; Berkshire Theater Festival. Off Broadway: Tony ‘n’ Tina's Wedding. Commercials: Dunkin’ Donuts, Commerce Bank. Film: The Butcher and the Housewife, The Big Bad Swim. Comedy: Comedy Cellar, Gotham Comedy Club. Accordion player with Main Squeeze Orchestra. Studied piano performance at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Member: AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AFM, ASCAP. www.francavercelloni.com
JOANNA PARSON returns to Sarasota after Outlaws and Angels at the Goldstein Cabaret. National Tour: Buddy. NY Theatre includes The Audience and All the Way Home with Off-Broadway’s Drama Desk-winning Transport Group (Associate Artist); Jim Wann’s The Great Unknown; and Reddy or Not: A Musical Comedy Tribute to Helen Reddy, which she co-created. Regional theatre includes Weston Playhouse, the Depot Theatre, Human Race Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (founding member). TV/Film includes As the World Turns and Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding.
ANGELA C. HOWELL is delighted to be playing Jo in Cowgirls at FST, a role she visited last year at Alabama Shakespeare. Angela has originated numerous roles in NYC: Karen in The Common Swallow (Manhattan Theatre Source/Cape Rep), Aunt Rose in Big Red Sun (Lincoln Center), Camille in Wende O’Reilly: Actress? (sitcom finalist: NYWriters Summit). Theatre Highlights: Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty (Arkansas Rep), Vi Petty in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Broadway B&T/Walnut St./WBDT), Mary Jane in James Joyce’s The Dead (Capital Rep), Aunt Bessie in A Child’s Christmas in Wales (NJ Shakespeare), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (CT Rep), Deborah in Warsaw (CAMI Hall). Soloist Highlights: Brave New World: 9/11 Remembered (NYC Town Hall), An Evening with Jason Robert Brown (CUGreat Hall, NYC). Angela is a recording artist (“Daffodils”, “A Choral Christmas”), co-heads Paulini & Howell Productions www.paulinihowellproductions.com, and performs throughout New England with Howell’nHopkins, the band she formed with her talented husband, Scott.
CHELSEA COSTA is thrilled to be making her FST debut! National tours: Dreamworks’ Madagascar (Swing, Gloria u/s), Go, Diego, Go (Alicia), Dora the Explorer (Map, Dora u/s). Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Oliver! (Nancy), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), 42nd Street (Annie – SARTA Award), appearances in Shanghai, Paris, and Rio di Janeiro, and a stint in Disneyland as a dancer in Disney’s Electrical Parade.
EMILY S. GROSLAND (Mo) is honored to be joining FST for the first time and to be performing alongside such incredibly talented women. Previous credits: National Tour: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Danny Who). Opera: Wagner’s Ring Cycle (LA Opera). Regional: Peter in Peter Pan (Candlelight Pavilion); Logainne in Spelling Bee (Pacific Rep); Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (California Theatre Center); Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank (Theatre L’Homme Dieu); and Agnes in Gypsy (Stages St. Louis).
Director | Mary Murfitt
Musical Director | Mary Ehlinger
Production Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
Scenic Design | Dale Jordan
Costume Design | Nicole Wee
Lighting Design | Michael Foster
Sound Engineer | Joshua Hummell
* Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association, The Union of Professional Stage Managers in the United States.