Once 8_By Matthew Holler
Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical! Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs
As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go; an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.
Once with book by Enda Walsh with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney.
Engaging and Heartwarming
Kent M. Lewis*
Grant Alan Watkins
Ben Paul Williams*
CHRIS BLISSET is pleased to be at FST. Other credits include: Stand by Your Man (2 national tours – Actor, MD); Ring of Fire; and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Director, MD, Actor, all over); Cotton Patch Gospel; The Full Monty; Twelfth Night; Keep on the Sunny Side; Smoke on the Mountain; Great American Trailer Park Musical; Million Dollar Quartet; and Civil War (Actor/Musical Director/Director in various projects). He can be seen coast-to-coast and on YouTube doing stand-up comedy. chrisblisset.com
NYA CHAMBLESS is excited about her first play at FST. Nya was last seen in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Players and has been in several indie short and thesis films as well as national commercials. Some of her film/commercial credits include Fear; Stars; Drawn to the Broken; Life’s Milestones; The Giving Challenge; and Krylon campaign. Nya studies music, dance, acting, and martial arts and is in the gifted 2nd grade program at Bay Haven.
SETH ELISER is excited to join the FST team for the chance to help share this heartfelt story, again! Nat’l Tour: The Lightning Thief; The Music Man. Regional: Once; The Buddy Holly Story; Million Dollar Quartet; Pump Boys and Dinettes; and Hairspray. Seth can also be found playing NYC night clubs and cabarets with various artists. Loves sunflower seeds, beef jerky, and jumping off of waterfalls. @seth_lsr
SARAH HUND FST: Pump Boys and Dinettes; Cowgirls; Poems, Prayers, and Promises; American Pie; The Blue Eyed Bettys. Regional: Into the Woods (The Witch); Les Miserables (Fantine); 9 to 5 the Musical (Judy Bernly); The Foreigner (Catherine Simms); Run For Your Wife (Mary Smith); The Addams Family (Alice) with companies such as The Cherry Lane NYC, Walnut Street Theatre, and Signature Theatre NYC. She has played with her band, The Blue Eyed Bettys, throughout the U.S., including Lincoln Center. TV: Law & Order: SVU. sarahhund.com
NICK LERANGIS This is Nick’s first stage musical. As a performer, Nick tours and records in his band, Evening Darling, who were featured in Jam in The Van’s 2016 SXSW showcase. As a songwriter, Nick co-wrote “Anna Sun” in 2011 with indie-pop darlings Walk The Moon. The song found top-20 positions in the Billboard charts as well as several year-end awards. Nick composed the music for and starred in an original garage-rock play called The Highwayman that was featured in Ars Nova theater’s 2014 ANT Fest.
KENT M. LEWIS comes to us direct from Chicago where he appeared as Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet at The Paramount Theatre. This past summer Kent played lead electric guitar and brought Norman Petty to life in The Buddy Holly Story at Bucks County Playhouse. Kent toured North America with Billy Elliot and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and starred in Mamma Mia in Las Vegas. For more about Kent visit kentmlewis.com
PAUL LINCOLN is happy to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut. He is one of New York’s most prominent vocal coaches and teachers. As a performer, favorite productions include Allegro directed by John Doyle, Cabaret directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendez, and Souvenir. At the Goodspeed Opera House, he has performed in Very Good Eddie and Houdini, as well as Indian Joe written by Elizabeth Davis; who was nominated for a Tony for Once on Broadway. paullincoln.com
EMILY MIKESELL most recently appeared on an FST stage in Older Than Dirt last season in the Court Cabaret. Audiences may also remember her from Kings of Country; Urban Cowboys; Guitar Girls; or Pump Boys and Dinettes. Off-Broadway: Woody Sez; Lone Star Love; Radio Gals; Cotton Patch Gospel; Swingtime Canteen. Favorite Regional credits include: James Joyce’s The Dead (Capital Repertory Theatre); Stonewall Country (Barter Theatre); and Oil City Symphony (Pasadena Playhouse).
ELIZABETH NESTLERODE is thrilled to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut. BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami, Off-Broadway: The Meanest Birthday Girl (Meanest Birthday Girl). New York/Regional: Gypsy (Louise); Violet (Violet); …Spelling Bee (Olive); The Buddy Holly Story (Vi Petty, with director Hunter Foster); 54 Forever (director Tommy Tune); Aida, and The Who’s Tommy (director Brian Yorkey). Readings: Clue; One Hit Wonder. TV: The Late Show with David Letterman. elizabethnestlerode.com @elnestle
OLIVIA SCHAEDLER-LUERA is very excited to be making her Florida Studio Theatre debut. She has previously taken part in FST Youth Summer camps, and has performed at the Sarasota Opera House with the Sarasota Ballet School productions of Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin. She is currently in the second grade and the proud caretaker of two puppies, a frog, a snail, and several lizards.
LAUREN WAINWRIGHT is an NYC-based actor/musician who’s thrilled to be a part of this beautiful show! Regional: Violet; The Winter’s Tale; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Guys and Dolls (Festival 56); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Great Lakes Theatre); Medea (Hydrama Theatre, Greece); Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming (LaComedia). New York: Peace, Love and Cupcakes (Vital Theatre); The Tempest (Torn Out Theatre); Twelfth Night (FringeNYC); Camino Real. Film: The Ides of March. Follow along: laurenkwainwright.com, @wrenwainwright
GRANT ALAN WATKINS is very grateful for the opportunity to jump back into Once! National Tour: Once (U/S Svec, Billy, Eamon); Regional: Rock of Ages (Lonny); Dream a Little Dream (John Phillips); The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Jackie) at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte; Coraline (Other Father/Policeman) at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte; The Aliens (KJ) at PaperHouse Theatre.
BEN PAUL WILLIAMS Roles include Lee Harvey Oswald (Oswald: The Actual Interrogation); Nat Paradis (Last Gas by John Cariani); Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet); Hamlet (Hamlet); Carl Perkins (Million Dollar Quartet); Steve (Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash); Jim (Pump Boys and Dinettes); and Mozart (Amadeus). Ben has been a singer/songwriter for over 20 years, received actor training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, holds a degree in Philosophy and Performance from Cornell University, and is currently developing a solo show based on his original music. benpaulwilliams.com @benpaulinfo
JAMES YOUNG Broadway: Crazy For You (Custus); My Fair Lady (Zolton Karpathy) with Richard Chamberlain; Me and My Girl (Bill Snibson stand-by for Jim Dale); The Tap Dance Kid; A Chorus Line. Numerous tours and regional theatre, in a career spanning 38 years as an AEA member. Film and Television: Annie; Ricki and the Flash; Search Party/TBS; numerous national and regional commercials. The productions Mr. Young continues to be most proud of are his daughters, Kristina and Alessandra.
Director | Jason Cannon
Original Production Concept | John Tiffany (Director)
Music Director | Darren Server
Movement Director | Savannah Holds
Scenic Designer | Jeff Dean
Lighting Designer | Thom Beaulieu
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Dialect Coach | Greg London
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Movement Supervisor | Hannah Bagnall
Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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