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KEVIN ANDERSON
Viking Class of '74
The Ugly Duckling, Sight Unseen

Nominated for Tony Award, Death of a Salesman

(left)Kevin Anderson, pictured here after Tony
nominated performance as Bif in "Salesman" on Broadway

(right)Kevin plays Mr. Arable, Dakota Fanning's father, in Charlotte's Web
Kevin pictured here on Broadway with Brooklyn, the Musical,
a true "Once Upon a Time" moment for Viking Drama.

A dependable, self-assured actor who has successfully parlayed his stage success to the silver screen, Kevin Anderson has slowly built an impressive catalog of credits following his feature debut as one of Tom Cruise's onscreen buddies in Risky Business. A Gurnee, IL, native, Anderson was the last of five children, and his interest in acting became readily apparent when he became the founder and president of the drama club at Viking Junior High. After advancing to high school, Anderson joined the forensics team, specializing in oral interpretation and soon realizing that he did indeed have the talent to make it as a career actor.

Higher education found Anderson enrolling in the acclaimed Goodman School of Drama, and shortly after his graduation in 1981, the burgeoning actor joined the ranks of Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf Theatre. It was while working with the respected troupe that Anderson's interpretation of wallflower Phillip in Orphans (a role he would later repeat in the 1987 film of the same name) found the actor standing out from an impressive cast to make a name for himself on-stage.

Following his film debut in Risky Business with the little-seen romantic teen comedy Pink Nights, roles in Miles from Home (1988) and In Country (1989) proved worthy precursors to a powerhouse performance in the early-'90s made-for-television feature Orpheus Descending. His stage roots increasingly obvious, a role in the 1990 effort A Little Night Music gave Anderson the chance to show off his vocal talents, and a supporting part in the following year's Sleeping With the Enemy found the up-and-coming actor sharing the screen with Hollywood beauty Julia Roberts. Though his screen appearances in the remainder of the 1990s lost a bit of momentum, roles in the short-lived television series Nothing Sacred (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination)

and Tim Blake Nelson's indie thriller Eye of God (1997) offered increased recognition and a few solid dramatic roles for Anderson. Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle Awards, as well as a Tony nomination for his extensive stage work in 1999 only helped to increase Anderson's reputation as an established dramatic presence.

The millennial turnover found Anderson receiving critical kudos for his role in The Doe Boy before once again stretching his vocal chords opposite Angela Bassett in Ruby's Bucket of Blood (both 2001), and the following year he would impress as sports personality Frank Gifford in the made-for-television drama Monday Night Mayhem. A turn as John F. Kennedy in Power and Beauty and a top-billed role in the series Skin confirmed that Anderson's star appears to shine brighter and more intensely on the small screen, through a high-profile role in the 2003 feature Carry Me Home proved without a doubt that Anderson's feature aspirations were still well in place. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Milestones

1983 Film debut, Risky Business (billed as Kevin C Anderson)

1983 Joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he appeared in Our Town, Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters and starred in Orphans

1985 Off-Broadway debut with Steppenwolf production of Orphans when it moved to New York; also starred in London production

1987 First screen lead, A Walk on the Moon

1987 Recreated his stage role in feature version of Orphans

1989 Broadway debut as Val Xavier opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Decending

1990 TV debut reprising role of Val (again opposite Vanessa Redgrave) in the TNT adaptation of Orpheus Descending

1991 Had romantic lead opposite Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy

1993 Played Joe Gillis to Patti LuPone's Norma Desmond in London premiere of Sunset Boulevard

1994 While travelling on his motorcycle was struck by a car in Seattle; hospitalized with a broken arm and broken leg; a series of health problems led to a slow recovery in which Anderson had to re-learn how to walk

1996 First role after his recovery, co-starred in William Nicholson's Firelight (released theatrically in 1998)

1996 Returned to the stage in the Off-Broadway production of The Red Address by David Ives

1997 Cast in leading role of a priest in the ABC drama series Nothing Sacred

1997 Had leading role in the independent film Eye of God; also played Michelle Pfeiffer's husband in A Thousand Acres

1998 Played Biff Loman in Chicago revival of Death of a Salesman; production opened on Broadway in February 1999 (Tony Nomination)

2001 Starred opposite Angela Bassett in Ruby's Bucket of Blood (Showtime)

2001 Appeared on the NYC stage in Speaking in Tongues

2002 Cast as Frank Gifford in the TNT movie Monday Night Mayhem

2002 Portrayed John F. Kennedy in the Showtime movie Beauty and Power: The Judith Exner Story

2006 Played Jokanaan in Oscar Wilde's Salome with Al Pacino at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles

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J. SPENCER GREENE
Viking Class of '74
The Ugly Duckling, Sight Unseen

Recipient "Jeff Award" in Chicago

(left) Jeff in his younger days. (right) Jeff at the filming of 5-25-77 in front of the Genesee Theatre with Jim Neal, founding Director of Viking Drama.

J. SPENCER GREENE is Artistic Director of Theatre Nebula, which produces plays bringing college and high school students together with professional theatre artists, as well as offering paid on-the-job theatre arts internships and college scholarships for those pursuing theatre arts.

Jeff is also the Theatre Coordinator for the Palatine Park District, and was a company member for 20 years and past Managing Director of Famous Door Theatre Company in Chicago. Jeff is also a casting director, recently casting the feature film 5-25-77, and the USA cast for the foreign feature film In The Name Of God, as well as many CNGM Pictures films, among others.

At Famous Door, Jeff directed, produced, and designed Hellcab, which ran in Chicago for 10 years. He has produced over a dozen shows at FDT including the long-running hits Early & Often, and GHETTO (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production.) He also produced the long-running and award-winning hit Beautiful Thing, which moved to Off-Broadway in New York, The Living, (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production), and the Joseph Jefferson Award nominated A Yard of Sun.

Jeff was the Associate Designer/Technical Director for German designer Dirk Thielec from the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg for FDT´s Mann ist Mann.

Other Design/Technical work at FDT includes: Remembrance, Hushabye Mountain, Mourning Pictures, Greenland, Una Pooka, Shrapnel in the Heart, Conquest of the South Pole, Temporary Girl, and Dating Game, and he has designed at many other theatres in the Chicago area, as well.

Over the years, he has designed many shows for Caught In the Act and Second Suburb Players at the Palatine Park District. Jeff has directed over 70 plays in his career. Jeff is a graduate of Illinois State University Theatre Department, and has directed educational theatre for over 27 years. He would like to thank his family, friends, and loyal students for their love and support.



DAWN FERRY
The Devil and Daniel Webster

(above) Dawn talks to classes in the make-up room.
Dawn has often returned to share her extensive knowledge of movie production with Viking students.

Dawn's career is extensive. Starting with graduating from DePaul University and receiving Awards in lighting from the Kennedy Center and moving into Set Decoration and Production Design.Dawn is a production designer in LA with credits ranging from Disney series, Even Stevens, to Race to Space with James Woods and Sundance Film Festival Winner, Smoke Signals.

MIKE CAPLAN
Viking Class of '75
The Devil and Daniel Webster, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Mike Caplan, WLS TV in Chicago with Viking Founding Director, Mr. Neal,
Viking Alums Annie Calhoun and Emily Schultz along with the WLS News team.

Mike Caplan is the weather anchor for ABC 7 News each weekday at 4 p.m., the #1 rated newscast in its time period. He joined ABC 7 as a morning weather forecaster in 1994, and served as ABC 7's weekend weather anchor from 1995 to 2003. He also hosts ABC 7's "Perfect Pets" segment each Saturday at 6 a.m.

Previously, Caplan was the principal weathercaster at WTVD-TV, the ABC owned station in Raleigh/Durham, N.C., where he anchored the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weathercasts as well as the 5:30 p.m. weather and news (1987-93).

Earlier in his career, Caplan was a weekend and midday weather anchor, a general assignment reporter and an evening magazine co-host for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill. (1984-87). While at WCIA-TV, he was one of the first reporters to be granted an individual interview with President Ronald Reagan.

Caplan gained his first broadcasting experience as a weekday and evening disc jockey at WKZN Radio in Zion, Ill. (1981).

Caplan serves on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago. He is a member of the Dodge Viper Club and enjoys photography, travel, movies and trivia.

A Chicago native, he earned a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. in 1984. Caplan is a native of Gurnee, Ill. and resides in the northern suburbs with his wife and son.



BRENDAN MCNAB
Viking Class of '86
Sleeping Beauty, Androcles and the Lion


(above) Brendan (left) in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Boston

Brendan McNab graduated from Viking Jr. High in 1986. A member of the Drama Club, he performed in Sleeping Beauty (The King) and Androcles and the Lion (Androcles) under the direction of James Neal, as well as other Drama club productions.

Brendan attended Warren High School and participated in Band (French Horn), Jazz Band, Choir, Folksingers, and Speech Team. Graduating in 1990, he immediately went to Millikin University, where he played Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Joe in Time of Your Life, The Soldier in Sunday in the Park With George, Big Daddy in Sweet Charity, Macbeth in Macbeth and Sgt. Toomey in Biloxi Blues (for which he received the Decatur Herald's Best Supporting Actor award in 1993), as well as numerous student produced shows.

After earning his Bachelors degree in Musical Theater in 1994, he then moved to Chicago where he joined the American Eagle productions touring children's theater company. They performed in Chicago area schools ranging from Kindergarten through high school. Their productions included Charlotte's Web, Winnie the Pooh, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Anne Frank, Godspell, 1776, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Alice in Wonderland which were done in rep.

Other productions he was involved with in Chicago include The Cradle Will Rock (Gus/doctor) and The Human Comedy (Marcus) with the Splinter Group Theater under the direction of Matt O'Brien, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Herr Von Gleck), Ten Minute Tuners (Ensemble) and Camilla (Ladislao) with the New Tuners theater company, Pope Joan (ensemble) which was produced by Michael Butler at the Mercury Theater and Sweeny Todd (ensemble) at the Athenaeum.

In 1998 he joined the national touring children's theater troupe Child's Play toured for a year. After getting married in 1999 to Rebecca Shipley (now McNab), he moved to Myrtle Beach.

While in Myrtle Beach he performed with Steve Gatlin of the Grammy Award winning Gatlin Brothers in Big Band Swing and Celebrate America, and was a singing Herald Trumpeter in 20th Century Fox's Black Knight starring Martin Lawrence. Brendan moved to Boston in 2003 to pursue his Masters of Music at the Boston Conservatory. While attending he performed in The Crucible (Judge Danforth) Assassins (Proprietor), Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Black) and City of Angels (Stone) as well as getting the privilege to perform as a featured soloist with The Boston Pops in Bright Lights, Broadway! and Red White and Blue Pops.

Brendan remained in Boston after completing his thesis and receiving his MM in Musical Theater. He has since performed in A Grand Night for Singing (the Martin role) at the Gloucester Stage, Pal Joey (the Commissioner) at the Stoneham Theater, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Valentin) at the Speakeasy Stage in Boston, Songs for a New World - a one night benefit featuring composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown as guest conductor, Steve Martin's The Underpants (Versati) at Worcester Foothills,and 1776 (Dr. Lyman Hall) at the Lyric Stage Company in Boston. He is currently performing at the Lyric Stage Company in the New England premiere of See What I Wanna See by Michael John LaChiusa as the Janitor/Priest, and will be returning to the Speakeasy Stage to play the prosecuting attorney Dorsey in Jason Robert Brown's Parade in the spring of '07. Brendan is still happily married with a dog, living just outside of Boston in Braintree, MA.



KIM FERRY
Viking Class of '86
Emmy nominated Hair Stylist
Hollywood Guild Award Nomination

(left) Kim currently as the Head of Hair with NBC´s The Office.

Kim's extensive television credits include Andy Barker, PI,Veronica Mars, Press Junkets, Huff, Fox Sports Updates, Cold Case, Howie Mandel Show, Last Comic Standing, The O´Keefes, ER, Star Trek Enterprise, Even Stevens, FAIL SAFE, Academy Awards, If These Walls Could Talk 2, The X-Files, Crusade, Babylon 5, 1998 EMMY NOMINATION for ACHIEVEMENT IN HAIRSTYLING FOR A SERIES, Pacific Blue, The Coming Plague.

Film Credits include, Wedding Crashers, Cruel Intentions 3, Cellular, The Cat in the Hat (HOLLYWOOD MAKEUP ARTIST AND HAIRSTYLIST GUILD AWARD NOMINATION), Bruce Almighty, The Country Bears, Bubble Boy, Rush Hour 2, Reaching Normal, The Best Man, Gods and Monsters,Last Exit to Earth,

Kim can boast to have worked with a host of the most famous Hollywood TALENT including: Gillian Anderson, Lewis Arquette, Sharif Atkins, Hank Azaria, Alec Baldwin, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Beck, Kristen Bell, Theodore Bikel, Danny Bonaduce, Bruce Boxleitner, Bo Bridges, Brian Brown, Mindy Burbano, Steve Carell, Don Cheadle, Claudia Christian, George Clooney, Enrico Colantoni, Gary Cole, Jeff Conaway, Dan Cortese, Joshua Cox, James Cromwell, Ted Danson, Ellen DeGeneres, Dana Delaney, Brian Dennehy, Andy Dick, Brad Dourif, Richard Dreyfuss, David Duchovny, Patrick Duffy, Olympia Dukakis, Anthony Edwards, Sam Elliott, Robert England, Miguel Ferrer, Jenna Fischer, Steven Ford, Mira Furlan, Stephen Furst, Marsha Mitzman-Gavin, Melissa Gilbert, Joel Grey, Mary Gross, Michael Gross, Mark Hamill, Harry Hamlin, Alyson Hannigan, Anne Heche, Paris Hilton, Rance Howard, Laura Innes, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Harvey Keitel, Alex Kingston, Walter Koenig, John Krasinski, Mila Kunis, David Landers, June Lockhart, Andie MacDowell, William H. Macy, Gary Marshall, Costas Mandylor, Paul McCrane, Mary McDonnell, Ian McShane, Michael Michele, Ming-Na, Helen Mirren, Mathew Modine, Jay Mohr, Bill Mumy, Lochlyn Munro, B.J. Novak, Stuart Pankin, Mandy Patinkin, Elizabeth Pena, Lori Petty, Penn & Teller, Martha Plimpton, Victoria Principal, Lisa Rinna, Gina Rowlings, Sam Rubin, Paul Rudd, William Sanderson, Dwight Schultz, Tracy Scoggins, Ashley Scott, Kyra Sedgewick, Helen Shaver, Charlie Sheen, W. Morgan Sheppard, William Smitrovich, Douglas Spain, Jason Statham, Eric Stoltz, Sherry Stringfield, Rider Strong, Don Stroud, Russ Tamblyn, Andrea Thompson, Maura Tierney, Paula Trickey, Wilmer Valderrama, Goran Visnjic, David Warner, Rainn Wilson, James Woods, Edward Woodward, Noah Wyle, Michael York, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Kim just had her second child, a son, named Connor. Her first boy is named Everett. She lives and works in Los Angeles.



KARYN BOSNAK
Viking Class of '86
Androcles and the Lion,

Karyn lives in NYC and continues her celebrity following her now famous "getting out of debt (savekaryn.com)" and her recent first novel, 20 Times a Lady.

Click here to visit Karyn's Blog


JASON RIBANDO
Viking Class of '87,
Androcles and the Lion, Wanna Play?!


Jason has been involved in entertainment his entire life with much of the influence coming from Grease Paint and Spotlights as a youngster, and Viking Drama and Choir as a teenager. He participated in both theatre and drama at Warren and CLC during high school and went on to attend Milliken University and Northern Illinois University as a Design and Technical Theatre Major.

Jason's professional career started in 1991 at Six Flags where he began his career in Technical Direction and Special Effects. These skills have taken Jason to many locations in the US, as well as overseas working on film, television, corporate entertainment, music and theatre. Along the way he has worked for Walt Disney Entertainment and Creative Services & Jam Productions. He has been a Technical Director for a Super Bowl Halftime Show, for the Salt Lake Olympic Games and numerous special events. Jason has also taken a First National Broadway Tour across the country playing venues like the Wang Center and Radio City Music Hall. He is also a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Currently Jason is working out of an office in the Chicago area as a Producer and Technical Director doing Corporate Events for such clients as Nintendo, Sports Authority and Under Armour. He has had the opportunity to do everything that he has wanted to professionally, with very few exceptions. He misses the daily experience in a theatre and the artistic license that often accompanies it, but is never too far away. His wife (Leah) is on staff in the wardrobe department at the Lyric Opera, so he gets to live a little through her experiences.

Jason's one comment regarding Viking Drama has always been similar. "If I could afford not to work I would teach Jr. High School students theatre. I don't know that there is any more worthwhile set of skills, principals or vision for children that can be taught through any one medium as it can be through Theatre. This age group of children can and will take away life skills from the arts. Whether they pursue them down the road in life or not, the skills and experiences will prove invaluable. Because of my experiences, much of which came through Viking Drama, I am very much looking forward to the day that I can give back a bit of what was given to me."



JEANNETTE UGOLINI
Viking Class of '87,
Androcles and the Lion, Wanna Play?!

After Viking, Jeannette continued with drama at Warren...playing roles in the theatre productions and acting on the Speech Team. She then attended Millikin University for one semester where she was active in the theatre program. She then transferred second semester of my Freshman year to Northern Illinois University. Sound familiar? She always teases Jason Ribando. He basically followed in my footsteps. What can she say...she's a trend setter!

At Northern Illinois, she majored in Communications and minored in Theatre. She spent most of my time behind the scenes...costumes, crew, etc. She was pretty consumed with travelling to other Universities and performing Humorous Duet Acting and Dramatic Duet Acting through the NIU Speech Team. She was there on scholarship. She did other speaking events through her Speech Team experience but the acting events were always her passion. In fact, she went to Nationals each year...placing in the top 12.

After graduation, Jeannette worked for Dekalb High School and then Warren High School part-time as an Assistant Coach for their Speech Teams. She loved it...staying in touch with the kids and her hobby even though it was a side gig. She's been working for Hewitt Associates the last 11 years as an HR Generalist managing employee relations.

She is occupied by other things though...little things. She married a wonderful man...Jeff.....and they have three beautiful girls...Cameron (5), Peyton (2) and Finely (3 months).

Speaking of......her daughter, Cameron is constantly role playing. Her husband even had to build her a stage!

Jeanette has often thought about what her life would have been like without Viking Drama. Really the paths she chose had everything to do with the friends she made and the confidence she built during those years at Viking.

"Thank you for that, Mr. Neal.....you made all the difference for me".



TONY CROWLEY
Viking Class of '88
Gaslight Girl

Tony continues teaching high school English and Theatre in Chicago.

ERICA BANICK
Viking Class of '89
Snow White

Erica graduated from ISU with honors in the Theatre Department, married Tony ( above ) and also teaches high school English in Chicago.




ABIGAIL ADJEI-PERBERG
Viking Class of '90
Annie

Abbi has always had a love for theatre, but the "obsession" began at Viking back in 1990 with Mr.Neal in her first ever show, "Annie." She continued doing shows throughout high school at Carmel, and became very serious about the art in college at University of Illinois @ Chicago, where she also dabbled in directing, and acted in a show with Redmoon Theatre.

Since then, Abbi has been seen in numerous shows in Lake County. She is an active member of the Waukegan Community Players, and serves as the group's Membership Chair and Corresponding Secretary. She has also been in a couple of College of Lake County productions like Jesus Christ Superstar and A Raisin in the Sun. Although Abbi works a full time job, two part time jobs, and is married and has a step-daughter, she will never be able to get "rid" of theatre bug, all because of Jim Neal.



JENNIFER ROBERTS
Viking Class of '90
Annie

Jennifer spent time as the costume shop foreman at Steppenwolf and has designed costumes for four productions there. They include Fahrenheit 451, Taking Care, A Tale of Two Cities, and a mainstage production, The Cherry Orchard.



DAVID MICHAEL FRIEND
Viking Class of '90
Annie


(above) David at work on the set of his puppet movie.

Besides illustrating, directing, designing characters and storyboarding for television, film and print, David creates theater pieces with puppets for the older "children" of New York City. Taking the stories from conception to curtain, his puppets have seen more of the world than he has himself. Currently, David is directing and designing a puppet/animation film "Moonfishing" with Heather Henson, as well as developing two new pieces for stage.

www.dmfriend.com


KATIE JEEP
Viking Class of '92
The Wizard of Oz, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Nominated for a "Jeff Award" in Chicago.

(right)Katie as "Belle" in Goodman Theatre's Christmas Carol

After Katie Jeep left Viking Jr. High, she continued participating in the theatre programs at Warren Township High School, The Theatre School at DePaul University, and later at Webber Douglas Academy in London.

She most recently played Belle in A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre.

Other Chicago credits include: Lady Madeline with Steppenwolf Theatre, Ruthless! The Musical with Noble Fool Theatricals, Queen Lucia with Lifeline Theatre (Jeff Award nomination), the National Endowment for the Arts touring production of Romeo and Juliet with Chicago Shakespeare, Psyche and Citrus with New Theater Collective, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging with the Griffin Theatre (Jeff Award, Best Ensemble), To Kill A Mockingbird and South Pacific at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and work with Victory Gardens Theater, Emerald City Theatre, Healthworks Theatre, and New Tuners Theatre.

Look to see her play Laurie in Oklahoma! this February at American Theater Company. She also plays Robin in the upcoming independent film 5-25-77 directed by fellow Warren High School graduate, Patrick Read Johnson.



STACEY MATULIS
Viking Class of '92
The Wizard of Oz

Stacey was last seen in an episode of America's Most Wanted playing the part of a victim. She continues her acting career with enthusiasm.

SOPHIA (Petropoulos) DHALIWAL
Viking Class of '92
Annie, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown



(update 10/09) Sophia Petropoulos is a regional theatre professional servicing Southeast Wisconsin and Northeast Illinois. She holds a BA in Acting and Directing from Carroll University and a theatre education certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sophia acts, directs and educates for multiple professional venues in Wisconsin. She also bears the title of Education Director for the Academy at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest, IL. www.sophianet.net

www.sophianet.net

DIANA SKVARCE
Viking Class of '92
The Wizard of Oz, Free to Be, You and Me

In our most recent contact with Diana, she continues a life in the theatre in Chicago.



ANNE TOBIN
Viking Class of '92
The Wizard of Oz, Free to Be, You and Me



Anne Tobin has been working in Hollywood since 2002. Her credits include the hit TV shows "that's SO raven", "Ghost Whisperer" and "Hannah Montana". Anne has worked as an art department assistant on the films "Lucky You", "Norbit", and "Vacancy", all to be released in 2007. Currently she is working on an Eddie Murphy comedy called "Starship Dave."



KATIE WALKER
Viking Class of '92
The Wizard of Oz

Katie Walker has taken her place as a teacher. She is just down the hall from another former Viking Alum, Erica Banick.(click here to read Katie's wonderful paper on Viking Drama on the Student Voice Page)



JASON ECONOMUS
Viking Class of '95
Peter Pan, Mirth and Mayhem, Once on This Island



After two successful years directing the Viking Drama program, Jason, resumed his acting career with performances in Door County, WI during the summer of 2005 and this coming season in Milwaukee. It is an honor indeed for Viking Drama to have been graced by this very talented actor, producer and director, who also is a product of the Viking Drama tradition.

His productions of The Ubu Plays, Big, the Musical, Children of Eden and Fools will go down as some of the finest work yet by our adolescent company. Thanks for fine work, and lasting memories. Break a Leg, Mr. E!

Jason continues to thrive as an actor, educator, writer and director. For the past four years Jason has made his mark on the professional theatre scene in Milwaukee working on everything from his one man comedy show to Shakespeare, from children's theatre to theatre of the absurd.

Jason continues the next leg of his journey in Chicago and beyond. Jason is working on several projects in Milwaukee, Chicago and NYC.

I have had the pleasure of working with Jason once again as he brought a show to my new digs at Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan. He continues to be as talented as ever. I'm hoping to snag Jason to be in yet another show at Three Brothers in the future.

JOE TAPPER
Viking Class of '96
Peter Pan



I have to make up most of this bio since I haven't talked to Joe in a few years. Our last get together was in NYC for a lunch with several former students at Doc Watson's on the upper east side. After Viking, Joe went to Carmel High School. I know that he also worked in Lake Forest in Shakespeare on the Green. Joe is a graduate of Yale College with a BA in Theater Studies. Most recently I saw on FB that show was working on Broadway in You Can't Take It With You. More to come...

SARAH BRANDT
Viking Class of '96
Once on This Island, Annie Warbucks


(above) Sarah and I at Warren High.

Sarah just started her second semester of teaching at Warren High School.- She can't believe it. She teaches English and theatre. It is such a blessing to be able to teach the theatre classes because she knows how rare these positions are. She last directed Warren's production of Once on This Island. Sarah hopes to be taking over the program next Fall and is excited about the prospect of doing some AMAZING theatre in Gurnee :). Her dreams are high! She will be completing her Master's by June (fingers-crossed) in education. She would love to continue her education for a second Master's in theatre direction at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Maybe--one day.

Since the last update of this posting, Sarah and Jim Neal worked together on several shows at Warren where she taught and directed until her departure in 2012. Among our collaborations are The Wedding Singer, High School Musical, Aida, and Annie. Sarah now resides in Colorado with her husband. She continues to teach theatre there.

CHRISTINE RYNDAK MARCLAND
Viking Class of '96
Once on this Island, Mirth and Mayhem, Crying Out, Annie Warbucks


Christine Ryndak was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois until moving to Gurnee with her family. After a great start in Viking Drama in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, she went on to receive training from Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Broadway Dance Center and Michael Howard Studios in New York City. In Pittsburgh, she has worked professionally with The Public Theatre, City Theatre, and Quantum Theatre.

In New York she has worked with Impact Theatre, Confluence Theatre Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, and as a Guest Artist at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She is a founding member of The Gravity Project, an ensemble-based theatre group that recently created an original company piece, Nine Gates, based on the poetry of Jane Hirshfield. She appears in the independent feature film Apology. Christine is a member of Actors Equity.

2015 update: Christine is currently the Co-Artistic director, performer at RemoteControl. She lives in Paris, France with her husband. She studied at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq.

SARAH RYNDAK
Viking Class of '96
Crying Out


Sarah Ryndak graduated Viking Middle School in 1996 and now lives is Brooklyn, New York, where she works at the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. Sarah attributes her career and her success in New York to the immeasurable education she received during her years with Mr. Neal in the Viking Drama Program and is humbled to extend the life lessons learned under Mr. Neal to others.



JOE GOODMAN
Viking Class of '97
Once on this Island, Mirth and Mayhem, Crying Out, Annie Warbucks, Our Town, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

Joe lives in Los Angeles. His style of rap will catch on any time now.



ANNIE CALHOUN
Viking Class of '97
Annie Warbucks, Our Town, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Annie Calhoun, who was seen on the Viking stage as Mrs. Doyle in ,Annie Warbucks '96, Emily in Our Town '96, and Levi in Joseph '97, graduated in 2005 with a degree in Theatre and English Education from Taylor University and in 2009 with her MFA from DePaul University's Theatre School in Chicago.


Annie continues bringing theatre to young people at the KIPP Scholar Academy in Los Angeles where she is on the faculty at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He most recent effort is Once on This Island. Her passion for her work continues the proud Viking tradition of selfless giving. Break a leg, Annie, cast and crew!



MEGAN MCCARTHY
Viking Class of '97
Annie Warbucks, Our Town, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Megan is a Senior at Marquette University in Milwaukee and will be returning this week from London, after studying a semester of Theatre Studios.



TALI RONEN
Viking Class of '98
School House Rock, Live!

Tali appeared in the hit film Mono Lisa Smile featuring Julia Roberts. She has taken a year off from Wellsley.



CHRIS WEIR
Viking Class of '00
Sight Unseen, School House Rock,Live!, The Hobbit, Middle School TheatreFest '99, Godspell, 1940's Radio Hour, Bye, Bye, Birdie

Chris is currently attending the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he is studying lighting design and technical direction.Since leaving high school in 2004 Chris' has designed four mainstage shows at Augustana College in Rock Island. Illinois and has worked on three mainstage productions at the University of Cincinnati.

Chris will be returning as Six Flags Great America's master electrician and assistant lighting designer in 2007. Other work includes Frost Lighting in Chicago, Drury Lane Oak Brooke, and side work at Alpine Valley Music Theater in WI. He will be graduating in winter 2008 and has no idea where he will go from there!



DAWN STANKUS
Viking Class of '00
Sight Unseen, School House Rock,Live!, The Hobbit, Godspell, 1940's Radio Hour, Bye, Bye, Birdie


Dawn in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

Dawn Stankus is currently a junior at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is an English Literature major, with minors in both Theatre and Naval Science. Dawn is actively involved with the Navy ROTC program at Miami University and will be commissioned as a Naval Officer in May 2008. She hopes to eventually become a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy.

Despite her aspiring naval career, however long it may be, Dawn continues to sing and act in college. Performance is a huge passion in her life and she refuses to give up something that has thrived within her since her first performance on the Viking Stage in 6th grade Sight Unseen. After the Navy, Dawn hopes to become an English/Theatre teacher, and then possibly a professor.

Even though this is just the beginning of Dawn´s life, she cannot begin to express how thankful she is for what Viking Theatre has done for her. Dawn believes that the teamwork and dedication required of all students involved in a Viking show, exceeds that of any other extracurricular activity offered in middle school. Being introduced to theatre in 6th grade gave Dawn the opportunity to grow, not only in maturity, but in self-confidence as well. The friendships and memories made during her time with Viking Theatre will never be replaced, because there truly is "no greater feeling in the world" than what this organization does for an adolescent's soul.



KELSEY GRIFFIN
Viking Class of '01
1940's Radio Hour, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Pippin


Kelcy Griffin graduated from Viking in 2001. From there she would attend the Chicago Academy for the Arts majoring in Musical Theatre. At the academy she was a part of numerous musicals from A Chorus Line to Little Shop of Horrors. Graduating from the Academy, Kelcy continues her performance career at the University of Michigan majoring in their Musical Theatre Program. She is continuing her dreams as a performer, and plans to let nothing get in her way! She is very grateful to the Viking Drama Program and Mr. Neal for her success!

Since the last update, Kelcy has been busy. I'm not even sure which show she is currently working in. I think it's Chicago. I was lucky enough to be in NYC and got the chance to see Kelcy in Bullets Over Broadway. I was so proud of her. She was amazing. Break a leg, Kelcy on all future work. Ps. If you see this, Kelcy, send me an updated bio.;)

ASHLEY RODBRO
Viking Class of '01
The Hobbit, Godspell, 1940's Radio Hour, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Christmas Carol, Pippin


Ashley Rodbro is a graduate of Yale College with a BA in Theater Studies. While at Yale, she served as President of the Yale Dramatic Association. She now lives in New York and works as a director, producer (developing new musicals and plays) and as a stage manager. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. She previously worked at the Broadway general management office Richards/Climan, where she helped to mount Broadway productions including Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, and the Steppenwolf transfer of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.

I noticed that Ashley failed to mention out collaboration on her show for the New York Fringe Festival called Brenda. I was asked to design a set for the show and had a great time. I also got a mention in the NY press for my efforts. I love the show and working with Ashley again. Our collaboration will continue as I bring Brenda to Three Brothers Theatre in the fall of 2015. Exciting times abound!

LINDSAY BINKLEY
Viking Class of '01
Pippen


Lindsay is currently continuing her theatre studies and intelligence expansion as a B.F.A. Acting Major, as well as a Writing and Dance Minor at Millikin University. She has been in several shows at Millikin as well as serving as a dramaturg for productions there as well. She is currently (spring 2007) dramaturging Ernst Toller's 1917 expressionist piece The Transfiguration, (Die Wandlung). In Spring 2008, she plans on taking a semester away from Millikin to travel around the world learning about worldly things and international theatre history. She plans to graduate in May 2009 when she will have a wonderful job in Chicago acting, literary managing/dramaturging, theatre critiquing, providing web sites for theatre people, and walking other people's dogs.



MATT KAUFMANN
Viking Class of '02
Bye Bye Birdie, Pippen

Matt graduated from Warren Township in 2006 and is currently attending Michigan State University with a double major in Advertising and Theatre. In his first semester at school, Matt received the role of Tom Lee in Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy which won him an Irene Ryan Acting Nomination from the American College Theatre Festival. Matt is currently working on the mainstage musical She Loves Me and is strategically planning a way to add more sleep into his schedule.





ALUMNI REUNIONS

GODSPELL, 1999
On May 30th, 2003 on the Viking Stage
a tradition was renewed as Godspell celebrated a 4th year reunion

Here the happy group with stickers on cheeks, mug for the camera as we gather once again.


Watching video and hanging out were the order of the day.


A sticker was applied to each cast member as a reminder of our Godspell tradition.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, 1997

A special moment, May 29th, 2001 on the Viking Stage
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat 4th year Reunion

There's nothing like time with friends to make a day special.


We looked at old photos, and laughed over memories of coffee-grinders.


Christy took top Thespian Honors at Warren
and John had fond memories of his "emergency" role playing.


Our young chorus members were well represented too.


ANNIE WARBUCKS, 1996



Our Annie Warbucks Alumni Reunion on June 1, 2000
We had a great time thanks to Annie Calhoun and the group of returning "old timers".

The love was still there and the "family time" was special

Carrie lost her championship but demands a rematch!:)


Sarah Brandt and Adam Babarik had to go to work. Here they bid the group a fond farewell.
Everyone agreed, this was a great thing!

FINALE!




(top row) Lindsay Binkley, Mr. Neal and Jackie Hampson
(middle row) Dawn Stankus, Anike Adekoya, Nadia Rund
(bottom row) Marie Hunt, Matt Koffman, Janelle Korbas
a group of returning "old timers" at the closing night of HONK!