Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Meet the Cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Presented by Encore! Tulsa
Directed by Joshua Branson Barker and Mindy Barker
March 2-4, 2018
Sponsored by Law Office Bryce A. Hill and Tulsa Little Theatre


Eli Overbey (Charlie Bucket) is thrilled for his first lead role in an Encore! mainstage production. He has taken classes and performed with Encore! for over two years, and has loved every minute of it. His favorite Encore! credits include A Christmas Story (Flick 2017, Randy 2016), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Linus), and The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Hansel).

Joshua Branson Barker (Willy Wonka) is co-director and designer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Founding Artistic Director of Encore! Tulsa. In addition to performing in over 80 stage productions, Joshua has worked on feature films, including August: Osage County and Te Ata, and the short film, Dragula (directed by Adam Shankman and starring Rob Riggle and Missi Pyle), as well as the CBS TV series, Baby Daddy. His favorite Encore! credits include: The Lost Pages series (Phantom), The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), Jungle Book (Baloo), and Peter Pan (Captain Hook).

Tom Powers (Grandpa Joe) is a devoted family man, dog "daddy," and grandfather, and he has been married to his college sweetheart since 1975. He is excited to reprise his role as Grandpa Joe. Past Encore! shows include four Lost Pages installments, The Wizard of Oz, and four Christmas show appearances. Tom is grateful to his fellow actors for their energy, support, and love and to Josh and Mindy for allowing him these wonderful experiences.

FOX23's Ron Terrell is excited to reprise his role as ROX23's Don Farrell! He is an Emmy Award-winning morning news anchor for FOX23 News and has loved sharing the Encore! stage with his daughter, Taylor, for the past six years. Encore! credits: In addition to playing the Fairy Godfather in nine Lost Pages productions and Don Farrell in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he has played Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life, and Santa Claus in A Christmas Story.

Reagan Rozzi (Mike Teavee) is 11 years old and is thrilled to be in perform in her fourth Encore! production. Her favorite play was The Lost Pages of Cinderella and her favorite role was Goldilocks in The Lost Pages of Snow White. Reagan would like to thank Josh and Mindy for their support and kindness. Reagan also likes to dance and bake. Encore! credits: A Christmas Story (Helen Weathers), The Lost Pages of Snow White (Goldilocks), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Red Riding Hood).

Emma Caldwell (Mrs. Teavee) is from Sand Springs. She has loved attending Encore! classes for the past year as well as performing in The Lost Pages of Snow White (Merriweather), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Violet), A Christmas Story (Elf), and The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Paparazzi). Emma loves to act and sing and is currently a member of the Tulsa Children's Chorus.

Sydney Bush (Veruca Salt) is 15 years old and a ninth grader at Bixby Middle School. She loves to act, and is a Senior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program.  This is her ninth show with Encore!, having performed in The Lost Pages of Snow White (Evil Queen), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Mischief), The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Mischief), A Christmas Story (Esther Jane), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Lucy), Wizard of Oz (Ozian), Winnie the Pooh (Piglet), and Peter Pan (Curly).

We are excited to welcome back Regan Robertson (Mrs. Salt), who played the Wicked Witch in Encore! Tulsa's 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz. Regan has also played Lily St. Regis in Annie and is a working model, having appeared in runway shows for Tulsa Bridal Show and Tulsa Fashion Week, print publications for Tulsa People Magazine and Oklahoma Magazine, and other projects for Saks Fifth Avenue and Miss Jackson's.

Caroline White (Violet Beauregarde) is a Junior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program and has performed in such Encore! shows as A Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy 2017, Violet 2016), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Cinderella), The Lost Pages of Snow White (Red Riding Hood), A Christmas Story (Bandit), and Box (Various Roles)

We are excited for Parkyre Doss (Ms. Beauregarde) to make her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Parkyre has performed in such productions as Shrek the Musical, Oklahoma!, Outsiders, The Great Gatsby, and more. We look forward to telling you more about Parkyre soon!

Janson Daniel (Augustus Gloop) is has performed in such Encore! shows as A Charlie Brown Christmas (Charlie Brown) and A Christmas Story (Scut Farkus), and is a Junior Artist in the company's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program. He also enjoys writing short stories, improv and directing. Janson is also part of the Bixby 7th grade jazz band and recently received All District Honors in Tenor Saxophone. Janson would like to thank his family for their love and support as well as Mindy and Josh for the opportunity to perform on stage.

In her day-to-day life, Lisa Mahoney (Mrs. Gloop) is a wife, mom, and part-time barista. However, she was bitten by the acting bug in 2016 and is extremely excited to be performing in her ninth production with Encore! She has played everything from a grandmother to a kangaroo to Cinderella's wicked Stepmother and genuinely feels like the theatre is one of her favorite places to be! She gives a big thank you to Mindy and Josh for letting her explore this creative outlet and to Troy, Reilly and Declan for putting up with rehearsal schedules and leftovers for dinner. I love you guys!


Shannon Opitz (Mrs. Bucket) is thrilled to perform in her third Encore! show after appearing as Queen Charming in the last two productions of The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty. Past performances include dinner theatre comedies Uncle Phil's Diner and Dirty Doings at Winfreyville with her local church. An avid chocoholic, Shannon would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her creative pursuits, and Mindy and Josh for providing so many opportunities for local thespians to shine.

Sandy Opitz (Grandpa George) is 16 and has performed in Encore! Tulsa's productions of James and the Giant Peach (Earthworm) and The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Stepsister Agatha) as well as the Advanced Theatre Production class presentation of Betweenity. 

Hannah Rystedt (Grandma Georgina) is 15 and a sophomore at Mingo Valley Christian. She is a Junior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre- Professional Youth Acting Program. Hannah is thrilled to be cast in her fourth Encore! production! She also enjoys baking, softball and spending time with family and friends.

Drew Schoenhofer (Grandma Josephine) makes her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Bobbi Backes (Reporter Sharron Valley) is thrilled to make her Encore! debut. Bobbi has performed in several productions including Guys and Dolls and Cinderella. In her rare spare time, she loves spending time with her family and fur baby, Bella, and would like to thank her parents and Ryan for always being supportive. Bobbi is an avid Taco Bueno connoisseur, the self-appointed CEO of the “Candy is a Food Group” organization and also a “Cupcakes-are-so-healthy” activist.

Samantha Hensley (Reporter Faye Fozzi) makes her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Lexi McMinn (Oompa Loompa) has loved attending Encore! classes and camps over the last three years. Some of her favorite credits include Roo in Winnie the Pooh, Marcie in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Winged Monkey in Wizard of Oz, and Miss Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach.

Brecklynn Foster (Oompa Loompa) is ten years old and is thrilled to make her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Brecklynn enjoys musical theater, dance, singing, and entertaining with her performance troupe at locations all around Tulsa.

Audrey Sams (Oompa Loompa) is excited to make her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! She is a sixth grader at Bixby North Intermediate. She enjoys singing, acting, and Karate.

Clara Fabian (Oompa Loompa) is 11 years old and a fifth grader at Eliot Elementary. She loves acting, soccer, and dogs. She would like to thank her family for their love and support and Willy Wonka for the Encore! Golden Ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that started it all! Encore Credits: , A Charlie Brown Christmas (Sally Brown), Jungle Book (Monkey), The Wizard of Oz (Lollipop Girl/Munchkin #1), Winnie the Pooh (Late Rabbit), The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Burr the Pig), and The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Gretel).

Gracee Logan (Oompa Loompa) is a sixth grader at Sperry Middle School. She is a Transitional Artist with Encore! Tulsa's Pre-Professional Youth Program. This is her second production with Encore! and she couldn't be more excited! She loves acting, her Encore! family, cheerleading, spending time with family and friends, the beach, and traveling.

Tatum Sauer (Oompa Loompa) is ten years old and a fifth grader at Country Lane Intermediate in Broken Arrow. She is so excited to make her Encore! debut. She also enjoys modeling, basketball, softball and art.

Emili Watts is seven years old and a second grader at Carnegie Elementary. She loves art and ballet in addition to attending Encore! Tulsa's acting classes. This is her eighth production with Encore! Tulsa. She is excited to work with the cast and crew of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Tatum Hatfield (Oompa Loompa) is thrilled to make her Encore! debut in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! She is a second grader at Jenks Southeast Elementary. She enjoys acting, dance, gymnastics, playing the piano, and spending time with her friends and family.

Rebekah Trenary (Candy Shop Customer) is delighted to be cast in her 11th Encore! Tulsa production. Her favorite play was Wizard of Oz and her favorite role was Snoopy in Charlie Brown Christmas. Beka is a seventh grader at Bixby Middle School. In addition to performing, she enjoys soccer, reading, and playing with her family and friends.

Aniya Bryant (Oompa Loompa) is eight years old and is making her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! She has also performed in several Murder Mysteries as well as The Lion King Jr.

Riley Reamy (Oompa Loompa) is very excited for her first performance with Encore! Tulsa. She has previously performed with Missoula Children’s Theater, Bartlesville Children’s Theater, and recently performed with Claremore Performing Arts as Pepper in the musical, Annie.

Londyn Anderson (Candy Shop Kid) is a sixth grader at Kiefer Middle School. This is her seventh Encore! show, and she credits Josh and Mindy with helping her discover her love for theatre! Londyn is the President of her class and other interests include modeling, singing with Oklahoma Kids, Divas softball, cheer, reading, and Kiefer robotics. Her favorite role is Violet in Alice in Wonderland because it was her first show! She's also been the Emperor in Disney's Mulan, Jr. and Shere Khan in Rikki Tikki Tavi, among others. Londyn is represented by the Linda Layman Agency.

Matthew Shumaker (Candy Shop Kid) is 13 years old and is excited to make his Encore! debut in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Matthew is in the eighth grade at Thoreau Demonstration Academy where he plays football and has performed in Aladdin and The Wizard of Oz.

Presley Boschert (Candy Shop Kid) is excited to make her Encore! debut with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Plus students from our Intro. to Theatre Production class:
Gwyneth Collins
Arian Dunehew
Lillian Hamblin
Kolbi Lucas
Quinton Lowry
Mikayla Nance
Addie Morgans
Lucy Osborn
Arden Pieratt
Reagan Renfro
Darci Roberts
Tristan Shadid