The Wizard of Oz
August 17-26, 2018 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Produced and Directed by Joshua Branson Barker
Sponsored by Reasor’s, Marquette Catholic School, Phantasmic Universe Films
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JOSHUA BRANSON BARKER (COWARDLY LION) is producer, director, and set designer/artist of Wizard of Oz and Founding Artistic Director of Encore! Tulsa. He has performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and across the midwest in 80+ stage productions in addition to such feature lms as August: Osage County and Te Ata, as well as the CBS TV series, Baby Daddy. He has written/produced ve original plays as part of The Lost Pages series, which he has adapted to a published book. He and his wife founded Phantasmic Universe Films and are in pre-production for The Lost Pages lm series. His favorite Encore! credits include: The Lost Pages series (Phantom), Wait Until Dark (Roat), Jungle Book (Baloo), and Peter Pan (Captain Hook).
MINDY BARKER (AUNT EM) is assistant director, stage manager, dance choreographer, and sound designer of The Wizard of Oz and Owner/Founding Managing Director of Encore! Tulsa. In addition to performing in and directing over 70 stage productions, Mindy has worked on television shows and features lms, including Jersey Boys, Pretty Little Liars, Mad Men, and Scandal as well as Wasatch Theatrical Ventures' award-winning production of The Diary of Anne Frank in Los Angeles. Her favorite stage credits include Wait Until Dark (Susan), It's a Wonderful Life (Mary Bailey), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch), and A Christmas Story (Mother).
SYDNEY BUSH (DOROTHY) is 15 years old and a sophomore at Bixby Middle School. She loves to act and is a Senior Artist in Encore's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program (PPYAP). This is her tenth mainstage production with Encore!, having performed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Veruca), Lost Pages of Snow White (Evil Queen), Lost Pages of Cinderella (Mischief), The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Mischief), A Christmas Story (Esther Jane), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Lucy), Winnie the Pooh (Piglet), and Peter Pan (Curly) in addition to several student productions and PPYAP showcases.
ELLA BARTLETT (SCARECROW) is a Junior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre- Professional Youth Acting Program (PPYAP). She enjoys cosplaying, playing video games, singing, and petting every dog she sees in her spare time. Ella has found such a welcoming community at Encore! and enjoys every second she gets to be on stage with her friends. Her Encore! credits include A Charlie Brown Christmas (Lucy) and A Christmas Story (Elf), as well as student productions of The Waiting Room and Betweenity and PPYAP showcases.
ZACHARIAH KING (TIN MAN) is thrilled to perform in The Wizard of Oz for his third time, having played the Tin Man and a Winkie Soldier. He is amember of the Civil Air Patrol and was recently engaged to the beautiful Rebekah Biles, who plays an Ozian and Winkie Soldier in this production. Some of his other Encore! credits include The Lost Pages of Snow White (Arthur the Dwarf), Winnie the Pooh (Eeyore), The Jungle Book (Akela), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (King Charming), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Grandpa George).
LISA MAHONEY (WICKED WITCH) is a wife, mom, and part-time barista in her day-to-day life. However, she was bitten by the acting bug in 2016 and is extremely excited to be performing in her tenth 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.
CHRISTOPHER CLARK (WIZARD OF OZ) is thrilled to reprise this exciting role, having also played the Wizard in The Lost Pages series. In addition to performing in several local lms and working as a professional clown for 25 years, Christopher has appeared in such theatre productions as Arsenic and Old Lace, 1940's Radio Hour, Once Upon a Mattress, The Fantasticks, Much Ado About Nothing, and many others. Encore! credits include It's a Wonderful Life (Clarence), The Lost Pages of Oz (Wizard), The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Wizard), and The Lost Pages of Snow White (Rumpelstiltskin).
PARKYRE DOSS (GLINDA) recently made her Encore! debut as Mrs. Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and she is thrilled to return to the Encore! stage. Parkyre has performed in such productions as Shrek the Musical, Oklahoma!, The Outsiders, and The Great Gatsby.
EMMA CALDWELL (GUARDIAN OF THE GATE, HAUNTED TREE) is from Sand Springs. She has loved attending Encore! classes for the past year and a half as well as performing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mrs. Teavee), 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.
RYAN MAHANNAH (WINKIE SOLDIER) is thrilled to make his Encore! Tulsa debut! He is currently the Director of Theatre at Coffeyville Community College and holds an MFA in Performance. His theatre credits include Wind and the Willows (Mole), Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt), and As You Like It (Jacques), just to name a few.
JEFF JIMENEZ (WINKIE SOLDIER) is thrilled to return to the Encore! stage. In addition to Encore! productions of A Christmas Story (Black Bart) and The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Benoni Daldini, Big Bad Wolf), he has performed in such shows as Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sense & Sensibility, Assassins, and Happy Days.
REBEKAH BILES (WINKIE SOLDIER, OZIAN) is a young, energetic actress who has been in love with the theatre for many years. It was through the community theatre that she met her ancé, Zachariah King, who plays the Tin Man. Rebekah is grateful to Encore! for the opportunity to perform with them once again!
REBEKAH TRENARY (WINGED MONKEY LEADER) is delighted to be cast in her 12th Encore! Tulsa production. Her favorite play was The Wizard of Oz and her favorite role was Snoopy in Charlie Brown Christmas. A few of her other Encore! credits include A Christmas Story (Helen) and The Jungle Book (Monkey). Beka is an eighth grader at Bixby Middle School. In addition to performing, she enjoys soccer, reading, and playing with her family and friends.
CAROLINE WHITE (MUNCHKIN MAYOR, WINGED MONKEY) is a Junior Artist in Encore! Tulsa's Pre-Professional Youth Acting Program and has performed in such Encore! shows as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Violet Beauregarde), 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 the PPYAP student productions of Box (Various Roles) and Betweenity (Various Roles).
REAGAN ROZZI (MUNCHKIN COUNCILOR, WINGED MONKEY) is 11 years old and is thrilled to perform in her fth Encore! production. Reagan would like to thank Josh and Mindy for their support and kindness. Reagan also likes to dance and bake. Encore! credits: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mike Teavee), A Christmas Story (Helen Weathers), The Lost Pages of Snow White (Goldilocks), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Red Riding Hood).
ABI TRENARY (HAUNTED TREE, OZIAN) has seen many Encore! performances and taken several classes in addition to performing in Encore! Tulsa's mainstage production of The Lost Pages of Cinderella (News Reporter) and the student production of Betweenity (Various Roles). Most of Abi’s time is spent with soccer and school, so she is grateful to Josh and Mindy Barker for this special opportunity this summer.
ERIN HERRING (OZIAN) is excited to make her Encore! Debut! She has been acting since the age of 7 and has been involved in many theatre companies including: Spotlight Children’s Theatre, Oklahoma Performing Arts, Theatre Tulsa, Owasso Community Theatre Company, and Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. She is always looking for a new project and has recently done some film and commercial work and has plans to direct her own show at the Spotlight Children’s Theatre next year.
LAUREN ENSLEY (OZIAN) is a student in Broken Arrow. She has performed in Charlotte's Web, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. She is elated to make her Encore! Tulsa debut as a Dancing Ozian. In addition to acting, she enjoys singing, dancing and spending time with family and friends.
BRECKLYNN FOSTER (OZIAN) is 11 years old and is thrilled to be a part of her second Encore! Tulsa production. Brecklynn most recently participated in Encore! Tulsa’s Youth-On-Camera acting class and was cast as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Brecklynn also enjoys musical theater, dance, singing and entertaining with her performance troupe at locations all around Tulsa.
PRESLEY BOSCHERT (OZIAN) is 13 years old and is an eighth grader at Owasso Middle School. She got her start at Encore! last summer when she attended one of the summer camps. She was bit by the theater bug and has since attended several acting classes at Encore! This is Presley’s second production with Encore! having previously performed in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Candy Shop Kid).
REAGAN RENFRO (OZIAN) is 13 and loves to perform. She’s been associated with Encore! for almost a year now. Reagan enjoys the acting classes she has taken through Encore! and the performances she’s participated in such as: A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Christmas Story (both ensemble) and also Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Candystore Kid).
DEVIN HARMON (MUNCHKIN CORONER) is 12 years old and very excited to make his Encore! debut. Devin loves acting and has been a part of numerous productions around the Tulsa area with various theatre companies. He is a seventh grader at Carver Middle School in Tulsa. In addition to performing Devin enjoys playing the violin, piano, soccer, baseball, Boys Scouts and is a member of Tulsa Youth Opera.
ISABELLA DOERING (MUNCHKIN) is attends Upper Elementary at Christian Montessori Academy. In addition to acting, Isabella loves reading, singing and spending time with her friends. She is excited to perform in her ninth Encore! production. Encore! credits: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Marcie), The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin), The Lost Pages of Cinderella (Bo Peep), and The Lost Pages of Sleeping Beauty (Burr the Pig). Isabella would like to thank Mindy and Josh for the opportunities they have offered her and for helping her improve her acting skills.
ELEKTRA LOVE (MUNCHKIN) is eight years old and excited to make her 1st debut to the stage with Encore! Elektra's hobbies include acting, modeling, and running track. She would like to thank Josh and Mindy for this exciting opportunity!
ABRIANNA LOVETT (MUNCHKIN), is a 15 year old who has a passion for acting and enjoys learning the various elements on and off stage. This ranges from singing, running church sound board, photography, writing scripts and directing her sisters in many plays at home. She is excited to join Encore! once again in her second production with them. She first had the opportunity in the play of Winnie the Pooh as a bunny. She has found Encore! to be the best in the business so far and enjoys it immensely!
ELENA TALAMANTES (MUNCHKIN) is 13 years old and delighted to be cast in her first Encore! Tulsa production. The Wizard of Oz has always been a childhood favorite, so she is honored and grateful to be a part of the cast with Encore. Elena spends most of her time involved in Girl Scout activities, playing the violin, and spending time with her friends.
ALEXANDER BASHORUN (MUNCHKIN) is 11 years old and so excited to perform in his first Encore! production. Alex has been a student at the Actor Factory in Norman for the past year. He enjoys STEM projects, Academic team, playing video games, and learning new facts every day. He has performed in Alice in Wonderland Jr (Doorknob), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ollie), Peter Pan (Cubby) and Bye Bye Birdie (Teen Boy Chorus).
KASON SMITH (MUNCHKIN) is excited to perform in his first Encore! production. His previous acting experience includes The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The Cinderella Complex at Clark Youth Theatre. Kason also loves to play baseball and hang out with his friends.
KOURT HENDERSON (MUNCHKIN) is excited to debut on the Encore! stage. Kourt has also attended theater camps, hip hop classes, and school talent shows.
CAYTON DOERR (MUNCHKIN) has worked with the Riverfield Theatre Company for two years. Her most recent role was Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Before that, she was featured in the role of Mary in To Burn A Witch. In addition to her acting roles, Cayton has been a lead singer in Riverfield Rocks for three years. Cayton enjoys piano and has studied and performed in shows for seven years.
JANE POPE (MUNCHKIN) is 10 years old and making her debut with Encore! Tulsa. She has been active in annual church plays for the past five years, and taken part in musical shows at Zarrow International School, including instrumental performance, dancing, singing, and acting. She has also sung with Sistema, a children’s choir at Boston Avenue Methodist Church. She likes writing and performing short plays with her cousins. Jane takes inspiration from Audrey Hepburn, Calvin and Hobbes, N.D. Wilson, and Pee Wee Herman.
ELIZABETH HENDERSON (OZIAN)
ALLISON MEANS (OZIAN)
PEYTEN MEANS (OZIAN)
FINNLEY WHISMAN (MUNCHKIN)
AUGGIE SINNETT (MUNCHKIN)
LILLIAN HAMBLIN (MUNCHKIN)