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Arnie The Doughnut
March 19 – May 15, 2011

Brandon Paul Eells (Arnie)
Brandon is giddy about making his debut at Lifeline. While he's not engaged in doughnut-related activities, Brandon works as a voice actor and has been heard in thousands of radio and television commercials around the country.
Audrey Flegel (Powdered Doughnut, Sheila)
Audrey is thrilled to be working with Lifeline Theatre! Audrey has performed with Muse of Fire Theatre (Macbeth), Chicago Dramatists (Saturday Series), Janus Theatre (Romeo and Juliet - Juliet), Chicago Kids Company, The Second City Training Center's Improv and Music Improv House Ensembles, Bailiwick Repertory, Halcyon Theatre, Vampeero Productions, and Dream Theatre, among others. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and The Second City Conservatory and Music Improv Conservatory Programs.
Anthony Kayer (Mr. Bing)
This is Anthony’s first production at Lifeline and he is proud and honored to be a part of it. Anthony attends The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he recently was in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]. Other credits include: As You Like It, The Three Musketeers, and The Merry Wives of Windsor as a part of Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s most recent season.
Julia Merchant (Jelly Doughnut, Mrs. Plute)
Julia Merchant (Jelly Doughnut, Mrs. Plute) makes her debut at Lifeline Theatre. She was most recently the understudy for Mama in The Emperor’s New Clothes at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other Chicago credits include: I Told You So... and Other Pearls of Wisdom (Davenport’s Piano Bar); and she has worked with Emerald City Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, and Collaboraction. She has written and performed in several cabaret shows. Voice-over credits include work for: McDonald’s, KFC, Proctor and Gamble, and Walgreen’s. Julia is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
Abby E. Sammons (French Cruller, Ronnie)
Abby is incredibly excited to make her debut on the Lifeline stage. Her Chicago credits include the U.S. premiere musical Departure Lounge at the Royal George Theatre, Bloom at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Bailiwick Chicago's Cabaret Spectacular Show Us Your Love, and MPAC's A Christmas Carol. She is a graduate of Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, holding her BFA in Musical Theatre. Abby is a proud company member with Bailiwick Chicago and associated with Chicago Cabaret Project.
Timothy Cahill (Understudy)
Timothy returns to Lifeline's KidSeries after understudying for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch earlier this season. His recent Chicago credits include The Mikado with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and Hedda Gabbler with A Room of One's Own. He has also performed at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. He is an alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa.
Jasmine Ryan (Understudy)
Jasmine is thrilled to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Chicago credits include Reefer Madness!: The Musical with The Brown Paper Box Company, and The Last Daughter of Oedipus with Babes with Blades. Regional credits include The Arkansas Arts Center, Murry's Playhouse, Birmingham Children's Theatre, and Bearcreek Productions as well as voice-over and commercial work.
Frances Limoncelli (Adaptor)
Frances is a long-time Lifeline ensemble member where she has acted in or directed a dozen productions. As an adaptor she created The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; as well as Lifeline's popular Dorothy L. Sayers series, including Whose Body?, Strong Poison (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), Gaudy Night (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), and Busman's Honeymoon. Around Chicago she has appeared at the Blackstone, Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Appletree, Candlelight, and Drury Lane. Frances graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in theatre performance and an emphasis in directing.
George Howe (Music & Lyrics)
George Howe is a Jeff Citation Winner (Queen Lucia - Best New Musical 2006) and multiple After Dark Award winning composer/lyricist/cabaret artist. He has composed the scores for many of Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries musicals, including The Emperor’s Groovy New Clothes; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Brave Potatoes; Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; and four musicals by author Doreen Cronin: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck For President; and Dooby Dooby Moo. His Giggle, Giggle, Quack is currently on a national tour with Dallas Children’s Theater.
Elise Kauzlaric (Director)
Elise began working with Lifeline in 1998 and has been a member of the artistic ensemble since 2005. At Lifeline, she has directed Wuthering Heights, Mariette in Ecstasy (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination: Direction) and The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes; adapted The Velveteen Rabbit and Half Magic; coached dialects for numerous productions; and appeared onstage in Neverwhere, Queen Lucia, Talking it Over, Strong Poison, and many others. As an actor around town, she has worked with The Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Apple Tree, City Lit, Circle Theatre, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, and Griffin Theatre, where she received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actress for On the Shore of the Wide World.
Jennifer Aparicio (Stage Manager)
Jennifer returns to Lifeline where she also stage managed Snowflake Tim's Big Holiday Adventure, The Last of the Dragons, and The Blue Shadow. Recent credits include The Ñ Project at Prop Thtr and This Train at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre. She's also worked with 16th Street Theater, Teatro Luna and Glass Onion.
Joe Court (Sound Designer)
Joe is excited to work with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Joe serves as sound engineer for the Chicago production of the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. He is a company member with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, where he recently designed The Homecoming. His designs have also been heard at A Red Orchid, Seanachaí, Theatre7, The Gift, Emerald City, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN.
Kat Doebler (Costume Designer)
Kat is excited to be working with Lifeline Theatre for the first time. Kat is a chicago based costume designer and has most recently designed The Women of Lockerbie at Dominican University. Other costume design credits include Stupid Kids (About Face Theatre), Third (Apple Tree Theater), Lucinda's Bed (Chicago Dramatists), What Once We Felt (About Face Theatre), The Walls (Rivendell Theatre), and The Wiz (Dominican University). She is also the Costume Shop Manager at Dominican University.
Katherine Greenleaf (Puppet & Properties Designer)
Katherine is delighted to work on her first show at Lifeline Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theatre Mir), Brainpeople (Urban Theatre Company), A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep), Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie), The Wreck of the Medusa (The Plagiarists), Acis and Galatea (Chicago Cultural Center DCA). Katherine is a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago.
Sarah Hughey (Lighting Designer)
Sarah returns to Lifeline's KidSeries after designing lights for The Last of the Dragons and The Blue Shadow last season. Other Lifeline credits are Wuthering Heights and Mariette in Ecstasy. Other Chicago lighting design credits include work with A Red Orchid Theatre, Provision Theater, Silk Road Theatre Project, House Theatre, Griffin Theatre, City Lit Theatre, Gift Theatre, American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sarah earned her MFA from Northwestern University, where she now teaches lighting design.
Melania Lancy (Scenic Designer)
Melania is delighted to be working with Lifeline for the first time. Melania has been the resident scenic designer for Signal Ensemble Theater since 2004 and has done pretty much every one of their sets. Melania has been honored by: the 2007 Jeff Nomination for Best Scenic Design, the 2008 Jeff Award for Outstanding Musical Production, and a 2009 Equity Jeff Nomination for Best Scenic Design in a mid-size theatre. In addition to designing commercial sculptures for the Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, Sea World, and the Museum of Science and Industry, she has also worked with Shattered Globe, RBP, Village Players, and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center.
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is happy to be returning for her fifth season with Lifeline after working on such productions as The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Mark of Zorro. Previous production management positions include the last four seasons at Strawdog Theatre, Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago, and One False Note with Plasticene. She currently serves as the Production Manager and General Manager at Strawdog Theatre, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake (since 2004).
Ian Zywica (Technical Director)
Ian works throughout Chicago as a freelance Scenic Designer and Technical Director. His design work includes The Moonstone and The Blue Shadow (Lifeline Theatre); Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lilly (Barter Theatre); One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Gift Theatre); Over the Tavern (Noble Fool Theatre); The Robber Bridegroom (Griffin Theatre); Into The Woods (Porchlight Music Theatre); and Under Milk Wood (Caffeine Theatre).


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