Blood Brothers

Musical by Willy Russell
based loosely on The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas
Directed by Abe Reybold
Music Direction by Arnold Sherman

July 1, July 6, July 8, July 12*, July 14*, July 19, July 21, July 27*, July 29*

BLOOD BROTHERS, London’s West End’s longest-running musical, is hauntingly beautiful, captivating, fast moving and thought provoking. It tells a powerful and moving story of twin brothers separated at birth whose lives take completely separate paths.  This musical will capture your heart and imagination.


Abe Reybold, Director and Choreographer
Abe Reybold is happy to join the Texas Shakespeare Festival for his first season. He was trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Before pursuing a career as a Director/Choreographer, Abe was a professional actor for 20 years gaining early experience from Texan Tommy Tune on the Broadway production of Grand Hotel and the National Company of The Will Rogers Follies. In his adopted hometown of Birmingham, Alabama , Abe has staged several musicals for The Red Mountain Theatre Company (formerly “Summerfest”) and The Birmingham Children’s Theatre; Also Birmingham Southern College and The University of Montevallo where he has served in their theatre departments as an adjunct professor. Other regional director credits include; The Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke Children’s Theatre and The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Portland, Oregon. Highlights include; Hair, Bat Boy, Evita, No Way To Treat A Lady, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and the premier’s of new musicals; Tuxedo Junction, Sacagawea, 13 Alabama Ghosts and Ripper.

Arnold Sherman, Music Director
Arnold Sherman, a resident of Tyler, Texas, is a free-lance composer and Chancel Choir Director at Pollard United Methodist Church.  He has over 400 compositions in print, including pieces for handbells, vocal choirs, orchestra, band, piano and organ.  His love of theatre has led him to be a founding member of the Pollard Theater Center where he has served as Director and/or Music Director for numerous shows, including Oliver!, The King and I, The Pirates of Penzance, and Steel Mgnolias.  Arnold has also served and Director and/or Music Director for the Tyler Civic Theater’s productions of My Fair Lady, Cole, Nunsense, and I Do! I Do!.  As a actor, he has taken the roles of Fagin in Olivers! and Ernie in Rumors with the Pollard Theater Center, and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum  for the Tyler Civic Theater.  This is Arnold’s third season with TSF.

Jesse Dreikosen, Set / Properties Designer
Jesse is very excited to be back for his fifth season at The Texas Shakespeare Festival, where he previously designed Hamlet, The Beaux Stratagem, Taming of the Shrew, and Ernest in Love.  He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in scene design from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is Head of Design and Production at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He worked as the resident set designer for three seasons at New Theatre.  Favorite shows at New Theatre include Madagascar (Carbonell nomination), Paradise, and The Sunken Living Room.  He has also designed professionally for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Texas Repertory Theatre Company, The Mint Theater Company, The Red Fern Theatre Company, The Ohio Theater, The Renaissance Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse and has also assistant designed at The Indiana Repertory Theatre.  He is currently the Vice-Commissioner of Education in the Scene Design & Technologies Commission for The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and Vice-Chair of Design, Technology and Management for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV. He has received both regional and national awards for his designs.

Stephanie Shaw, Costume Designer

Anthony Galaska, Lighting Designer
Tony Galaska is excited to return to TSF for his fifth season. He is currently Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Florida International University in Miami.  Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, Tony worked as a designer in New York City with companies such as Toy Box Theatre Company, The Gallery Players, Wings Theatre Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, and New Perspective Theatre Company.  He also works regionally with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The Texas Shakespeare Festival. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in lighting design from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and an Associate of Arts degree from The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

Benjamin G. Stickels, Sound Designer
Benjamin is a Sound Designer, Audio Engineer, and Educator.  He is excited to once again return to TSF, where he has now designed sound for 27 productions (Julius Caesar, Two by Two, The Taming of the Shrew, among others).  He has also designed and/or engineered sound for theatres in Kansas City, including the Unicorn Theatre, the Coterie Theatre, the Kansas City Rep, and Actors Theatre – Kansas City, as well as university productions in Charlotte (NC), Kansas City (MO), and Kalamazoo (MI).  Shows in Kansas City include the world premieres of Green Whales at the Unicorn and Nadya for UMKC.  A native of Michigan, he is currently living in Charlotte, NC where he is the Audio Engineer and Assistant Production Manager in the Performing Arts Services unit of the College of Arts+Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he works with the departments of Theatre, Dance, and Music in all their production needs.  He is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Audio Engineering Society, the Shakespeare Association of America, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Jennifer Burke, Vocal Director
Jennifer Burke is returning for her fourth consecutive season as the vocal director at TSF.  A New England native, Jennifer has called South Florida home since 2006 and is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami, teaching voice and speech in the Bachelor of Fine Arts theatre training program and serving as Artistic Director of the SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) Interactive Theatre Ensemble. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Jennifer was an instructor of voice, speech and acting at the Boston Conservatory and worked for many years in the Boston area as a director, vocal coach, and actor, performing at the New London Barn Playhouse, Boston Playwrights Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. Recent vocal coaching credits include Cherry Docs for the King’s Head Theatre in London, the award-winning New England premiere of David Hare’s Stuff Happens and Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, a co-production of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Cleveland Play House and the Paper Mill Playhouse.  She has conducted workshops and trained young actors at the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, NY, the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, Peking University in Beijing, China as well as in several high schools and theatre festivals. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Bates College and a Master of Fine Arts in acting degree from Brandeis University. She is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice
Voicework and long-time member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

Meghan Potter, Technical Director
Meghan has maintained an active career in the theater since her graduation from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2004.  In addition to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, she has also worked for theatres in South Carolina, New York, Connecticut, and Georgia.   This is her second consecutive season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival after proudly serving as their Master Carpenter last summer.  After seven years in the field she has just finished her first year of Graduate School at Indiana University – Bloomington studying Technical Direction.

Nick Passafiume, Properties Supervisor
A native of Louisville, KY, Nick received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design from Indiana University, with secondary emphases in Props and Scenic Painting.  At Indiana University he was the designer for Anything Goes, Rabbit Hole, Take Me Out, Blood Brothers, The Rockae, and The America Play.  He served as the props master for Brown County Playhouse’s 2009 season, and recently was a props artisan at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville for the 2012 Humana Festival.   He also was the designer for The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s spring touring production of Romeo and Juliet, and is excited to be designing Assassins at The Viaduct Theatre in Chicago this upcoming October.  Nick also relocated, for a period, to Southern California where he worked with a number of professional companies including HBO, NBC, Disney, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and The Arizona Theatre Company.  This is Nick’s first season with TSF.

Chelsea Touchet, Master Electrician
Chelsea graduated from the University of Evansville in 2011 and has been pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in lighting design at the University of Houston. Recent design credits at the University of Houston include The Crucible and Our Lady of 121st Street. She also works as a freelance electrician in Houston, TX.  This is Chelsea’s second season with TSF.

Tiffany Towns, Head for Wardrobe
Tiffany Towns is honored to be returning to Kilgore for her third consecutive summer.  The tacos, heat, and good people keep bringing her back! In May, Tiffany graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design from The University of Alabama where she designed shows such as Candide, Hair, and the Alabama premier of the one-act opera The Beautiful Bridegroom. Although a native of Georgia, Tiffany has traveled around working with companies such as Glimmerglass Opera, Seaside Music Theatre, and The Center for Puppetry Arts.

Megan Barrett, Stage Manager


Madeline Bogacz, Assistant Stage Manager
Madeline Bogacz is currently a senior at Auburn University Montgomery.  After spending eight years in the United States Air Force, she decided to pursue a degree in the arts.  Her main focus is stage management; however, she has a love for costume construction as well.  She is currently a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference production management Dream Team and the departmental representative in the School of Liberal Arts Scholars Program. She recently stage managed the inaugural production for the Cloverdale Playhouse. After living in many different countries and states, she and her family call Alabama home. Maddie is a big soccer fan and is fascinated by maritime history.  This is her first season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Jacob Dresch, Actor – Eddie
Jacob R. Dresch, a recent graduate from DeSales University and having just finished his first year as a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine, he recently appeared there as The Husband in the musical Hello, Again and Swiss Cheese in Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. During Jacob’s undergraduate career he starred in many leading roles at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles at PSF include Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra, Shawn Keogh in Playboy of the Western World, Rosencrantz in Hamlet and The Professor in South Pacific. This is his first season at TSF where he hopes to take lots of pictures having become a recent photography hobbyist.

Nick Henderson, Actor – Sammy
Nick Henderson “grew up” in St.Louis, but found his acting career (or rather, it found him) in Colorado. Specializing in Shakespeare, musicals, and physical theatre, some of his favorite parts include: Conrad Birdie, Orlando, Captain Tempest, Kinickie, Bassanio, Gaston, Adonis, and Matt Hucklebee. He performed Measure for Measure once before, as Claudio/Friar Peter, in 2010, at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Recently, his production of Hairspray, in which he played Corny Collins, was awarded a number of Ovation Awards, including ‘Best Musical of the Year’. He would like to thank all those who take chances, especially on him. “To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” -Pierre Corneille

Elizabeth Krane, Actor – Mrs. Johnstone
Elizabeth Krane, after graduating from Fairfield University in 2007 worked in the New England theatre circuit for several years before beginning graduate school at Purdue University. She has just completed her second year in the Master of Fine Arts acting program and will be graduating in the spring of 2013. Recent roles include Annie Sullivan in the Miracle Worker and Elivra in Blithe Spirit. She is thrilled to be spending her first summer here at TSF!

Tommy Kearney, Actor – Narrator
Tommy started his professional career as a performer for the Los Angeles Opera where he sang and acted in Billy Bud, Werther, and Hansel and Gretel at the Los Angeles Music Center.  He attended college at The University of California at Santa Cruz starring in Killer Joe as Killer Joe, and Menelaus in Helen of Egypt where he worked for Shakespeare Santa Cruz for four years, including the roles of Oberon and Theseus in Shakespeare to Go, an outreach program for the Monterey Bay area.  After graduating, he played Lucius in Julius Caesar in the Shakespeare Santa Cruz 2009 summer season in addition to understudying for Brutus, Oberon, and Bottom.  Soon after, he moved to New York where he starred in shows at Manhattan Repertory Theater and Theater for The New City.  He also studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade while in New York.  Recently, Tommy’s moved back to his home town of Los Angeles where he starred in Man With the Pointed Toes at Glendale Center Theater and performed more than six roles in Pulp Shakespeare at Theater Asylum in Hollywood.  This is his first season At Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Arthur Lazalde, Actor – Everyman One, Ensemble
Arthur is honored to be a part of this, his forth season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Favorite TSF roles include:  Petruchio in Taming Of The Shrew (2011), Aufidius in Coriolanus (2006), Sullen in The Beaux’ Stratagem (2011), and Bolt in Pericles (2006).  Arthur is currently based out of New York and has acted Off-Broadway, regionally, as well as internationally. He received his Mast of Fine Arts degree in acting from the New York University Tisch Graduate Acting Program. More info about Arthur can be found at his website:

Lea McKenna-Garcia, Actor – Linda
Lea McKenna-Garcia is an actor, singer, and writer based in New York City.  Originally from New Jersey, Lea moved to New York to study acting at Marymount Manhattan College.  After graduation, she spent time acquainting herself with the off-off-Broadway theatre circuit before being accepted to London’s prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama.  After completing her Master of Arts degree, Lea returned to New York City, where she continues to live and work.  Favorite roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Bolingbroke in Richard II.  Lea is also a regular contributor to the Green Room Blog, under the moniker of the “Reflective Artist.”

Tobin Mitnick, Actor – Mickey
Tobin Mitnick is a 2010 graduate of Columbia University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. Though he loves all forms of performance including Shakespeare and comedic improvisation, he is currently attempting to gain a footing in the world of film and television. He lives New York City, where he writes and bartends for a living as he tries to climb the acting ladder. This is Tobin’s second season at TSF and his first as a full member of the acting company.

Philip Orazio, Actor – Mr. Lyons
Philip Orazio graduated from The University of Portland in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Theatre. Currently, he resides in Houston where he is an Master of Fine Arts degree student in the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston. Philip has been seen in Artist Repertory Theatre’s production of Ah, Wilderness and on the television program Leverage. Some of his Favorite roles include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Tom in The Glass Menagerie. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts in Washington D.C. In his little free time outside of the UH Theatre Program, Philip enjoys playing piano, basketball, and riding motorcycles. This is Philip’s first season with TSF.

Michael Pine, Actor – Everyman Two, Ensemble
Michael Pine is very pleased to be performing for the first time at The Texas Shakespeare Festival. Most recently he portrayed Demetrius in a production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in New York City. Favorite roles include Smudge in Forever Plaid, David in The Foreigner, Hines in The Pajama Game, and Goat in The Robber Bridegroom. When not performing, Michael loves a good game of Scrabble and fancies himself a decent ping pong player, although he fears, in this short time away from the table, his father has likely overtaken him once again. As always, Michael would like to thank his family and friends for their unwavering support.

Vanessa Sterling, Actor – Mrs. Lyons
Vanessa Sterling is ecstatic to be a part of the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 Season! Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, and a graduate of Ithaca College, she has performed at several other venues, including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and Busch Gardens: Europe.


Parker Arnold, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Parker Arnold is currently enrolled at Midwestern State University and is planning to graduate with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and directing in the spring of 2013.  He has participated in numerous productions at Midwestern State, most recently playing the role of Grehner in the world premiere of Bandersnatch written by Brandon Smith and Josh Blann. He had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in London for the summer of 2011 attending production after production for critical analysis. Parker’s main goal is to make a difference to the audience through the productions he is involved in or at least challenge them to think about the way we live and the people around us. This is Parker’s first season with TSF.

Trenton Bennett, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Trenton is a graduate of Hallsville High school who is currently a sophomore student at Kilgore College pursuing a degree in acting. He has played Danny Zuko in Grease, Christopher Columbus in Mariner and Buddy Layman in The Diviners.



Jacob Buras, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Jacob Buras is currently pursuing a degree in theatre performance at the University of Evansville, where he has had such roles as Babbybobby (Cripple of Inishmaan), Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald (Assassins) and Frankie Epps (Parade). He has also performed at the Alley Theatre and Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. This is his first year with TSF.


Garrett Haley, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Garrett is a sophomore theatre major at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He has been seen there in many productions there, including A Midsummer Nights Dream, Our Town, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  He would like to thank God, his friends, his family, Mrs Burton, and professor Nelson.  His favorite hobbies are holding hands with a pretty girl, and eating pancakes.

Sarah Laughland, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Sarah Laughland grew up in Frederick, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theatre. Her favorite roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Mrs.Marwood in Way Of the World. This is her first taste of theatre after graduating and she is thrilled to be a part of her first season with TSF as part of the intern company!

Tim Murray, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Tim Murray is thrilled to be joining The Texas Shakespeare Festival for his first season! He is a recent graduate of The University of Miami where he majored in acting and minored in sociology. He recently had the pleasure of performing in Romeo and Juliet for The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include The Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Wagon Wheel Theatre and LaComedia.

Erika Peckhardt, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Erika Peckhardt, originally from New Jersey, has been studying musical theatre for the past four years at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she recently graduated in May.  She has spent the last few summers performing at various places like Hershey Park and The Huntington Supperclub.  Some of her favorite roles include Polly Browne in The Boy Friend and Euridyce in Metamorphoses.  Erika is very excited for her first season with TSF.


Arnold Sherman, Conductor

Jane Allen-Milnar, Keyboard

Sue Bugg, Flute

Phil Rumbley, Bass

Dan R. Spivey,  Percussion







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