ANNIE GET YOUR GUN BIOS

Macye ArmstrongMacye Armstrong (Jessie) is so excited to be in the cast of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN! This is her 5th year of doing shows here at Artisan and she has really enjoyed being a part of one of her favorite musicals! Some of her favorite roles have been Flounder in THE LITTLE MERMAID (Artisan), Macy in ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Casa Mañana), and Pollyanna in POLLYANNA (Artisan). She wants to thank her family for supporting her and God for giving her these opportunities. Enjoy the show!
Ciara CiminoCiara Cimino (Dolly Tate) is so excited to be performing again at Artisan Center Theater. You may have recently seen her in THE LITTLE MERMAID (Arista) or WEST SIDE STORY (Anita). She has also performed at Firehouse Theatre and Six Flags Over Texas. Ciara would like to thank her parents, Tony and Jeana, for their love and support and her director, Reid, for this opportunity.
Hunter DomzalskiHunter Domzalski (Tommy Keeler)
Dusty FarmerDusty Farmer (Ensemble) is excited to be in his first Artisan production! He has performed at several different theaters and venues around DFW since 2013. He started out in show choir in high school. He performed at Six Flags for 3 years, doing 3 summer seasons, 2 Fright Fest seasons, and 2 Holiday in the Park seasons! After that, he decided to do more professional theater in Fort Worth in Artes de la Rosa’s production of BIG FISH. Since then, he has been taking part in his church musical, CHASING LIGHTS, as well putting on his own concerts in his car, house, and grocery stores! He would like to thank his parents, the many friends that have become family on his journey, Parker, for getting him go audition for this show, and God, for allowing him to have this talent and passion for the arts.
Brayden GerdesBrayden Gerdes (Running Deer/Messenger/Ensemble)
C E GerdesC E Gerdes (Foster Wilson/Pawnee Bill) is thrilled to be on the Artisan stage once again!  Previous roles were Baron in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Captain in ANYTHING GOES! and Bob Cratchit in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL. He is active in his church choir and praise team and volunteers as a mentor in the Kids Hope USA organization. His family has been active participants in local theater for more than a decade. He has four children, two of which are in this production and his youngest is currently performing in the Artisan Children’s Theater production of MARY POPPINS JR. To God be the glory!
Parker GerdesParker Gerdes (Winnie Tate)
Gabrielle GrangerGabrielle Granger (Ensemble) is ecstatic to finally be returning to the stage in her first production with Artisan! She has previously participated in productions of BYE BYE BIRDIE, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, HELLO DOLLY, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Outside of theater, her interests include loving on her dog and history, which is why she is a high school history teacher. Gabrielle would like to thank her family, her boyfriend, David, and her students, for inspiring and encouraging her to always follow her heart and return to the stage.
Don HeitzmanDon Heitzman (Charlie Davenport) is pleased to be included in Artisan Theater's production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. This is Don's first role at Artisan, having played Drake in ANNIE WARBUCKS and Ike Skidmore in OKLAHOMA, both at the Firehouse Theatre. Don would like to thank his wonderful wife and family, coworkers and friends who continue to support these endeavors, and a huge thank you to all who support Artisan Center Theater.
Eric HilsingerEric Hilsinger (Ensemble) is happy to be back on the Main Stage. Artisan has become his “happy place” on and off the stage. This is his 6th show at the Artisan. His favorite shows include PETER PAN, JR. (Michael Darling), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Ensemble), and ONE MAGIC KISS: SNOW WHITE (Fox). He couldn't do it without the love and support of his family. Many thanks to Reid Horton for the opportunity.
Riley HilsingerRiley Hilsinger (Ensemble) is so excited to be part of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. This is her 6th show at the Artisan. Her favorite shows include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Ensemble), PETER  PAN (Pirate) and WILLY WONKA JR (Oompa Loompa). When she's not on stage she's making the world a better place with her Girl Scout Troop. She would like to thank Reid Horton for the opportunity and her family for their love and support.
Kyle HoltKyle Holt (Foster Wilson/Pawnee Bill) is thrilled to be returning to the Artisan stage after a long break from theatre. He has been in past productions such as KISS ME KATE (Fred) and FOREVER PLAID (Frankie). He has always loved theatre and hopes he can continue to take part in future productions.
Jessica HuffmanJessica Huffman (Nellie) is extremely proud to be a part of Artisan’s ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. This will be Jessica’s third show at Artisan; the others being PHANTOM and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Jessica is a junior at Keller High School, where she also performs in the theatre department. Jessica also enjoys playing tennis and singing opera.
Connor JakubikConnor Jakubik (Ensemble) is currently performing in his 9th show at Artisan. Favorite shows include THE MUSIC MAN, SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL, and LION KING, JR. When not at the theater, Connor enjoys learning how to play the baritone in band. He is thankful that his family loves to perform so he can spend lots of time at the theater.
Kara JakubikKara Jakubik (Ensemble) is happy to be able to perform with her family and close friends, Riley and Eric. Favorite productions include PETER PAN JR, SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL, and THE MUSIC MAN, all at Artisan. She is thankful that her family is able to spend so much time at the theater, one of her favorite places.
Meg JakubikMeg Jakubik (Ensemble) is excited to perform with her husband and children in their first production all together. She was seen most recently in OKLAHOMA, and past favorite productions include THE HIDING PLACE and WHITE CHRISTMAS. Meg is glad to be part of this cast, but is still questioning her wisdom in trying to rehearse during Girl Scout cookie season!
Stephen JakubikStephen Jakubik (Mac the Prop Man/Sleeping Car Porter/Ensemble) is thankful for the Artisan Center Theater continuing to provide a place where families can come together. Starting in 2012 backstage as a “kid wrangler,” a family member has been in every show he’s been a part of. He made his stage debut in THE PIRATE QUEEN alongside his son, and recently played Joe in OKLAHOMA with his wife and mother-in-law. Stephen is now thrilled to share the stage with his wife, son and daughter in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.
Denise JasperDenise Jasper (Mrs. Sylvia Potter-Porter/Ensemble) Recently in OKLAHOMA, as Aunt Eller, Denise is delighted to celebrate show number eleven on the Artisan stage. Being a part of ANNIE as Francis Perkins/Ensemble, SISTER ACT and MY FAIR LADY as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill/Ensemble, she now considers the Artisan her theatre home; Luke 12:34. Thanks to Reid for this opportunity in working with such a talented cast. Dedicating her performances to family and friends, she never takes their luv and support for granted!!  LUT
Jake JonesJake Jones (Little Jake) is thrilled to be participating in another show at Artisan. In 2018 he loved his role as a Kitten in CATS and as Chip at Artisan in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, his chance to reprise his role from 2016 with Disney on a National tour. Jake is thankful to God and to his family and Artisan for the opportunities he has and looks forward to what’s ahead for him!!
Jinger JonesJinger Jones (Ensemble) was last seen on the Artisan main stage as Rhoda in WHITE CHRISTMAS, and is glad to be back! Other favorite roles include Loretta (POLLYANNA), Nun Ensemble (SISTER ACT), and Lucy van Pelt (YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN). Jinger extends her deepest gratitude to her friends, family and vocal teacher for all their support, and to Reid for this opportunity!
Madison JonesMadison Jones (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN with two of her brothers. Some of her favorite roles include WEST SIDE STORY (Minnie), CATS (Backstage Tech), and PINKIE AND BLUE (Inkling), and was recently in POLAR EXPRESS in N.C. She would like to thank Mr. Reid for giving her the opportunity to be in the show, and her family for letting her do what she loves.
Matthew JonesMatthew Jones (Little Jake) is thrilled to be stepping up and playing the role of double with his older brother. He is very thankful for this opportunity and has really grown up at Artisan. Just a few years ago he was chasing everyone around as a Barnyard Dog in CHARLOTTE’S WEB and enjoyed his role in THE POLAR EXPRESS in NC as the Know-it-all-boy. Matthew is thankful to each person who has come to see the show and his family for helping him along the way!!
Aaron KnightAaron Knight (Frank Butler) is making his sixth Artisan appearance after playing Curly in OKLAHOMA, Pulitzer in NEWSIES, and Freddy in MY FAIR LADY. He has played roles in tiny community theaters all the way up to Bass Performance Hall, but has found his home at Artisan Center Theater. Aaron would like to thank Richard and DeeAnn Blair for their unwavering support and his wife, Jamie, for continuing to let him come to the theater every night to play with his friends on stage.
Joel LagroneJoel Lagrone (Buffalo Bill Cody) is happy to finally be cast as William Cody 10 years after first auditioning for the role. Forced to take the male lead Frank Butler, he ambled through community theater as Javert, Lancelot, King of Siam, Miguel Cervantes, Chester Marvel, King Triton, Noah, Erik the Phantom, Prince Escalus, Harold Hill and others before returning for his dream role! Joel thanks his helpmate, D’Aun, for loving him in spite of changing beard styles.
John LattimoreJohn Lattimore (Chief Sitting Bull) is extremely excited to be joining this talented cast and to work with Director Reid Horton. This will mark John’s 12th Artisan appearance, his latest role being John Pendleton in POLLYANNA. Other favorites include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE MUSIC MAN, and THE FREEDOM FACTOR. Thanks to Dee Ann and Rick for all you do, and as usual, thanks to his wife, Linda, for her love and support.
Ella MadisElla Madis (Jessie) is thrilled to be appearing in her first Main Stage performance. Ella has been in five Children’s Theater plays at Artisan. She recently appeared as Violet in WILLY WONKA and as Rabbit in WINNIE THE POOH. At Smithfield Middle School, she performed in INTO THE WOODS as Evil Stepsister. Ella would like to thank God for giving her the talent and her family for always supporting her dream.
Sherry MarshallSherry Marshall (Dolly Tate) is delighted to be playing Dolly in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, her 14th production at Artisan! Sherry has been performing since she was a child in school and church productions and various community theaters. You might remember seeing her in LITTLE MERMAID as Ursula and in ANNIE as Miss Hannigan. She would like to thank her husband, Steve, and their three children for their love and support, and to especially thank God for all of the blessings and talents He has given to her.
Whitney MorrisWhitney Morris (Ensemble) is so excited to appear in her second production at Artisan Center Theater. She was previously cast as a Dancer in OKLAHOMA! She has been performing for over 25 years in the DFW area and would like to thank her hubby, Kyle, for his continued love and support and hopes he will join her on stage in the future. She would also like to thank her director, Reid Horton, for this wonderful opportunity!
Brooke MorrisonBrooke Morrison (Ensemble) is very excited to be in another show! She thanks her parents and grandparents for taking her to all of her rehearsals, and she thanks her cousin, Chloe, for always being supportive and wanting to come see her shows. This is her second show at Artisan. Her first show was THE WIZARD OF OZ as a Munchkin and Monkey. Brooke loves to act, play soccer, and sing.
Billy MyersBilly Myers (Buffalo Bill Cody) most recently seen playing D’Arque in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Artisan. You may have seen Billy in many roles here over the past 8+ years, his favorite being Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, or you may have seen him play Peter or most recently Reuben, the storyteller, or other roles at THE PROMISE in Glen Rose. Billy especially loves sharing the stage with his children.
Jonathan MyersJonathan Myers (Eagle Feather/Ensemble)
Noe MyersNoe Myers (Mrs. Schuyler Adams/Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of this production and under the direction of Reid Horton!!! This will be her 10th Main Stage production at Artisan. Noe has most recently enjoyed dancing and singing in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and LES MISÉRABLES. Along with a passion for dance and ballet, Noe is very artistic and loves to paint, sing, and read when she has the time! She was homeschooled all through high school and is planning on going to school for cosmetology and do theatrical hair and makeup! “All thanks be to God for blessing me with the time, talent, and passion to perform!”
Adam NeuvilleAdam Neuville (Ensemble) is excited to be in his second show at Artisan Theater, having recently been on stage in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Adam is a freshman at Harwood Junior High where he enjoys being on the robotics team and singing in the mixed choir. Adam was recently selected for the Region 31 Honor Choir. He wants to thank the director for this opportunity and his family for always supporting him.
Dan Nolen, Jr.Dan Nolen, Jr. (Chief Sitting Bull) is delighted to be involved in his 111th production at Artisan, 49 on stage and 62 behind the scenes—sets, props, costumes and directing. Recent show appearances: Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Grandpa in CHITTY, and Ben Weatherstaff in SECRET GARDEN. Favorite roles include: Norman Thayer, Jr. in ON GOLDEN POND and Pellinore in CAMELOT. Dan gives thanks to Connie, his wonderful wife of 52 years, and to the Lord from whom all blessings flow!
Duncan ParkesDuncan Parkes (Eagle Feather/Ensemble) is thrilled for the opportunity to be in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and under the direction of Reid Horton! Duncan has had the privilege of being in several shows in Artisan Main Stage and Children’s Stage. His favorite shows include STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Flat Top), BIG FISH (Karl the Giant), PINKIE AND BLUE, YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT, and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. Duncan thanks his family for their support and encouragement. Soli Deo Gloria!
Sarah PerezMary Sarah Perez (Mrs. Sylvia Porter-Potter/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be in her first show with Artisan Center Theater! Mary graduated UNT with a Bachelor’s degree in theatre, and is currently focusing on pursuing a career in voice-overs. She has previously worked with the Musical Theatre of Denton in roles such as Ensemble in THE KING & I, MARY POPPINS, LES MISÉRABLES, and Charlotte/Ensemble in OLIVER. She wants to give a huge shout out to her friends, family, and loving boyfriend for supporting her and pushing her to do her best! “I love you all very, very much!”
Matthew PhillipsMatthew Phillips (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Matthew has been doing musical theatre for many years, but his favorite roles have included Ladahlord in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and Alex the Lion in MADAGASCAR. He would like to say thank you to his parents and girlfriend for always being so supportive!
Elle RenshawElle Renshaw (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be in her first show at Artisan! She has loved ANNIE GET YOUR GUN her whole life and it is a dream come true to be in the production. Some of Elle’s past roles have been Jovie in ELF and Ida in HONK. Elle would like to thank Reid Horton for giving her this incredible opportunity, and is so grateful to her family for helping her accomplish her dreams.
Mary RidenourMary Ridenour (Annie Oakley) has performed at many venues, such as Artisan Center Theater, Casa Mañana, Firehouse Theatre, Carnegie Players, Uptown Theater, TTYP and more. Her favorite roles include Martha in THE SECRET GARDEN, Sister Mary Robert in SISTER ACT, Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Grizabella in CATS, Rona Peretti in 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE, Grace O'Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN (for which she was nominated for a Column Award), and The Witch, Rapunzel and Little Red in 3 different productions of INTO THE WOODS.
Arthur RohlinArthur Rohlin (Tommy Keeler) Is excited to be performing his second show at the Artisan, as Tommy Keeler! Some of Arthur’s previous roles have included Lon Smith Jr. In MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, Gremio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, and Proteus in GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. A bit about Arthur, he grew up playing various instruments, which include banjo, piano, and guitar. He would like to thank his incredible director, Reid Horton, for giving him this amazing opportunity!
Ashley RossAshley Ross (Nellie) is thrilled to perform as Nellie in her first show with Artisan Theater! Ashley has been doing theatre since she was three, and has participated in shows such as PETER PAN (Wendy) ANDROMEDAS GALAXY (Skittles) and MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (Tootie). Besides being on stage, Ashley enjoys being a certified NAUI scuba diver, taking care of her bird, Silver, and creating abstract art on her face! She would like to thank her parents and all her friends at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.
Delaney RossDelaney Ross (Ensemble) is delighted for her first show at Artisan! Her most recent roles were Sylvia St. Croix in the musical, RUTHLESS and Kate Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER. Delaney attends Timber Creek High School, where she plays an active role in their theatre department, as well as in an improv troupe! She would like to thank her loving family and friends for supporting her dreams.
Joshua SmithJoshua D. Smith (Frank Butler) is making his debut here at Artisan, but was last seen on stage at GLTC as Will Rogers in THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Other musical credits include Mr. Frank Cioffi in CURTAINS, Peter in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Frank Jr. in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and Buck Barrow in BONNIE & CLYDE. Last December, Joshua directed THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER at Theatre Coppell. When he is not busy performing around town, he can be found in Texas courtrooms, practicing law.
Lauren SpharLauren Sphar (Ensemble) is so excited to be able to perform in this show. She has been a part of over 25 shows at Artisan, on all three stages. Her favorite shows have been BIG FISH, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and CATS. Lauren is a senior at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. She would like to thank Amy Jones for teaching her so much about dance. There really is no business like show business!
Chris StancilChris Stancil (Mac the Prop Man/Sleeping Car Porter/Ensemble) You may remember him from previous roles such as Andrew Carnes in OKLAHOMA and Henry/Guard in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Performing in a wonderful place like the Artisan is always a thrill.
Madie StelzerMadie Stelzer (Annie Oakley) has recently appeared as Éponine in LES MISERABLES, Dorothy Gale in THE WIZARD OF OZ, and Laurey Williams in OKLAHOMA. She is very excited to be taking the stage again with some good friends and would like to thank all those that inspire and motivate her in continuing to do what she loves.
Kimberly SypertKimberly Sypert (Mrs. Schuyler Adams/Ensemble) believes there is no business like show business! Previous Artisan shows include THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ensemble), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Mrs. Barry), MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Brill), and PIRATE QUEEN (Ensemble). By day, she is an Educational Diagnostician with HEB ISD. Kimberly is thrilled to be part of this sharp shootin’ cast. She thanks her family for supporting her theatrical hobbies. Now on with the show.
Andrew VillaAndrew Villa (Messenger/Running Deer/Ensemble) is thrilled to be doing what he does naturally...playing a part in a western. Coming from New York, he’s exceptionally good at hiding his origin with an awkwardly bad twang, first originated from his previous play at Artisan, OKLAHOMA! He is happy with the friends he came into the show with and even more excited to see all the new friends he’s bound to come out with. Be on the lookout, you may see him again sooner than you think!
Devon WatkinsDevon Watkins (Charlie Davenport) is making his 5th appearance on the Artisan stage. He was most recently seen as Mr. Alonzo Smith in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. His past shows include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lumiere), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Scarecrow), and ANNIE (Bert Healy). He would like to thank everyone at Artisan for their commitment to creating family theatre.
Julia WelchJulia Welch (Ensemble) is so excited to be doing her fourth main stage show at Artisan Center Theater! Her most recent role was Kate in OKLAHOMA! Her past roles include Andrina/Princess in THE LITTLE MERMAID and Lily in ANNIE! She currently works full time at Amazon and enjoys performing at Artisan in her free time! She would like to thank Reid Horton for giving her this amazing opportunity once again and give a huge thank you to her family and friends for their love and support!
Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson (Winnie Tate) is beyond excited to be playing the role of Winnie Tate! She has loved ANNIE GET YOUR GUN since she was a kid and is so excited to live out this show. In the past, Sarah has been seen as Spider in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Mrs. Hobbs in ELF and Clara in THE NUTCRACKER. She would like to thank her parents for being so supportive in helping her do what she loves.
Reid HortonReid Horton (Director) is excited to be directing his 3rd show at Artisan. He also directed THE LITTLE MERMAID and CATS. You may have seen him on the stage at Artisan as Gus/Growltiger in CATS, Scuttle in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Cholet in PHANTOM, Caractacus Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, or Edward Bloom in BIG FISH. Reid is the NextGen Pastor at Venture Church in Keller, TX. He would like to thank his kids, Mackenzie, Blake and Noah, and his amazing wife, Melissa, for allowing him to do something that he loves so much. 143!
Jeff WatsonJeff Watson (Stage Manager) joins Artisan, after retiring in November following a 40-year career in entertainment, the last 25 of them as a stage manager. Jeff is thrilled to be working with a community group, and he is grateful to his lovely bride for letting him out at night to play with his friends.
Richard GwozdzH. Richard Gwozdz (Music Director) played piano since mom slapped him at 8 years old. With Texas Boy’s Choir sang for President Kennedy, Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como Show, Grammy Award recordings, toured United States and Europe. Music Director at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Dallas, Maintenance Secretary for USPS, Pianist at Edelweiss German Restaurant, and 2016 DFW Theater Critics Forum Orchestral Conducting Award. Left partnership with Buffalo Bill/Sitting Bull/Pawnee Bill to work on ZORRO! PULL! HIT!
Chanie Thomas (Choreographer) is thrilled to be choreographing this show! She has choreographed eight musicals so far! Her favorite musicals she has done are IN THE HEIGHTS, GYPSY, WEST SIDE STORY, and 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. She is going to KD Studios and getting her associates degree. Chanie would like to thank Nate Fredrickson for helping her with the choreography and family for always supporting her.