Waterloo – “The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has cast 29 local, talented actors in roles for its upcoming production of Snow White.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? The evil Queen seeks to rid herself of her rival in beauty. Snow White escapes to find seven dwarfs whose personalities run the gamut from obstinate to generous, mean to kind. They are all, however, totally appealing. The Prince is a true prince, sometimes foolish, but always brave and Snow White is as lovely and loveable as legend says.
Linnea Nicol (MIRROR) was most recently seen on stage as Aunt Sponge in BHCT’s production of James & the Giant Peach. Linnea is a Girl Scout leader and works as an attorney with the Juvenile Public Defenders office. She is originally from Estherville.
Elizabeth McRae (SNOW WHITE) is a sophomore at Cedar Falls High School where she participates in choir, band, color guard and theatre. She appeared in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair in 2014. She has three younger siblings, Schaefer, Erin and Gillian.
Terry Kottman (QUEEN) is a play therapist with The Encouragement Zone. She is a recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award from the Association for Play Therapy. She has written, co-written or edited nine books and has had two of them translated into Chinese. She is married to Rick and the mother of Jacob.
Megan Smith (OLD PEASANT WOMAN) is a junior at Denver High School where she participates in Speech. She enjoys reading and volunteering at the animal shelter. Megan works as a vet assistant at Pawsitive Pet Care and hopes to become a vet one day. This is her second role at BHCT.
Rachel Kuehner (YOUNG PRINCESS) is in 8th grade at St. Patrick School in Cedar Falls. She is very active in dance with the Heinz Academy for the Performing Arts. She takes lessons in ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, modern and lyrical. She spends the majority of her spare time in dance classes, but then likes to spend time with friends and family.
Tia Whited (WITCH) is making her BHCT debut. She is a sophomore at Independence High School where she participates in soccer, basketball, color guard, marching band, concert band and speech. Tia likes to travel, read and spend time with her friends.
Ethan Sankey (THE PRINCE/THE HUNTSMAN) is appearing on stage for the third time although he has worked backstage on many other shows. Ethan enjoys playing guitar, ukulele and some piano. He has six siblings and spends a lot of time babysitting and entertaining them.
Gwen Schaffer (GRUMPY) is a very energetic, happy girl who is embracing the challenge of playing GRUMPY. Gwen is a 4th grader at Hudson and is a Girl Scout. Outside of school she also enjoys taking piano and art lessons as well as playing soccer and softball.
Andrew Morlan (SLEEPY) is a very creative 11 year old who loves to draw and make Youtube videos. He has submitted over 100 videos. Andrew has received a kidney transplant and his great attitude has made him a rock star among his doctors and nurses. He would like to thank his parents, family and mostly God!
Hannah O’Connell (HAPPY) returns to the BHCT stage after playing Laurie in last season’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses. She is a 6th grader at Valley Lutheran. Hannah likes to travel to warm places and also enjoys reading, swimming and singing.
Jose Ramirez (DOPEY) was born in North Carolina. He attends Irving Elementary where he is in the 5th grade. By his own admission, he is a funny and smart kid.
Ken DeNault (BASHFUL) has appeared in several WCP shows, but this is just his 2nd BHCT show. As a geologist Ken has worked in 86 countries and on all seven continents. Some of the highlights of his career include living with gorillas in the Republic of Congo and playing with penguins in Antartica.
Layton Ritter (DOC) is a 5th grader at Kingsley Elementary. He is a Boy Scout who enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends. His favorite team is the Minnesota Wild. Layton previously appeared onstage at BHCT in Alice In Wonderland as a canary chick and The Twelve Dancing Princesses as Derek.
Megan Wheelock (SNEEZY) is a member of the Junior Players who enjoys participating in the Bill Riley Talent Show. She attends Valley Lutheran School where she is in the 6th grade. Megan also is a Girl Scout and takes private voice lessons.
Isaac Morlan (QUEEN’S MINION-VOICE 1) expresses his creative side by playing trumpet, singing in choir at school and creating YouTube videos with his twin brother Andrew. This is his debut at BHCT.
Andrew Guthrie (QUEEN’S MINION-VOICE 2) is a homeschooled 6th grader. He enjoys video gaming, bowling and LEGOs. He is the 7th out of 9 children in his family.
Annie Brown (QUEEN’S MINION-VOICE 3) is a 6th grader at Southdale Elementary. She was most recently seen onstage as one of the NARRATORS in James and the Giant Peach. She was selected in 2013 and 2014 to sing with the Opus Honor Choir. Annie enjoys singing, making crafts and playing with her friends.
Endya Johnson (MISS DEE: A TEACHER) is excited to participate in her 3rd play. She shares the stage this time with her daughter Janea. In her spare time, she enjoys going on road trips and eating great food. During the day, you will find her at the Waterloo Public Library where she teaches computer classes and provides technical support.
Katie Albright (MISS DOH: A TEACHER) is originally from Aitkin, Minnesota. In the past she has auditioned for American Idol. She has worked extensively backstage at BHCT and WCP. She is the mother of three children, Zeddicus, Illianna & Jerimiah.
Sarah Young (SCHOOL KID) by her own admission is weird and adventurous. She is in LEGO League and volunteers at the Humane Society. Sarah is in 5th grade and plays percussion.
Abriella Holm (SCHOOL KID) is a 5th grader at St. Edwards School. She previously appeared as a Lady in Waiting in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. She joins a long line of family members who have appeared on our stage including her mother, two aunts and her grandfather. She spends her free time designing gifts and trinkets out of shoe boxes.
Nury Ramirez (SCHOOL KID) plays the viola and has two pet parakeets. She is a 7th grader at Central Middle School. Nury is making her debut at BHCT and sharing the stage with her brother Jose.
KD Waltz (SCHOOL KID) was most recently seen on our stage as Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach. She attends school at Southdale Elementary where she is in 5th grade. KD likes going on zombie walks and decorating the family yard at Halloween. She has two schnauzers, Princess and Shadow.
Aleina Hansen (SCHOOL KID) has two pets; a dog named Elle and a cat named Jessie. She is a 5th grader at Kingsley Elementary. Aleina was also seen onstage last year in The Twelve Dancing Princesses as a Page.
Janea Johnson (SCHOOL KID) likes to read, write, cook and ride her bike. Her favorite subjects in school are writing, reading and science. Janae likes to travel with her family and her favorite place to visit so far has been Texas.
Nathan Swalve (SCHOOL KID) is a home schooled 5th grader. In his free time he likes to knit and draw. He previously appeared on stage in a production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as a Baby Angel.
Vincent Rinella (SCHOOL KID) was born in Chicago. Vincent enjoys drawing and wants to be an actor in the future. He has already appeared in TV commercials and done voiceovers. He attends school at Southdale Elementary where he is in the 5th grade. He has a puppy named Rocco who he loves to spend time outdoors with.
Ava Betram (SCHOOL KID) likes to put on plays with her two sisters for their parents. She is making her debut at BHCT. Ava is in the 4th grade at Kittrell Elementary. Other hobbies include reading and writing. Isabel Lopez (SCHOOL KID) has two cats, Lucy and Ariana. She plays viola in the West High School orchestra where she is in the 9th grade. Isabel previously appeared on stage in Ramona Quimby.
Snow White is being produced by John Deere and Life 101.9. Public performances are scheduled for February 20 & 27 at 7pm and February 21 & 28 at 2pm. For tickets contact the box office at (319) 291-4494 or visit www.wcpbhct.org.”
Source: BHCT Press Release