Bill Piercy -Bill is happy to be back on the Arena stage and wants to thank Susan Moriarty for the opportunity. Bill is very lucky to be playing opposite his beautiful and talented wife, Janet, in this show. According to his wife of 38+ years, Bill is far too involved with model railroading in his spare time. He also dabbles in writing, painting and leather work but seriously, its model railroading right now! Bill hopes he can put a smile on your face tonight and hopes you enjoy your evening with our troupe
Janet Higgins Howard- Janet returns for her second appearance on the Arena stage. She feels blessed to be cast as Chrystal and is honored to work with such a talented group of actors. She was last seen as Charlie in Always a Bridesmaid. Janet has been involved with the theatre community in Fort Wayne for many years. She started acting with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and has worked with IPFW (Scapino, The Women, Working), Center Stage (Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Brigadoon, 42nd Street, Pippin) Gray Light (Music Man, Into the Woods, 42nd Street) and Civic Theatres (Annie, Christmas Carol, Joseph). She received a BA in Theatre from Indiana University and worked with Young Audiences of America. Janet took several years off from acting to raise her three children- Glen, Hannah and Grace and now they are all grown up which leaves mom time to return to the stage.
During the day Janet works as a program manager for Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana working with educators and finding volunteers to go into area classrooms to help prepare students to be part of the global economy. If you are interested in volunteering, give her a call! She is also an active member of Xi Eta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
“I would like to thank my husband Brent for running lines with me, my mom Carol who encouraged me to go into the arts, Harvey Cocks for casting me in his first production of I Will and always encouraging me, Robert Kelly for pushing me to be my best and to Suzan Moriarty for casting me as part of this amazing cast.”
Janet K. Piercy- Janet is super excited to be in another show directed by Suzan Moriarty. Sharing the scene with her husband of 38 years, Bill, playing her new husband, Bobby Dwayne, is especially fun. Janet is an award-winning actress who has been busy this season appearing in A Christmas Carol at Civic Theatre, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Fort Wayne Youtheatre and Failure, A Love Story right here at Arena. She was also in Arena’s show last spring, Always a Bridesmaid. Janet is a music educator at Arlington Elementary School and the Choral Associate at Trinity Episcopal Church. She has recently begun working at IPFW as a house manager in Special Events. Enjoy this fun, funny and talented cast!
Jeanne Hanford (Amber)-After venturing back on stage in the Civic's production of "9 to 5", she has been in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", the puppeteer for the tail of the Dragon in "Shrek", "A Christmas Story" and most recently as a Munchkin Goddess in the USF production of "The Wizard of Oz". She has also performed on the Arena Dinner Theater stage as Jeri Neal in the production of "The Dixie Swim Club", Momma Wheelis in "Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?" and ran sound and lights for "Failure: A Love Story". She is so thankful for all involved in bringing theatre back into her life.
Aimee Lackey (Taylor, Twyla, Meredith)- is no stranger to the Arena stage,and is happy to be back! Her last two performances were on the Civic stage, where she was last seen in 9 to 5, as Violet, and A Christmas Story, as Mother. She was last seen at Arena in, A Christmas Survival Guide, for which she received an Arena award. Her dance back round from the Fort Ballet dates way back, and she has been seen in countless theatre productions around the city ever since then. She's excited to be working with Suzan, and the talented new and old friends on this show! She continues to enjoy her work as a hygienist at Clinkenbeard Dentistry, and continues to enjoy her passion for performing. Enjoy the show!
Sloan Amburgey is making her Arena Dinner Theater debut. She has formerly worked on multiple shows under the directors of the Fort Wayne Youth Theatre, such as Sleeping Beauty Lady Petula, Magnificent Plan Mrs. Pig, Remembering Anne Hitler Youth, and many more. She has also performed in University of Saint Francis’ Wizard of Oz this year as a Jitterbug and Ozian. She is currently working on two films through Windsong Pictures, one being Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother. She would like to thank her directors: Leslie Hormann, Harvey Cocks, Christopher Murphy, Heather Closson, Gregory Stieber, Leslie and Brad Beauchamp, and her current Director Suzan Moriarty for always being inspiring and motivating. She would also like to thank her friends: Isabel Chilian, Kimee Gearhart and Erica Elliot for being there for her every day. She would like to thank her mom for loving her unconditionally and her brother Conner for always making her laugh.
Jordan Plohr (Rick Powers, Alastair Standley, Stan Jenkins) is pleased to be appearing once again on the Arena stage. Most recently he played John N. in Arena's production of Failure: A Love Story. He has also appeared in recent productions of South Pacific, Coriolanus, Jane Eyre, and Young Frankenstein. He would like to say a special thank you to his loving family and devoted friends for all their support.
Jenn is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this amazing
cast and crew! You may have seen her in The Wizard of Oz (USF),
South Pacific (Arena), and Jane Eyre (All For One), and most
recently she had the fortune of being assistant stage manager for
Getting Sara Married (Arena). When she's not occupying her time
with theater, she enjoys reading, seeing films, and frolicking with
her two hound dogs. She would like to thank Suzan for all her hard
work and for casting her in such fun roles. She'd also like to thank
her husband, Jonathan, her children Elisha, Hannah and Joshua, and
Jordan for all their support and encouragement.
Suzan Moriarty - Director
Suzan returns to Arena after her performance earlier this season as Professor Einstein and Mrs. Reece in "They Came from Mars....." and is excited to be directing yet another Jones, Hope and Wooten Comedy. An award winning actress, she is a familiar face on stage as well as off. Her credits are extensive and include local performances in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Fox on theFairway, Will Rogers Follies, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Father of the Bride, Boeing Boeing, Romantic Comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner , Xanadu and Broadway Bound. Other credits include performances in, The World Goes Round, Shadowlands, Death By Chocolate, No Sex Please We're British, and Chapter Two. Most recently she directed last season’s successful comedy, Always a Bridesmaid. Suzan is the Director of Business Development as well as the Community Liaison for Signature HealthCARE Fort Wayne. She is currently serving as President on Arena Dinner Theatre's Board of Directors.
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