Meet the Cast & Crew

GABRIEL BEECH.... is thrilled to be making PPT debut! He discovered his passion for theatre at age 7. Favorite roles include Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde as well as Jimmy Ray in Bright Star. He is a Theatre Gap Initiative alumni and will be transferring to a four-year university in the fall getting his BFA in musical theatre. He would like to thank this incredible creative team and cast for being so welcome. "Special thanks to Mom and Dad for loving me unconditionally."

OLIVIA BENDEN... is excited to take the stage in her first Piedmont Players' production! Originally from Maryland, she moved to Charlotte two years ago and was overwhelmed by the amount of opportunities available. In between work and travel, Olivia has fallen back in love with all things theater. Her last role was Martha in A Christmas Carol at Theatre Charlotte. Olivia would like to thank the entire cast and crew for the hours of work and dedication they have given. The camaraderie between cast members is one of her favorite parts of community theater. Enjoy the show!

BILL BUCHER....You may have seen Salisbury resident Bill Bucher previously in Piedmont Players' productions of 1776 (James Wilson), Welcome To Mitford (Percy Mosely), Sister Act (Monsignor O'Hara) or Lunch at the Piccadilly (nursing home resident). Bill also performs regularly as a vocalist with the Rowan Big Band and is a co-founder of Salisbury's vocal harmony group "The Moonglows." Bill wishes to thank his wife Gayla for her loving support, which she offered freely and sincerely from a cruise ship lounge chair in the Bahamas while he was attending play rehearsals earlier this month.

JOBETH HILTON....is originally from Wytheville VA, and recently moved to Charlotte NC, to perform in the "Show of Hands" tour with Children's Theatre of Charlotte. She graduated from Lees-McRae College with her BFA in Musical Theater and a minor in Technical Theater. Her capstone roles include Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Inga in Young Frankenstein, Trincula in The Tempest, Doralee in 9 to 5, Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and the Ladybug in James and The Giant Peach. JoBeth is really happy to bring this story to life - as she, like Jenna, goes "Back To Her Boots"

KARA HOLT..... is very excited to be making my debut on the Meroney stage. This is her 9th production at PPT. and she has done a variety of other shows. Some of her recent productions include Mean girls Jr. (Regina), The Spongebob Squarepants Musical (Spongebob), Seussical (Gertrude Mcfuzz), Mary Poppins Jr, and her Norvell debut, Frozen Jr. (Elsa). She can't wait to bring this show to life!

GARRETT JENNINGS........is a recent graduate from Catawba College with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen in Queen City Concert's production of Diana: The Musical and Lee Street Theatre's production of Legally Blonde as Aaron Schultz. Some of his other recent roles include Harker in Dracula (Lee Street Theatre) and Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! (Catawba College). Garrett currently works with Virtual Sounds, an events company based in Salisbury, where he's done everything from DJing to MCing weddings to setting up technical equipment for corporate events. Garrett is so excited to be back on the Meroney stage to perform with his "Friends In Low Places" and "May We All" get to enjoy some amazing country music!!

AIDAN MELTON....Aidan (Stan) is excited to be back on the Meroney stage at Piedmont Players Theater. He has performed in several shows with PPT, a few of his favorites are Mean Girls jr as Aaron Samuels, Mary Poppins, Jr. as Bert, SpongeBob The Musical as Squidward Q Tentacles, Kinky Boots as the apprentice, A Christmas Carol as Young Scrooge, Sound of Music as Friedrich, Ragtime as the Little Boy, Into the Woods jr as the Narrator and The Lion King Jr as Pumbaa. When Aidan is not on stage performing he loves swimming, kayaking, playing video games and spending time with his family.
Aidan is really excited about working with this cast.

CAROLINE MONROE.....is a Kindergarten teacher at North Rowan Elementary School. She graduated from North Rowan High School in 2019, and was a part of the theatre program being in The Wiz and The Lion King Jr. Caroline has also played Marty in Grease at Lee Street Theatre. Favorite roles for Caroline include Enid in PPT's production of Legally Blonde, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Kim in Bye Bye Birdie. Caroline is thrilled to join Piedmont Players for the production of May We All.

ZACHARY PARHAM.... is new to the Piedmont Players community, but he isn't new to the stage. After majoring in Theatre at Averett University in Danville, Virginia, Zach took advantage of the pandemic to take voice lessons and strengthen his singing. His most recent roles were as Newbie in Queen City Concert's Hit The Wall last August under director Chris Brown, and one of the Peers in Queens University of Charlotte's November 2022 production of lolanthe under directors Alistair Donkin and Justin Smith. Check him out at zacharyparham.weebly.

MADISYN PRATER....is excited to be a part of May We All and is no stranger to the PPT theatre, with this being her 9th year performance on the Meroney and Novell stages. Some of her favorite shows include The Addams Family, Cinderella, Mamma Mia, Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music, and Bye Bye Birdie. Madisyn is a Catawba College alumni who likes sushi, miniature things, and fantasy books. She wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting her in her endeavors, and also Piedmont Players Theatre for always allowing her to have a space to express her creativity and feel like she’s home.

ALLISON PROBA..... is excited to be back on stage after a year and a half hiatus! She was last seen on PPT's stage in Mamma Mia. She also frequently performs with Lee St theater and other community theaters in the region. Her recent shows include Wit, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. When not performing in the theater, Allison also works as a nurse consultant for National Care Advisors, writes music, and sings with a local country rock band. She'd like to thank those friends that continue to support her and her passions!

DALEIAH WATERS.....is excited to be back on stage after being in Mean Girls Jr. She is a Freshman in Graystone Day School and loves to be on stage at every opportunity. She would like to thank everyone who made this show possible, and for making this a show never to forget. She has found a love for theater, and plans to stay involved at PPT as a volunteer and cast member forever!

DENNIS WELCH .....PPT would like to welcome Dennis Welch back to the Meroney stage. Dennis is no stranger to Piedmont Players. He has performed in Kudzu, Lunch at the Piccadilly, Hands on a Hardbody, Les Miserables, Addams Family, Ragtime, Legally Blonde, and Bye Bye Birdie. He would like to especially thank his wife, Laura for her sacrificial support of his love of musical theater. When not performing he enjoys marriage counseling and being Dad to his 5 kids. He is very excited once again to be sharing the stage with his son Isaac.

ISAAC WELCH..... is 16 years old and is happy to be back at PPT for his 5th show. Isaac loves all the arts but has a particular love for music and acting. When not at rehearsal, he spends his time listening to music, taking classes at RCCC, and working. He has previously performed in shows such as Legally Blonde, Ragtime, and The Lion King JR. Isaac hopes you enjoy the show and thanks you for supporting the arts!!

DREW WEANT..... is happy to be in his first PPT production playing opposite his wife Wendy (Crystal) after so many years of dancing and singing around our own kitchen. Drew was last seen at Lee Street Theatre and Catawba College in Jekyll and Hyde as Sir Danvers. Drew studied voice and acting at CPCC, FSU and NYC, and sang with the Charlotte Opera. He is retired from a career as a restaurant manager, and thanks Sam Stowe and Jenny Carroll for giving us this opportunity to share the stage together. Special thanks to our kids, Ginny, Katie and Bobby - family is everything!

WENDY WEANT..... is delighted to be performing in May We All playing opposite her real life husband Drew Weant (Harley), for the first time ever! ..... And having a blast. She is a veteran of PPT shows, including RENT, Kinky Boots, Nana's Naughty Knickers (Sylvia), Heathers, A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Ragtime (Mother), Chicago, Cats, Cabaret, The Producers, Mama Mia. At Lee Street Theatre - 9 to 5 (Violet), Next to Normal (Diana), Little Women (Aunt March). She cherishes her early professional performing career - highlights: National Tour Annie Get Your Gun, Christmas Spectacular Radio City Music Hall (7 years). Wendy is currently financial advisor/owner of Insight Financial Partners, and proud to serve as co-producer of May We All. Special dedication to our now grownup kids Ginny, Katie and Bobby, who have made our lives so rich in love - "We Were Rich!"

SAM STOWE......Sam is excited to be putting on both the director and choreographer's cap for this new and amazing production ''May We All''! He is so proud of how much time, effort and hard work the cast and creative team have put into this production to bring you something so entertaining, inspiring, and moving! Sam is a local musician, dancer, and well-rounded performer. The arts are his second home, and he has been very fortunate enough to start building experience and rapport from an early age. Some of his recent and most notable projects are… Heathers The Musical (Piedmont Players), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Winston Salem Theatre Alliance), White Christmas - 2022 & 2023 (Lexington Live), and Halloween the Musical (Winston Salem Theatre Alliance). Sam has also appeared doing some live music Shows at Bull City Ciderworks in Lexington, Plank Street Tavern in High Point, Foothills Brewing Co. in Winston Salem, and many more. Interested in following the journey? You can find him on Instagram @sistowe711 or Facebook at Sam Stowe. Lastly, he wants to thank his parents for encouraging his passion for the arts at such a young age and wants to thank his family and friends for supporting his passions.

JENNY CARROLL..... has lived in Concord her entire life and has been involved with music since the young age of five. Musical Theater has been a huge part of her world whether its on the stage or behind the keys. She has worked with the Cabarrus Youth Theater, Old Courthouse Theater, The Uwharrie Players, The Dilworth Players, Davidson Youth Theater and Piedmont Players Theater. She has been an onstage performer in 26 Piedmont Players shows and has been the Music Director or part of the Music Directing team for 10, over the last 31 years of her involvement with this organization. She has been fortunate enough to have won 2 MTA Awards for Best Supporting Actress for "Seussical" and" Jekyll and Hyde". She is so grateful to be a part of Piedmont Players, and will always be indebted to Reid Leonard and Bradley Moore for the opportunities they have afforded her, and she is happy she can call them friends. When she is not at the theater, she is a full-time music teacher at Wolf Meadow Elementary School. She also teaches private voice and piano lessons, and she works part time at 2 different churches. She lives with 4 wonderful fur babies - Holly, Happy, Hazel and Nicholas. They give her more joy than anyone could ask for! She is also surrounded by wonderful parents, her brothers, and their families. She is so lucky for all of God's blessings!

CONNIE SENKOWSKI..... has been participating in Community Theater for 45 years. She has participated as an actor in performances including some favorites...Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Sharon McClonergan in Finnian's Rainbow and Miss Hannigan in Annie. She has directed 14 musicals including The Sound of Music, West Side Story, White Christmas, Singing in the Rain and Mary Poppins. She moved to Salisbury in 2022 and has been with Piedmont Players since then, having Stage Managed 3 shows, and is currently serving on the Board of Governors. She thanks her family for their support in continuing with her theater endeavors!