Staged Reading: Variations on a Theme Cast

Cheryl Foutz (Woman)
Cheryl currently works as a senior analyst at The Timken Company by day and hits the stage at many local theatres by night. She has been seen in 35 productions over the last 15 years at venues such as Avenue Arts, Canal Fulton Players, Carnation City Players, Players Guild Theatre, and more. Some of her favorite productions have been IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (Aunt Sheila/Mimsy), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Ancestor), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Mrs. Fezziwig/Molly). Cheryl’s favorite aspect of theatre is meeting new people and performing with her daughter and other theatre friends, especially in musicals and dramas.
Patrick Downing (Man)
Patrick is excited to be returning to the Avenue Arts Stage with the Underground Staged Reading Company. Previous stage credits include ALL SHOOK UP (Sheriff Earl), AVENUE Q (Trekkie Monster) and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (Matt). Other experiences include co-hosting the NCP Annual Fundraisers and hosting Math Help Live. When not on stage, Pat can be found teaching high school math, coaching high school soccer, playing soccer, golf or cards and most important, spending time with his supportive and loving family and friends.
Denise Young-Robb (Mary/Eloise)
Denise is 71 years old and is a retired contract technical writer after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. Denise has actively been performing in multiple venues in a plethora of productions such as DOUBT (Sr. Aloysius), AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Emily Brent), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Lady Bracknell), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Ensemble), and LOVES LABOURS LOST (Princess). Denise is proud graduate of Leadership Stark County and has two adult sons and an awesome 11-year-old granddaughter who is an accomplished ballet dancer.
Emily Weiss (Amy)
Emily is 24 years old and holds a Bachelor's in Applied Communication from Kent State University. Currently, Emily works as a Digital Marketer at The Karcher Group. Past stage credits include THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Miep Gies), INTO THE WOODS (Florinda), UNNECESSARY FARCE (Mary Meekly), 26 PEBBLES (Georgia, et. al), and REASONS TO BE HAPPY (Carly). The arts have always been a major aspect of Emily's life and she loves that she can continue to be a storyteller. Emily would like to thank her family and friends, as well as the cast and crew, for all of their support and guidance and for giving her the opportunity to help her do what she loves.
Keenan Carosielli (Allan)
Keenan is 19 years old and is native to Canton, Ohio. Previously on the Avenue Arts stage, you may have seen him in productions such as BENT (Wolfgang Granz), IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Harry Bailey), AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Anthony Marsten), OF MICE AND MEN (Curly) and MY MOTHER***** COLLEGE LIFE (Student Ensemble) Keenan would like to thank his grandpa, stepdad and, most importantly, his mom!
Rhonda Brode (Ruth)
Rhonda is extremely excited to be joining the Avenue Arts Family again as a member of Underground. Rhonda has performed in a plethora of productions throughout her life including OLIVER, GUYS & DOLLS, THE MUSIC MAN, and GODSPELL. A former Kindermusik teacher and soloist for the Larry Wilgus singers, she currently works as an RN at the Cleveland Clinic in Twinsburg.
Aden Graves (Server)
Aden is 17 years old and is currently a junior at Lake High School. Previous stage credits include HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Bud Frump), THE MUSIC MAN (Winthrop Paroo), MY MOTHER***** COLLEGE LIFE (Student Ensemble), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Skip Snip/Ensemble), and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Apostle). Aden's favorite activity (besides theatre) is sleeping. He would live to thank our company director, David Lee, for allowing him to be a part of this company alongside so many talented individuals.
Stephen Ostertag (Alfred)
Stephen is 36 years old and holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Kent State University. Some of his notable performances on stage include productions such as THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Actor #4), OF MICE AND MEN(Lennie), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Lion), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Nick Bottom), MATILDA (Agatha Truchbull), and NEWSIES(Roosevelt/Mr. Jacobi).