Matt is really excited to be able to share "45 Plays for 45 Presidents" with an audience, albeit in a very nontraditional format. He has been involved with theatre in the Altoona area since 2004, primarily behind the scenes but finding his way on stage occasionally. Previously, he directed "The River" and co-directed "Boeing Boeing" for Things Unseen, stage managed, and done lighting and sound design for countless shows, in addition to serving as Things Unseen’s Co-Technical Director. He is also active with Altoona Community Theatre, currently serving as a Board Member. This show allowed him to mix his Political Science degree from Dickinson College and his love of theatre, which is a dream come true. In his spare time, Matt spending time with his partner Emily and their three cats, Ann Purrkins, Prince Berenger, and Chip Potts. "...we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all." Pericles
Film Editing Crew ChiefBethany Helsel
Bethany is excited to be a part of this show and trailblaze through the challenges presented in taking it from stage to screen! Going virtual has given her an opportunity to put her filmmaking skills to the test. Filmmaking has been her passion for the past 6 years, during which she has submitted short films for competitions as well as working on non-competition projects. She recently joined the Things Unseen family with the production of "She Kills Monsters" last year filling many roles, including her first as fight choreographer. You can also find Bethany raising money for sick children with the Gearbox Union group, being outdoors, and spending time with her 'partner in crime' Adam and their two fur babies, Lady and Maddox. Many thanks to Matt and the cast and crew for their patience with our 'trial and error' methods. She feels this experience can be summed up by the following quote by Matt, "Trial and Error and lots of Flash Paper!"
Stage ManagerMarlene Liszka
This is her first film. She is happy to be involved even in this small way.
Sam currently dances with Allied Motion Dance Company. She would like to thank Matt for trusting her with the job of choreographer for this show. Next to dance and theatre, her second favorite activity is hanging out on her couch at home with her husband and their cat, Fiddler. Sam would like to thank Emily Evey for directing her in "She Kills Monsters."
Music DirectorJon Mountain
Jon is currently the Director of Bands at Chestnut Ridge High School. This is Jon's first venture into Music Directing community theatre, but his previous credentials include Music Directing "Into The Woods" and "Hello Dolly." Jon would like to dedicate this show to his loving wife, Kayla, their baby girl, and their three cats.
Film Editor/Technical AdvisorJonathan O'Harrow
Jonathan is the Interim Director of Strategic Communications at Penn State Altoona. He currently serves on the board of directors for Altoona Community Theatre and United Way of Blair County. He has performed and directed with several theatre companies in the central Pennsylvania region, most recently playing Agatha Trunchbull in Fuse Productions’ “Matilda: The Musical.” In his spare time, Jonathan manages the “Things William Says” Twitter account at twitter.com/williamsaysjunk.
Technical AssistantMark Michrina
Mark has been involved back stage in many area productions at Things Unseen Theatre and Altoona Community Theatre since 2004, serving in many roles including Flying Supervisor (twice!), Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Master Carpenter. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so this time around he's “onstage” (for the first time since high school)! Many thanks to the excellent cast and crew of this production! Now more than ever, get out there and vote!!
Sue is grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to this unique and challenging theatre production and to collaborate with so many wonderful people! She sends love and thanks to her history and theatre loving son, Director Matt, for putting her on his team! Sue has previously done props and/or set decor for Things Unseen Theatre’s productions of "Boeing Boeing" and "The River"; and Altoona Community Theatre’s "Steel Magnolias," "Mamma Mia," and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Many thanks to Mark, Matt, Emily, Courtney, Bonnie, Bob, Marlene, Maddie, and my two new best friends - home delivery and curbside pick-up! It took all of your contributions to pull this one off in this hot mess of a year!
Jan is a retired administrator at University of Pittsburgh. Her past theatre experience has primarily been as a costumer for Altoona Community Theatre and Things Unseen, though in recent years she's gotten brave and tried her hand at performing both on stage and now in front of the camera! "I would like to thank the cast and crew for making 45 Presidents such a great experience. Remember to vote on November 3rd!"
Maddie first showed up on Altoona’s theatre scene in 1995, and is always looking for fun new ways to get involved. This show certainly fit that bill! While she has been involved with both the backstage and onstage aspects of Things Unseen’s productions, she’s never even dreamt of doing something like this. While theatre and all it entails are certainly a large part of her life, she also enjoys the visual arts, games, and spending time with her passel of pets. Maddie would like to thank her family for being so patient and supportive throughout the long rehearsal and filming process, and her filming buddy Lu, for offering all the spare hands and eyes and a shoulder to cry on around take 17.
Original Creative Team
Written by: Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, & Karen Weinberg
Founding Father: Andy Bayiates
Musical composition & arrangements by: Steve Goers, Laura McKenzie & Andre Pluess
Originally produced by The Neo-Futurists of Chicago (neofuturists.org)
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