Benita Adams (Pilar) LTA debut! Benita is delighted to be part of such a fun-loving show. She holds a B.A. in vocal performance from Greensboro College. Favorite roles include Evil Dead (Shelly), Passing Strange (Marianna), Hairspray (Little Inez) and High School Musical 2 (Gabriella). All my love to my family, friends, and to Marcus for being the most supportive. Snap it out!
Dwayne Allen (Frat Boy Thad/Bailiff/ Ensemble) is excited to be returning to LTA after last appearing in West Side Story. He is studying musical theater at GMU. When not onstage, you can find him out on the Potomac River with “Urban Pirates”! Other recent credits include Gilligan’s Fire Island (DS), The Rocky Horror Show (Lorton Workhouse), Love, Sex and the IRS (Wolf Pack Theatre), and Sunset Boulevard (RCP)
Morgan Arrivillaga (Elle Woods), a junior at JMU studying musical theater, is so excited to be returning to LTA! Credits include Still Alive (Gladys), Orlando (Sasha), The Wild Party (ensemble, Mae u/s), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Belle). She’d like to thank her dad, her hero, who is responsible for all the amazing turns her life has taken since the last time she played Elle, her aunt for being the most awesome roomie and Big Me, her mom for endless phone calls, her stepmom for being the coolest new mom (and evil stepmother) ever, her little sisters for being the cutest little macarons alive and the amazing cast and crew.
Rachel Cahoon (Margot) is pumped to be in her first LTA production. Some of her previous roles include Julia in The Wedding Singer and Sandy in Grease. Rachel is a rising sophomore pursuing her B.F.A. in musical theater at Point Park University. She would like to thank her family and friends for always being so supportive, and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Courtney Michelle Caliendo
Courtney Michelle Caliendo (Dance Captain/Delta Nu Kate/Chutney Wyndham/Ensemble) is excited to make her LTA debut after a hiatus from musical theater. She was born to a former June Taylor Dolphin Starbrite Dancer (original Miami Dolphin cheerleader), and performing is in her blood. Courtney has played Annie in Annie and Racetrack in Newsies, and held various ensemble parts in other school and community theater productions. She also performed as a Boston College cheerleader and dancer and was co-founder and assistant coach of the BC Pom Squad. In her performance downtime, Courtney is an attorney at the USPTO.
Hans Bachmann (Elle’s Dad/Admissions Officer Winthrop – July 23) See page 16 for bio.
Kurtis Carter (Admissions Officer/Pforzheimer/Stylist Mark/Ensemble) is thrilled to be in his second show with LTA after appearing as the Bishop in Anything Goes. Previous productions include Shrek (Pied Piper), Dames at Sea (Lucky), Children of Eden (Ham/Abel), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Ozzy), Seussical (Mayor of Whoville) and Grease (Eugene). Kurtis would like to thank his mother, father, Michael, and the rest of his friends and family for coming out countless times to support him. He would also like to thank Mary Beth, Stefan, Hans, Chris, Jean, Kit and the rest of the production team for all their hard work, long hours and passion. This show would not be nearly as spectacular without them.
Chris Chapin (Sundeep Padamadan/Nikos/Ensemble) is excited to return to LTA after appearing here in West Side Story. Chris is attending Christopher Newport University, where he made his college debut in the musical Working. He thanks his family and friends for their support and knows Legally Blonde is as fun for you as the rehearsal process has been for him so far. Enjoy the show!
Maria Ciarrocchi (Elle’s Mom/Cat Lady/Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the LTA stage with this fantastic cast in Legally Blonde! Some favorite recent roles include Rose Seller in Oliver! (LTA), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (GTP), The Most Happy Fella (TAP) and Chess (KAT). Maria is an Alexandrian not by birth but by choice and works for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Love and thanks to all the incredible people involved in this show! This one is for her parents and, of course, her Angel of Music.
Shawn Cox (Professor Callahan) First time in an LTA show! Recent DC-area credits include Dr. Parker in Bat Boy (PWLT), Rochester in Jane Eyre (FCT), Dickinson in 1776 (MCP), Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (MCP) and Baron van Swieten in Amadeus (PPF), along with a long list of musical and nonmusical roles performed elsewhere over too many years. Shawn is a self-employed management consultant, primarily with nonprofits in the areas of IT, HR, finance, change management and operations. Snaps everyone!
Sean Garcia (“UPS Guy” Kyle/Dewey/Grandmaster Chad) is excited to return to LTA after last playing Kevin Rosario in LTA’s production of In the Heights and Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music whose credits include Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (Hub Opera), Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods (Riverside Center) and Grosvenor in Patience (CHAW). When not writing clichéd bios, Sean enjoys getting that coin, reminding all those around him: “Don’t start none, won’t be none,” and generally being a boss b****.
Heather Gifford (Brooke Wyndham) graduated from JMU, earning a B.A. in music industry and musical theater vocal performance. She performed professionally as a singer/dancer with Holland America Cruise Line and in Myrtle Beach, SC, Atlantic City, NJ, and Las Vegas, NV. She is completing her fourth year teaching at MSA (Alexandria), where she enjoys directing music through private voice, choir and student showcases. She thanks her husband for his support of her joining the cast of Legally Blonde, which has meant him owning the majority of bedtimes with their 3-year-old son. She has had so much fun returning to the stage and is grateful to LTA for the opportunity!
Elizabeth Gillespie (Vivienne Kensington) is thrilled to be making her debut at LTA! She was last seen as Louise in RCP’s production of Gypsy. Favorite past credits include Jane in Jane Eyre and Jo in Little Women (FCT), the Witch in Into the Woods (URTM) and Laurey in Oklahoma! (Good Shepherd Players). Elizabeth graduated from Westminster Choir College with a B.M. in music education and teaches music by day. Special thanks to Hans, Chris, Stefan, Mary Beth and the rest of the cast and crew for this fantastic experience!
Marcelo Guzmán (Aaron Schultz/Carlos/Ensemble) is excited to return to LTA after being a part of the community in In the Heights. He is a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he will receive his bachelor of fine arts in theater performance. Some of his favorite roles include Sir Bedevere/Concorde/Others in Spamalot and Sheriff in The Trip to Bountiful at VCU. He hopes you enjoy the show, and thank you to all my friends and family for their support.
Katie Beth Hicks
Katie Beth Hicks (Whitney/Judge/Ensemble) is excited to be returning to the stage! Katie Beth is a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest School of Law and, unless you count National AAJ Trial Team, her last performance was as Julia Sullivan in Diamond Head Theatre’s 2009 production of The Wedding Singer (Hawai’i State Theatre Award). Past credits include Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (Manoa Valley Theatre). Mahalo to the Alexandria Singers and to Stefan for facilitating her return to theater!
Jerry Hoffman (Elle’s Dad/Winthrop/Ensemble) is making a fast return to the LTA stage after singing his heart out in The Fabulous Lipitones earlier this year. Other LTA credits include Scapino, Company, Oliver! and Dial ‘M’ for Murder. He’s performed in La Cage aux Folles, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, 1776 (MCP), Company (TCP) and, last year, as Alan in The Boys in the Band (DS). Jerry is a graduate of Catholic University and in 2015 sang with the university chorus and orchestra as the School of Music celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concert (Carmina Burana) at the Kennedy Center.
Ashley Kaplan (Delta Nu Gaelen/Court Stenographer/Ensemble) is so excited to return to LTA after performing in Anything Goes last winter! Favorite past productions include Chicago, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, A Chorus Line and Pippin. When not onstage, she works as a psychologist in a group private practice in Vienna.
Halle Kaufax (Serena) is excited to be in her first production with LTA, and her second production of Legally Blonde! Halle is a recent graduate of Edison High School, where she was SGA president and was heavily involved in choir and theater. Most notable past roles include Cat in Honk (EHS), Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie (MVCCT) and Penny in Hairspray (MSA). Next year, Halle plans to attend New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she will study musical theater in the New Studio on Broadway.
Karen Kelleher (Enid Hoops) is excited to be performing in her first LTA show. She was most recently seen as Mazzepa in Gypsy (RCP) and Photographer in from 35mm as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Previous roles include Bird Woman in Mary Poppins (RCP), Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan (URTM), Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Fairfax Theatre), Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Kline Theatre), Paula in Marriage, Lizards and Love (Capital Fringe) and Joanna in Sunset Boulevard (RCP). She has also appeared as an extra on the Netflix show House of Cards (Season 1).
Katherine Lipovsky (Paulette) is delighted to be a part of this wonderful production. Katherine holds a B.A. in history from JMU and works in the residential property management field during the day. Previous credits include: Rude Mechanicals: Rona, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Dominion Stage: Betty, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Penelope Pennywise, Urinetown; Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre: Amnesia, Nunsense, Lady Jacqueline, Me and My Girl, June Sanders, Smoke on the Mountain, Anne Anderson, Shenandoah, and Trix, The Drowsy Chaperone.
Kaylen Morgan (Emmett Forrest) is thrilled to be making his LTA debut! Originally from Phenix City, AL, Kaylen studied musical theater at Columbus State University (GA) and went on to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC). Favorite credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors); Damn Yankees (Rocky); Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay); A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit); Joseph…Dreamcoat (Judah); Annie (Drake); Spring Awakening (Hanschen); Les Miz (Grantaire), and many more. He was honored to play a very small part in the movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 alongside Jennifer Lawrence and in The Last Song with Miley Cyrus. Thank you so much to the fantastic LTA team for trusting me to tell this story.
Brendan Quinn (Warner Huntington III) was previously seen at LTA in A Christmas Carol (2016, Fred) and The Odd Couple, Female Version (Jesús). He also worked behind the scenes on Key for Two, West Side Story and A Christmas Carol (2015) and served as props designer for Steel Magnolias and assistant director for Laughing Stock. Elsewhere in the area, he’s been seen in Snakebit as Jonathan (DS) and Little Women as John Brooke (ACCT). Outside of Harvard Law, Brendan helps fight for transparency in campaign finance at the Center for Responsive Politics—follow @OpenSecretsDC to keep up!
Carlie Smith (Delta Nu Veronica/D.A. Joyce Riley/Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the ensemble of Legally Blonde in her LTA debut. After graduating from Wheaton College with a minor in theater, Carlie returned to her hometown of Arlington, VA, and has been volunteering backstage with TAP and taking musical theater courses at LTA and Theatre Lab. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as an artist in the welcoming theater community in Northern Virginia, and she looks forward to involvement in many more productions in the future.
Ryan Walker (Lowell/Assistant D.A./Ensemble) is excited to return to the Little Theatre of Alexandria. Since his LTA debut in Hairspray, he has performed in many roles throughout the DMV area. Some of his favorite roles include Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Rooftop Productions), Nick in Fame: The Musical (MPAT) and Pinocchio in Shrek: The Musical (RMT). He also studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He would like to thank the entire cast and creative team for giving him this experience to be in one of his all-time favorite musicals!
Rebecca Weiss (Delta Nu Leilani/Cashier/Ensemble) graduated with a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. She then interned at Dance Place in Washington under the guidance of Carla Perlo and Shannon Quinn. As a professional dancer, Rebecca has worked with ClancyWorks Dance Company and Through the 4th Wall Productions in the immersive theater experience of Dream Within a Dream: Madness. Rebecca is a company member with Jane Franklin Dance and teaches young dancers throughout the area.