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Special Guest Dramatic Artists

Front row: Mariah Bowen, Leigh Anne Hamlin Back row: Will Wooten, Caleb Brown


Along with a performance of great symphonic works from Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest actors from LaGrange College enacting scenes from Shakespeare’s play and Stephen Sondheim’s libretto for West Side Story.  These dramatic scenes will reinforce the parallelism of the music.

Dramatic scenes performed at the FIRE concert on November 1st, will be played by:

Leigh Anne Hamlin (Juliet) is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at LaGrange College. She most recently played Cinderella in Into the Woods. Previous productions include The Rimers of Eldritch and scenes from The Ballad of Baby Doe and The Pirates of Penzance.

Caleb Brown (Romeo) is a junior Musical Theatre major and Technical Design minor at LaGrange College. He recently played The Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods. Other LC credits include: The Man in On the Verge, Josh in The Rimers of Eldritch. His past LC roles include Fred Casely in Chicago, Dubois in The Misanthrope, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mike Costa in A Chorus Line.

Will Wooten (Tony) is a junior Mathematics major at LaGrange College. He recently played the Steward in Into the Woods.

Mariah Bowen (Maria) is a senior Musical Theatre major at LaGrange College. Previous roles include Cinderella’s Mother/Granny in Into the Woods, Isabelle in The Pirates of Penzance, Wilma in The Rimers of Eldritch, and Mote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Narration will be performed by:

Kim Barber Knoll is Chair and Professor of Theatre Arts at LaGrange College. She was the Artistic Director and an Equity Guest Actor and resident director at the Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, New Hampshire for twenty years. With over 30 years of professional acting and directing credits, she holds an MFA in Acting from UCLA. Previous performance credits include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Vi in Footloose and the Witch in Into the Woods. Representative directing credits include Into the Woods, On the Verge, Dames at Sea and Metamorphoses.