Meet the Cast of FINIAN’S RAINBOW

“Old Devil Moon.” “How are things in Glocca Morra.” “Look to the Rainbow.” “One of the most enduringly delicious scores ever concocted for an American musical” (The New York Times). The groundbreaking 1947 Broadway hit follows an Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun’s pot of gold and escapes with his daughter Sharon to Missitucky (a mythical region, part of the Jim Crow South). The daughter and the sprite each find romance with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice. Spinning Tree proudly produces the new two-piano version of the classic musical fable, developed at Off Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre.

Phil Fiorini (Finian) Spinning Tree: Debut. Earlier this year he was seen at KCAT in The Realistic Joneses and The New Theatre in The Fabulous Lipitones with George Wendt. The past few years Phil has shared his time between KC and Cincinnati where he appeared at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati in Hands On a Hardbody as J.D. and the Preacher in Violet. Audiences in KC might have seen him at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Twelfth Night as Festes, The Fool in King Lear, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Phil portrayed Charlie in The Whale at the Unicorn. At the New Theatre, he played Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and Amos Hart in last summer’s Chicago. Phil spent three years on the Broadway tour of The Lion King as Pumbaa the warthog and also toured with “Greater Tuna” and “A Tuna Christmas” for Charles Duggins Productions. He would like to thank Andrew and Michael for including him in this special show.

 

Elise Poehling (Sharon) Spinning Tree: Debut. Elise studied towards a Bachelor of Music at Kansas State University. She is a Kansas City native and has been most recently seen in Friend Dog Studio’s The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe at The Living Room, and the Songs of the Summer Musical Monday at MTH. She is so honored and excited to be performing with Spinning Tree and hopes you enjoy the show!

 

Joseph Carr (Woody) Spinning Tree: DebutNYC: Richard III. Kansas City/Regional: Pirates of Penzance (KC), A Streetcar Named Desire (Pablo), Kitty (Biggar), Annie Get Your Gun (Tommy)Other credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), Merrily We Roll Along (Charley)and Into The Woods (Baker)A Kansas native and proud Jayhawk, Joe studied theatre and voice at the University of Kansas and most recently completed the William Esper Studio intensive in New York City. When not on stage, Joe works in KC as a realtor and accent/dialect coach. More information at www.joseph-carr.com.

 

Olivia Cabrera (Sally Ann) Spinning Tree: Debut. Olivia is delighted to be making her debut with Spinning Tree Theatre. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York where she made her Off-Broadway debut in What’s the Story, Under the Lights and The Waistmaker’s Opera. Kansas City credits include works with The Fishtank, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, The Melting Pot and Olive Juice Theatre Company. Olivia is also a jazz singer at The Gaslight Grill.

 

Michael DeCoursey (Og) Spinning Tree: Debut. Other local credits include Courage in Little Rock at The Coterie and Fahrenheit 451 at The White Theatre. Michael has performed across the country from New York to Dallas to California. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Texas Christian University and just returned from The Summer Training Congress at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Thanks to the Family. Follow me on Instagram @mvdecoursey.

 

Connor Branson (Sheriff) Spinning Tree: Assassins. Kansas City credits include A Christmas Carol (Kansas City Rep), Parade (Metropolitan Ensemble) and Gunplay (Fishtank Theatre). Connor is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.

 

Siena Radice (Susan the Silent) Spinning Tree: Debut. Siena is very excited to be in her first Spinning Tree performance. She has recently been seen in The Fabulous Lipitones at The New Theatre as well as Spamalot with TTIP. She recently graduated from SMNW High School and will be pursuing Fashion Merchandising and Business as well as minoring in dance. Siena has been performing since she was a little girl and plans to continue throughout her life. Thank you to everyone who has gotten her where she is now!

 

Nathan Dale Short (Senator Billboard Rawkins) Spinning Tree: Debut. Nathan is thrilled to be making his Kansas City debut in this production of Finian’s Rainbow! A recent graduate of Emporia State University, Nathan was seen there as Pap Finn and The Duke in Big River, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Jim Tyrone, Jr. in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit and others. Most recently, Nathan was part of the ensemble in Paul Bunyan Playhouse’s production of Legally Blonde. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Elijah, Carrie Rose, Jim, Dan and everyone else.

 

Emily Vargo (Lily Mae) Spinning Tree: Debut. Emily is elated to be making her Spinning Tree debut. She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University and has professionally performed in various regional theatres including Music Theatre Wichita. You can catch her next in Musical Theatre Heritage’s Into the Woods.

 

Bob Wearing (Buzz Collins) Spinning Tree: Amadeus, Fiddler on the Roof, Violet, A Little Night Music. Other credits include Big River, Urinetown, South Pacific, Bernstein’s Broadway, and Songs of the Great War at Musical Theatre Heritage. All the love in the world to Ben, Betsy, James, and Chris!

 

Charity Harris (Teen Ensemble) Spinning Tree: Assassins and Spinning Tree Sings! Kansas City credits include School of Rock and Willy Wonka (MTKC) and Joseph… Dreamcoat (Summit Theatre Group) Member of the 2017 Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble (Kansas City Rep). Charity is a Freshman at Lee’s Summit North High School where she participates in theatre and plays violin in the orchestra.

 

Sheridan Mirador (Teen Ensemble) Spinning Tree: 13. Sheridan is a sophomore. Credits include Artful Dodger in Oliver! (Leawood Stage Company), Prof. Marvel in Wizard Of Oz (CYT), Papa Ge in Once on this Island, Snoopy in Charlie Brown, Troy in High School Musical and Gilbert in Hairspray (Stage Right Performing Arts). Sheridan would like to thank family and friends for the never-ending love and support, the cast and crew for this unforgettable experience and you for supporting this show!

 

Aggie Williams (Teen Ensemble) Spinning Tree: Debut. Aggie is a 15-year-old sophomore at Shawnee Mission East High School. She has been featured as Rafiki in The Lion King at The Barstow School, a Wickersham in Seussical at Shawnee Mission East High School and as Erzule in Once on this Island with Stage Right Performing Arts. Most recently she was a Dynamite in Hairspray with Stage Right. Aggie was also a 2016 semi-finalist for Kansas City Superstar. Aggie thanks her sister, Lillian, and her mother for all their love and support.

 

Lillian Williams (Teen Ensemble) Spinning Tree: Debut. Lillian is an 8th grader at Indian Hills Middle School (IHMS).  She was a Past Sprite in A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Little Inez in Hairspray at IHMS and most recently Taylor in High School Musical with Stage Right Performing Arts. She also does Lyra with Lucia Performing Arts. Lillian thanks her sister, Aggie, and her mother, Janet, for all their love and support.

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