Meet the Cast of “West Side Story”


Headshot HerreraMegan Herrera (Maria) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof. Local: Merchant of Venice (HASF), A Christmas Carol  and Carousel (KC Rep), South Pacific, Bernstein’s Broadway, and Hello Dolly! (MTH), The King and I (Metropolitan Ensemble), Carrie: The Musical (Egads!), The Death of Cupid (The Living Room); Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Unicorn). Stephens College, B.F.A. Theatre Arts. Megan is incredibly grateful to perform with this talented cast! Special thanks to her family, friends, and the Spinning Tree family for making a dream come true.


Headshot CullumJacob Aaron Cullum (Tony) Spinning Tree: Hello Again. Local: King Lear (HASF), Cock (Unicorn Theatre), A Chritsmas Carol (KC Rep), Journey’s End (KCAT), The Buddy Holly Story (New Theatre), Red Badge Variations (The Coterie), Sweeney Todd (MTH). Regional: Ring of Fire (Plymouth Playhouse), Bare: a pop opera (Broward Center), Spring Awakening and The Diary of Anne Frank (WaterTower Theatre). Next: Pump Boys and Dinettes at Chestnut Fine Arts. Thank you: Andy and Michael for this incredible opportunity, my family for always being supportive and encouraging, and this stellar cast and crew!


Headshot Severo Vanessa Severo (Anita) Spinning Tree: Black Pearl Sings! Other Kansas City credits include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, August: Osage County, Cabaret at KC Rep, Gypsy at MTH, Venus in Fur ,The Motherf***er with the Hat, The Clean House at The Unicorn, Frida…a self portrait, Black Bird at The Living Room, Artist In Residence 2005-2006 at The Coterie, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Desdemona with KCAT, Motherfreaking Hood with Moonshine Variety and Hedwig and The Angry Inch with Egads! All my thanks to our wonderfully supportive Kansas City audiences, and to John and Ava – my backbone.


Headshot Niven Kip Niven (Doc) Spinning Tree: The Fantasticks. MTH (Oliver!, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha—upcoming: Urinetown; Starlight (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Xanadu); New Theatre (Never Too Late, Cactus Flower, Camelot);  KC Rep (Death of a Salesman, August: Osage County, Into the Woods). Right Between the Ears (20 Seasons); EARTh – Equity Actors’ Readers’ Theatre (Project Coordinator); KC Equity Liaison Committee (V-P); Musical Theatre Audition Technique Workshop/Master Class (Instructor). Father to: Jim, Kate, and Maggie; Grandfather to: Talen, Grayson, Scout, Riley, and Wyatt; Sweetheart to: Claudia; Catfather to: Toby and Cecilia. Kip is a very lucky fellow.


Headshot ParmanDaniel Eugene Parman (Riff) Spinning Tree: Debut. Daniel is a second year graduate student at the University of Central Missouri and is excited to have West Side Story as his first Kansas City production. Thank you Mom and Dad for your continued support! Thank you to Nellie for always being there for me. Lastly, thank you Andy and Michael for giving me this wonderful opportunity to perform in a fantastic show!


Headshot WoodsDonovan Woods (Bernardo) Spinning Tree: Debut. Hairspray (Seaweed) and Leap of Faith (Isiah Sturdervant) at Tent Theatre, The Cat in the Hat (Boy) and To Whom it May Inspire (Ensemble) at The Coterie, Footloose (Ren), Shrek the Musical (Donkey), and Almost, Maine (Lendall) at Crane River Theatre. Up next: Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy) at The Coterie. Donovan would like to thank God, family, friends, and Spinning Tree for the opportunity to perform such a classic!


Headshot AtkinsJosh Atkins (Toro) Spinning Tree: Debut. Josh recently finished Hairspray at New Theatre. Egads!: Godspell and Lysistrata Jones. Crown Uptown: A Chorus line, White Christmas and The Wizard of Oz.  Josh is very excited to make his debut in West Side Story. He wants to thank his family for all the support they’ve offered him through the years.  Enjoy the show!


Headshot BartleyJake Bartley (Baby John) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof, Violet. Jake is thrilled to be in this cast with such great artists and directors, and would especially like to thank Michael and Andy for including a teenage hoodlum into the gang. The Coterie, Starlight, American Heartland, Unicorn Theatre, MTKC, Theatre in the Park, American Youth Ballet and Trilogy Cultural Arts.



Headshot BeltTrevor Belt (Officer Krupke) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof. Recent credits: Harbison in South Pacific and Charlie Cowell in The Music Man (MTH), Doctor in The Normal Heart (Relevance Productions). As director: The Fantasticks (Western Playhouse) and Hairy Ape (KC Fringe Festival). Trevor serves as Artistic Director for Relevance Productions. Upcoming: Fiddler on the Roof (Directing: Benedictine College). Special thanks to Andy, Michael and Beverly for bringing him back onboard again!


Headshot BoosJoey Boos (Snowboy) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof. Joey is very excited to be back with Spinning Tree working on this beautiful show with this wonderful cast and crew! Some other favorite past shows include Les MiserablesLittle Shop of Horrors, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. When not performing, Joey enjoys reading new plays, rainy days, and spending time with his family and friends who constantly inspire him.


Headshot CarrollRebecca Carroll (Estella) Spinning Tree: Debut. Rebecca is a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest. Credits include TTIP: Annie, Seussical, West Side Story; MTKC: Once on This Island, Bring it On, The Pajama Game; SMNW: Gypsy, Anything Goes, Little Shop of Horrors. Rebecca studies dance and voice at Miller Marley. Her school activities include Thespian Troupe, ReBel, Interact Club, Newspaper, NHS and IB Diploma. Rebecca thanks Michael and Andy for this incredible opportunity.


Headshot FewellKevin Fewell (Lieutenant Schrank) Spinning Tree: Debut. Kevin is happy and grateful to be working with the folks at Spinning Tree. He has been a part of the Kansas City theatre scene for over 30 years, last seen in the original one-act Just Another Day for Broken Leg Productions. Kevin will be part of the cast of You Can’t Take It With You at New Theatre this fall.


Headshot HuffmanErin Nicole Huffman (Graziella) Spinning Tree: Debut. Erin is a 2014 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, BA Musical Theatre. She is currently earning her Alternative Certification for Education (Middle School Mathematics) at the University of Central Missouri. Past credits include Legally Blonde, Nine, Cabaret, Ragtime, A Chorus Line, and Almost, Maine. Huge thanks to Michael, Andy, friends and family. Mambo!


Headshot HullaBrendan Hulla (Indio) Spinning Tree: Debut. Brendan is elated for this opportunity to perform in West Side Story! Favorite roles to date are Friedrich von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Starlight and Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man at MTH. Other previous credits include Starlight: Peter Cottontail, Aladdin, and Narnia; American Heartland: Nuncrackers; and MTH: Oliver and A Spectacular Christmas. Brendan, a sophomore at BV West, enjoys tumbling, playing cello and performing.


Headshot HurrelbrinkAmy Hurrelbrink (Velma) Spinning Tree: Debut. New Theatre: Hairspray (Shelly); The Living Room: Equus (Young Horseman); Starlight: Footloose (Ensemble); Theatre for Young America: Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, How I Became a Pirate. Big thanks to my Josh. Happy 10 years!


Headshot KingMatthew A. King (Pepe) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof, Violet, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Egads!: Godspell; MTH: South Pacific; The Coterie: Once Upon A Mattress; The Living Room: The Death of Cupid; Metropolitan Ensemble: Ragtime and The King and I; Western Playhouse, New York Musical Theatre Festival premiere, Mother Divine. BFA, Roosevelt Conservatory Chicago. Matthew is thrilled to be in one of his favorite classic musicals. He would like to thank his incredibly supportive parents and friends for all their love.


Headshot LeGrandDaria LeGrand (Anybodys) Spinning Tree: Debut. Favorite performances: Eurydice (Eurydice, The Living Room), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Ruth, KCAT), Jesus Christ Superstar (MTH), The Death of Cupid (Cupid, The Living Room), Titus Andronicus (Lavinia, The Living Room), Carousel (Louise, The Living Room/KC Rep), A Christmas Carol (Fan, Martha, KC Rep), Spring Awakening (The Coterie and The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller, Denver Center). Thanks to family and friends!


Headshot LeVotaDavid LeVota (Arab) Spinning Tree: Debut. David is thrilled to be making his Kansas City debut with Spinning Tree Theatre! David is a recent graduate of UCM where previous credits include The Drowsy Chaperone and The Pirates of Penzance. David would like to thank Michael and Andy for giving him this opportunity and his family for all of their continued support!


Headshot MonaldoNick Monaldo (Big Deal) Spinning Tree: Debut. Nick will be a junior at Montclair State University in New Jersey this fall. At MSU he has been in 42nd Street, Klemperor’s New Clothes, and Merrily We Roll Along. Nick grew up doing theatre in Kansas City at CYT, MTKC and TTIP.


Headshot PellowJosephine Pellow (“Somewhere” Soloist) Spinning Tree: Debut. Josephine is so pleased to be making her Spinning Tree debut. She has appeared on stage in Tosca (Lyric Opera of KC), A Christmas Carol (Belinda Cratchit, KC Rep), The Sound of Music (Marta VonTrapp, Starlight), and The King and I (Metropolitan Ensemble). This fall she will play Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at The Coterie. Josephine loves horseback riding, sewing, singing, and acting.


Headshot PersonettKenny Personett (Action) Spinning Tree: Debut. Kenny is a professional dancer, actor, and choreographer. Credits include the LA Choreographers’ Carnival, Debbie Reynolds Dance Showcase, Busch Gardens Tampa, Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines, Lyle in Lyle the Crocodile and co-choreographer of Slashdance at The Coterie, choreographer for the Houston Rockets, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and numerous events for EPIC Entertainment including the Starlight Gala. Love to my wife Ashley and parents Ken and Viki.


Headshot PowellTiffany Powell (Teresita) Spinning Tree: Debut. Tiffany is honored to be performing in West Side Story. Her favorite past performances include A Chorus Line, Red Death, Playground, and Snoopy! The Musical. Love and thanks to everyone who has supported me in all of my artistic endeavors.


Headshot PulfordTony Pulford (Chino) Spinning Tree: Debut. Tony is thrilled to be in this production of West Side Story! Tony has been seen at MTH in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Coterie in Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Tony graduated from Northwest Missouri State University where he earned his BA in Theatre. Offstage, Tony loves playing cards and reciting movies word perfect.

Headshot PyltsovJodi Pyltsov (Francisca) Spinning Tree: Debut. Excited for her first show with Spinning Tree, Jodi is a graduate of Missouri State University (BFA, Musical Theatre). Favorite shows include: Carla: In the Heights, Serena: Legally Blonde, Potiphar’s Wife: Joseph…, Gina: When Santa Met Sally, and Bobbie: Dreamland Drive-In. Theatres include: Dollywood, Midtown Arts Center, Allenberry, Tent Theatre and Hershey Park. Thank you to her family and husband, Sergey, for always supporting her passion! God Bless!      


Headshot RuffinShon Ruffin (Rosalia) Spinning Tree: Debut. Shon received her Bachelors of Arts from Kansas State University. She is happy to be back in Kansas City and wants to thank her friends and family for their unconditional love and support. Other productions in the Kansas City area include, Hairspray at New Theatre, Jitney at Metropolitan Ensemble, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott at The Coterie.


Headshot ShortessBrian Shortess (Standby for Tony) Spinning Tree: Fiddler on the Roof. Brian is excited to make his return to West Side Story, having just finished playing Tony at Theatre in the Park. He has previously been seen in Guys and Dolls (Sky, Theatre in the Park), Hairspray (Link, The White Theatre/Theatre in the Park), Forum (Hero, Metropolitan Ensemble), Xanadu (Sonny, Barn Players), and Sweet Charity (Oscar, Barn Players). Brian would like to thank his wife Tracy and their dogs for their love and support.


Headshot StevensStefanie Stevens (Minnie) Spinning Tree: Debut. Stefanie is delighted to be making her Spinning Tree debut. Some past shows you may have seen her in: Help Yourself by David Wayne Reed, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Buffalo Room, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Coterie, Godspell and The Rocky Horror Show with Egads!, and as Lola in Damn Yankees at TTIP.  She was most recently in Lovesick at the Fringe Festival. Thanks and love to friends and family!


Headshot StoutAndrew Stout (“Somewhere” soloist) Spinning Tree: Debut. Credits include: Camelot, Starlight; Tosca, Lyric Opera of KC; A Christmas Carol, Our Town, Carousel, Pippin, KC Rep; Master of the Universe, The Living Room; Oliver! (title role), Gladstone Theatre in the Park); Children of Eden, Theatre in the Park; Alice in Wonderland, Port Elizabeth Opera House, South Africa. Film: The Boy That Stayed, The Promise, Three Days of Moonyman. Upcoming: The Miracle Worker at The Coterie.


Headshot WeinbergerKyra Weinberger (Consuelo) Spinning Tree: Debut. Kyra is excited to be a part of her first Spinning Tree production! She studied vocal performance at University of North Texas and sang with Kentucky Opera for two seasons. Kyra teaches Ashtanga, Acro yoga, and is part of the faculty with Trilogy Cultural Arts. Favorite performances include: Rapunzel in Into The Woods, Philia in A Funny Thing…, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Roxie in Chicago, and Anne in A Little Night Music.

Headshot YoungDashawn Young (Luis) Spinning Tree: Debut. Dashawn is ecstatic to make his Spinning Tree debut in West Side Story. Dashawn recently finished his summer in Springfield MO at The Tent Theatre performing in Leap of Faith and Hairspray. He’s also been seen at Starlight, Metropolitan Ensemble, TTIP and HomeGrown Theatre Co. He would like to thank Michael and Andrew for the incredible opportunity to take on this challenging and incredible piece of art.

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