Emily Bridges * (Lizzie Andrew Borden). Film: “The Public Domain,” “Grooming,” “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” “1000 to 1: The Corey Weissman Story.” Television: “Code Black,” “Masters of Sex.” Off-Broadway: Lucy in “Brahm Stoker’s Dracula” (Little Shubert), “Happy Hour” (45th Street Theater). Regional Theater: “Extremities” (Dark and Stormy Productions, Minneapolis), “Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad” (Secret Rose), “The School for Scandal” (Theatricum Botanicum), “The Wall,” “Emily in Our Town,” “Acting: The First Six Lessons” (Theater West).
Chas Mitchell * (Andrew Jackson Borden) has been an L.A. film, theater and voiceover actor for more than 35 years, with TV credits including “General Hospital” and “The X-Files.” Chas has worked with several local theater companies and was fortunate to play Scrooge in “Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad,” Katrina Wood’s original musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” He is thrilled to be returning to be part of the exceptional cast of this exciting musical. SAG/AFTRA, AEA; Daily Talent, Idiom Worldwide Talent.
Kristin Towers-Rowles * (Nance O’Neil) was L.A.’s Musical Theatre Star of the Year 2015 (StageSceneLA). National/international tours: “Phantom of the Opera”/”Les Miserables in Concert” (Christine/Cosette), “The Mikado” (Yum Yum), “The Christmas Box” (Angel). Recent L.A./regional: “Violet” (Violet), Disney’s “Tarzan, The Musical” (Jane), “Showboat” (Magnolia). “Sunday in the Park with George” (Dot/Marie), “Victor/Victoria” (Norma), “A Lovely Lineage” at the Federal/Mbar/Arthur Newman Theatre/Sun City (tribute to her late grandmother, MGM star Kathryn Grayson). 2014 studio cast recording of “And the World Goes ‘Round” (Woman 2). Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Rick Simone * (John Morse). Emmy winner Rick Simone is known to TV audiences for his work on “Married People,” “Just the Ten of Us,” “General Hospital,” “Capitol,” “A Year in the Life,” “Life Goes On,” “Mob Scene” and “K.C. Undercover.” Theater: George C. Wolfe’s “The Me Nobody Knows,” “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens” at the Canon Theatre, “Betrayal” at the Globe, his one-man show “These People” at LATC, and the Celebration Theatre’s GLAAD Award-nominated production of “Revolver.” He can currently be seen playing the title character in the web series “Sammy Kingsford: Manager to the Stars.”
Rowan Treadway (Tommy Thompson) has played many roles in student and independent films. This is his first scripted stage role. The former architect turned his musical passions into a career as a background vocalist with credits including Mariah Carey, “American Idol” and televised music award shows. He found a greater passion simultaneously studying acting as a craft. He thanks family and friends for their support.
James J. Cox (Theo Wood & the Judge & Grandpa) loves theater and has appeared in several plays in the Los Angeles area, most recently “Plaza Suite” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” James is honored to be a part of the fabulously talented cast and creatives of “Spindle City: the Lizzie Borden Musical.” James is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and is seeking representation.
Robert Keasler (Jack mill worker & Jennings defense lawyer). This is the second time Robert is privileged to work with Katrina Wood and the fourth time under the direction of Trace Oakley. L.A. theater: “Dark of the Moon,” “What Kind of God?” “Lovers and Other Strangers,” “The People vs. Friar Laurence” and “Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad.” Performed over a dozen one-act plays at festivals with 3 Roses Players. Regional theater: “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “West Side Story,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Pippin” and “Godspell.” Film: “First Day,” “Shelter,” “Teleport,” “Gayville a Musical,” “Alexander the Great,” “The Hitman” and “Birthday Fire.”
Paul Wong * (Eddy mill worker & Kim Lee & Moody the prosecutor). Won an NAACP Theatre Award for best musical director for “Do Lord Remember Me” and a Vee-Cee Award for memorable performance by an actor for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (as Hysterium). Credits include appearances in 13 different Stephen Sondheim musicals, including Ovation Award-winning productions of “Sweeney Todd” (Anthony) and “Pacific Overtures” (ensemble). For more information go to Paul-Wong.com, and follow on Twitter & Instagram @PaulWongActor.
Jazmine Ramay * (Abby Durfee Borden). Graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and the Cabaret Conference at Yale University. Theater: “Barefoot in the Park” (Cory), “Penelopiad” (Penelope), “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Gwendolyn) and “Macbeth” (second Wyrd Sister). Jazmine has worked in film and television with appearances in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill.” Recently seen in the original cast of B Street Theatre’s production of “Bars and Measures.” She has performed in fundraisers and musical variety shows such as “Broadway Beginnings” and “Cole,” and was part of a 1920s review performing at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. Currently working on the audiobook “Vegas to Varanasi” due out in 2017 and working in voiceover.
Sarah Hoback (Emma Borden). Favorite roles include Sister James in “Doubt,” Sophie Scholl in “The White Rose” and Tricia in “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” She studied acting at Stella Adler in Hollywood and has a degree in film from Indiana University. When not performing on stage, Sarah works as a divemaster and photographer.
Jonée Shady * (Joan mill worker) graduated with a degree in theater from UNLV, where she performed in “West Side Story” and “They’re Playing Our Song.” She played leads in “It Must Be Him” (Edgemar Theatre), “Real Women Have Curves,” “Sparkles and the Black Weeping Woman” (Casa 0101). Television: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Criminal Minds,” “Quick Draw” and TV One’s “Born Again Virgin.” Look for her in the upcoming film “Hold On,” starring Luis Guzman. Jonée is repped by First Class Talent.
Cristina Castano (Alice mill worker). A young actress from Mexico City, Cristina first went on stage when she was 3 years old as a ballerina. She has devoted her life to art ever since. Earlier this year she graduated with a master’s degree in acting. She has been a part of several theatrical productions, two feature films and a web series. This is her first professional musical production and she couldn’t be more excited to be part of this new challenge.
Stephen Juhl (Albert Murdock mill worker) is from the great state of Colorado, where he received a theater degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Stephen is happy to have recently worked with director and fellow Coloradoan Trace Oakley in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “RuddiGORE” at Studio Stage Theatre in Hollywood. Theater: “Pentagon Papers” at Santa Monica Playhouse, “Karma: The Awakening” at El Portal’s Monroe Forum Theatre, “Not Your Mama’s Broadway” at Oil Can Harry’s, along with directing credits of “My Darling Josephine” and “Psychic Sink” for the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Bianca Vanderhorst (Bridget the maid). “Binky” began acting at a young age at the Barn Theatre in her home town of Porterville, Calif. Her love of theater led her to pursue a degree in theater from Loyola Marymount University, followed by a master’s from Cal State University, Northridge. Most recently in theater, Binky appeared in two separate productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Hermia and a dancing fairy). She is honored to be part of such a thrilling production as “Spindle City” and would like to thank Katrina Wood for bringing her on board.
Alex Jebb-Quine (Billy James). Alex is 10 years old and in the 5th grade, where he excels in math and science. When he’s not performing, he loves playing baseball (especially pitching!) and jamming on his electric guitar. Past roles include Friedrich von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Charlie Bucket in “Willy Wonka Junior.” He’s excited to help tell the story of Lizzie Borden in “Spindle City.”
Makayla Rowles (Molly Malone) is ecstatic to play in “Spindle City” alongside her real-life mother, Kristin Towers-Rowles. Theater: “Shrek” (Young Fiona), “On Tidy Endings” (Jamey) at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, “Alice In Wonderland” (Tweedle Dee), “Honk” (Duckling), “Little Mermaid” (Flounder) and “The Wizard of Oz” (Toto). She appeared in many national commercials and in the AFI film “The Revenge of the Mop Bucket Mastermind.” Makayla thanks her family and her agency, Across the Board Talent.
Christian Simon (Joey) makes his theatrical debut in “Spindle City.” He hails from Louisiana and is making the transfer to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being in the entertainment industry. You can find him dancing and singing daily and he is ecstatic to bring his energy to the stage. Christian would like to thank his family for encouraging him to be the best Christian that he can be.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States