Caitlin Cannon (Director/ Choreographer/ Co-Creater) is beyond thrilled to be working on "Who Could Ask For Anything More." As a performer her credits include working with such companies as Theatre Under The Stars, Houston Grand Opera, Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, Casa Manana Theatre and Radio City Music Hall (as a Rockette.) Her choreography credits include productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Footloose, Grease, Annie, Guys and Dolls, and Singing in the Rain. In her free time, she is photographer. Proud AEA member. Love to my family and Josh for their constant love and support. For Makenzie.
Aleka Emerson (The Fiance) loves this project! Favorites include Liz in Chicago (dir. Marcia Milgrom-Dodge) Trix in Drowsy
Chaperone MGR, West Side Story MSMT, I Heart Bob Joyce SoHo, White Christmas TUTS and Virginia Lear in Black Patent Leather Shoes MGR. Music Videos: David Bronson’s The Turns, Rachel Bloom’s YCTMB. MTVu Woodie Awards ’09. Upcoming: Gingerbread House with NYFA. Thank you Sammy Productions!
Danny Gardner (The Milkman) National Symphonic Tour of Here to Stay - The Gershwin Experience, National tour of 42nd Street. Regional: Singin' in the Rain; High Button Shoes; Half a Sixpence, and Show Boat all four at Goodspeed Opera House. Promises, Promises, Fingers and Toes, and Drowsy Chaperone at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Annie and White Christmas at Theater Under the Stars, Crazy For You and Oliver! at the Fulton Opera House. Company member of the physical comedy theater troupe “Parallel Exit” and the “New York Song and Dance Company”. Graduate of Ithaca College. www.dannyjgardner.com
Ray Hesselink (The Girl's Father) is a director/choreographer and performer living and working in New York City. As a dance instructor, Ray has had the privilege to help train the children currently performing in Broadway's Billy Elliot: The Musical. As a dancer, Ray created the role of Mr. Happy in Derick Grant's Imagine Tap! As a performer, Ray's favorite performances include originating the role of "Bud" in Batboy: The Musical.
Ray has choreographed for many venues including Joyce Soho, New York Musical Theater Festival, The Duke Theater, Symphony Space, Yale Drama School and many others. Ray is also on Faculty at Juilliard, STEPS on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.
Check out www.RayHesselink.com for more information.
Ryan Kasprzak (The Waiter) is currently the assistant choreographer for NBC’s Smash where he is honored to work alongside Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse. He can also be seen as the Sun Drop Guy in the ongoing TV ads for Sun Drop soda. Ryan was Associate Resident Choreographer and dance captain for the 1st national tour of Billy Elliot and appeared on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance along with his brother, Evan. He continues to create new work with his multi Drama Desk Award nominated company Parallel Exit: Physical Comedy Theater. Their production of This Way, That Way prompted the NY Times to say Kasprzak, “can get laughs simply by breathing” and their comic tap musical Time Step has been seen at the New Victory Theater, Joyce SoHo, Lincoln Center Institute and Cos Festival in Spain. Ryan was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography and served as dance captain for the International Tour of Fosse. BFA Marymount Manhattan College. Much love and gratitude to Family and MSA. www.ryankasprzak.com
Brent McBeth (The Best Friend) is a resident company member/choreographer for Parallel Exit, a Drama Desk-nominated physical theater company that performs in New York and theaters throughout Europe and the U.S. New York performance credits: No, No, Nanette, Face the Music (City Center Encores); Time Step (New Victory); Room 17B (59E59); Exit Stage Left; Madam Fury’s Traveling Show. Other memorable moments: Fosse (w/ Ruthie Henshall and Ben Vereen); White Christmas (cast recording); Guys and Dolls (Cape Playhouse); Cabaret (Emcee, Papermill Theater); dancing mustard bottle.
Lainie Munro (The Girl’s Mother) is absolutely thrilled to join the WCAFAM cast! Lainie is an NYC-based director, choreographer, and performer. Most recently she choreographed “Sweet Charity” for New Haarlem Arts Theater, which won her the 2012 AUDELCO award for Best Choreography. Her work on “Sweet Charity” was described in the New York Times as “new, exhilarating choreography.” Other choreography credits include an episode of “Hope and Faith” starring Kelly Ripa, “Oklahoma!” starring Rue McClanahan for the Broadway Series of Charlotte, and a 2009 “Fashion’s Night Out” event for designer Christian Louboutin and Piper Heidsieck Champagne. Directing credits include a concert version of “Great Day” for the Library of Congress starring Norm Lewis, Christiane Noll, and Davis Gaines. As a performer, Lainie toured the U.S. with the Cameron Mackintosh production of “My Fair Lady” directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. Regional roles include Velma in “Chicago”, Helene in “Sweet Charity”, Kristine in “A Chorus Line”, and Phyllis on the European Tour of “42nd Street.” Lainie is a guest teacher at Steps and Alvin Ailey, and is on the Theatre Dance and Tap faculty at Broadway Dance Center. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Florida State University, and is a member of AEA and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Visit her website at www.LainieMunro.com.
Michael Raine (The Dance Master) grew up dancing around the Boston area, and graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1996. He has been teaching tap, ballroom and historical movement at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program since 2008. He has also spent over a decade on faculty at CAP21 Conservatory, both for NYU and CAP’s professional program. Choreography credits include: 42nd Street, Rent, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On the Town, A Letter to Harvey Milk, I Sing!, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He has also staged dances for several plays, including The Cherry Orchard, Ring Round the Moon and Landscape of the Body. Michael has studied Puppetry and Biomechanics in Bulgaria, Stanislavski in Moscow, and the Viewpoints with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company.
John Scacchetti (The Boy) has
performed on Broadway in in the 2001 Tony Award winning revival of 42nd Street
with choreography by Randy Skinner, and the critically acclaimed 2008 revival
of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone with direction by Arthur Laurents. John has also
toured the nation twice - once with 42nd Street, and again with My Fair Lady
directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne. John has performed
in regional productions of How To Succeed…, West Side Story, Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers, and Anything Goes. John was also a soloist in The Illinois
Ballet company before moving to NYC. John is currently on the faculty at the Broadway Training
Center, and the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center as a tap instructor. John holds a BS
in theatre performance from Bradley University, where he graduated Summa Cum
Johanna Schlitt (The Girl/ Co-Creater) has performed most recently in regional productions that include Hairspray (Penny Pingleton), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer) and Oklahoma. Other favorite productions include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaff), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally Brown), and Urinetown: The Musical (Little Sally). Johanna is currently singing and dancing for children at the New York Kids Club. Visit her website at www.johannaschlitt.com.
Samuel Samson Schlitt (The Dog) is excited to make his performance debut in Who Could Ask For Anything More. In his spare time, Samuel loves a good game of fetch and lots of cuddles. Samuel would like to thank his mom, Johanna Schlitt, for providing him with the opportunity to star in a web series.
Mitchell Sink (The Brother) is thrilled to be a part of Who Could Ask For Anything More. He recently made his Broadway debut in the 2012-13 production of Elf the Musical (Michael). He is from Brenham, Texas. His theatre credits include Seussical (JoJo), The Miracle Worker (Jimmie), The Secret Garden (Colin Craven), Parenthesis (Timothy) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Charlie Bradley). Love to my incredible family and friends. Special thanks to Caitlin Cannon and Johanna Schlitt.
Sadie Sink (The Sister) is delighted to be a part of Who Could Ask For Anything More. She recently made her Broadway debut in Annie and is excited to be a part of the original cast in the upcoming Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting (Winnie). From Brenham, Texas (5th grade). Regional: Annie (Annie), White Christmas (Susan Waverly). Other favorites: The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller), Parenthesis (Casey), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox). Love to my incredible family and friends! Special thanks: Caitlin Cannon and Johanna Schlitt.
Robbie Smith (The Girl's Brother) is most excited to be joining the cast of “Who Could Ask For Anything More” and really, who could? Most recent regional credits include: Hello, Dolly! (The Fireside Theatre); 42nd Street (John W. Engeman Theater, Resorts Casino); 9 to 5, Anything Goes, All Shook Up (WVPT), Hairspray (Eldorado Showroom). Workshops: Room 16 (Goodspeed Musicals), Louise Braille (Actors’ Playhouse). Robbie holds a BFA from The Hartt School, Magna Cum Laude. Visit his site for news and updates: www.RobbieSmith.net
Dorothy Stanley (The Mother) is thrilled to be a part of the WCAFAM family. She is a veteran of seventeen Broadway Shows, making her debut in SUGAR BABIES with Ann Miler and Mickey Rooney, and including featured roles in ANNIE, 42ND STREET (the original) JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, and the revivals of SHOW BOAT, FOLLIES, 42ND STREET, LA CAGE..., SWEENEY TODD, and GYPSY (Patti LuPone). She was in the National Tours of CABARET (Joel Grey), KISS...SPIDER WOMAN (Chita Rivera's), and BILLY ELLIOT. Off-Broadway was Joan in the revival of Dames at Sea. Over 100 hundred regional credits include productions at the NJ Shakespeare, Olney, Pittsburgh Public, and Pioneer Theatres; the Weston, Cape, Cincinnati, and Paper Mill Playhouses; Arena, Pennsylvania and Syracuse Stages; St. Louis and Connecticut Repertory Theatres; Music Theatre of Connecticut, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Asolo and Goodspeed Opera Houses. Roles include Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Charlotte and Desiree (A Little Night Music), the Witch (Into the Woods), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Joanne (Company), Sally (Follies), Lottie (Mack and Mabel), Ilona (She Loves Me) and most recently, Martha Watson (White Christmas) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She can also be seen in the video of Liza Minnelli, STEPPIN' OUT at Radio City Music Hall. She's a graduate of Ithaca College (BFA) and Carnegie-Mellon (MFA).