BILL LARKIN (Franco and Maestro) was last seen as Max Bialystock in Mercury Theatre’s production of The Producers. Other credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Porchlight Theatre, Jeff nomination), A Class Act (Porchlight, Jeff award), Disney’s Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway in Chicago), Mere Fluff (Annoyance Theatre) and El Grande de Coca-Cola (Civic Theatre of Central Florida). He has performed his original comedy songs in Death by Evening (Second City e.t.c.), Nothing to Say (Davenport’s Cabaret) and The Paper Machete (Green Mill) and releases his second album this month.
CARON BUINIS (Vadoma) is delighted to have been invited back to the haunting Bran Castle, having previously done an earlier reading. Other Chicago theatre credits include: CHIMERICA, JUNO & MY KIND OF TOWN (TimeLine Theatre), Aunt Eller in OKLAHOMA! (Paramount Theatre), Gertrude Stein in LOVING REPEATING, Jeanette A. Burmeister (Jeff Award Nomination – Actress Supporting Role) in THE FULL MONTY (Kokandy Productions); A FUNNY THING HAPPENED… & SWEENEY TODD (Porchlight Music Theatre); THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Piven Theatre), MAKING GOD LAUGH (Fox Valley Rep), and THE SPITFIRE GRILL & KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (BoHo Theatre). Caron is also an active runner, having completed 22 marathons to date, and a performer with Acts of Kindness Cabaret.
MOLLY CALLINAN (Carmilla and Yessenia) is stoked to sink her teeth into Bran Castle! A rock and roll girl at heart, Molly has spent the last 5 years traveling the world singing with Gary Sinise and the Lt.Dan Band. She is also lead singer for Chicago based, all girl band called CATFIGHT. Theatre credits include Wonderland (Chicago Children's Theatre), Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Ravinia Festival); Hair (Paramount Theatre); Rocky Horror Picture Show (Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Mercury Theatre, The Lab Theatre); Dirty Dancing (national tour); A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Marriott Theatre); Rock of Ages staged reading (New World Stages). Molly has ran the Chicago Marathon dressed as a hotdog, a beer keg, and a pig. She loves doughnuts, yoga, her pit bull Meatloaf, her family, steak, and singing... not necessarily in that order. www.mollycallinan.com
SHARRIESE HAMILTON (Iona) hails from Okemos Michigan with a B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University. Porchlight credits include How To Succeed, Ain’t Misbehavin, Pal Joey, A Class Act (Porchlight Music Theatre); Chicago credits include Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre), Thaddeus and Slocum (Lookingglass Theatre) Sister Act, The Velveteen Rabbit ( Marriott Theatre) Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Wild Party, See What I What I Wanna See, and Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago); All Shook Up(Theatre at the Center) Jesus Christ Superstar (Theo Ubique), We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre), and various roles with the Chicago based childrens theatre, Greatworks Theatre. Regional Credits include HAIR (McLeod Summer Playhouse) Spamalot, Working, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, and Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story (Timber Lake Playhouse).
CHELSEA MORGAN (Mirela) is delighted to return to Porchlight. Chelsea was last seen as Kathy in the critically acclaimed production of Company at Writers Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Oklahoma, Les Misérables (Paramount Theatre), Golden Boy, Gifts of the Magi (Porchlight Music Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Theatre) and Alice in Wonderland (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire). Chelsea obtained her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. When she is not performing, she is also an accomplished visual artist. All her love and gratitude to Mom, Dad and Trevor. chelseamorgan.com
KELLI HARRINGTON (Miss Jia) received back-to-back Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in Theo Ubique’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Margaret Johnson) and ASPECTS OF LOVE (Rose Vibert), and was nominated for Best Actress in a Play for MASTERCLASS (Maria Callas.) She has performed locally with TimeLine Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, The Hypocrites, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, Chicago Opera Theatre and Light Opera Works.
MATTHEW KEFFER (The Count) returns to Porchlight where he was most recently seen in Sideshow, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Recent Chicago credits include The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago); Sense and Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (The Mercury Theatre); Juno (Timeline Theatre). More information available at matthewkeffer.com .
JASON RICHARDS (Beaublair) happily returns to Porchlight after being previously seen as in The Gifts of the Magi (Jim Dillingham), Anyone Can Whistle (Hapgood), Mack and Mabel (Mack Sennett) and Applause (Buzz Richards). Other Chicagoland credits include: The Producers (Mercury Theatre), A Christmas Story (Paramount Theatre), City of Angels, La Cage aux Folles (Marriott Lincolnshire), Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Assassins (Kokandy Productions, Jeff Nomination), The Wild Party (Bailiwick Chicago, Jeff Award- Best Ensemble), The Pajama Game (The Music Theatre Company) and Avenue Q (Nightblue, Jeff Recipient).
RONALD KEATON (Boyar and Deputy) has distinguished himself as a dependable, versatile performer at many theatres – Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Theatre, the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, Theater Wit, Oak Park Festival Theatre, First Folio Theatre and several others in Chicago in his four-plus decades as an actor. His regional credits include roles at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Houston’s Alley Theatre and New York’s Nat Horne Theatre. Ronald wears many hats as an actor/writer/singer, a director, stage manager, fundraiser and an advocate for all the arts. He has career paths in voiceover and commercial entities as well. And with artistic director Kurt Johns, Keaton is now the founding director/producer with SoloChicago Theatre, which is singularly devoted to the creation and development of works for solo performance. His solo play CHURCHILL had a successful six-month run off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2015 and received that year’s Jeff Award for outstanding solo performance in Chicago. In addition to currently working on new projects, Ronald proudly served for 24 years as an elected representative to the Central Regional Board of Actor’s Equity Association.
NEIL FRIEDMAN (Constable) is happy to be working at Porchlight Theatre. Chicago area credits include: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Marriott Theatre, The Court Theatre, Steppenwolf, Drury Lane, The Goodman Theatre, and Peninsula Players. Regional credits include: The People’s Light Theatre; Utah Shakespeare Festival; Capitol Repertory, NY; The New Victory Theatre, NY; Flat Rock Playhouse, NC; Coconut Grove Playhouse, FL; The Clarence Brown Theatre, TN; Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; Austria’s Vienna English Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, NY; Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, MO, and The Arts Garage, FL. Neil is a proud recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards. Please visit neilfriedman.info