Spooky Dog

A Note From the Director

Lisa L Wiley & Jackson Helmholtz

Cast List

Principle Characters 

Ted, Jackson Helmholtz

Tiffany, Gretta Griesbach

Thelma, Bri Clark

Scraggly, Nick Tallion

Spooky Dog, Jadon Muniz

Big Woody/Phantom, Ben Pollizi

Mrs. Woodhaven/Fortuana, Zaria Keys

Swings

Female Swing, Lexi Lang

Male Swing, Jack Mills

Production/Creative Team

Director, Jasmine Riddler

Assistant Director, Lexi Lang

Stage Manager, 

Assistant Stage Managers, 

Costume Designer, Isaac Hulbert

Wardrobe Assistant, Taylor Yunker

Sound Designer/Operator, Autumn Perry

Lighting Assistant, Lexy Saxon

Hair/Makeup Designer, Bri Clark

Marketing, Gavin Buurma

Meet the Cast

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Zach Abraham is a sophomore at Heidelberg University this spring. He is currently pursuing a degree in both Musical Theatre as well as Accounting. Zach is beyond excited to play in the ensemble in this production. Zach is also the assistant Music Director. Zsch is also the Vice President of Make-a-Scene Improv group on campus. Zach would like to thank his family in Marion, as well as his musical theatre family here in Tiffin. Zach wishes everyone to break a leg with Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella!

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Riley Ameel is a freshman this year and is loving it at Heidelberg. Not only can you find her on stage you can also find her on the volleyball court. This is Riley’s 4th show with Heidelberg. She loved learning how to walk on stilts and the fun dancing for this show! Some of Riley’s favorite parts she has played in the past include Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors, Margot from Legally Blonde and Logan from 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Riley would like to thank her parents, sister and past directors for always supporting her! She would like to give a special thanks to the seniors, the crew, and everyone who worked really hard on this show.

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Elayna Brock is a Junior musical theatre major at Heidelberg University. She has appeared as Joan in Fun Home, Torrey in Freaky Friday, Ashlee in Dance Nation, Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, and most recently, Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Elayna is excited to be back on the stage once again this year, but she couldn’t do it without the love and support of her friends and family. She also wants to thank the amazing cast and crew for their hard work and dedication!

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Bri Clark is a junior Musical Theater major and is on track to get her MBA. She has participated in theatrical shows pretty much her whole life. Bri has been over 14 in shows here at Heidelberg. She also participates as the Scenic Charge and Graphic Designer for the theater department. She is also the Puppet Master and one of the Dance captains for Cinderella. Bri is excited for her future here at Heidelberg as well as what will follow once she graduates.

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Chantress DeWitt is a sophomore musical theatre major. During her time here at Heidelberg, she has performed both backstage and onstage. Her most recent performances include Elf, Heathers, 9 to 5, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been dance captain for The Addams Family, and now Cinderella. She would like to thank her fellow dance captains for their countless hours spent on the show and the actors and production team for their dedication to this show. They are so glad you could make it out to see the show and thank you for your support!

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Rebecca Eppard is a sophomore music major with a theater minor and a business minor. She is involved in Heidelberg’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Color Guard, HeiNotes Show Choir, and the honors program. This is her production here at Heidelberg, but she is no stranger to the stage having performed for over 14 years in dance and other shows. Rebecca wants to thank her mom and dad for always supporting her and pushing her to succeed in everything she does.

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Gretta Griesbach is a Junior Theatre Major here at Heidelberg University. She has been performing in productions all throughout middle school and high school. She has performed on the Heidelberg stage in 'She Kills Monsters', 'Freaky Friday', 'Elf', 'Dog Sees God’, ‘Heathers, '9 to 5,’ ‘Addam’s Family,’ ‘My First Time,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Gretta is super excited to be back acting on the stage and would like to thank everyone for their support for this production! She wants to especially thank the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication towards this amazing show!

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Jackson Helmholtz is a freshman musical theatre major from Dexter, Michigan. He has acted in multiple productions at Heidelberg University including The Addams Family, My First Time, The Cake, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and now Cinderella! He has also been a light board operator for Eurydice, and he is so excited to be one of the dance captains as well as ensemble for Cinderella! He would like to thank his fellow dance captains along with his friends and family for all their support. He hopes you enjoy the show!

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Garrett Hummel plays Lord Pinkleton in Cinderella. Garrett is a junior theater major. Other Heidelberg performances include The Cake, The Addams Family, Heathers, Freaky Friday and Elf. He has also been involved in Black Swamp productions of Clue, The Musical and Psych. Garrett also had roles in the movies, The Legend of Holcomb Road and Amorette Hotel.

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Khadijah Kennedy is a freshman musical theatre major. She is originally from Louisiana, but moved to Warren, Ohio four years ago. Khadikah would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her. She hopes you enjoy the show!

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Zaria Keys is a Freshman and is currently double majoring in Psychology and Theatre with a concentration in Acting. She is from Lima, Ohio, and is so excited to continue her plans at Heidelberg! She has been involved in productions such as The Addams Family, Pride and Prejudice, The Cake, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Saga. She is also involved in ensembles on campus like Heimonics and Hei-Notes.  She wants to give the Seniors a HUGE thank you for everything they’ve done and also to the entire cast! She wants to lastly thank her family, and YOU, the audience for your support and hopes you enjoy the show!

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Natalie Joritz is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production with such amazing people. Previously, she took the stage as Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kitty Bennet/Georgiana Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Offstage, Natalie was an assistant stage manager for Midsummer, as well as the music director for The Saga. Outside of theatre, Natalie is involved in the Hei-Notes show choir, Heimonics acapella group, Make-A-Scene improv troupe, as well as a member of Zeta Theta Psi. Love goes out to her friends and family for all their support, the production team for making this show happen, and her fellow scene partners for taking her under their wing. Enjoy the show!

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Benjamin Neiberlein is a sophomore from Hudson, Ohio, majoring in Theatre at Heidelberg University. He has been in productions before at his local hometown theater, Young Actors Studio including productions of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mamma Mia!, and Aladdin. This is his 6th production at Heidelberg. His favorite roles performed were Count Dracula and Sweeney Todd. When not on stage, he enjoys painting and playing piano. He has also done volunteer work for Weathervane Community Playhouse in Akron, Ohio, helping out with set construction of Kinky Boots. He is also associated with Sigma Tau Nu Fraternity and Hei Notes on campus. He has recently played Oberon and Theseus in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Gundlach Theater.

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Ben Pollizi is a junior musical theatre major here at Heidelberg and is so glad to be back on-stage performing! This semester he is performing in Midsummer as Bottom, in the ensemble of Cinderella, and in the Saga, as well as designing the lights for The Cake and The Saga. He serves as the master electrician for the theater as well. Previously he has played Oliver in Puffs, Beethoven in Dog Sees God, Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, along with many other roles over his time here. He hopes you enjoy the show!

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Lexy Saxon is a first year acting major. She has been involved in shows such as The Addams Family, My First Time, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was also the assistant lighting designer for The Saga: A Parody Musical. She would like to thank her friends and family for always being so supportive. She hopes you enjoy the show and come to more!

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Audrey Warren is a freshman Musical Theatre major and Visual Art minor. She is thrilled to be a part of such a groundbreaking and historic musical. Some of their previous roles here at Heidelberg include Philostrate/Elvis Fairy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Prairie Woman Ancestor (The Addams Family), and one of the people in (My First Time). Audrey is honored to share this experience with such an amazing cast. She’d like to thank Stephen Svoboda and David Cotter for trusting her, and a special thanks to “the lovers, the dreamers, and you.”

Meet the Production/Creative Team

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Serria Allen is a freshman English and Integrated Media major with a minor in Theatre. She has performed in The Addams Family and was the Assistant Stage Manager for All Together Now. She is ecstatic to be back for Cinderella. Serria has also been the show photographer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eurydice, and My First Time. She would like to thank the friends she has made in theatre for making her feel welcome her first year here.

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Pamela Shirtz has spent her life following her passion for performance and education, becoming a strong advocate for the arts both in the classroom and the community. Pamela began her passion for the stage while dancing with D & D Dance in Toledo, which led to opportunities to perform at Disney World and eventually becoming a noted choreographer in her own right. She choreographs for professional venues, community theaters, colleges, and high schools throughout northern Ohio. Her choreography is a unique combination of traditional dance steps with contemporary moves, showcasing the work of renowned entertainers, such as Fred Astaire or Michael Jackson, and develops them into a dance with the same energy and glamour of a Broadway chorus line; receiving overwhelming response from the performers she has worked with and the audiences she has entertained. Pamela is the proud recipient of the 2015 & 2016 Choreographer of the Year award from BroadwayWorld.com for her her choreography in Footloose and Into the Woods.

 

Her interests in acting and theatre have led her to play character roles from the community theatre stage to professional repertory work; starring in such diverse roles as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Roxie in Chicago, Maria in The Sound of Music, Natalie in Next to Normal, and many more. Pamela originated the role of Sadie in the new musical Sophie's Light in 2018. As a singer, Pamela has enjoyed frequent invitations to sing for various engagements; her most honored performance was singing for the NYPD Port Authority following September 11th. Pamela is a proud board member for Lorain Community Music Theater and the Lange Trust.

 

A passionate educator when not on the stage, Pamela is a first grade teacher. In 2005, Pamela served as an education specialist with the Amy Biehl Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, working in developing educational programs and opportunities for both the students and teachers in several township schools. Pamela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education & Reading and a Masters of Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University. She has been a guest speaker for both school and thespian conferences throughout the State of Ohio regarding family engagement and dance. Pamela was the recipient of the 2016 ACE Educator of the Year award for Erie County and was recently presented with the Terrific Teacher Award for the Radio Station 102.7 in 2018. In 2020, Shirtz achieved National Board Certification, the highest honor in education. Pamela also serves on the boards of The Lange Trust and The Sandusky Library.

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