Mark Binns (Music Director, Oliver!) is thrilled to be at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre this year! Past credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Treasure Island: A New Musical, Singin’ on a Star, Review the Revue, Hairspray, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, The Wiz, Next to Normal, and Avenue Q at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Hairspray at the Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Arkanas Shakespeare Theatre. Mark is currently co-writing an original musical that will be work shopped and produced at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre next month.
Eric Binnie (Sexton, Much Ado About Nothing; Old Man, King Lear) is newly retired from the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in Hendrix College and is delighted to return to this exciting season at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. He played roles in The Sound of Music, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. It is an honor to be working with so many talented colleagues, energetic interns, and dedicated directors, designers, and technicians. When not acting, Eric enjoys teaching and exploring the Alexander Technique and teaching Shakespeare at Hendrix College.
Joe W. Boersma
Joe W. Boersma (Oatcake, Much Ado About Nothing; Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) has just earned his BFA in acting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. (more…)
Jordan N. Breckenridge (Ensemble, Oliver!; Cornwall’s Servant, King Lear) is in his third year as an acting intern with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and he couldn’t be more excited to return. (more…)
Courtney Bennett (Margaret, Much Ado About Nothing; Fool, King Lear) is originally from Little Rock, and received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Central Arkansas. (more…)
Gregory Antley (Child Wrangler, Oliver!) has spent three seasons with Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. (more…)
Robert Gerard Anderson
Robert Gerard Anderson (Dogberry, Much Ado; Gloucester, Lear) is pleased to work with AST for the first time. (more…)
Warren Kelley (Fagin, Oliver!; Albany, Lear) has had an extremely busy career on the Regional Circuit including more than 200 productions to date. He has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodspeed, Walnut Street, Pioneer, Orlando Shakespeare, Cape Playhouse, and The Fulton, to name just a few. His diverse credits include starring roles in: Comedy of Errors, A Flea in Her Ear, An Ideal Husband, Blithe Spirit, Dinner With Friends, Art, Sleuth, The Foreigner, Boeing Boeing, A Little Night Music, and My Fair Lady. Most recently Warren played Beethoven in 33 Variations at North Carolina Shakespeare and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Arrow Rock Lyceum. Off Broadway he starred as George Bernard Shaw in Engaging Shaw [New York Times Critics Picks], and has played opposite Sally Struthers, Fred Willard, Brian D’Arcy James, and Keir Dullea. TV/film: Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Law & Order: SVU, Chappelle’s Show, The Other Guys with Will Ferrell, and the upcoming film Birdman with Michael Keaton.
Awards/nominations: BroadwayWorld Florida Award, NY Innovative Theatre Award, The Carbonell, Cincinnati Acclaim Award, and Connecticut Critics Circle.
At times funny and heartbreaking, the whole
family will enjoy this charming musical adventure.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s musical selection, Oliver!, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, opens tonight. With Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lionel Bart, it was an instant hit when it opened in the West End in London in 1960, and later on Broadway in 1963, where it won three Tony Awards. (more…)
DJ Salisbury (Director, Oliver!) has set shows nationwide at Paper Mill (N.J.), Dallas Musicals, TOTS (Ga.), Music Circus (Calif.), Lyric Theatre (Okla.), Denver Center, Ogunquit Playhouse (Maine), Riverside (Fla.), and elsewhere. Favorites include Into The Woods, Man of La Mancha, La Cage Aux Folles, The Full Monty, Ragtime, Les Miz and Will Rogers Follies (9 times). NYC work includes a revised The Mystery of Edwin Drood (featuring Sally Struthers), Disney composer Alan Menken’s Lincoln Center concert, Broadway bound CHIX 6 and Femme Fatale (starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez).
Rachael Fox as Cordelia in Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s production of King Lear.
Rachael Fox (Hero, Much Ado; Cordelia, Lear) Rachael’s New York Credits include The Forgotten, and Montana. (more…)
Simon Marotte as Oliver in Oliver!
Simon Marotte (Oliver, Oliver!) will be entering fourth grade at Marguerite Vann Elementary in the fall. He enjoys piano, voice, and violin lessons, and being a member of the Hendrix Aquakids Swim Team. (more…)