DEAN HOLT (Cat in the Hat) is a member of CTC’s Resident Acting Company and has appeared in more than 75 productions over the past 20 years. He is the recipient of two Ivey Awards for his performances in Reeling and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and is a graduate of St. John’s University. When not onstage, Dean can be found with his wife and kids doing all sorts of fun things, building forts and bunkbeds, sledding, having NERF battles, riding scooters, playing games and trying to figure out what exactly MINECRAFT is, seriously, I don’t get it. He would like to thank all of you for helping make CTC such a special place for artists and audiences alike; he would like to thank the artists he has worked with over the years, both onstage and off, for continuing to inspire him and to teach him why it is we do what we do; and he wants to thank Stacy, Henry and Emmet, and his family most of all for making him laugh, giving him love and making his world so complete and colorful
ELISE LANGER (Sally) is so happy to be back at CTC where she was last seen as Nelly in A Special Trade, Wendy in Peter Pan and Pinocchio in Pinocchio. Originally from Paris, France, Elise has lived and performed in San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Paris, Boise and is now happily based in Minneapolis. Locally, she has performed with: Ten Thousand Things; Open Eye Figure Theatre; Four Humors Theater; Theatre de la Jeune Lune; Minnesota Orchestra; Bedlam Theatre; The History Theatre; Jon Ferguson Theater and TigerLion Arts. She co-created and performed in Milly and Tillie at Open Eye Figure Theatre, which received Ivey Award recognition for Overall Excellence in 2013. Elise studied at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. www.eliselanger.com
DOUGLAS NEITHERCOTT (Boy) is excited to return to Children’s Theatre Company for more Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat fun! A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, an avid cat lover and a former CTC Performing Apprentice, Doug has appeared on the UnitedHealth Group Stage several times over the past 15 years. Some of his favorite roles include Quien Po in Disney’s Mulan Jr., Hubert Prentiss in The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and The Leading Actor in Reeling. Doug is also the Artistic Director and a 20-year veteran performer at The ComedySportz Improv Theater and a regular director/choreographer for the Youth Performance Company.
GERALD DRAKE (Fish) has been a member of CTC’s acting company for 42 years. Among his favorite roles are the Stepmother in early productions of Cinderella, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Fagan in Oliver Twist, Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows and Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet. Gerald has toured to and performed in Munich, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Moscow. He is the recipient of a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship. Married 44 years to his wife Kathie, they have two daughters, Kelly and Kristina, and he lives out his drumming fantasy by watching his son Bobby play in The Hold Steady. He is thrilled to welcome a new audience member to CTC, his grandson Victor Leo.
ANA CHRISTINE EVANS (Thing 1) is thrilled to be returning to CTC for the third time for Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. She was last seen at CTC as Alice in the madcap Alice in Wonderland. Ana will be a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School this fall. She has been active at Stages Theatre, the History Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theater and her high school. In her spare time, Ana enjoys playing piano, being outdoors, and trying new things. She would like to thank her parents for their constant support and the Children’s Theatre Company for yet another round of adventure.
CLAIRE HOFFMAN (Thing 2) is thrilled to join the talented cast at CTC as they visit Sally and her brother on a rainy day. Previous CTC credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Pippi Longstocking and Annie. Claire is a freshman at The Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights and thanks the administration and teachers for their support of her acting endeavors. She also thanks her parents for the commitment and support they have given her. When Claire isn’t performing, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and alpine skiing.
DIOGO LOPES (Thing 2) studied at the Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal, and at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts). He has been performing, teaching and directing physical theatre and clown since 2001 in Portugal, Spain, France, England and the United States. Previously at CTC, Diogo performed in Babe, the Sheep Pig. Diogo is Artistic Director of Transatlantic Love Affair, that created Ballad of the Pale Fisherman (which received a 2012 Ivey Award), Ash Land, Red Resurrected and These Old Shoes. Locally, Diogo has performed in Pinocchio with Jon Ferguson’s company “Theatre Forever” and The Happy Show with Live Action Set. Diogo lives in St. Paul with his beautiful wife, awesome son and giant dog. He’s thrilled to be a part of this production.
KIMBERLY RICHARDSON (Understudy: Sally, Things) is an actor and dancer in the Twin Cities. Some of her favorite roles include Ed Norton in Open Eye Figure Theatre’s To the Moon (an all-female version of the 50s TV show The Honeymooners), the Nurse in Four Humors’ Romeo and Juliet, Colonel Pickering in Ten Thousand Things’ My Fair Lady, and Nelly in A Special Trade right here at CTC. Kimberly has also made up two comedies with her fake sister but real friend Sara Richardson, and danced with more than 25 different choreographers around town. Kimberly received a 2006 SAGE Award for dance performance and a 2012 Next Step Grant to study voice and clown arts in France and Switzerland.
MILES DUFFEY (Understudy: Boy, Fish, Cat) played in The Wizard of Oz, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and Pippi Longstocking and was also an understudy for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, A Wrinkle in Time, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Alice in Wonderland, and The Scarecrow and His Servant at Children’s Theatre Company. Miles has also worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, performing in The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth and The Two Gentleman of Verona. He has also understudied for the Guthrie Theater and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program. He is thrilled to be a part of bringing some Dr. Seuss to life!