GREGORY MILLS (Douglas Panch) …is super excited to be in Spelling Bee.  Most recently, he directed the hit show Moist, featuring Chicago’s most hilarious female ensemble: The Ragdolls.  He’s worked at The Second City, as a writer for Primetime Glick (Martin Short) and performs as a stand-up comic.  Greg thanks his Mom, Dad, Sue & Tracy.

CRISTEN PAIGE (Olive Ostrovsky) Chicago credits include: Loving Repeating (About Face), Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, James Joyce’s The Dead (Court Theatre), The Visit (Goodman) Forum, Bye Bye Birdie, Honk! (Marriott), Lucky Stiff, Dames at Sea (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Into the Woods, The Taffetas (Peninsula Players). Cristen is a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee and holds a B.F.A in Acting from Boston University.

ROBERTA DUCHAK (Rona Lisa Peretti) Broadway: Ragtime.  Nat’l Tours: Ghost of Christmas Past opposite Richard Chamberlain in Scrooge, Hal Prince’s Show Boat and Ragtime.  Chicago credits; State Fair, Cats, Swing! (Marriott), Rocky Horror Show (Janet) at CCPA, Ain’t Nothin But The Blues (Northlight), The Visit (Goodman), Narrator in Joseph… (TATC), The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare).  Look for Roberta’s new CD titled Intersections, a collection of Broadway songs with jazz arrangements.

DERRICK TRUMBLY (Leaf Coneybear) is a 2005 graduate of Columbia College Chicago. He’s a founding member of Blue Moon Studio Theater. (www.bluemoonstudiotheater. com) Outside of school and their amazing theatre dept. staff, he’s performed with Theatre Building Chicago, Alphabet Soup Productions, onetheatrecompany, Idealists Theatre, and Theo Ubique. Make it love, enjoy the show. Hi ma!

BRAD WEINSTOCK (Isaac “Chip” Berkowitz) is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University.  Chicago: How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare), world premiere of Misia (Ravinia Festival).  Favorite NU credits: L. Frank Baum in Tina Landau’s WAS, Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, and WAA-MU.  Thanks to his parents and friends for all their support.

ERIC ROEDIGER (William Barfee) is proud to make his professional debut in Spelling Bee. Eric, a former youth theater director from Cleveland, would like to thank his wife, Michelle, his parents, Bill and Darcy and his friends. Without these people, he wouldn’t have any magic in his little toe, let alone his entire foot.

JEN SESE (Marcy Park) is thrilled to be making her Chicago debut in Spelling Bee! Other credits: Connie Wong in A Chorus Line and Mrs. Mayor in Seussical (Music Theatre of Wichita), and Adrianna in The Boys from Syracuse (The University of Michigan). Jen is a student at the University of Michigan pursuing a B.F.A in Musical Theatre and a B.A. in Political Science. Thanks to her family and friends!

CHRISTINE WERNY (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) is blessed to make her Chicago debut in this remarkable production. As a candidate for a B.F.A in Music Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University, her university credits include, Myrrha in Metamorphoses, Fiona MacLaren in Brigadoon, and Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba. Another favorite role is Little Sally in Urinetown at the Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, Michigan. She would like to thank friends and family, especially her mother.

JAMES EARL JONES II (Mitch Mahoney) has won various acting and opera awards. James’ regional performances include Dessa Rose (Harker), Black Nativity (Lead Actor/Singer), Aspects of Love (George Dillingham), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), I Pagliacci (Tonio), On the Town (Gabey), H.M.S. Pinafore (Captain Corcoran) and Pirates of Penzance (Major General). James thanks his family and friends for their support and a special thanks to his new muse, his daughter, Semajé!


CHRISTINE BUNUAN (u/s Marcy Park, Rona Lisa Peretti) is excited to a part of Spelling Bee. She was last seen as The Ghost of Christmas Past and Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre. Her other credits included Jewtopia at The Mercury Theatre and Peter Pan at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre among many others. She is a proud graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University. Love to her family and best friend.

ROBIN ALEXIS CHILDRESS (u/s Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Olive Ostrovsky) is ecstatic to be a part of this year’s spelling competition. Recently she was seen as Urleen in Footloose (Marriott Lincolnshire). Other credits include A Little Night Music (Chicago Shakespeare), Kathy in The Last Five Years, Gladys in Pal Joey and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. B.F.A. Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University’s C.C.P.A. Theatre Conservatory. She would like to thank her entire family for their support and love.

JEFFREY JAMES BINNEY (u/s William Barfee, Leaf Coneybear, Douglas Panch) is pleased as punch to be a part of the Bee!  A recent graduate of Missouri State University, Jeffrey received his BFA in Musical Theatre in 2005.  Chicago: Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Theatre at the Center).  London: Much Ado About Nothing (Studio One Theatre).  Love and thanks to his ridiculously supportive family!

JULIUS THOMAS III (u/s Isaac “Chip” Berkowitz, Mitch Mahoney) is thrilled to make his Chicago theatre, and AEAdebut. As a native of Gary, Indiana (Everybody Sing), Chicago feels like home. Regional Credits: Aida (Mereb) Five Guys Named Moe (NoMoe, Little Moe), Joseph... (Calypso Brother), Eubie (Principle), B&TB (Cheese Grater) “Giant dancing cheese grater, gotta love It!” Love to: Family, LJCCK, D. Petro, Monsters, Puff Daddy, J-Lo, and Big Man! “Here’s to many shows to come Chicago!”



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