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MOLLY CONOLEComposer & Lyricist, Musical Director, & Cast - Older Mom

Ms. Conole’s lifelong work in music, theater and television have earned her numerous awards – Parents’ Choice Gold and NAPPA Gold for her two lullaby albums; a Bronze Telly for her creativity-themed kids’ TV show pilot Ms. Mola’s Make-ola! (for which she also wrote all the music), a PBS/CPB Web Game Development Grant for the online We Can Waste Wise, featuring her original characters, a Crystal Reel Award for her short RePSYCHOla Mola!, a Crystal Reel nomination and 2nd place finish for Best Musical Score for IUWE and two United Arts of Central Florida Artist Development Grants for her musical compositions. She has written and produced two original musical shows for children, as well as the score for the Orlando Fringe Festival musical hit The Weekly Actor of the Year Competition. Her choral works are performed frequently by the Bach Festival of Winter Park, the National Shrine at Mary Queen of the Universe Basilica, Rollins College choirs and the outstanding female a capella group Seraphim. As a performer, she has played numerous leading roles in musicals, sang with the Light Opera of Manhattan, was an improvisational and musical performer at Disney, and sang first soprano with the acclaimed Voices of Liberty at EPCOT. She also plays numerous instruments including flute, French horn and viola. See www.mollyconole.com for further credits.


Molly Conole, writer of IUWE, is thrilled to have worked with her dear friends and daughters
- the Opening Cast of IUWE -
in developing the show, and to witness each of the following talented people
breathing life into their roles.
A heartfelt thanks to all of the following:

SALLY McARTHURDirector

Ms. McArthur has a B.A. in Theater with an emphasis in Acting and Directing from the University of Central Florida. President of MoTHA, and member of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theater fraternity, she acted in most UCF productions, winning a Best Actress award the final year they were bestowed. While at UCF, Sally was also Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, Light Board Operator, and Props Mistress for many shows. After college, she has been Assistant to the Director of Grapefruit Productions, an Announcer at Sea World, and has appeared in productions at Valencia Community College, the Civic Theater, and for the Women Playwrights Association where she was also a board member. She was also a board member for the Orlando chapter of CITA (Christians in Theater Arts). She was Assistant Director for two Orlando International Fringe Festival shows, and also co-wrote, directed and produced a 75-minute musical Psalms of the Heart, which went on for a separate run due to its popularity. In addition to her theater resume, she brings to the table an MBA in Business, and her expertise as an Attorney.       

TALIA RAYMONDChoreographer, Cast - Woman 3 (in 7-person version)

Talia Raymond, MA/MDIV, is the Minister of Arts and Education at First Congregational Church of Winter Park, UCC. One of her responsibilities is teaching, directing, and choreographing WINGS, the Dance Company of over 20 dancers who have performed across the country and in Mexico. Talia grew up in the theatre, performing in many community and school performances, as well as a soloist in Expressions: The Dance Company. Talia earned an Honors BA from Rollins College with a major in music and a minor in dance. She performed with the Bach Festival Choir and in many Rollins productions, including the annual Rollins Dance. While earning her Master's degrees from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, Talia danced with the Omega West Dance Company and directed a children's theatre camp. While with Omega West, among other performances, Talia danced for the United Nations on the celebration of their 60th Anniversary and for the Investiture of the Episcopal Bishop of California.


KATHY SLAGE
Piano Arrangements & Cast - Piano Player

Ms. Slage is a singer and collaborative pianist who enjoys working in many settings and styles of music, including musical theater, classical, opera, sacred, and Klezmer. She has performed in three previous Orlando Fringe Festival shows, including Romance/Romance (music director/pianist); The Weekly Actor of the Year Competition (pianist); and Psalms of the Heart (singer/actor/pianist). She is an adjunct faculty member of the Rollins College Music Department (collaborative pianist/piano teacher) and also works with students in the school's Theater Department. Kathy has accompanied individuals and groups in classical concerts, theater productions and cabaret shows. She most recently appeared in a cabaret show at the University of Central Florida entitled A Fine Romance, with singer Jacqueline Rawiszer, performing music of the great Jewish American songwriters including Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, and Rodgers.

AMY LEE GIFFORD - Cast - Grandma

A member of the Rollins College voice faculty, Ms. Gifford is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She continued her studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Master of Music degree in voice and completing three years of postgraduate work in vocal pedagogy.  She also studied at the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris and was one of six singers chosen for the Aspen Music Festival’s Vocal Chamber Music program.  Ms. Gifford has appeared as a soloist with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida and the Messiah Choral Society of Orlando.  Ms. Gifford loves collaborating with composers of new music and has been pleased to premiere several of Daniel Crozier’s award winning compositions, including his opera With Blood, With Ink.  She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity for women and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  In addition to her classical concert performances, Ms. Gifford is a pop vocalist and enjoys her work as a studio and backup singer. 

CHRISTINA CARTERCast - Young Mom

Ms. Carter has performed in, conducted, and/or musical directed well over 30 musical theater productions in Orlando, Winter Park, and in Tennessee. Some of her favorite roles have been as Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense. She is the current soprano section leader for the Bach Festival of Winter Park, and has also performed as a member of the Bach Festival Chamber Singers. As a vocalist, she has also worked on several professional recording projects in Orlando. She is an active choral adjudicator and a member of NATS, MENC and FMEA. Before moving to Orlando, Christina taught and served as the head of the Beech High School Choral Department in Hendersonville, TN, and was a freelance choreographer for music theater productions and competitive show choirs in the greater Nashville area. Christina also teaches students of all ages, as a Maestro Kindermusik educator (ages newborn to 7), as the choral director for Trinity Preparatory School (grades 6-12), the youth choir director at the First Congregational Church (ages 4 to 18) and as adjunct voice faculty at Rollins College (undergraduate).


AMELIA DUTTONCast - Daughter 1

Amelia’s onstage experience includes many theatrical and musical performances. She has played leading roles in at IMP Camp on Martha’s Vineyard, including in Bluebeard, Tall Tales and Hamlet. Performances at Winter Park High School, where she is currently a senior, include leading roles in Bluebeard and Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread (part of All in the Timing). As a young vocalist, her recording session work included being a featured vocalist on the DVD Barney Goes to the Farm.  She has sung the opening solo in Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols as well as solos with the Bach Festival of Winter Park’s Children’s Chorus. She is also an accomplished viola player, performing in the movie The Happiness Experiment, with the FYSO, Alvaro Gomez’s Chamber Music Society, and the MAYS Orchestra, where she also plays timpani. She was timpanist with the 2010 State Championship-winning Winter Park HS Marching Band. She sings with her church choir and dances with the WINGS Dancers. She received a Superior rating for her original costume design for Seussical: the Musical at the 2012 District Thespian Competitions, as well as Best in Show for her performance in a student-directed scene from Coriolanus. Her artwork was featured in the film "The Happiness Experiment."

PENELOPE DUTTONCast - Daughter 2

As a student at Glenridge Middle School, Penelope performed as the lead in The Toys Take Over Christmas. She also appeared as a Who in Seussical, the Musical. She is an experienced actor and improvisational performer, with 8 years of IMP Camp experience, she has appeared in numerous productions, including as the title role in Antigone, and as Goldilocks in the musical Bears Beware. A quick study, she recently went onstage as a last-minute understudy – with no rehearsal – for a Winter Park HS production of Bluebeard. Currently a 9th grader at Winter Park High School, she appeared in A Christmas Carol. She is also an accomplished instrumentalist, playing bassoon with the MAYS Orchestra, and 2012’s All County Band. She also plays baritone sax, sings and dances with her church choir and the WINGS Dancers. She also writes and arranges music. Her sextet arrangement of America the Beautiful was featured at Glenridge MS’s Veteran’s Day ceremony.
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