TrueNorth Announces Cast for Updated Version of Maltby and Shire's BABY, Opens 3/5

TrueNorth Announces Cast for Updated Version of Maltby and Shire's BABY, Opens 3/5

TrueNorth Cultural Arts has announced the cast for their upcoming production of the updated version of the Maltby and Shire musical, BABY. The cast stars Michael Dempsey as Alan, Natalie Green as Lizzie, Bernadette Hisey as Arlene, David Robeano as Nick Shane Joseph Siniscalchi as Danny, and Maggie Stahl-Floriano as Pam. The musical opens at TrueNorth March 5th and runs through March 21st.

The cast also features BrIan Bowers, Douglas M. Brill, Jessica Mester, Kimberly Aldrich-Ceja, Lauren Skirbunt, Lydia Hall, and Susan Watson.

Baby tells the story of three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding, and agonizingly funny consequences of this universal experience. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle-aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

A smart, energetic show with loads of charm, Baby has a modern, up-to-date sensibility, with strong female characters, a hysterically insightful book by Sybille Pearson and a tuneful, contemporary score of show-stopping numbers by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. (Starting Here, Starting Now, Closer Than Ever and Big, The Musical). Warm, intimate, and immensely likable, Baby is a perfect show for anyone who's ever had a baby... or anyone who's ever been one!

Kimberly Aldrich-Ceja (Nurse, Ensemble) is happy to be performing again at TrueNorth at French Creek. A singer, songwriter, actress and playwright, she has performed on stages across the greater Cleveland area, including The Cleveland Play House, Mercury Summer Stock and Beck Center for the Arts. Favorite roles include the drummer in We Gotta Bingo (Playhouse Square's 14th Street Theater, Cleveland), the wedding singer in Tony ‘n Tina's Wedding (Hanna Theater, Cleveland) and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Lorain Palace). Her commissioned play, Blooms of Steel, an historical drama about the families and community that grew around the steel industry in Lorain, played to sold-out audiences at TrueNorth at French Creek in May 2008. She also wrote the book and music for a full-length musical, Pale Mary. Kim earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She works as a freelance graphic designer and writer.

BrIan Bowers (Professor Weiss, Mr. Hart, Ensemble) is excited to be working with Fred again, after last appearing in his production of Man of La Mancha at the Halle Theater/JCC. No stranger to the True North stage, Brian has previously performed in their productions of Working, Swingtime! 1944, Side by Side by Sondheim, and in the January 2010 production of The Last Five Years. His work on the stage includes performances at The Cleveland Playhouse, Playhouse Square Center, the Idea Center, Beck Center, Cesear's Forum, Dobama, Clague Playhouse, Lakeland Theater, Kalliope, and the Barn Theater in Augusta, MI. By day, Brian is the owner/operator of Braedy Photography and writes for his blog for the entertainment community. He is also active in the local film community, serving as moderator for the New Vision Film Club, Cleveland Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project, and producing and consulting work for many filmmakers, writers, and performers.

Douglas Brill (Doctor, Dean Webber, Ensemble) has performed at Beck Center, Clague Playhouse, Huntington Playhouse, Lorain Community Music Theater, Mighty Goliath Theater, Rocky River Community Theater, and the Old Firehouse. Favorite roles include Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Clem in Will Rogers Follies, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, and Chief Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your Gun.

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