Sweeney Todd | Cast & Crew Bios

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Rose, Christopher | Sweeney Todd | Alverson Center Theatre | Anderson, SC

Christopher Rose (Sweeney Todd) is no stranger to the Upstate Stage, but is thrilled to make his debut with ACT.  He was last seen as a featured vocalist in Centre Stage’s Swinging Country. Past roles include: A Time To Kill, “Grist/Rodeheaver” (CSSC); Jesus Christ Superstar, “Judas” (GLT); A Flea in Her Ear, “Hamish ” (CSSC); Legally Blonde, “Callahan” (GLT);  Les Miserables, “Grantaire” (GLT);  Legally Blonde, “Callahan” (Theatre Convers); Irena’s Vow, “Lazar” (CSSC); Unnecessary Farce, “Todd” (CSSC); Next to Normal, “Dr. Fine/Dr.Madden” (CSSC); A Little Night Music, “Henrik” (TWT); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Protean” (CSSC); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, “Chip Tolentino” (Clemson Players); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Naphtali” (SCCT). He has directed productions of Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Masterpiece Walking on Emotion, and The Beams are Creaking.

Christopher C. Rose Be changed. Be change. Impact.

Tiffany Morton (Mrs. Lovett) is thrilled to be making her ACT debut in Sweeney Todd! She lives in Greenville and stays busy year round performing in both Greenville and Spartanburg. She was most recently seen as “Mary Poppins” in Mary Poppins at Spartanburg Little Theatre. Some other favorite roles include the following: “Lady of the Lake” in Spamalot, “Brooke Wyndham” in Legally Blonde, “Velma Von Tussle” in Hairspray, and “Betty Jean” in Marvelous Wonderettes. She would like to thank Robb and Drew for this amazing opportunity.

Craig Smith (Anthony Hope) is thrilled to be back on the ACT stage in this bloody thriller! He is currently attending Anderson University: The SC School of the Arts for a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous ACT credits: Annie (Rooster), The Boyfriend (Tony), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Cinderella (Prince Charming), Titanic (Barrett), The Glass Menagerie (Jim), and My Fair Lady (Freddy). Other credits include: Next to Normal (SCSA), Mary Poppins (SCSA), Les Miserables (GLT), Midsummer’s Night Dream (SITP), Oklahoma (PCP), Spelling Bee (24HRMSC). Thanks to friends and family, the cast, and Robb for this opportunity. Enjoy the show!

Beth Martin (Johanna) is elated to be making her ACT debut with the role of Johanna. Beth studied musical theatre in college, but as a wife and homeschooling mother of three, has to work a little magic to find time for performing. You might have seen her most recently as Mary Magdaline in GLT’s Jesus Christ Superstar, or in Fiddler on the Roof in 2008 playing Hodel, also at GLT. One of her favorite past roles was Wendy in Peter Pan at SCCT many moons ago. Other Greenville credits include, The Smoke Trilogy (Independent Film), Les Miserables (GLT),  A Year with Frog and Toad (SCCT), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Director) (HHS) and Sound of Music (GLT). “Many thanks to Rob, his crew, and this crazy talented cast for making me feel so welcome and for being such a joy to work with. As always, the real thanks goes out to Andy, Liam, Gillian and Eliot for being my ever patient, ever supportive fans. You guys are the brightest stars in my life!” Beth lives in Taylors, SC, and also enjoys singing in the choir at her church and training in MMA. DLTW!

Michael Crittendon (Tobias Ragg)  is a Seventh Grader at Southwood Academy of the Arts.  He was first seen on the ACT stage as part of The Lollipop Guild in The Wizard of Oz when he was 5 years old. He has enjoyed working at ACT in many shows such as Beauty and the Beast and Annie.  He is also active at Project Challenge Playhouse where he has been involved in many shows and has been seen as Charlie Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and most recently as Jack in Into the Woods.  This summer he had the privilege of portraying his favorite character, Gavroche, in Les Miserables at Clemson Little Theatre.  Michael is excited to be back on the ACT stage working with this talented cast and crew.  He would like to thank Robb and Drew for this amazing opportunity and he hopes you enjoy the show!

Dave DiGeronimo (Judge Turpin) Dave has performed at theaters throughout Upstate SC, including, The Abbeville Opera House, Clemson Little Theatre, Electric City Playhouse, Greenville Little Theater and Oconee Community Theatre. Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street marks Dave’s 13th appearance at ACT. He most recently appeared at ACT in Peter Pan The Musical as Smee and Mr. Darling. Some of his favorite roles at ACT include; The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz; Captain E.J. Smith in Titanic The Musical; Daddy Warbucks in Annie; Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and Portia, one of the ugly stepsisters in Cinderella The Musical. Dave is originally from Massachusetts, now in Anderson by way of Miami and Atlanta. Dave would like to say “thank you to my beautiful, very understanding wife for tolerating the rehearsal schedules and for letting me enjoy my hobby.”

Chase McAbee (The Beadle) is excited to be making his debut with ACT! This is his third time performing Sweeney Todd, the first at Furman University, and the second at Centre Stage in Greenville, SC. Chase works as a professional singer and music director around the upstate. He was recently the Musical Director for both Into the Woods and Young Frankenstein with FIRE Theatre Company in Fountain Inn, SC and was the Musical Director for Monty Python’s Spamalot at Centre Stage. He will be Musical Director for Into the Woods again in the spring at North Greenville University. He is a Tenor in the Greenville Chorale as well as in the Herring Chamber Ensemble. He also works for Bi-Lo during the day as a Department Manager and serves as Staff Pianist and Youth Choir Director at Christ Church Episcopal in Downtown Greenville. He would like to thank all of his former music teachers for helping him get to where he is today and, most importantly, he’d like to thank his biggest supporters, Mom and Dad.

Claire L. Duffle (Beggar Woman, Lucy) is incredibly honored to be joining ACT as the Beggar Woman! She has performed in upstate SC in various theatres including Centre Stage, GLOW Lyric, and SC Children’s Theatre and recently did summer stock with Horn in the West in Boone, NC, where she understudied the role of Martha, going in as lead for one show. Other favorite roles include “Maria,” The Sound of Music, “Lady Macduff,” Macbeth, “Amy,” Little Women, and “Chava,” Fiddler on the Roof. Claire is working toward a professional musical theatre career in the hopes of heading to the Great White Way. She recently attended an invitation-only Broadway workshop in NYC with several casting directors and actors including Bob Cline, Gavin Lee, Jenn Collela, and Chan Harris. Love and thanks to my husband Scott and our little performer, Clark!

David LaTorre (Adolfo Pirelli) is a Junior Musical Theatre student at the SC School of the Arts at Anderson University. His past credits at Anderson University include Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Letters to Sala, As You Like It and The Corn is Green. This is his first production at ACT and is very excited to have this amazing opportunity. David would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support and God for his talents.

Jimmy Harper (Jonas Fogg) is originally from Columbia SC and relocated with his family in 2001 to the upstate. He attended TL Hanna High School and started working at 14 years old for a local Auto body Repair shop. He worked his way up and has made quite a name for himself within the Bodyshop industry. Jimmy started on stage with the band The CODEPENDENTS, a local Punk band which was very fortunate to have Jimmy Harper as their front man for years. The bands focus was on bringing awareness to local charities and organizations of worth. He has done a few shows now as far as theater goes, this is by far the biggest one yet. Jimmy Harper will do any role given him justice, because he himself is quite the character.

Mindy Carlson is born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. She was very involved with Project Challenge Playhouse from elementary school through high school. She has been a cast member in several musicals including Fiddler on the Roof and Honk. This is her first time returning to the stage in nine years.

Heather Glew is blessed to be in another show at ACT, let alone
Sweeney Todd. Heather is thrilled to be on stage with such an amazing cast and
crew. You may have seen Heather portray one of Tiger Lily’s Indians in ACT’s
recent production of Peter Pan. Heather has been part of the ACT family since
2010 when she debuted as a nun in The Sound of Music. Heather also sings with
two other Anderson groups, GAMAC and Concert of Hope and Remembrance. Heather
would like to thank her husband John for keeping the garden alive and the house
clean while she was at rehearsal! 😉

Thomas Greene is 17 years old and a junior in high school. He is very excited to perform in Sweeney Todd as it will be his first show at ACT! He has participated in CYT Upstate since he was 9 in shows such as “Oliver” in which he played Oliver, Charlie in “Willy Wonka“, and Lord Farquad in “Shrek the Musical“. He also played As Flute in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” with Shakespeare in the Park! He hopes to continue his Career in theater through college and out into the real world.
“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible.”
~Walt E. Disney~

Jenny Wardlaw Harmon is a homeschooling mother of three wonderful children ages 4, 6, and 8.  She enjoys sewing and crafting, and sometimes helps with costumes and props for plays.  She began acting in the fall of 2014, playing a ghost in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Foothills Playhouse in Easley.  She then performed in Christmas at Dingley Dell (caroler) and Elvis Has Left the Building (Jill).  Most recently she shared the stage with her daughters, playing the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz at Oconee Community Theatre.  Sweeney Todd has been one of Jenny’s favorite shows since she was a little girl and her mother took her to a local production of it.  As a Halloween enthusiast, Jenny is thrilled to have the opportunity to spend October 31st performing in Sweeney Todd!

Sean Johnson is a recent graduate of Winthrop University where he majored in Theatre with a concentration in Performance. He has a love of a directing and helmed several productions during his undergraduate study. He recently finished working CLIMB Theatre, a touring educational company based in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, as an Actor-Educator. He is happy to work on one of his favorite musicals from his favorite composer.

Hannah E. Smith is thrilled to be in her hometown as part of ACT’s Sweeney Todd! Most recently, she was a featured vocalist in Swingin’ Country at Greenville’s Centre Stage. She has also been in several other shows at Centre Stage including Spamalot! (Ensemble), Hands on a Hardbody (Heather Stovall), and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Ensemble). Love and thanks to mom and dad!

Meg Spearman is a senior in high school. At age 13, she fell in love with Musical Theater when she had the opportunity to perform in a school production of “Les Miserables” as Eponine. She plans to study Musical Theater or Vocal Performance in college. Meg enjoys performing whenever she has the opportunity. She helps lead worship at Clemson United Methodist Church and frequently performs at local coffee shops and nursing homes.  Meg has been privileged to perform for the past three summers at the National Opera Center in New York City as part of the Stagebound Summer Vocal Intensive.

Greetings everyone! My name is Bryson Stoddard and I am so grateful to be a part of this production of Sweeney Todd. When I was in high school I did numerous shows at the Project Challenge Playhouse. However, in college I let myself get distracted by other interests. Now after two years I’m back.

Jennifer Swizdaryk  Artist since childhood, enjoys photography, design, acting, painting, favorite medium is Acrylic. Began acting career in film and television in 2010 as an atmosphere actor playing a council member on Vampire Diaries season 3, then as a sports employee on Necessary Roughness.  Anchor woman in the independent film Infintile of I. Feature film and television credits include; Flight, Catching Fire, Last Vegas, Ride Along, Medias’ Christmas, The Originals, Let’s Be Cops, Single Ladies, Devious Maids, Drop Dead Diva, Following, 42, Anchorman II, The Last Robin Hood, Trouble with the Curve, The Game and Being Mary Jane.

John Swizdaryk began his acting career in 2007 at the tender young age of 38, right here on the ACT stage. Early roles included Annie (Hull & ensemble), Cinderella (ballroom dancer, cook, ensemble) and his personal favorite as Marcelle in the roaring ‘20’s romantic musical spoof, The Boy Friend. He next spent his time, and creative chops, as chief pyrotechnics specialist, by lighting up the ACT stage with flash bombs and fire pots in the musical masterpiece Wizard of Oz. He followed this brief foray into special effects with appearances as Fred Gailey in Miracle on 34th Street and as John Jacob Astor in the heart-wrenching musical Titanic. After a 6 ½ year hiatus, John is thrilled to be returning to the stage, along with his beautiful wife Jennifer, in the thrilling operetta, Sweeney Todd!

“Dream! Dare! Do!.. and Inspire others!”

Jessica Wayland is a senior at Clemson University majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Management. She plans on attending the Disney College Program after graduation. Her dream is to work for Disney in the Walt Disney Animation Studio.

Jessica has been involved in theater since the age of 11. She has performed in over 20 musicals with Christian Youth Theater Upstate (CYT) and Clemson Little Theater (CLT), most recently as an ensemble member of CLT’s production of Les Miserables. Jessica has held many theater tech positions as well as served as the Props Chairwoman for CYT and stage manager at Project Challenge Playhouse. This is Jessica’s first time in a production at ACT and she has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with this talented cast.

Paige Whitman  is thrilled to be a part of Sweeney Todd at ACT. She was most recently a part of Les Miserables at CLT. Other favorite productions here at ACT include My Fair Lady, the Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music. When not singing or acting, Paige is a Teaching Assistant at Robert Anderson.

Production Crew

James “Drew” Deaton (Music Director) is an Opera Singer and Musical Director from Anderson, South Carolina. Recently returning from living in Birmingham, Alabama.  Throughout high school James studied with two Anderson voice teachers, Dr. Bob Heritage and Ms. Cara Brown. In 2012, James competed in the SC NATS Competition where he was ranked first place in the state in the Junior/Senior High school men category. After this competition James became a seasoned recitalist from anywhere between Atlanta, Georgia to Baltimore, Maryland. During his junior year of High School, James took on the position of Intern Music Director for the GAMAC Boys’ Choir, studying under Dr. David Wilcox. During his senior year of High School, James accepted the role as Javert in “Les Miserables” at Project Challenge Playhouse. After a successful run in Les Mis, James was invited back to Project Challenge Playhouse as Music Director for GODSPELL. In August of 2013, James relocated to Birmingham, Alabama to further his Vocal Studies. In Alabama he was a member of the internationally recognized and award winning Samford A Cappella Choir under the direction of Dr. Phillip Copeland. He was also the Music Intern in the Vestavia Hills Baptist Sanctuary Choir and Birmingham Chamber Chorus where he worked under Carnegie Hall Conductor and well known composer, Dr. Terre Johnson. James was also a new member of the Samford Opera Company, having finished a run of “Pirates of Penzance” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. James also studied choral conducting and working with children’s voices under the Conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir in Vienna, Austria. He studied in 2013 under acclaimed hymnologist and diction specialist, Dr. Paul Richardson and went on continuing his vocal studies with Opera Singer, Dr. Christina Villaverde-Camara in 2014. He now studies Voice and Conducting under renowned Choral Conductor, Dr. Don Campbell. James recently closed his showing of “Les Miserables” at Clemson Little Theatre where he had a triumphant run as Music Director. Mr. Deaton is also currently the Conductor and Music Director of the “Voices of the Upstate” a Choral Ensemble based out of Pendleton, SC with members from all over the upstate. James is excited to find his new home as Music Director at Alverson Center Theatre and looks forward to a wonderful run of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd!

Kelly Ward (Pianist) graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Azusa Pacific University in California.  Kelly has had a diverse experience in the Arts with over 12 years experience as a musician, composer and teacher.  Kelly has composed music for a variety of productions at local theatres and has 2 full-length CDs available on iTunes and Amazon.  She has also performed her original compositions in the Greenville and Asheville areas.  Kelly currently teaches at the Fine Arts Center of Easley since 2012.

According to Indy’s mom, the first time Indy White-Wootton (Stage Manager; Director’s Assistant) ever sat down and gave her mother a moment’s peace was during a televised showing of The Wizard of Oz when she was three years old. Indy saw her very first play at ACT when she was four (and thought the Snow White actress was a real princess). At seven, she starred in her first production (as the lead, just sayin’) and has starred in various shows over the years. She sings (okay), dances (poorly), acts, and apparently stage manages.  Every chance she gets, she flies up to New York with her sister to see shows and pretend that she’s a Broadway star.  Indy would like to thank her mom, dad, Charlie, Lily, & Laila for the support and for not screaming when she sings really loud show toons at all hours of the day and night.

Ali Harris (rehearsal pianist) is a Junior Biological Sciences student at Clemson University. She started playing the piano in kindergarten at Oakwood Christian School. She has been playing for 15 years and performed in her church and school throughout her elementary and high school years. She competed in piano duet competitions at the state and national level throughout high school. She has played rehearsal piano for Alverson Center Theatre for the past few years and loves all the amazing friendships she has made here. She played rehearsal piano, and in the orchestra, for ACT’s 2013 production Wizard of Oz. She also played rehearsal piano for ACT’s 2015 production of Peter Pan. She hopes you come out to see the production of Sweeney Todd. It is going to be one of the best shows Anderson has seen!