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of the cast of “TRIUMPH OF LOVE”
Thomas Harke (Harlequin) is originally from Wesel in Nordrhein Westfalen, and made his Stuttgart stage debut as a featured soloist in STARRY NIGHTS 1999. Thomas studied musical theater with "Rebeltanz" in Muenster and continued to learn his craft at the STELLA Academy in Hamburg. Thomas has a very impressive stage resume including the role of "President John F. Kennedy" in the world premiere of JFK - THE ROCK OPERA (both the Muenster and German touring Companies, and he can be heard on the cast recording) as well as appearing as the first cast "Kronprinz Rudolf" in the Vienna production of ELISABETH (he is also featured singing the role on the commercially released live recording of ELISABETH). For the past six months, Thomas has been performing in the musical LUDWIG II in Füssen (he is also featured in the "Making of LUDWIG II" Documentary and the televised production). Thomas also appeared as "Phoebus" in the Austrian touring production of DER GLOECKNER VON NOTRE DAME. After Thomas had completed the run of TRIUMPH OF LOVE, he left Stuttgart to join the Bremen company of JEKYLL & HYDE and now is in the Hamburg company of MOZART! .
Kara Scaggs (Corine) originally from Oklahoma, Kara has been onstage her entire life and has an impressive list of credits to her name. Although Kara lent her exciting vocal stylings to THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND as a pit singer, she made her official Stuttgart stage debut as "Philia" in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Kara has been a featured performer in STARRY NIGHTS since 1998 and played the role of "Betty Blake/Rogers" in THE WILL ROGERS' FOLLIES (a role which won her a nomination for “Best Actress” at the USAREUR Tournament of Plays). Next Kara appeared as Charity’s sidekick "Nicky" inSWEET CHARITY. Most recently, Kara was seen in our concert production of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE! She was raised in a military family and actually got her start in theater at the Cabaret Supper Theater at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. Kara has a degree in Vocal Performance and piano from Oklahoma City University and has done some graduate level work there as well. Kara has concertized extensively throught Germany and is currently at work on a solo CD project.
Ed Martinez (Dimas) was born in Rota, Spain and is a graduate of USMA (United States Military Academy). He works at Patch Barracks with DISA as a Telecommunications Expert. Ed began his stage career the role of "Juan Peron" in EVITA at the Roadside Theater in Heidelberg (although he did have a stint as the “Scarecrow” in THE WIZARD OF OZ while in High School). In Stuttgart, Ed has appeared in STARRY NIGHTS 2000 and stopped the show with his rendition of "Conjunction Junction" in our concert production of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE!
Joerg Witzsch (Hermocrates) Originally from Kempten, made his debut with us in THE LEADER OF THE PACK and then appeared in CINDERELLA. Joerg next gave a haunting performance as the "Emcee" in the CABARET. In addition, Joerg appeared in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, ANYTHING GOES, was a soloist in THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND (Joerg was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for his work in THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND), and was a featured performer in STARRY NIGHTS from 1996 - 1999. Joerg sang the role of "George Dillingham" in our concert production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's ASPECTS OF LOVE and most recently, Joerg portrayed the suave "Vittorio Vidal" in SWEET CHARITY. In addition to his work here, Joerg has been featured in theaters through Germany including the Freilichtspiele in Schwaebisch Hall (EVITA) and the role of "Magaldi" in the Schlossfestspiele Ettlingen production of EVITA. Joerg also appeared as "The Baker" in the Heidelberg Roadside Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS and recently made his directoral debut directing and choreographing the "Theater unter den Kuppeln's" critically acclaimed production of OLIVER. Currently, Joerg has joined CATS, Stuttgart and is working as a journalist with SWR Radio in Stuttgart.
Ingrid Harwood (Hesione) has been in Stuttgart/Altbach all her life. Ingrid studied at the PH Ludwigsburg and has completed her second State examinations. After appearing in several musicals at the "Theater unter den Kuppeln"(Stetten), she began with us in CABARET, then played the romantic lead "Hope" in ANYTHING GOES, and "Amalia" in the charming SHE LOVES ME. Ingrid next appeared as a soloist in THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND and was also featured in STARRY NIGHTS 96 - 99. Most recently, Ingrid appeared on our stage as "Jenny Dillingham" in the concert version of ASPECTS OF LOVE. Ingrid toured Europe singing the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber with the highly acclaimed "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala". Ingrid was a finalist in 1995 and 1997 in the German State singing comepetition for musical theater, and attended the prestigeous STELLA Academy in Hamburg on full scholarship.In addition, she created the role of "Nellie" in the german speaking premiere of SOUTH PACIFIC at the State Thetaer in Hildesheim. Ingrid, newly wed to Stuttgart Theater Director Brett Harwood, has spent the last half year singing with the Stuttgart cast of Disney's DIE SCHOENE UND DAS BIEST and now has joined CATS. While not performing, Ingrid can be found teaching the third grade at the Grundschule Birkach.
Tony King (Agis) Originally from South Windsor Connecticut, Tony made his debut here with us as "Cliff" in the unforgettable production of CABARET. He then played the charming "Billy" in ANYTHING GOES and "George" in SHE LOVES ME. Next he played several characters in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and was featured in THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND. In 1999 Tony was awarded "Best Actor" at the USAREUR Tournament Of Plays for his brilliant portrayal of the title character in THE WILL ROGERS' FOLLIES. He next charmed audiences as the wonderful "Linus" in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN and sang the leading role of “Alex” in ASPECTS OF LOVE. Next came Tony¹s touching portrayal of “Oscar Lindquist” in SWEET CHARITY, and most recently, he appeared as a featured performer in SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE. Tony also appeared in STARRY NIGHTS 1996 - 1999 as a featured performer. Tony has a Bachelor Of Music in Opera Performance from the Hartt School Of Music. He has a long resume of performances in musicals and operas in the U.S. and inEurope (among them, the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich) to include: the world premiere recording of "The Wildreness Symphony" with the Krakow Radio Symphony, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin.
Alan Buxkemper (Musical Director) is the Director of the Stuttgart Entertaiment Branch. Prior to that, Alan served as the Music Center Director since June of 1989. In that capacity, he served as music director for every musical we have produced since THE MUSIC MAN in 1990. Alan has been nominated as "Best Musical Director" at the USAREUR Tournament of Plays three times and has won the award twice (for AIN'T MISBEHAVIN and THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND). Alan recieved his Master's Degree in Piano Performance from Southwest Texas University. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty at Southwest Texas University as Vocal Coach/Accompanist/and Class Piano Instructor as well as conducting the University production of LA BOHEME. Alan has studied the German Art Song at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and also served as accompanist at the Stuttgart Opera School. He has recorded Rachmaninoff's Symphony "No. 3 in A Minor" and Ravel's "Spanish Rhapsody" with the Suddeutsche Rundfunk Symphony in Stuttgart. Alan is married to soprano Jennifer and is the proud father of Andrew.
Brett Harwood (Director/Choreographer) is a "Hoosier" by birth, but a "New Yorker" at heart. Brett is currently the director of the Stuttgart Theater Center and has directed nearly twenty musicals for the Stuttgart Entertainment Branch. He has been nominated for the USAREUR Tournament of Plays award for "Best Choreography" three times and has won the award twice. While a student at Indiana University's prestigeous School of Music, Brett was chosen to direct university productions of EVITA and Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD. In addition to his work here, Brett has staged DAS MUSIKALISCHE HIMMELBETT at Theater (der Altstadt) im Westen - and is in negotiations for a new musical there this fall. As a performer, Brett has appeared in over 100 musicals including several regional and national touring companies and has performed or recorded with celebrities ranging from Bobby Short to Frederica von Stade. Brett made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in March of 1995 and can be heard on several Disney/TelArc recordings.
Jenniffer King (Princess Léonide) made her debut here with us as the title character in CINDERELLA. Next she was featured as the lead dancer and choreographer for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Jennifer next appeared as the fabulous "Sally Bowles" in CABARET, followed by an adorable portrayal of "Erma" in ANYTHING GOES. She next appeared in leading roles in SHE LOVES ME, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND. In 1999, Jennifer was awarded "Best Supporting Actress" at the USAREUR Tournament Of Plays for her portrayal of "Ziegfeld's Favorite" in THE WILL ROGERS' FOLLIES, in which she also served as dance captain and co-choreographer (USAREUR Tournament Of Plays award winner for Best Choreography). In addition, she has been a featured performer in STARYY NIGHTS 1996 - 1999. Jennifer served as the "narrator" for our recent concert version of ASPECTS OF LOVE. Next, Jennifer gave an unforgettable performance as the title charcter in SWEET CHARITY, and was last seen on our stage in the hit production of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Originally from Gettysburg, PA, Jennifer is the Chief of the 6th ASG Media Center at Kelley Barracks.
The European Premiere of the sassy Broadway musical in Stuttgart - presented by Kelley Theatre and the Stuttgart Entertainment Branch. Europa-Premiere des Broadway-Musicals, präsentiert von Kelley Theatre und der Stuttgart Entertainment Branch. Music by James Magruder, Book by Jeffrey Stock, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. Based on the classical play by Marivaux. Musical direction: Alan Buxkemper. Direction and Musical staging: Brett Harwood. Cast: Jennifer Sanders as Leonide, Tony King as Agis, Ingrid Harwood as Hesione, Joerg Witzsch as Hermocrates, Thomas Harke as Harlequin, Kara Scaggs as Corine, Ed Martinez as Dimas.