1776 Cast Bios

Below is the list of marvelous actors, singers and dancers  We are fortunate to have such a talented group!   Click HERE for more information about the show.  Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

 Bill Davis John AdamsBill moved to the Villages with his wife, Sue in 2012 and as some people have put it, “hit the ground running”. His first stage appearance in The Villages was White Christmas in December 2012, followed by the roles of Enoch Snow in Carousel, Enjolras in Les Miserables, and Larry in Company. Bill has directed a number of shows for The Villages Musical Theater, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Brigadoon, Crazy For You and Sweet Charity. He has also appeared as a featured singer in a number of other productions in The Villages. One of his proudest accomplishments was in founding The Villages Pops Chorus with his wife Sue and good friend and accompanist Jo An Hanebrink. Before moving to The Villages, Bill and Sue founded the Trinitarian Neighborhood Theater, a community theater in North Andover MA. Bill directed 10 book musicals and reviews for this group before moving to VA in 2003. With TNT and other groups in New England, Bill’s directorial credits include Oklahoma!, The Music Man, The Wizard of OzAnnie;, OliverFiddler on the Roof; You’re a Good Man Charlie BrownLi’l AbnerBrigadoon, Neil Simon’s Chapter Two, and over a dozen reviews using various themes. Other lead/featured roles include: Harold Hill in The Music Man (3 separate productions); Finch in How To Succeed…, Tommy in Brigadoon; Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls. Marryin’ Sam in Li’l Abner, The Wizard/Professor Marvel in The Wizard of Oz, and many other secondary roles in over 30 productions.
Barry CorlewBenjamin FranklinBarry began his theater career in 4th grade and has never stopped!  While in the U.S. Navy, Barry worked with The Rota Little Theater (Spain). Professionally, Barry has worked with Café Lena Theater Project in Saratoga Springs, NY. and performed with Riverview Productions (NY). He directed Embraceable Me ‘off-off Broadway’ in NYC and was the assistant director and had a featured role in the film The Old Livingston House shot locally in central Florida. His favorite roles include, Henry in The Lion In Winter and Mr. Lundie in Brigadoon. A Villager since 2009, Barry has worked with M&M Productions, VTC, VMT, Lake Miona, Melon Patch, Musicals in Concert (MIC), Smash and is artistic director for Broadway & Beyond Entertainment. His next stage appearance will be in KC’s Carousel.
Bob BrandoniThomas Jefferson

Bob has been singing on stage since Junior High at stunt nights and high school in Broadway musicals Brigadoon, The King and I and Oklahoma. He cantored and sang with several church choirs and with local choral groups as he moved around north central and north west Ohio, and was the lead singer with The KeyTones a barbershop quartet. Since coming to Florida, he joined the Village Voices and was a charter member of the Brothers In Song men’s glee club and the Pops chorus. Bob cantors at St. Timothy church, and has appeared with many different performing groups in the villages as well as The Melon Patch Theater in Leesburg. Pared with Shirley Martin as “Just The 2 Of Us” he entertained for social groups here in the Villages. He has appeared as Cornelius in Hello Dolly, Richard Henry Lee in 1776, Mr Bascombe in Carousel, Angus MacGuffie in Brigadoon, Charey Cowell in Music Man, David in Company, Eugene Fodor in Crazy For You, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, Dr Dreyfuss in Promises Promises, and Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity and in last fall’s production of Sweeney Todd.  This spring Bob appeared in VMT’s production of South Pacific.

Tim CaseyDirector,
Edward Ruttledge

Tim grew up in the theater playing his first role in Teahouse of the August Moon at the tender age of 11. Educated at Temple University, he studied as a Theater/ Television major, which led to a 25+year career in corporate television before focusing on technology during the later part of his career. At his prior home in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, Tim performed leads in Deathtrap, as well as Dracula and did some directing. Then he took a 20+ year hiatus from theater to focus on public service, becoming a Councilman and ultimately serving as Mayor.  Since retiring to The Villages, Tim has appeared in Company and in KC Productions of Les Miserables, as the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, Juan Peron in EVITA and played two roles in Sweeney Todd – Judge Turpin and Adolfo Pirelli and most recently appeared as Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady.  Tim also directed KC Productions’s Young Frankenstein and appeared as the Hermit.  Next spring Tim will bee starring as Max Bialystock in The Producers with VMT.

Bob Stehman 

Bob has been singing professionally since age 11 in the St. John’s Episcopal Church Boys Choir. He has enjoyed vocal performances and theatrical venues such as the Penn State Summer Theater Festival, Penn State Glee Club[President], Nevada Casinos, Jacob Javits Conference Center, The White House, The Plaza Hotel, lead singer in the musical group “Signature” and off Broadway Regional stages along the East Coast. Favorite roles include The Baker in Into The Woods, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.  He also loved the parts of Sparky in Forever Plaid and Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown which to his delightful surprise as a senior citizen was able to reprise 40 years later for KC Productions and The Villages Musical Theater. Other Villager roles include Chuck Baxter in Promises Promises [Broadway Bound Players], Vernon Gersch in They’re Playing Our Song [VMT], Harry in Company [VMT], Father Virgil in Nuncrackers [Smash Productions] and in Spring 2020 Leo Bloom in VMT’s The Producers.  Bob has been thrilled to take his performance experience and bring his love of acting, singing and dancing as Director to Smash Productions successful run of Nunsense, Nuncrackers and the December 2019 production of Nunset Boulevard.

Dan PonaJohn Hancock

Dan is a professionally staged trained NY actor, having performed roles in numerous stage productions in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Arizona and Los Angeles. several major theatrical films, TV series, including Monk and The Sopranos, and has appeared in productions throughout Central Florida, as the title character in Lombardi and as Shelley Levine in Glengarry Glen Ross, at The Bay Street Players, and has performed at The Melon Patch in Leesburg, Greater Orlando Actors Theater, and The Villages Theater Company where Dan performed the role of Judge Heywood in Judgement at Nuremburg, and as Spencer Tracy in the one person play Tracy.  Dan also appeared in last falls production of Sweeney Todd as Fogg and the bird seller and most recently as Col. Pickering in My Fair Lady.

Sue SchulerAbagail Adams

A production of “1776” was the first show that Sue worked on back in 1976. This show helped to give her the theater “bug”, and she has been in love with musical theater ever since. Her most recent stage roles in The Villages include Helene in Sweet Charity, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Polly in Crazy for You, Marta in Company and Fantine in Les Miserables. Sue is also known for her dancing and choreography. Her most theater choreography in The Villages includes Sweet Charity, Company, Les Miserables, Cabaret, White Christmas, and Chicago. She is the artistic director for Dance Fusion and Dance Synergy in The Villages.  Sue has also been seen in many variety shows since moving here, including her Dueling Divas series, Divas vs. Divos series, and her Songs for the Soul series coming up in June.

B.J. Odehdhal Martha Jefferson

Before arriving at The Villages, BJ was an active participant in many aspects of the theater both on and off stage. Currently, she is an active member of The Village Theater Company, The Villages Musical Theater, Musical in Concert Dinner Theater, The Villages Pops Chorus and is a featured singer for The Villages Pops Folk Singers. She has appeared as the Narrator in “Judgement at Nuremberg,” Jenny in “Company,” Chorus in “Crazy For You,” Rosemary in “How To Succeed in Business,” and has performed in various other musical venues throughout The Villages. She is a member of a newly formed female harmony trio in The Villages, The LaLiPops, who perform popular tunes of the late 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and beyond for clubs and various social organizations. Special thanks to Tim and KC Productions for casting her in the role of Martha Jefferson!

John RogersonRichard Henry Lee

Upon arriving in the Villages in 2002, other that Senior Games competition in swimming and track and field, John discovered a passion for musical theater. His most recent roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, Harold Hill in Music Man, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Will Parker in Oklahoma, J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun plus principal rolls in Anything Goes, Pajama Game, 42nd Street, Chorus Line, White Christmas among others. John sings in the Villages Swing Band, Brothers in Song, the Villages Pops Chorus, Village Voices, and is a part of North Lake Presbyterian Church’s Chancel and Handbell Choirs. He plays baritone horn in the Concert Band, violin in the Villages Pops Orchestra and is involved in numerous benefit shows and concerts.

Tony BrownCourierTony started his love of music at the age of 8 when his mother bought him a student guitar. He played and sang at church through grade school and high school. In high school he started playing trumpet and joined the school choir in his senior year. He has sung in the Bowling Green State University Men’s Chorus, The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, The Millennium Master Chorale and many different barbershop chorus throughout the Midwest. In 2013 he became a part of the Central Florida Lyric Opera and began pursuing a solo career. He sings in the choir and cantors at St Timothy Catholic Church and has been a featured soloist at several local churches. In Rome, he sang with his church choir for Pope Benedict. He was a featured soloist in the World Premiere of Bill Doherty’s “Messa di Requim” in Bethlehem, Israel, as well as the US premiere in The Villages. He appears regularly at Katie Belle’s with Maestro’s World Famous Singing Servers as well as appearing at other restaurants, private parties and clubs. He has appeared in many local concerts and productions including, Honor Flight, Latin Fusion, Once Upon a Mouse, KC Production’s The Neil Diamond Experience and many others. He has appeared with Producer/Arranger Hector Garrido, Americas’ Got Talent finalist Fernando Varela and Broadway singers Grant Norman, Brian Minyard, and Melissa Minyard, as well as Metroplitan Opera singer Molly Filmore. He appeared in musicals as a Cronie in Lil Aber, Max Detweiler and Franz in The Sound of Music, Capt Brackett in South Pacific and The Judge in Trial by Jury. In operas as 1st Man in Armor in The Magic Flute, Imperial Guard in Turandot, Soldier in Barber of Seville and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor.  Last Fall Tony portrayed Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd.
Steve GreenbergCharles ThompsonSteve has appeared in KC Productions Young Frankenstein and Evita.. He has participated in various choral groups including sacred and orchestral music, groups varying in size from 15 to 150. Steve sang with the Daylesford Singers in Bermuda in a Cole Porter review and The Bermuda Philharmonic performing works of Mendelssohn.
Vic MarsichAndrew McNairVic was born and raised in NYC. His mother was in theater costuming/ design and gave Vic “The Bug” and he did choral and theater work in school and college. Vic finished two careers (USAF and GE) and retired to The Villages in 2006. His roles here have included VMTC: Carousel, Brigadoon, Music Man, Crazy for You (Harry), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dexter), Sweet Charity (Walter) and is currently in production for The Producers. With VTC: Judgement at Nuremburg (Karl Wickert) and Thank Godfrey (GOD). With KC Productions: Jesus Christ-Superstar (James) and My Fair Lady,  He is also a Village Pops Chorus member.
Bill McGaugheyRobert LivingstonThis is Bill’s first theatrical production since moving to The Villages 18 months ago. He has kept busy singing in the Villages Pops Chorus, the Pops Chorus Folk Singers, the Village Voices and Brothers in Song. Bill has a rich and varied musical background, traveling internationally and covering everything from network television to a Presidential Inaugural. Bill has enjoyed many roles over the years including Tommy in Brigadoon, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks, Ewart Dunlop in the Music Man, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers.
Gerry ShermanRodger ShermanAn injury suffered in pickleball 13 years ago resulted in Gerry looking for something else to do as a Villager . . . he found musical theater! Gerry had never performed on stage before his first appearance as Heinzie in The Pajama Game. Bitten by the bug, he went on to become well known in The Villages as a musical theater character actor: Ali Hakim in Oklahoma, Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business, Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon, Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof, Bobby in A Chorus Line, Phil Davis in White Christmas, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, and EVITA.  Gerry starred as Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd. as well as Jamie and Prof. Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady.
Jim BeddiaDr. Josiah BartlettJim and his wife Jan moved to the Villages in 2007 and his theatrical career spans eight decades. Jim’s favorite show is Guys and Dolls, which he’s appeared in numerous times in a variety of parts. Jim has won several acting awards and has been in three professional productions: Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is his favorite character. Jim has directed thirty-five shows. Jim has been President and/or board member of over a dozen theater groups. Backstage and behind the scenes, Jim has worked voice-overs, props, set-designs etc.
Gary ChubeckCol. Thomas McKeanGary has been in The Villages for the past nine years. He enjoys the active lifestyle and has reawakened his desire in the theater, and is most grateful to his wife Sheilah for supporting him in this captivating hobby. Gary is returning for his third show with our company and is also active performing with Villages Musical Theater, Questar Productions, Starlight Players, and Showcase of Talent, just to name a few.  Gary appeared as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar as well as Victor Frankenstein and Ziggy in Young Frankenstein.
Dick DevineyDr. Lyman HallDick Deviney has performed in musical theater for fifteen years. This will be his second KCP role after performing in Les Miserables in 2015. He performed in several productions with the Tupelo Community Theater, sang with the Tupelo Symphony Chorus and is currently a 5 year member of The Village Voices and Village Pops. He is originally from Arkansas and will share his Southern accent as Dr. Lyman Hall, the gentleman from Georgia in KC Production’s 1776.
Goodie DoustLewis MorrisGoodie was bitten by the theater bug after trying out for VMT production of Music Man as a passenger in the opening train scene and as part of the chorus and dancer. It lead to chorus and dancing in Crazy For You.  He also participated in Musicals In Concert: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Mr. Bratt) and The Pajama Game (Pop). This will be his first show with KC Productions. Goodie also performs with The Villages Pops Chorus
Jim FlynnGeorge ReadJim began his stage career in The Villages in 2006. He has performed in many musicals in roles ranging from ensemble singing and dancing to featured principal. His performances include roles in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hello Dolly, Brigadoon, A Chorus Line, Mame, Forum, How to Succeed, Carousel and The Pajama Game. He sings in The Villages Pops Chorus, dances with Music in Motion and is a past member of The Showtime Singers, The Village Clog Hoppers, The Step Brothers and Way Off Broadway Players
Luma GreenJoseph HewesLuma moved to The Villages with his wife Dorothy in December 2006. They, like the majority of people moving into The Villages, have enjoyed the active Lifestyle which includes Golfing, Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, along with memberships in Photography, Genealogy, Bookworm, and Social Clubs.  Luma enjoys singing, dancing, and playing the trumpet. He has been able to continue these interests since moving to The Villages. He joined The Villages New Horizons Concert Band in 2010, The Villages Hometown Concert Band in 2013, and The Villages Trumpet Ensemble in 2014. Before coming to The Villages, He sang in several church choirs. In 2011 Luma joined The Villages Musical Theater, Inc. and has performed as a singer and dancer in VMT productions of “Hello Dolly”, “Carousal”, “Brigadoon”, “The Music Man”, “Crazy for You”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, and “Sweet Charity”. He joined The Villages Pops Chorus in 2014.
Luma held the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors for The Villages Musical Theater, Inc. from 2015 through 2016.
Bruce GreenbergerJames WilsonBruce did 6 years of summer theater while in junior and senior high school
and then took 40 years off to work and raise a family. Since he moved here with
his lovely wife, Lynne, he has been involved with musical theater, having performed in Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserable, Cabaret, Crazy for You and several other shows, most recently South Pacific, both on and back stage. He had also performed at Melon Patch Theater in Play On. He will be performing in The Producers next spring.
Howard KirschenbaumRev. John WitherspoonHoward moved to The Villages in 2006 with his wife Sue. He has appeared in many shows in South Florida and in The Villages. including Man of La Mancha, EVITA, Jesus Christ Superstar and My Fair Lady. Some of his previous roles include Babet in Les Miserable, Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Search for the Temple of Shalom at Temple Shalom, as Alf Scrag in Little Abner at Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., The Scare Crow in a Halloween show in Weston, Fl.
David KurtzPainter/ CongressmanDave has sung and played guitar and bass in choirs most of his life. In 2014 he began acting in a community theater in Vermont in The Odd Couple, He also appeared in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Much Ado about Nothing.   He moved to the Villages in 2017 and has been in numerous VTC productions as well as Acting Out production. Most recently he appeared in VMT’s production of South Pacific.
Bob PetrucelliSamuel ChaseBob has previously performed with: Broadway Bound Players, B & B Productions, M&M Productions, Lake Miona Theater, Shaka Crew Dance Company and the Villages Theater Company.  He appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar, as Pedro in Man of La Mancha and as Big Jule in Guys and Dolls.  He is a board member of the VTC and has performed in their productions, the Shows To Go traveling Comedy show, as well as coordinating and performing in the Traveling Holiday Show, Mistletoe To Go. He appeared as Inspector Kemp in KC Productions’ Young Frankenstein.  Other Credits include Evita and VMT’s production of South Pacific.
Sam Rosalsky
Cesar Rodney

Sam’s early theatrical experience began with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in off-Broadway venues, and many rewarding experiences in community theater.  He has been seen most recently as Igor in Young Frankenstein, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha, Thenardier in Les Miserables, Laser Wolff in Fiddler On The Roof, Smee in Peter Pan, The Governor of Texas in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic And Old Lace, Mr. Bumble in Oliver, and the Sultan in Aladdin among many others. He has been active in all phases of the theater including acting, directing, stage managing, lighting design, and helping extensively with costuming, set design / construction, sound, promotion, and publicity.

Steve RubinStephen HopkinsSteve is once again is part of the KC family, having performed in Cabaret (Herr Shultz) and Les Miz (Bamatbois).  He earned his BHK (Bachelor of Hard Knocks) through exposure, experience, and perseverance, working in regional & community theatre for over sixty years in NY/NJ, The Carolinas, South Florida, and now in Central Florida.  Still performing, but mostly directing, Steve’s passion for “live” theatre has only been enhanced since retirement. He loves taking the “everyday” person and watch their transformation into the character they are portraying.  His most gratifying direction was his first, Once Upon A Mattress and the one he is presently working on. He has now added a new favorite after recently directing Judgment At Nuremberg for the VTC.  Last year, with a friend, he formed Step-Ona-Stage productions who perform at Rec Centers & Clubs.
Greg SenholziLeather ApronGrowing up in a musical family, he appeared on the Perry Como show with his dad at age 3. Years later appeared in the play PT 109 at the Teddy Roosevelt mansion. Studied acting with Madame Piscatur of Lee Strasberg school of acting and appeared as Motel the tailor in Fiddler, Mordred in Camelot, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and Mr. Bumble in Oliver. Taught acting, directed, and produced shows for 10 years in NY. Moving to the Villages, joined the Villages Pops Chorus and is the assistant lighting and sound man for VTC.
Violet RayChoreographerViolet began dancing at the early age of 2-1/2. Her love of dance has taken her through many different disciplines of dance. She is internationally known for her line dance choreography. After moving to The Villages, Violet found herself on the theater stage in the roll of Liat in South Pacific and Blessington’s Secretary in The Solid Gold Cadillac. Violet has also appeared in character rolls along with being a dancer in Oklahoma, Carousel and White Christmas. She is the Director and Choreographer for Aloha ‘O Ka Hula Dance Troupe and the Shaka Crew Dance Company. Violet also dances with Evolution Dance Company and the Orlando Magic Silver Stars.  She appeared in and choreographed Young Frankenstein, EVITA and My Fair Lady.
Linda RosalskyMusical DirectorLinda Corcoran Rosalsky has been accompanying and directing choirs for various churches, temples, community choirs as well as theatre productions since 1967. After graduation from Rutgers and Westminster Choir College, she taught music K-12, private piano and organ lessons as well as accompanying several community choirs.  She has also made four european concert tours, a live performance on WQXR and sung background vocals for Peter Paul and Mary on Broadway in their Christmas television special.  As a member of NYCS she performed in Carnegie Hall more than 75 times.  Since retiring to The Villages, she has played piano and organ for Bach with a Beat, Village Voices, Brothers in Song, Philharmonic Chorale, the Congregational Church, and North Lake Presbyterian. This is her 8th show for KC Productions serving as the Musical Director for Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein, EVITA, Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady.