meet the cast
PETER QUENTIN SMITH (Benedict Arnold) is an actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and retired firefighter. Theatre work includes "Shrek The Musical," "Richard III," “The One Stoplight In Hollis," “A Christmas Carol," “The Last Hurrah," and “The Iron Harp.” Films include “Conference Room C” (Best Feature Film in the Wildwood By The Sea Film Fest), “Origami Deathmatch," “Code Orange," “Broken String” and “Psych-o-cysts” for which he also wrote the theme song. Television: “Life On Mars," “Law And Order, CI," “Blood Feuds," and “Mysteries At The Castle." Pete has also produced several “Fire Safety For Kids” CDs, videos and coloring books; and short films.
LAURA WHITTENBERGER (Peggy) is a native of Ellicott City, MD. Roles in recent seasons have included Mabel - The Pirates of Penzance (PA, MD), Johanna - Sweeney Todd (MD, NJ), Rose - Ruddigore (ME), and Olympia/Blue Lady - Pinocchio (IA). She made her NYC recital debut last spring, singing from a new Yeats-inspired Irish/folk album, Never Give All the Heart. A few favorites: Die Fledermaus (Adele),Carousel (Julie), She Loves Me (Amalia). Laura holds degrees from Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory. laurawhittenberger.com
ELIZABETH COLANDENE (Emily) is excited to bring this new work to life. She recently graduated from Catholic University in D.C. with a BM in Musical Theatre and a minor in German Studies. Her recent Credits include Salome/Sydney Leathers in Weiner: the Musical, Venus in Molotov Theater Company's Blood, Sweat, and Fears, and a soloist for the Music of Kander and Ebb at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage. In her free time she plays the bassoon, tap dances, and is a self taught cartoonist.
MIKE BAKER, JR. (Mr. Joseph Reed), is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV Host, Reporter and Producer. Baker is also an accomplished videographer who has been honored with five Videographer Awards. His other TV work has garnered five National Telly Awards and a Marcom Creative Award.
Baker is currently the President of National Arts Television, Inc. His productions have appeared on BRAVO Cable Network, NBC, PAX-TV, Comcast Sport Network, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and in public television syndication.
Baker gained national and international recognition as the host and co-producer of over 250 National Arts programs which aired on the Bravo Cable Network and Bravo International. Baker also produced four documentaries for Bravo: American Dance, That's Jazz, Brendan the Navigator, and Shakespeare in America.
Baker is also an award-winning actor and vocalist. He has been a featured soloist at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The White House, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts, and Lisner Auditorium. Baker's dramatic performances encompass over fifty roles in regional and area theaters both here and in New York. He was recently honored by “DCMetroTheatreArts” as one of the Best Directors in 2016 for his work on A Christmas Carol and as one of the Best Musical Actors for his portrayal of “Fagin” in Oliver.
CAMERON LEE CONLAN as Head of the Royal Secret Service and Benedict Arnold's co-conspirator: Major John Andre. Cameron is thrilled to be part of such a revolutionary musical. Cameron's past roles include Jack in Into the Woods, Franz Liebkind in The Producers, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Iago in Othello, and many more.
JACKIE MADEJSKI (Josephine) is thrilled to be playing Josephine in Revolutionary Gentleman. Credits: The Who's Tommy (Open Circle Theatre) 99: A Rock Opera (DC Dogs) The Schemings of Scapin (Annapolis Shakespeare) Normal/Magic (Capital Fringe). Training: Catholic University, BM.
KURT GUSTAFSON (George Washington/ensemble) is a singer, actor, and producer. He is a classically trained tenor and former opera singer from Germany. His latest performances in musical theater include The Knife Seller in Oliver, WS Gilbert in Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror, Captain Walker in Tommy, and Papa Ogre in Shrek. Mr. Gustafson spends as much of his time working tech behind the scenes as he does performing providing sound and lighting for such recent shows as Cabaret, Bat Boy the Musical, and James and the Giant Peach.
SARA BREAUX (Judge/reveler/mom/ensemble) grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and was told she came out of the womb loving music! In high school, she earned First Chair French Horn in the All State Reg. Band, was a member of the NY All State Select Chorus, and earned Top Scores as an Alto in the NY All State Voice Competition. At 17, she was one of 2 NY Alto Chorus Members in 1978 European Tour of “America’s Youth in Concert”. After a gap of nearly 30 years, Sara was thrilled to once again get formally involved in live musical theater in Northern VA, with credits including “Beauty and the Beast, “How to Succeed in Business…”and, in her favorite role, “The Sour Kangaroo” in “Seussical”. Most of all, Sara enjoys sharing the wonder and power of music with others, particularly friends, family and husband, Rick and sons, Ben and Johnathan (Newport) Breaux.
CRAIG GOERINGER (Vicar/soldier/ensemble) is a teen actor and singer from the DC area. His recent performances include Tribe Member/Soloist for Metropolitan Youth Theatre’s concert production of Hair, Hollywood in Reston Community Players’ Gypsy, and George in his high school’s production of The Wedding Singer. Craig also enjoys both playwriting and songwriting during his free time.
ERICA HAIRE (Juror/Member of Reed's entourage) is delighted to be making her professional debut in Revolutionary Gentleman. She is from Winchester, Virginia, and enjoys acting, singing, and playing the flute in her school's orchestra.
ANNA MARIA SHOCKEY (Betsy Dubois/juror/ensemble) is a singer, dancer and actor most currently from the DC area. Her credits include Arena Stage’s Voices of Now (Primary); Pacific Okinawa Player’s productions of the Snow Queen (Gerdie) and Snow White Pantomime (Snow White). Her favorite role has been Nala in her school's production of the Lion King, Jr. New to the N.A.T.S. (National Association of Teachers of Singing) state competition this year, Anna Maria was the youngest winner 1st Place, Musical Theatre Division and placed second in Classical Division for Female Lower High School, February 2017. She also was one of the youngest 2nd Place winners, Division 1 for Classical Singing, Voice Achievement Awards, Northern Virginia Chapter of Music Teachers National Association, April 2016. Anna Maria is an award-winning competitive dancer in tap and jazz and a ballet and contemporary dancer at Center Stage Performing Arts Center in Fairfax. The daughter of a U.S. Marine, Anna Maria has spent the majority of her life on islands in the Pacific.
JULIE MARIE BRITT (Maria/Juror) recently graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. In January, she returned to DC after working in Disney World's entertainment department, and over this past year she has gotten to perform as a soloist in a masterclass with Renee Fleming, various gigs with the National Broadway Chorus at the Kennedy Center, in addition to being in The Most Happy Fella, Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity, and performing with Urban Pirates Adventure Cruises in National Harbor, MD and Princess Birthday Parties with Happily Ever Laughter Productions. She is also a Church cantor and a singing nanny!
MADELEINE ADELE KOON (Ensemble) is a Washington, D.C. based actress with a penchant for new works. After graduating from Auburn University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and moving to Washington, she has been part of many new musicals, including Swing Time! - The Musical, the staged readings of Pallas Theatre Collective's Code Name: Cynthia, and Crazy Mary Lincoln, for which she will be choreographing and appearing in the ensemble of the upcoming full production in June. Favorite past roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd with St. Mark's Players, Amalia in She Loves Me, and Clara in The Light in the Piazza.
JOHNATHAN NEWPORT (drummer boy, autograph hound , surly boy and concessionaire) is a 14 year old professional actor from Northern Virginia. He has a principal role in Lionsgate Entertainment’s feature film, “Permanent,” and most recently, the lead role of "Young Victor" in the Marvel Fan Film, "Von Doom." He adores live theater, with credits including “Seussical”, “Peter Pan, Jr.” and, his most beloved role, “Timon” in “The Lion King, Jr.”. He’s been fortunate to do a mix of projects in Film and TV, including lead and featured roles in shows such as “Evil Kin”/ID Network, “Legends and Lies: The Patriots”/FOX News, several commercials/PSA’s, a variety of short films, 48 Hours Film Fests, a lead in the feature Sci-Fi Thriller “Assassinaut”, and a principal role in Lionsgate Entertainment’s feature film, “Permanent”. Johnathan also thrives on being behind the camera and has written, directed and edited films, including his award winning documentary, “Voices Unlocked: A True Story” and the satirical comedy “H.U.M.A.N.S.”. lll
EMILY SAMUELSON (ensemble) is currently in Michigan performing with Thunder Bay Theater as the leading lady in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Grand Night for Singing. She will fly back just in time for tech week! Favorite regional credits include Carousel (Louise), Troilus and Cressida (Cressida), Double Trouble (u.s. Lottie, Trudy/Annie), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel). She has also been seen as Samantha in the NYMF workshop of Stand By the musical. She received a BM in Musical Theater at the Catholic University of America. EmilySamuelson.com
HARRY MACINNIS (ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Revolutionary Gentleman. He is an 8th grader at Robinson Secondary in Fairfax, VA and just wrapped up Peter Pan Jr. playing “Cecco”, the pirate, with Robinson Middle School. Other recent credits include the Witch’s Dwarf last fall in City of Fairfax Theatre’s (CFTC) “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" and last summer as part of the “boys band” with CFTC’s “Music Man”. Harry loves to act/dance/sing and laugh. And his favorite past time is finding the hottest hot sauce on the planet.
photo by Julia MacInnis
BRIGHID HUGHES (Juror/ensemble) Brighid's two favorite subjects are Revolutionary War history and musical theater, so she is thrilled to join the cast of Revolutionary Gentleman. She has been an active member and soloist in several youth choruses. Her other theater credits include Jukebox Journey, and Into the City. A high school senior, Brighid's other interests are astronomy, photography, and cartooning.
CAROL JEAN CLARK (dancer/ensemble) is pleased to be part of this production
COLTON CARROLL (dancer/ensemble) is pleased to be part of this production. photo by Julia MacInnis