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18-19 California Suite Cast Bios

Debra “Deb” Campbell (Director) most recently directed Lost in Yonkers, also written by Neil Simon. She has appeared on the Butterfield Stage in Wedding Bells as Bobrita Tolliver. Deb is a passionate drama enthusiast and for many years has served as a stage crew member, actress, scriptwriter, and director in multiple churches, college and community theaters. With her vast theatrical experience, she brings an exciting and new perspective to the Main Stage at Butterfield.

Charlene Ledbetter (Hannah Warren) is delighted to find herself in California Suite! She made her debut at Butterfield in the Neil Simon comedy, Rumors, and has since appeared in Into the Woods and The Importance of Being Earnest. She sends her love and thanks to her husband, Sheldon, for his support. A special thanks to Deb for keeping the faith!!

Dan Winters (William “Billy” Warren) is glad to be back on the Butterfield stage after a three year hiatus, having been in six shows previously. He was also the assistant director for Steel Magnolias, and sound and light designer for the world premiere at BSP of the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy, Rex’s Exes. He thanks Deb for letting him join the fun of doing California Suite!

Terry Colquitt (Marvin Michaels) may look familiar to you from his recent parts in The Importance of Being Earnest and Lost in Yonkers at BSP. He has also been involved in numerous community theatre productions through the years in Coppell, The Colony and Ardmore. Terry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Winthrop University. He would like to dedicate his performance to the memory of his mother, Karen, who always encouraged him to “follow his bliss” in theatre.

Shy Rigsby (Bunny, Beth Hollender) is a newly-wed military wife who has enjoyed bringing life to the roles of Bunny and Beth. This is Shy’s seventh Butterfield Stage production – you may recognize her from The Diary of Anne Frank and last year’s Into the Woods. When not performing at Butterfield, she can be spotted onstage in NYC at Carnegie Hall performing with the NCTC Singers. Shy, a resident of Muenster, is grateful you have made the trip to see California Suite. Enjoy the show!

Lisa Cato (Millie Michaels) is thrilled to be back at Butterfield Stage, in her fifth production, to be part of this very funny play. She is excited to work with Deb again, as director this time, and to make new friends. In her spare time, Lisa works as a librarian at Valley View Elementary and owns the online shop, Everything Nice 4 Dolls. She loves to sew, sing in the church choir and of course, act. She thanks her family and friends for supporting her endeavors in theatre.

Ty Belger (Sidney Nichols) has portrayed such memorable characters as Ken Gorman in Rumors, Mr. Witherspoon in Arsenic and Old Lace, and his personal favorite, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. He also has stretched his singing and dancing abilities in the musicals, Oklahoma and Sweet Charity at BSP. As well as family and friends, he gives credit to his theatre muse, Lee Skinner, as a source of inspiration with her advice, “Emote the character from the first second you walk onto the stage until the last second the audience sees you, feels you and hears you. Give them nothing less!” It has become his goal in every production!

Debs Clark (Diana Nichols) has enjoyed performing in community theater for many years with her favorite roles of June (“I don’t sing; I sign”) in all the three Sanders Family shows, Louise Segars in Always Patsy Cline and Vera in The Odd CoupleThe Female Version. She has recently appeared at Butterfield as Madame Arcati in Blythe Spirit and Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers. Debs lives in Pottsboro and is grateful to friends, family and Butterfield Stage for their encouragement of her theatrical endeavors.

Thomas Morgan (Mort Hollender) was recently seen as Eddie in Lost in Yonkers and previously in other numerous Butterfield Stage productions. He joined the United States Army at the age of 18, is a combat veteran, and has since become an Alumni of NCTC. Thomas has been in two Hollywood films and continues to pursue his acting passion.

Jace Bridwell (Stu Franklyn) is making his second appearance with Butterfield Stage since Sweet Charity, jumping at the chance to take on a larger role in California Suite. A skilled baseball player, Jace signed with the Dodgers minor league team and has since been drafted to the Royals minor league team, as well as having worked professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. He and his wife own Texas Star Bounce Houses, and he sends thanks to his beautiful wife, Chelsey, and their two beautiful daughters, Aryah and Harper. Jace is dedicating his performance to his late father, Tony Garcia.

Ashlie Hazel (Gert Franklyn) is so happy to be acting in her fourth production at Butterfield. Her previous shows are My Gun is Pink, Oklahoma, and Murder Mystery. When she isn’t on stage she is a Science teacher at Walnut Bend ISD. She lives in Callisburg and has three kids- Corbin is 13, Tripp is 12 and Maverick is 2 and a half, and is married to the very talented Colt Hazel. She would like to thank her family and the wonderful cast and crew of California Suite!

Angela Doss (Gert Franklyn) has been in over twenty-one different shows including GI Holiday Jukebox and her beloved role as Maria in The Sound of Music. Angela is no stranger to the Butterfield Stage, having played The Witch in Into the Woods and most recently you may have seen her as Helene in Sweet Charity. She would like to thank her family for allowing her the time to do this show.

Kenny Bezner (Guest Appearance as “The Bellhop”) was in his first performance at Butterfield Stage in the opening production of Plaza Suite! In the early years at BSP, he appeared in Harvey, Bus Stop, Catch Me if You Can, and Arsenic and Old Lace, just to name a few, and his most recent productions include The Music Man as Mayor Shinn, and The Sound of Music. Kenny joined a talent agency in Dallas and was in several commercials including Miller Lite, Culligan Water and Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as doing a great deal of work as an extra on the TV series Dallas, the TV movies Fire and Rain and The Flight 190 Disaster at DFW and many others. He was born and raised in a family of seven brothers and sisters in Lindsay. Kenny is the owner of Bezner Insurance Agency in Lindsay and Whitesboro, is married and has a bonus daughter and son and two wonderful grandchildren.