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Meet the Cast & Crew of Rapunzel


Deanna Sarkar (Rapunzel) is thrilled to be Rapunzel again with StoryBook Theater! She’s also appeared in the SBT shows A Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Ugly Duckling and Sleeping Beauty. Deanna’s voice is heard as narrator in several online eLearning videos, and she has narrated nearly one hundred children’s and young adult books for the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. She spends most Christmas seasons singing with the Seattle Dickens Carolers, and has recently taken up Irish fiddling.
Pat Sibley (Witch Hazel) is happy to be returning to StoryBook Theater where she was last seen playing….Hazel! in Rapunzel! With the same cast! How fun! She has appeared in 5 other StoryBook shows playing the Stepmother in Cinderella, Papa Bear in Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Bad Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Sage in The Frog Prince, and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel. Pat moved to Seattle from Los Angeles in 1992 and has worked for many theatres in the Puget Sound area. For the past 12 years she has been traveling around the country doing 5 different National tours playing Aunt Eller in Oklahoma, Mrs. Pugh in Annie, The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein and Mama in Memphis.
Deonn Ritchie Hunt (Mother) is delighted to share the stage with the same fun-loving and talented cast from StoryBook’s previous production of Rapunzel! She was last seen as Crow in last fall’s The Tortoise & the Hare and she can be seen this spring as Mrs. Piggle Wiggle in Studio East’s production of Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.  When she is not on stage, Deonn works as a teacher, writer, director, dialect coach, wedding officiant and tour guide. She would like to thank her StoryBook Theater family for the continued opportunities to do what she loves and thank her real family, Mark, Luke, and Clara, for supporting her while she does it!  
Simon Pringle (Prince Harry) is delighted to be back with his StoryBook family! A native of Edinburgh Scotland, and a StoryBook regular, Simon trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Simon has appeared at many local theatres including Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Harlequin  Productions and Centerstage. Favorite past roles at StoryBook include The Emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes and Columbine in Sleeping Beauty. Love to Anna, Alasdair, Francis and Euan. 
Faith Bennett Russell (Director & Choreographer) is happy to be back with her StoryBook Theater family, this time wearing the director’s hat for Rapunzel. Past directed StoryBook shows are The Emperor’s New Clothes and Little Red, as well as Into The Woods, Once On This Island and Seussical the Musical for Studio East’s Mainstage.  Past favorite StoryBook roles include Petunia Blossom (3 Pigs), Ducky Lucky (Chicken Little) and The 2 Headed Sea Slug (The Little Mermaid). You can see her next on the Taproot Theater stage as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan.
Liz Clayton (Stage Manager) Liz has been stage managing for StoryBook Theater since 2009, and she loves working with the StoryBook Theater and Studio East actors, staff, and crew. Liz has a BA in theatre from Notre Dame and an MFA in drama and theatre for the young from Eastern Michigan University. Liz and her husband Noel have two young StoryBook Theater fans of their own: Leo, born in 2014, and Joseph, born in 2016. 
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