Brad Walker (Prince Derek) is always pleased to be back with SBT, previously appearing in The Little Engine That Could, Pinocchio, The Tortoise & the Hare, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, among others. Some more favorites: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Harlequin Productions) and Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas (Taproot Theatre). Brad has also performed with Book-It Rep and Seattle Children’s Theatre, and directs with Seattle Theatre Group, Studio East, and at Sacajawea Elementary and McDonald International School. For Mason and Kaili.
Lindsay Merino (Princess Pretty, Princess Big Brain, Princess Rover) is very excited to take the stage in another Storybook Theater production! She was most recently seen in The Little Engine That Could (Dolly) and last season’s Pinocchio (Cat). Many thanks and hugs to friends and family, Jerry, Ruby, and the entire cast and crew of The Princess & the Pea!
Shoshauna Mohlman (Princess Gorgeous, Princess Picture Perfect) has been fortunate enough to perform with StoryBook Theater since 2011, playing several Moms, a Fairy, various animals and a Toymaker. She was recently seen in Seattle Musical Theater’s Little Women as Marmee, and most recently seen at StoryBook in The Little Engine That Could and 3 Pigs. She feels like she has the best job in the world; introducing children to the magic of theater! She is forever grateful for the support of her loving husband, Shawn and their amazing children as she pursues this passion. Enjoy the show!
Pat Sibley (Princess Ever-So-Shy, Queen) is happy to be returning to StoryBook Theater where she was last seen playing Hazel in Rapunzel. She has appeared in five 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. She has appeared in many theaters in the Seattle area, the most recent being Centerstage in Federal Way.
Kyle Cable (King) has been working in Theatre Arts for over 45 years! He is gaga over being in this production of The Princess & the Pea! You might remember his other work with StoryBook Theater in The Elves & the Toymakers.
Ruben Van Kempen (Director & Choreographer) is a freelance director and the former director of theatre at Roosevelt High School, Seattle where he taught and directed for 38 years. He is proud of his many students who have gone on to work professionally on Broadway (Tony winner Memphis); in London, Europe, and Japan; and in the opera, music, film and television industries. His directing work has been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Gates Performing Arts Center in Hawaii, Village Theatre, Seattle Civic Light Opera, the Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska, University of Evansville, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Intiman Theatre/Seattle Children’s Museum, the International Thespian Festival in the Leid Theatre, Nebraska, as well as in several industrial shows. He is a sought out clinician through the International Thespian Society and the Educational Theatre Association. His workshops WildThang! plus Sing and MoveIt are favorites amongst the many students across the country
Liz Clayton (Stage Manager) 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.
Susan Bardsley (Musical Director & Show Composer), a former high school music teacher, is the co-founder of StoryBook Theater, now in its 21st season, a Kirkland-based adult troupe which performs original musicals for young audiences. Touring with StoryBook as composer, music director and accompanist, Susan plays almost 200 shows per season around the Puget Sound area. Her musicals for young audiences (written with Lani Brockman) have also been performed in theaters around the US and Canada. She also works with teens at Studio East as a music director, teacher, pianist and conductor. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Susan has a BA in music education and a Master’s in Conducting from the University of Washington. In addition to her 20+ shows created for StoryBook Theater, she has also written three musicals for young performers, and a multi-generational musical, ‘Twas the Night…, which performs yearly at Studio East. (www.studio-east.org)
Lani Brockman (Show Writer) – With 40+ years of experience in the performing arts, Lani brings considerable expertise to the role of Studio East’s Executive Artistic Director. As a teaching artist and director, Lani enjoys challenging youth to make strong and courageous choices both on stage and off. She revels in seeing youth discover their power and independence through the performing arts whether they pursue a career in theater or not. Lani is also the co-creator of StoryBook Theater, the Studio’s Professional Children’s Theater Company. She and her writing partner create musicals for young audiences, each providing life lessons for all ages. Lani is a graduate of Leadership Eastside and is also on the board of directors at the Kirkland Performance Center as well as the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission.