Ghett Hardwick (Hansel) – Bio Coming Soon!
Casey Hartman (Gretel) is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and has previously understudied for Village Theatre’s Matilda as well as played Adrian and the Shipmaster in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest. She is thrilled to be working with StoryBook Theater again after a magical time in the Hundred Acre Wood last spring.
Marlena McHenry (Witch/Mother), she/her, is thrilled to be a part of her second StoryBook production! She grew up a Studio kid, and has a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University. She loves new works, and is excited to be in musicals again. She was most recently seen in StoryBook’s Winnie the Pooh, and in Bipolar Inkwell on Zoom through Parley Productions. Other favorite Seattle productions include Triceratops Love Song with Somniterum Productions, and Orange Flower Water with Come Up Productions. Cheers and enjoy the show.
Naveh Shavit-Lonstein (Brother/Dad) (he/him) is excited to be in his second StoryBook Theater show! A recent graduate from Cornish College of the Arts, his most recent credits at Cornish include The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Chicago (Amos), Company (David) and Xanadu (Danny). Regional credits include Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Frank, ReAct Theater), Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story (ensemble/featured dancer, MN History theater), four different productions of Joseph…Dream Coat, as well as many other productions in Minnesota. Much love to my family!
Megan D. Connell (Choreographer) grew up training at Studio East and is incredibly honored to be choreographing with this company. She earned her degree from UNLV in Stage and Screen Acting and spent a handful of years performing in Las Vegas on The Strip and in film projects around the area. Since back in WA she has performed onstage with StoryBook Theater (3 Pigs, Beauty and the Beast, The Boy Who Cried Wolf) and in random films and commercials. Megan’s dance experience includes college dance team, dancing in a handful of productions and currently teaching and choreographing at Studio East.
Beverly Ihli (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be joining the Studio East team. She has previously worked with Arizona Theatre Company, in Tucson AZ, as Assistant to the Stage Manager and Co-Production Stage Manager for their Summer on Stage program. She has worked on a variety of musicals and straight plays, most notable being CABARET, NATIVE GARDENS and MATILDA. Beverly began her theatre career as Martha in A PIECE OF MY HEART and Assistant Stage Manager for SPAMALOT at Pima Community College. She is thrilled to be in the PNW area and bringing theatre to kids all over.
Lani Brockman (Show Writer & Director) – 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.
David Close (Music Director) – Bio Coming Soon!