Cast & Crew

Meet the Cast & Crew of Hansel & Gretel!

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Ghett Hardwick (Hansel)

Ghett Hardwick (Hansel) – is ecstatic to be working with StoryBook Theater for this production of Hansel & Gretel. You may have seen him this summer as Bill in Studio East’s Mamma Mia. This October you can also see him as Hershal at Stalker Farms, if you are brave enough. He would like to thank his mom for all that she does.

Megan D. Connell (Gretel & Choreographer)

Megan D. Connell (Gretel & 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. 

Marlena McHenry (Witch/Mother)

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)

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!


Casey Hartman (Swing Gretel)

Casey Hartman (Swing 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.

Xenya White (Stage Manager)

Xenya White (Stage Manager) – Bio Coming Soon!

Lani Brockman (Show Writer & Director)

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 & Piano)

David Close (Music Director & Piano) – Bio Coming Soon!