Simon Pringle (Beauty’s Dad, Prince’s Dad) 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, Euan and Isla.
Brad Walker (Prince Charming) is always pleased to be back with SBT, previously appearing in The Little Engine That Could, The Princess & the Pea, 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 Leo Bloom in The Producers (SMT). Brad has also performed with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, Taproot Theatre, and directs with Seattle Theatre Group and Studio East. Love to fiancée Noel and kitty Rupert!
Deanna Sarkar (Bad Fairy) has been in many StoryBook Shows for the last 11 years and is so happy to be back with the ‘gang’! You may have seen her around Puget Sound as a Dickens Caroler, as the special guest for princess parties or as “Violin Elf” at various events or Ren Faires @violinelf. She is a children’s audiobook narrator for the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library and lives with her husband and two adorable shibas that everyone thinks are foxes.
Deonn Ritchie Hunt (Fairy Godmother) is thrilled to be back as the Fairy Godmother in Sleeping Beauty! It was one of her first shows with StoryBook Theater almost 20 years ago! She was last seen as The Little Engine in The Little Engine that Could and as Granny in Little Red. In addition to theatre work, Deonn co-owns and operates Seattle By Foot, a tour company that specializes in family-friendly walking tours and coffee crawls in downtown Seattle. She would like to thank Mark, Luke, and Clara for their flexibility, patience and willingness to let her muddle through her lines and music.
Noel Pederson (Beauty Mark, Queen) is excited to be working on her first show with Storybook! She moved to Seattle in 2016 after several years performing around the country with such companies as Princess Cruises, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and The National Theatre for Children. More recently, she played a Squirelle in SecondStory Repertory’s production of Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” When she’s not on stage, Noel works in marketing at Pacific Northwest Ballet and likes to spend time with her cat, Rupert, and real-life prince charming, Brad. noelpederson.com
Karen Omahen (Choreographer) is excited to be back choreographing for StoryBook Theater! She has had the pleasure of staging pigs, elves, dwarfs, chickens, witches, ducks & other magical creatures for StoryBook Theater’s talented casts & crews for the past 16 plus years. Favorite SBT shows include Little Red, Chicken Little, & The Three Little Pigs. Teaching credits include Studio East, Tap Dance Seattle, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and the University of Washington. Performing credits include local, regional, and Broadway productions.
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 three young StoryBook Theater fans of their own: Leo, born in 2014; Jojo, born in 2016; and Rosie, born in 2020 with a bonus 21st chromosome.
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.
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)