ACTORS & STAFF 2020

Preston Dildine

(Actor - SPRING/FALL)

Preston Dildine is excited to be back with the "Musical Mysteries & More" family! A resident of Indiana, he attended Indiana State University for theatre. He has performed with Crossroads Repertory Theatre, Sugar Creek Players, and Myers Dinner Theatre, where he was a seven year staff member as actor / director / playwright / choreographer / producer / marketing manager. He also works at Dancing Raine Studio as a ballroom instructor. He would like to thank Joe for this opportunity, and his friends and family for their constant support!

FUN FACTS ABOUT PRESTON

  • He has muscular dystrophy and yet still supplements his income as a ballroom dance instructor.

  • He is a paranormal investigator in his spare time.

  • He has an almost unhealthy love of Chinese food.

Julie McNamara

(Actor - FALL)

Julie is thrilled to be working at Musical Mysteries and More at the end of such a crazy year! Originally from Boston, MA, Julie is an actor, singer, and comedian based in New York. She holds a bachelor’s in Voice Performance with a minor in Musical Theater from Westminster Choir College. Favorite performances include Fairy Godmother in Shrek the Musical (Sondheim Center), Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (Project Educational Theater), Nun in The Sound of Music (Reagle Music Theater), and Fan in A Christmas Carol (Players Theater). 

 

Check out her original song parodies and other work at www.julieannemcnamara.com, or subscribe to her on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCwD8tjK8Sq8n44WqQJ5OPcQ

FUN FACTS ABOUT JULIE: 

  • She is a 200-hour registered yoga instructor, and will talk for hours on end about chakras and Ayurveda if you don’t tell her to stop.

  • She is a middle child in a family of three.

  • She is an expert baker, particularly anything involving chocolate, but usually eats more than she saves.

  •  Though she was born and raised in New England, Julie somehow does not eat any kind of seafood, unless “clam chowdah” counts.   

Caleb Pless

(Actor - FALL)

Caleb is excited to once again be joining the Musical Mysteries and More family this season and performing along side such an amazing and talented cast. Caleb is from Nashville, TN and received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Kentucky University. Professional credits include: Mary Poppins (Bert), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Camelot (Sir Lionel), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill), The Cat in the Hat (The Cat) and All Shook Up (Dean Hyde). In the summer of 2019, Caleb was performing as Old Tom at The Lost Colony, which was the honorary Tony recipient in 2013. He appeared as a featured dancer at the Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, KY for five years and has toured with the National Theatre for Children in Chicago. He also created an original dance production entitled Green Lights and Pretty Flowers. Caleb is proud to be in the Equity Membership Candidate Program. Enjoy the show!

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FUN FACTS ABOUT CALEB:

  • This is Caleb’s 4th season with MM&M. He started in the Fall of 2017 as an Actor/Choreographer and has now been in over 10 shows!

  •  He can lick his elbow

  •  He has a dream of one day conversing with a Gorilla through sign language

Lena Vani

(Actor - FALL)

Lena is an actress born and raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Vani graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Theater. She continues to grow her career performing in projects spanning throughout the country. Some of her notable credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Sava in REFUGEE, and Nellie Bly in Remember Me, Nellie. 

FUN FACTS ABOUT LENA:

  • Her superpower is the ability to fall asleep anywhere at will. She has managed to sleep in her seat at concerts, bus terminals, and through the duration of two separate earthquakes.)

  • She is a kid magnet. No matter how hard she attempts to remain disengaged with a child in a room they always end up wrapped around her legs, usually laughing, either with her or at her. 

  • Her greatest accomplishment is writing these fun facts. She never expected to be faced with such a challenge in this life and is even still in a state of shocked that she prevailed. 

Anna Harkrider

(Actor - SPRING)

Anna is a graduate of Anderson University with degrees in Musical Theatre, Dance, and Psychology. She recently appeared in Elf the Musical at La Comedia dinner Theatre. Her other recent credits include Twig Newton in Faeries Sprites and Lights at Minnetrista, Louise/ Gypsy in Gypsy, Rose in Rose and the Rime, Little Redhead Girl in Charlie Brown, Liesl in Sound of Music, Rosa Bud in Drood and Ursula in Bye-Bye Birdie

FUN FACTS ABOUT ANNA:

  • She has read over 40 books from the Star Wars extended universe before they were all declared non-cannon by Disney in 2014. (I’m still hurt about it!)

  • She has over 2,000 volunteer hours from a summer camp I volunteered at growing up.

  • Anna competed in Mounted Games Across America (relay races on horseback).

Nicole Korbisch

(Actor -SPRING)

Nicole comes to Musical Mysteries & More after just closing contracts in Minnesota and Washington. Wisconsin-born Nicole Korbisch has worked professionally for a number of years in both the Midwest and New York theatre markets. Holding a degree in vocal performance, Nicole regularly performs in operas, musicals, plays, and in improv troupes. Favorite roles of this current NYC resident have included Cathy (The Last Five Years – tour), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show), Velma Von Tussle (Hairspray), and Bad Idea Bear, Mrs. Thistletwat/Kate, Lucy u.s. (Avenue Q).

 

FUN FACTS ABOUT NICOLE: 

  •   There is never a wrong time for cheesecake...or cheese in general.

  •   She believes Christmas music should be played loud and proud year round.

  •   She has a goal to visit every state in the US...So far, it's not going well, but she has a whole   life to live.

Robert Neal

(Actor - SPRING)

Robert is excited for his return to Musical Mysteries & More! From Circleville, Ohio, he graduated from Shawnee State University in 2016 with a B.I.S. in Theater. Since then, Robert has worked in productions across Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. His last role was Galloway as part of Tecumseh and the Galloways travel show. His favorite roles includes: Psuedolus in A Funny Thing...To the Forum, Zeke Gibbs in Trumpet in the Land, and Nathaniel Witlock at The Sleepy Hollow Experience. This summer, you'll find him performing again in Tecumseh!, the outdoor drama, in Ohio.

FUN FACTS ABOUT ROBERT:

  • Robert has a twin brother, who is also an actor, in Atlanta, Georga.

  • He has a fascination with anything involving cryptids, monsters, ghosts, and folk lore.

  • He loves audio and podcasting, even co-hosting and producing a podcast of his own called Notice Me, Senpai. (E)

  • An avid player of video and table-top games, Robert successfully ran his first Dungeons and Dragons campaign last fall.pkins in Tecumseh!

Joe Cannito

Executive Director

Joe Cannito has been an active member of the professional theatre community for over 30 years, performing in literally hundreds of musical and non-musical shows with such theaters as Saltworks, Sight and Sound, Latshaw Productions, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, The Shawnee Playhouse, and West Virginia Public Theatre to name a few.  He has also directed and managed a number of shows in Pittsburgh and western PA since arriving in 1992. 

 

A skilled character actor and improviser, he has appeared in such shows as: Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Flanagan’s Wake, Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding and numerous interactive mystery shows before performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  Upon returning to Pittsburgh, he and his wife, Michelle decided to begin their own company, marrying musical theatre with interactive comedy mysteries.  Thus Musical Mysteries & More was born.

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In Loving Memory

MICHELLE CANNITO

August 12, 1968 - November 8, 2017

You were the light in my life and the very air I breathe.  Until we are reunited with Christ in glory, I will miss you every day.  I love you forever.

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?  She is more precious than rubies.  Her husband can trust her and she will greatly enrich his life.  She brings him good and not harm all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:10-12 (NLT)

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