Meet the Cast & Crew of
Renee Markell (Marmee) is incredibly blessed to be performing for the first time with Servant Stage! And is very thankful to Wally and Johnathan for trusting her with this role. She has been seen most recently on the Sight and Sound stage in Miracle of Christmas and Moses. Renee lives in Lansdale, PA where she keeps busy with her two greatest blessings, her daughters, Maddie (18) and Gwen (16)! Renee's ability to do theater so far from home is due in large part to her family’s constant encouragement to do what she loves! Renee sends much love to her girls, both on stage and off. And gives all glory to God for His love and many blessings!
Danielle Poznanovic (Jo) is exhilarated and honored to be returning to Servant Stage Company to get the chance to play her dream role!! Originally hailing from Barrie, ON, Canada, Danielle has had the opportunity to work with various theatre companies including Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (Anything Goes), Sight & Sound Theatre (Noah, Miracle of Christmas), Blue Gate Musicals (Josiah for President), and Piercing Word. Favorite roles include: Orpha (Miracle of Christmas), Josie Pye (Anne of Green Gables), and Belle (A Christmas Carol). Thank you to her parents for their unending love and support, and to her friends and teachers who have constantly encouraged her to continue to pursue her dreams- and a special thanks to Wally and Johnathan for their guidance and encouragement while entrusting her with this amazing role! God bless, and “Christopher Columbus!” enjoy the show!
Donna Schilke (Aunt March) is happy to once again be part of a Servant Stage production. Previously, she was seen as Miss Prism in their production of The Importance of Being Earnest. For the last year, Donna was performing in Samson at Sight & Sound Theatre, where she also performed in Jonah in 2012. In addition to those shows, she has performed extensively in a variety of theaters in NH, CT, NY, NJ, as well as in commercial work, teaching and performing in various countries, and a national tour. Donna is grateful to join with Servant Stage in making accessible art for all.
Matthew Wilhelm (John Brooke) is excited to rejoin Servant Stage after performing in last year's Sherlock Holmes and Joy to the World. Since attending the Sight & Sound Conservatory in 2015, where he performed in Moses, Joseph, and Miracle of Christmas, Matthew has performed in Piercing Word’s Sermon on the Mount, Jonah, and The Passion as well as with Maryland Entertainment Group.
Stephen Baker (Laurie) is super pumped to be making his Servant Stage debut in Little Women. Stephen has been on stage in some form or another since he was 10 years old, starting as a child actor at Sight & Sound Theatres where he played young roles for 4 of their productions. In 2015 he graduated from Sight & Sound Conservatory where he performed alongside the casts of Moses, Joseph, and Miracle of Christmas. He currently serves as Worship Leader at his church and just recently finished his first professional performing contract at Sight & Sound Theatres as u/s Jair in Samson.
Heather Nicole (Beth) is a professional actress currently located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with a desire to travel for theatre! She is very excited to be working with Wally Calderon again after working with him in Alluvion Stage Company's production of Sister Act as a nun! Her other professional credits include A Christmas Story with the Riverside Dinner Theatre and Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Alluvion Stage Company. She would like to thank her loving family and her Jesus for all the support. Her dream is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever! Instagram: @hnreed2. Website: 92heathernicole.com
Jon Rider (Mr. Laurence) is proud to return to Servant Stage for Little Women. You may remember him as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol or as the host of The Old Time Gospel Radio Hour. Featured along with Servant Stage founder and producer Johnathan Bauer in a VERITAS children's video series, The Gospels, Jon has been seen on stage locally in Piercing Word productions of Christmas Through The Ages and The Passion and as Abraham in Sight & Sound’s production of Abraham and Sarah, Dr. Drosselmeyer in Fulton Theater's The Nutcracker and Publicus in The Centurion: The Musical. He toured the country as Rooster in the Broadway show, Annie. Author of a book of devotions...A Journey To Contentment, a novel...The Double Enigma, the musical MARTYR and several books of puzzles designed to get Christians to read their Bibles...The Bible: By The Numbers. Jon dedicates his work to God, Who blesses him every day through his wonderful wife Kristen.
Erisa Sloan (Jo u/s, Meg u/s) is honored to be making her Servant Stage debut! Some favorite theatre credits include Rizzo in Grease and Crooners at the American Music Theatre. She can currently be seen playing Zaneeta in The Music Man. Primarily of dance background, Erisa has trained in all genres and currently attends Koresh School of Dance in Philadelphia. She has spent summers training with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Dreams Foundation. Post high school graduation, she hopes to pursue a performance major with a focus in physical therapy. Many thanks to Johnathan and Wally for believing in her, and to God for making every day possible.
Leslie Talley (Meg) is so excited about working with Servant Stage again! The story of Little Women is one that Leslie has loved since childhood and is thrilled to share the story! Her recent years have been spent raising two precious girls alongside her husband, Brandon. She was a student at Millersville University, originally studying vocal performance. She performed as Ti Moune in Once on this Island while studying there. Leslie performed at Sight and Sound for many years doing productions like Ruth (Ruth), Miracle of Christmas (Mary), In the Beginning (Eve US), Abraham and Sarah (Sarah) and Behold the Lamb. Leslie was last seen on stage as Mary Morstan in Servant Stage Company's production of Sherlock. Since leaving Sight and Sound Leslie has been acting on screen for film/tv/commercial/print. Much love to Brandon, Cora, and Vivian! Thanks for holding down the fort, Brandon!
Wally Calderon (Artistic Director) Originally from Green Bay, WI, Wally earned his BFA in Music Theatre Performance and Direction from Ohio Northern University. For over 15 years Wally traveled the country as a freelance performer, director, and choreographer. Notable stays include the Miracle Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN, The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, Hershey Park, and the highly credited Stage Door Manor in upstate New York. For the last 5 years, Wally has worked at Sight & Sound Theatres in multiple positions. “Special thanks to my wonderful wife Andrea and sweetest daughter Joyanna for their love and support. All the glory to God for the amazing gifts and opportunities He has given me!” Psalms 149:3
Tyler Hoover (Production Manager) is a Lancaster County native and has been involved in the regional arts scene for more than fifteen years. Tyler has been blessed to serve as an actor, director, writer, and composer with a number of local theatre companies including Servant Stage, Sight & Sound, Piercing Word, and PRiMA. Tyler also enjoys work as a freelance composer, holding both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Music Theory & Composition from West Chester University. “With gratitude to God, our fantastic audiences and supporters, my beautiful wife Sandra, and our precious daughter Evelyn.” 1 Peter 4:10-11.
Shaun Ressler (Audio Designer) is excited to be working with Servant Stage Company again in 2017. His previous credits as both a sound designer and actor with Servant Stage include Joy to the World: A Servant Stage Christmas (Sound), Old Time Gospel Radio Hour (Keystone Quartet and Sound, also nominated for best sound design by BroadwayWorld.com), Embraceable You: Rhapsody in Gershwin (Sound), and Forever Plaid (Smudge). He has also designed sound and acted with Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Popovsky Performing Arts Studio, OperaLancaster, and Cavod Theatre. Shaun’s also enjoys barbershop singing, both in choruses and quartets, and has appeared on stage twice at Carnegie Hall with the No Borders Youth Chorus. Many thanks to Johnathan, Wally, the Servant Stage team, and the Little Women cast and crew for all of the great opportunities!
Kendra Bigley (Music Director & Accompanist) is a versatile collaborative artist and respected pedagogue. A native of Eugene, Oregon, she began studying piano at the age of 6 and received numerous state and regional awards throughout her formative years. She earned the Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in applied piano from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Barry Snyder, Fernando Laires, and Jean Barr. Ms. Bigley has built a career as an accompanist, vocal coach, and instructor at institutions such as The Fulton Theatre, OperaLancaster, PRiMA Theatre, Florida International University, the Ransom Everglades School, and Lancaster Bible College, where she is currently the director of piano studies. Ms. Bigley lives in Lancaster City with her husband (conductor and fellow Eastman graduate, Dr. Robert Bigley) and their three children.
Lily Brown (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for her third production with Servant Stage Company! Past stage managing credits include Joy to the World (Servant Stage), Humor Cabaret (Itsy Bitsy Spider Productions), and The Irish and How They Got That Way (Theatre of the Seventh Sister). She has also done several productions as a stage crew member and set artist. Thank you to Servant Stage for allowing me to serve the theatre community!
Ric Zimmerman (Costume Designer) is excited to be appearing in another Servant Stage production! A Lancaster native, Ric has performed in numerous American Music Theatre and Sight & Sound shows, and has been seen at the Fulton Theatre, and Prima Theatre. He was the founder/director of the Celebration Singers. Ric has had the privilege of singing with Christian artists Steve Green, Dino, Wayne Watson, and conducted the orchestra for the Mandrell sisters and Celeste Holmes. He also toured with The Continentals throughout the US, Canada, Korea, and Taiwan, and Japan.
Della Limbert (Props Mistress) is elated to be back with Servant Stage for her third year! With a passion for the Fine Arts, Della has been involved with numerous orchestras, choirs, ensembles and theater productions for the past 19 years. It is such a joy to be back performing with her second family in new and wonderful ways. A massive THANK YOU to Daniel Stargel, Wally Calderon and Johnathan Bauer for believing in me and challenging me to grow in all areas of theater. And to my family and Michael for their love and support. Dad, this show is for you from the first of your Little Women.