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Camelot - Lerner and Loewe

August 3, 4, 5, 6, 2017, raindate August 7, 2017; 7:00 pm

CRS Barn Studio, outdoor stage, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-257-2043

Cast Biographies:


Baritone THOMAS ERIK ANGERHOFER (Lancelot) has received critical acclaim for his “powerful and sweet baritone” and “compelling” performances. His operatic repertoire ranges from modern masterpieces, such as Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, to classics such as Marcello in La Boheme. Recent performances include Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Fort Collins. As a crossover artist, Erik has excelled in musical theater roles such as Wolf/Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods at the Brevard Music Festival and El Gallo in The Fantasticks at the Western Playhouse. Concert engagements have taken him as far as Beirut, Lebanon, where he sang the part of Jesus in Bach's St. John Passion, a role he also performed with the Boulder Bach Festival. He has been heard as a soloist with major orchestras and festivals throughout the country in masterworks such as Carmina Burana and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, in addition to popular pops concerts. Erik holds degrees from SUNY Fredonia and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Areas of research include Power Posture Applications for Singers and Attaining Flow State Experience in Performance. Erik has presented his signature workshops, “Bel Canto to Can Belto: Functional Singing for the Stage” and “Performing from the Core: Internal Discipline for Singers” at universities, summer intensives, and programs throughout the country. Erik taught at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and at Missouri Western State University, where he also served as the Musical Director for the Musical Theater program. Many of his students have won top awards and scholarships and are now successful professional musicians. Erik is a performance faculty member at Ithaca College's School of Music. Erik sang the role of Bosun in Triphammer Arts production of HMS Pinafore at the CRS Barn in 2016.

BILL COWDERY serves as musical director and organist of the First Congregational Church of Ithaca, and as a supervisor at Cornell University’s music library. He has taught at Cornell, Colgate, Ithaca College and Keuka College, and has appeared widely as a keyboardist and speaker on music in the upstate New York area. He authored numerous articles in the New Harvard Dictionary of Music and the Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, co-edited The Compleat Mozart with Neal Zaslaw (Norton), and recently published a string quartet setting of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Presser).

PHIL EISENMAN (Sir Dinadan) enjoys performing leading and supporting roles in opera, musical theatre, oratorio and choral ensembles. He has worked with Syracuse Opera, Cleveland Opera, Western New York Opera Theatre, and Oswego Opera and has performed in the Central New York area with the Salt City Center for the Performing Arts, The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, Syracuse Musical Theatre, Theatre a la Carte, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Society for New Music, Rarely Done Productions, and Oswego Players. Phil is co-director of Junior Pro Art, a monthly process-oriented opportunity for young musicians to perform for each other in a safe environment, give and receive constructive feedback, and explore a wide variety of performancecontinua. He is co-chair of the Live At The Everson Concert Series and active with many other CMM undertakings. He serves as program chair for Pro Art/Eltinge Guild – a series of soirees held monthly in Syracuse area homes. Beginning in 1994, he and Gayle Ross co-direct occasional Singer-Actor Workshops. A Workshop is a process-oriented, non-judgmental “exploratorium” that is both fun and extremely useful and gratifying for all participating in the singing-acting profession - neophyte to professional, pop to operatic. Phil brings to this endeavor his extensive studies and experience in the human learning process. He holds advanced degrees in psychology and education and for several summers studied the singer-actor process at the Wesley Balk Institute in Minnesota. Phil joined the Triphammer Arts production of HMS Pinafore at the CRS Barn in 2016.

JEANNE GODDARD has created movement for opera and music theatre productions since 1978. In central NY she has choreographed for Ithaca Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Women's Work, and Music's Recreation. Jeanne has also co-founded three regional contemporary dance companies, and her concert work has been commissioned by ballet and modern dance companies and by public television. She has trained and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, June Finch/Danceworks, and many other artists. Jeanne ran the dance program at Wells College from 1987-2016, and has co-directed the CRS BarnStudio with Steven Stull since 1990.

ANDREW HUDSON-SABENS (Mordred) is a tenor/countertenor, delighted to perform in his second show with Triphammer Arts, the previous being the cover for Comacho in Telemann's Don Quixote at the Wedding of Comacho. Other favorite roles include the title role in Candide, Angelina in Trial by Jury, and Cyril in Princess Ida. His solo performances include Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil, Reicha's Te Deum, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Ithaca Community Chorus; as well as Orff's Carmina Burana with the Cornell Chorale, and Sora Jederan-Shpack's Moses from the Qur'an: A Mother's Love with VOICES Multicultural Chorus. He previously served two seasons as interim musical director for the Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus, and currently performs with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and Weeping Planet Vocal Ensemble.Soprano

REBECCA LEISTIKOW appeared recently as Josephine in HMS Pinafore at the CRS Barn Studio, and in the roles of La Poesia in Eumelio with the Cornell Early Music Lab and Little Red Riding Hood in Grant Cooper’s Boyz in the Wood with West Virginia Symphony. Recent operatic roles include Quiteria in Don Quixote at the Wedding of Comacho, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, and Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Rebecca holds a masters degree in Early Music from The Longy School in Cambridge, MA, and has performed throughout New England, including performances at the BEMF Fringe Concert Series and Maine Public Radio. In the Ithaca area, Rebecca performed in Handel’s Messiah with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in 2016 and has enjoyed working with ensembles Music’s Recreation, The Frogwork Consort, Elizabethan Conversation, NYS Baroque, Les Petits Violons, Onondaga Symphony Orchestra, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, and in concert series at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, St. Matthews of Syracuse, CSMA First Friday Series, Cornell Summer Concert Series, concerts at the CRS Barn Studio, Phelps Mansion Museum Series, and Windsor Arts Festival. Look for an upcoming recording of John Dowland and Henry Purcell made possible by the Community Arts

RICHARD MONTGOMERY received his Bachelor of Music in piano and conducting from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Masters of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois where he studied with renowned accompanist John Wustman. He has performed as accompanist, conductor, music director and stage director in opera and musical theater throughout the United States and locally with Ithaca Opera, Kitchen Theater, Cornell Theater and the Hanger Theater. A regular performer at the CRS Barn Studio, he was the music director for The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, Hansel and Gretel, Don Quixote at the Marriage of Comacho, and HMS Pinafore.Bass-baritone

DAVID NEAL (Merlyn) is a regular performer with Triphammer Arts/CRS Barn Studio. David has performed a wide range of roles in opera, concert, and recital, with performances at Lake George Opera, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Symphony Space, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, Opera Ithaca, the Folger Theatre, the Kitchen Theatre, the Society for New Music, and Ithaca Community Choruses. He has made numerous appearances with the Center for Contemporary Opera, including the world premiere production of Michael Dellaira’s *The Secret Agent*, with performances in New York City, Szeged, Hungary, and Avignon, France. He has appeared with the American Modern Ensemble at the DiMenna Center, the TimesCenter, and Barge Music in New York, and will give the world premiere of composer Robert Paterson’s *Night Songs *at Weill Hall / Carnegie Hall next season. Recent concert appearances include Bach’s *Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Messiah, both with Symphoria. His recorded performances may be heard on the Albany and AMR labels. David is on the faculty of the musical theatre program at SUNY Cortland, and is the founding Artistic Director of The Arts at Grace, a community-supported series in Cortland. Now in its 13th year, the series raises funds and offers professional concerts free of charge to the community. Concerts have included such major works as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and the Verdi Requiem, as well as more intimate recitals, jazz performances, and young artists’ concerts. He lives in Groton, NY with his wife, Gailanne Mackenzie.

BRUCE PAULSEN (King Pellinore) makes his debut with Triphammer Arts in Camelot, happily adding King Pellinore to his collection of slightly befuddled gentlemen. Of course, that’s only one aspect of a wide-ranging repertoire that finds him equally at home in opera, musicals and drama. If you need an assassin (Rigoletto), a high priest (Magic Flute), a mad monk (The Romanovs), paterfamilias (Shenandoah), or just plain fool (Twelfth Night), he’s happy to oblige. Paulsen performs regularly with the Syracuse Opera and lends his voice and presence to other area productions when possible. Close your eyes, and you just might recognize him as your friendly morning voice at WCNY-FM.

MICHAEL RODDY (Sir Lionel) is a native of Utica, NY. A graduate of the Master’s program at Ithaca College, he was most recently seen at Sirocco in Chabrier’s L’étoile. Michael has also appeared in roles with Mercury Opera Rochester and is a frequent concert soloist, with recent works including Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and Pergolesi’s Magnificat. He is on the board of the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and also served as the ensemble’s conductor for the Spring 2010 semester. An accomplished bagpiper, Michael has also recently performed in the world premiere of Overture to Aelinor by Western NY composer Ann Reid with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Gilles Mathieu’s Irish Mass with the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, and the premiers of two of his own compositions, Nollaig & Shepherd’s Carol, for string orchestra and pipes.

AUNDRE SEALS (Sir Sagramore) is thrilled to be making his debut with CRS Barn Productions! After living and working in NYC for 8 years, Aundre moved to Ithaca in September of 2015, and was cast in Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee) and Hand to God (Pastor Greg) at the Kitchen Theatre Company. He also has stage credits with the Cider Mill Playhouse: Urinetown (Officer Lockstock), Baskerville (Watson) and Peter and the Starcatcher(Black Stache) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho.) He most recently closed a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as Hysterium, at the Hangar Theatre. While working in NYC as the Artistic Director of madCAP collecTIVE he produced and directed the NYC Premier of CARTOON by Steve Yockey, at the National Comedy Theatre. Aundre served as Associate Director with By The Mummers, a NYC based company that creates new works through improv and focused character building. Credits with BTM include Winterland, L8 and BLOOD. BLOOD was selected and produced with the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011. BFA Acting and BA Comparative Literature, SUNY Fredonia.

STEVEN STULL (Arthur), has lived in Ithaca since 1986 and performs across the region. He appears regularly with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, the Society for New Music in Syracuse, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Arts at Grace in Cortland and Triphammer Arts in Ithaca. He was a soloist in almost fifty performances with Syracuse Symphony and Symphony Syracuse. A frequent performer with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, he has been a soloist in nearly eighty performances and can be heard in their recordings Home for the Holidays and Tales from the West Virginia Hills. His other recordings include Boyz in the Wood with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, The Pulse of an Irishman, Opera Cowpokes, and Christmas from the Heart of New York. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, Steven has appeared with Glimmerglass Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Artpark, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kyrgyz State Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Oswego Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Ithaca, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Norwalk (CT) Symphony. In February, he performed Monterone in Rigoletto with Syracuse Opera. In March he narrated the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Swineherd with the Rochester Philharmonic. Steven is also a producer, director, composer, painter and photographer. In 1990 Steven co-founded the CRS Barn Studio with choreographer Jeanne Goddard. Together they present an eclectic series of music and dance performances on the CRS Growers organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. His numerous recordings are available from

IVY WALZ (Guenevere), mezzo-soprano, has performed main stage opera roles including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nicklause in Les Contes D'Hoffmann and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. She has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and the Spoleto Festival. Some of her most recent concert performances include mezzo solos in the Verdi Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C minor and Bach's Johannes Passion. Ivy previously appeared as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the CRS Barn. She was a semi-finalist in the Joy in Singing Competition in 2012 and 2013. She is a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (DMA) and Ithaca College (MM and BM). Ivy Walz is on the voice faculty at Ithaca College.


Left to Right, Erik Angerhofer as Lancelot, Ivy Walz as Guenevere, Steven Stull as King Arthur

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CRS Barn Studio, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850


CRS Barn Studio
2622 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

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