Cutout of miners at the Granite Mountain Memorial in Butte, MT

No Greater Love Supporting Cast

Brian Boyd, cast as Jimmy
who studied Theatre & Drama at Indiana University, acted in 17 plays in three years. In 2010 he moved to New York to pursue film and stage, with work in 18 short films and nine plays. His first two major feature film roles were in Suck it up Buttercup and Rum Runners. He met Don Andrews at the Portland Film Festival, and the two eventually moved to Butte and founded The Covellite Festival and Studios. Since arriving in Butte in September 2015, Brian has been active in the local arts scene at Bannack Days, the Arts Chateau, the 64-Hour Film Competition, 24-Hour Play Festival, and on the set of The Ballad of Lefty Brown. He also played Henry Plumber in Expedition Unknown: The Search for Plumber's Gold for the Travel Channel.
CLINT CONNORS (Young Miner / Town Crier)
Clint Connors, cast as Young Miner / Town Crier
A native to the Richest Hill on Earth, Clint is a student at Butte High School. Activities include cross-country running, speech and debate, Excel Club, Art Club, History Club, Chess Club and theater. His first performance was in Bremen Town Musicians at the Orphan Girl Children's Theatre and has acted regularly ever since. He also directed the short play The Elf Rebellion and was an extra in the original movie Dead 7. Once out of high school, he hopes to pursue a career in writing, directing, and producing films, with a focus on animation.
Kelly Cutler, cast as Collins
At age 8, Kelly tried out for a play but failed to make the cut and promised it wouldn't happen again. Since then, he's acted in hundreds of shows - like George in Of Mice and Men and Mr. Caldwell in Urinetown. - directed over 50 performances, written seven comedies, and co-owns Cutler Brothers Productions. Kelly was inducted into the 2nd City Conservatory for improvisational comedy, holds a bachelor's in Music Education with an emphasis in voice from UM and will direct Beauty and the Beast in Deer Lodge while taking this role in No Greater Love.
MATT DUNBAR (Filthy/Galia)
Matt Dunbar, cast as Filthy / Galia
Except for a hiatus during college, Matt has been acting and singing on stage since his high school days in Hamilton. In his return to the stage last summer, he played Sohovik in the Cutler Bros. production of Damn Yankees in Deer Lodge. After that, he played King Triton in the Orphan Girl's The Little Mermaid. An IT professional for Northwestern Energy, he has also been a member of the MT Tech Choral Union since its inception and continues to explore musical endeavors in his free time and enjoys skiing, curling and riding his dirt bike.
ERIK EDELMAN (Sully/Spriggs)
Erik Edelman, cast as Sully and Spriggs
A local community and professional actor since high school, Eric, has appeared in numerous productions from Once Upon a Mattress (King Sextimus the Silent) to Peter Pan (Captain Hook). Eric has also worked as a voice-over artist and has appeared in Butte Burlesque productions with Big Sky Repertory Theater. His most recent performance was a reading of Mislaid Heaven by Carson Becker, with the Ballroom Players at the Art Chateau in honor of the Easter Rising anniversary in Ireland. Having attended local schools with the children and grandchildren of underground hard-rock miners, Eric claims the ability to put a face to almost half the names listed on the Granite Mountain Mine Memorial. This story and production, for him, is very personal.
JOHN EMEIGH (Wirta / Conroy)
John Emeigh, cast as Wirta / Conroy
A native of Detroit and journalist in both newspaper and television, John has had a lifelong love for the written word, performing and a masochistic thirst for deadline pressure. Since high school, he has performed in community theater, including Butte's Orphan Girl Theatre production of Bye Bye Bird and Godspell at the Mother Lode. He has a role in The Tinderbox, an independent film that was shot entirely in Butte. The Southeastern Louisiana University journalism graduate is a former reporter at The Montana Standard and is now bureau chief at KXLF in Butte.
CONNOR FORD (Jig Dancing Miner)
Connor Ford, cast as
Jig Dancing Miner
Paralleling his theatrical accomplishments, Connor has been Irish dancing since age 4, first under the direction of Cindra and Kerry Powers. He has since honed his technical dancing skills and competed in tournaments around the country. In an adjudicated performance in 2015, he qualified at the World Championship of Irish Dance. His future plans include attending Loyola University Chicago to pursue degrees in accounting, music, and eventually earning a certification in teaching Irish dance. He also serves as an assistant stage manager for No Greater Love.
Samantha French, cast as Zoe
Originally from Havre, Samantha is a 2016 Carroll College graduate with bachelor's degree in history and a minor in theater. While at Carroll she was also involved in the campus improv group, Mimeprov. Her love of comedy performance led her to take part in a week-long improv course at Chicago's Second City a year ago. Currently, Samantha works as an intern on the photo collection of C. Owen Smithers at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives.
SOLVEIG GALLEGO (Lady / Town Crier)
Solveig Gallego,
cast as Lady / Town Crier
was born and raised in Missoula. Her passion for theater blossomed at age 7 when she played a raccoon in the Missoula Children's Theatre's Little Red Riding Hood. Since then, she has acted in more than 40 MCT plays and productions. At age 14 Solveig starred in the musical version of Willy Wonka Jr. and later as Mrs. Sherman in Fame. She briefly lived in Slovenia, where she learned a new style of singing that improved her skills in contemporary genres. While in Europe, she performed live twice in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
Taylor Garrett, cast as Anka
found her love of theater at the tender age of 7. Having participated in many acting and singing workshops, she has been acting for more than three years. Eight of the nine productions she has been in have been at the Orphan Girl Children's Theatre in Butte. In addition to her local success, the Travel Channel tapped Taylor to be in an episode of Ghost Adventures, which was filmed at the Children's Orphanage in Twin Bridges.
GEORGIA HEAPHY (Lady / Mrs. Bixby)
Georgia Heaphy,
cast as Lady / Mrs. Bixby
Georgia's vocal and piano background date back to her pre-college school years. While working on her bachelor's in Music Education at UM, she was cast as Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial By Jury and Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Georgia taught music for 27 years in Great Falls and Butte, directed numerous musicals, church choirs and performed in symphony choirs. She's been a vocal director and performed in Mother Lode/Orphan Girl Theatre productions of Scrooge and Oliver and is a member of Butte's Community Concert Board and Tech's Community Choral Union.
NANCY HOFFMAN (Cashier Jane / Nurse)
Nancy Hoffman, cast as Cashier Jane / Nurse
Originally from New York, Nancy had a satisfying career as an oncology nurse in Colorado, where she regularly entertained in musical dinner theater. She retired and found her home at Butte's Orphan Girl Children's Theater, playing the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias. For OGCT, she was costumer for Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Elf Jr., The Little Mermaid, Duck Ugly, Charlotte's Web, and the Miracle Worker. Nancy is also a volunteer at the Butte Archives. Her husband, Larry, is a mining engineer and respected historian on Butte.
JULIE KLING (Floozy Dancer)
Julie Kling, cast as Floozy Dancer
a Butte native, began performing at an early age in ice shows with the local figure skating club and continued skating as an adult in shows across Montana. A new interest blossomed in 2010 when she began talking ballet, jazz and social dance classes in 2010 from Renée Weaver at 5,6,7,8 Dance Studio. She has performed in a ballet recital and the local Butte Burlesque shows and especially enjoys the challenge of learning new choreography and performing. Julie works as a business consultant for a local utility company.
REANNA LANGE (Lulu / Floozy Dancer)
Reanna Lange, cast as Lulu / Floozy Dancer
is a Montana girl through and through. Born and raised in Butte she earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Montana. After returning to Butte, she took a position with Montana Tech and works in the Human Services Office. As a musical theatre fan and also in dancing as a Chorus Girl in two seasons of Butte Hill Burlesque, she felt the pull of the stage. No Greater Love will mark her first production acting. Beyond this project, she enjoys ballet, jazz, and swing dance classes, curling, and hiking with her pup Stryker.
MARISA LARSON (Mrs. Mostoski / Lady)
Marisa Larson, cast
as Mrs. Mostoski / Lady
hails from Butte and is a relative newcomer to the theater scene, unless you count a junior high production of The Pirates of Penzance and a high school production of Grease. She has an avid interest in all things music and loves to sing. Singing soprano, she is a member of the Montana Tech Community and College Choral Union. She receives voice lessons from Dr. Gary Funk, and this past fall she performed Après un Rêve, Le Violette, and the African-American spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child for the Choral Union's benefit recital.
MELISSA MacGREGOR (Shoestring Annie / Lady / Woman)
Mellissa MacGregor, cast as Shoestring Annie / Lady / Woman
an oncology nurse in Butte, studied Radio/TV Broadcasting and Theatre Arts at UM and took part in campus shows as well as Missoula's Riverfront Summer Theatre and Missoula Children's Theatre. In the production that opened UM's new Montana Theatre, she played Dynamite in Cowboy, a musical about Western artist Charlie Russell. Highlights of her Butte career include acting in Orphan Girl Children's Theatre and Big Sky Repertory. She also directs, produces and acts in Monologue shows in Uptown Butte's Silver Dollar Saloon, the most recent being Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You.
KATHE MANNING (Floozy Dancer)
Kathe Manning, cast as Floozy Dancer
Born and raised in Butte, Kathe started performing early in life: Her first ice skating show was before her second birthday. She loved to skate with her sisters in ice shows across Montana, and she was dancing throughout school on the football fields and basketball courts. She has been dancing with choreographer Renée Weaver's dance studio 5,6,7,8 since it opened in 2010. Her first stage performance was dancing in the Butte Burlesque show. Kathe is a payroll accountant at NorthWestern Energy.
Kershaw Mellot, cast as Teddy
Butte native Kershaw found his love for theatre at age 8. His breakout performance in the Wizard of Oz ignited his passion. His roles have sincebecome larger, as in The Trials of Robin Hood, The Aristocats, Little Mermaid, and Duck Ugly. He performed in the 24-Hour Play Festival at The Covellite Theatre, and also on the Orphan Girl Children's Theatre and Mother Lode stages. Kershaw has also sung with baritone Curt Olds during his Christmas concert in Butte as well as with Jackie Freeman at Muddy Creek Brewery.
LAURA MOON (Floozy Dancer)
laura Moon, cast as Floozy Dancer
regularly indulges in her love of dancing by taking classes at Five, Six, Seven, Eight Dance Studio in Uptown Butte. As a Chorus Dancer in the 2015 production of Butte Hill Burlesque, she realized the magic of performing in theater and is now proud to be a part of a production making the history of her hometown come alive. She is currently a stay-at-home mother to a boisterous baby boy in an old house on the Hill.
Richard Myers, cast as Mostoski
Following an entertainment debut in a grade school production, Rich shifted gears in high school to play in garage bands. He next studied classical guitar at Montana State University, earned a bachelor's in political science and has performed as a singer-songwriter and in bluegrass and Americana groups ever since. Most recently, he was a member of the Helena-based bluegrass trio The Fat Bachelors. Rich once accompanied on banjo Broadway stars Roberta Laws and Daniel Washington. Now a videographer, he has studied voice with Dr.Gary Funk and is in the Montana Tech Choral Union.
DANIEL RICE (Dublin Dan / Sheridan)
Daniel Rice, cast as
Dublin Dan / Sheridan
From age 1, Dan grew up in Butte. The bulk of his acting experience outside the real world came in Orphan Girl Children's Theatre productions of Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and Clue. An experienced craftsman, Dan is the lead carpenter for the set building for No Greater Love.
STEPHANIE RICKEY (Lady / Stenographer)
Stephanie Rickey, cast as Lady / Stenographer
Although Stephanie is new to theatre, she has been involved in the performing arts from early on. At the age of 7, she joined her mother in her first vocal performances and also began taking a variety of dance classes. From there, her passions were discovered when she attended both Tiernan Irish Dance and East Middle School's choir classes. She recently rejoined the Tech Choral Union, which has reignited her fervor for performing in an ensemble. It also helped guide her back to her fondness for stage performance in all aspects.
Andrew Rossiter, cast as Cobb
"Drew" was born and raised in Sheridan. In high school, he found a love of acting and went on to UM to earn a bachelor's degree in acting. He toured with the Missoula Children's Theatre after college and was even featured in the documentary movie The Little Red Truck. After a 6-year stint in Los Angeles, he returned home to pursue his passion of science and is currently studying engineering at Montana Tech. He is excited to bring this historic story to life on the Mother Lode stage.
Ricardo Sanon, cast as Fowler
Originally from Massachusetts, Ricardo has been an active member of the Butte community for the past three years. He comes to the Mining City by way of Washington State, with stops in Virginia and Nebraska. He received abachelor's degree in Sport Management from Lasell College and a master's in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. He currently works at the Montana Tech Foundation and is making his theatrical debut in No Greater Love.
Scheidecker, cast as Father Barry
is retired after a career as a videographer for KXLF-TV and the Montana Power Company. In his previous (long-ago) theater experience, he played the roles of Escamillo in Carmen and El Gallo in The Fantasticks.
CINDI SHAW (Crazy Mary / Lady)
Cindi Shaw, cast as
Crazy Mary / Lady
Originally from the East Coast, Cindi made her way to Butte and has been here almost 20 years. For several years, she worked as a tour guide for Old Butte Historical Adventures, dressed in full costume and playing her alter ego Emma Peacock. Mrs. Peacock was a real Butte lady in the 1890s who ran a boarding house near the red-light district. Her stage experience harkens back to college days at the University of Illinois. An elected official for Butte-Silver Bow, she sings and plays piano at nursing homes and for veterans' events.
CHERI TAYLOR (Ms. Knowles / Lady)
Cheri Taylor, cast as Ms. Knowles / Lady
Originally from Butte, Cheri was a Drama/Dance major at UM. She studied under Alan Goddard in Butte for Little Johnny Jones. She then auditioned for the acting company Troupe Du Jour, in which she enjoyed many spectacular roles. Some of her favorites were Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors and Cherie in Bus Stop. She later auditioned for the Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. She played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz and was awarded Best Supporting Actor, and she was also nominated for that award in portraying Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins.
Andrew Vigeland, cast as Evans
grew up in Missoula. Homeschooled until college, he sang in Missoula's Symphony Chorale and, at age 9, participated in the University of Montana's production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Since then he has been occupied with college and law school. A 2016 graduate of UM's School of Law, he now works for the Butte Public Defender's office. After joining the local choir, he answered old desires and goes before a theatrical audience in Butte for the first time. He enjoys partner dancing and playing ultimate Frisbee.
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