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

No Greater Love Cast - Major Players

JEFF KITTO (Manus Duggan)
Jeff Kitto, cast as Manus Duggan
Jeffrey Grant Kitto, who grew up in the Gallatin Valley, most recently played Calaf in "Turandot" for the Rimrock Opera as well as directing and singing in "Carmen's Tragedy" for the Nova Center for the Performing Arts. Before that, he performed the roles of Frederic in "Pirates of Penzance" for The Glacier Symphony and The Duke in "Rigoletto" for the Rimrock Opera. Previous recent engagements include Pinkerton in "Madama Butterfly," Ferrando in "Cosi fan Tutte," Cavaradossi in "Tosca," Don Jose in "Carmen," Rodolfo in "La Boheme," Nemorino in "L'Elisir d'Amore," and Rinuccio in "Gianni Schicchi." Jeffrey has most recently performed with the Mendocino Summer Festival Opera, Intermountain Opera, Spokane Opera, Montana Lyric Opera, Oregon Lyric Opera, the Great Falls Symphony, the Glacier Symphony, and the Helena Symphony.
Mr. Kitto is a multiple recipient of The Metropolitan Opera Auditions National Council Awards as well as a past winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award. He also holds a bachelor's degree in music from Montana State University.
His concert experience includes engagements with the Blue Lake Symphony in Michigan, Northwest Symphony, Glacier Symphony, Billings Symphony, Spokane Opera, Helena Symphony, Sweet Pea Summer Festival, and Great Falls Symphony among others. His most recent work includes Haydn's "Mass in Time of War," Gounod's "St. Cecilia Mass," Mozart's "Requiem," Beethoven's "Choral Fantasia" and "9th Symphony," Orff's "Carmina Burana," J.S. Bach's "Actus Tragicus," Ralph Vaughn Williams "Hodie," and Spokane Opera's "Hot August Night" concert series. Jeffrey was a founding member of national recording artists, The Clintons, with whom he performed, toured, and helped release four albums including the release of "Who Invited Roger," which was met with independent acclaim throughout the Northwest.
JOHN HOSKING (Gummy Montgomery)
John Hosking, cast
as Gummy Montgomery
is a co-founder of the Vigilante Theatre Co. that toured the Northwest for 32 years. He has been in the first two collaborations between the Bozeman Opera and Montana Shakesperare in the Parks; as Colonel Pickering in last year's production of "My Fair lady", and the Governor in "Man of La Mancha". He also portrayed Richard Hannah in "39 Steps" at the Ellen Theater. Way back - John was an actor in the first full season of Shakespeare in the Parks of Montana and performed at the Virginia City Opera House for over a decade. While touring with A ContemporaryTheatre (ACT) of Seattle, he was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center. John was a member of the Founding Board of the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Montana State University and is a Hilberry Graduate Fellow (Wayne State University - Detroit).
Angela Billadeau, cast as Madge Duggan
spring-boarded her professional theatrical career in 1998 when she toured with the Montana Repertory Theatre Company as Victoria in Grand Night for Singing and the Chanteuse in Hemingway: It Just Catches. She then toured the Northwest with the Vigilante Theatre Company for 2 years with 5 original comedic productions. Since then, she has played many roles around the country, such as: Julie Jordan - Carousel, Mabel - Pirates of Penzance, Fiona McLaren - Brigadoon, Emma - Jekyll & Hyde, Geneva Lee Brown - 1940's Radio Hour, Waitress - Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Queen Aggravain - Once Upon a Mattress, and Lizzie Curry - Rainmaker, for which she received Missoula's Best Actress Award in 2015. In addition to these more recognizable shows, she originated roles in 8 different productions - one of which was the world premiere of a piece affiliated with the National New Play Network (NNPN) and recognized by American Theatre Magazine: Melinda - Happy. In between projects, Angela enjoyed a handful of vaudeville adventures, and she was member of an intimate dramatic improvisational group, The Village Playback Theatre Company, in New York City. Angela also co-produced a mixed-genre concert (SistaFunk) with her sister, Sonja; sang the role of Gertrude McFuzz with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as part of Dr. Seuss's 100th Birthday Celebration, and she was a soloist at Carnegie Hall as part of the commemoration of Mahon Bishop. Angela has also enjoyed singing jazz over the years in the U.S. and abroad - and she has multiple credits in voice over, commercial work and film. She credits her intensive acting studies to Bill Esper (NYC) and her vocal studies to both Mahon Bishop (NYC) and Gary Funk (MT). Angela lives in Missoula.
JOHN GARIC (Norman Braley)
John Garic, cast as Norman Braley
John Garic was born and raised in New Orleans where he practiced law and served as a judge before joining the academic world 25 years ago. John served as Dean of Highlands College here in Butte for eight and a half years and this past spring returned to one his favorite places - the classroom - to do one of his favorite things - teaching - full time at Montana Tech. Excluding his time in the classroom, which is, after all, just another type of stage, this is John's 77th production of his theater avocation. He played Theseus in Rodgers & Hart's By Jupiter, Bellomy in The Fantasticks, the Governor/Inkeeper in Man of La Mancha, TR in Tintypes, the Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the Voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, the Professor in South Pacific, and Jim in Pump Boys and Dinettes.
ANDREE O'SHEA (Madame McGinnis)
Andree O'Shea, cast as Madame McGinnis
Andree O'Shea is a very proud citizen of Butte, America. She returned to Butte in 2006 to start a professional theatre company ( Big Sky Rep) after performing all over the nation from Florida to Connecticut to Michigan to Utah. She has had the privilege to be a part of performances in such great theatre companies as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Co., Stages St. Louis, The Lyceum and The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. She has starred in such roles as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Lizzie in 110 in the Shade, Louise in Always Patsy Cline, Mmd Preferee in The Gamester, The Queen in Winter's Tale, and Miss Watson in Big River, also performing in the ensembles of Yeston, Kopit's, Phantom, Drood!, and Sweeney Todd, alongside such Broadway stars as Victoria Mallory, Ron Bohmer and Pamela Myers. She has also been seen in recurring roles on Everwood and Touched by an Angel. She has been Butte High's Drama Coach for the last two years and her latest project has been starting a new local community theater, named Butte City Theater, as a place to continue the magic of theater right here in Butte. She is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible cast and group of artists, creating and sharing this important, historical event that happened in her hometown.
No Greater Love Some mines on The Richest Hill on Earth