June 6 - 23

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess 

George Gershwin's final work for the musical stage is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of the American Theater.

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George Gershwin’s final work for the musical stage is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of the American Theater. Known worldwide as an “American Folk Opera,” this Tony Award-winning adaptation premiered on Broadway in 2011 with additional scenes and updated musical arrangements. MTH’s production marks one of the first regional presentations of this Broadway adaptation.

2  hours which includes a 15 minute intermission


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Aggie Williams

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Aggie is so excited to be a part of this show! She has worked with MTH a couple times and, is thrilled to be back! You may have also seen Aggie in RENT at OCTA as Joanne, Gleequel at The Arts Asylum as Mercedes, and Ragtime at The barn as Sarah’s Friend! Aggie would like to thank Her Mother, Sister, and Girlfriend for being such a great support in her life and she couldn’t be happier to have a crew like them. Enjoy the show!

Allison Jones

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ALLISON JONES – MTH CREDITS: My Fair Lady; Ragtime. SELECT REGIONAL CREDITS: Fun Home, School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play, A Christmas Carol; Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Once On This Island; Spinning Tree Theatre. Godspell; Starlight. The Play That Goes Wrong; New Theatre & Restaurant. ASSOCIATE DIRECTING: The Royal, Directed by Steph Paul, Kansas City Repertory Theatre. BROWN UNIVERSITY/TRINITY REP: Allison is a rising third-year MFA Acting student in the Brown/Trinity Rep program. Credits include: Claudius, The Taming of Hamlet; Darcy, One Flea Spare; Weezy, Alabaster; Cold War Choir Practice by Ro Reddick (MFA Playwright ‘24). AEA Member.

Brian Vaughn

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Brian Vaughn is an educator and musician from Kansas City, MO making a return to the world of performing musical theater after an absence spent educating K-5 music in Columbia, MO and Lee’s Summit, MO. A celebrated trombonist, Brian has performed with Collegiate Shag Brass Band, Columbia Jazz Orchestra, Lee’s Summit Jazz Orchestra, The Missouri Symphony, Mid America Freedom Band, and various churches and pit orchestras in the Missouri area. Brian was the Interim Education Director for MTH’s youth summer camps in 2023. Brian would like to thank Emily Shackelford for getting him back onstage, his family for their support, and his best friend Chip for demanding he get back to this.

Catera Combs-Daniels

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Catera Combs – Sister Act, Dreamgirls (Arrow Rock Lyceum) Gypsy, Spectacular Christmas Show (MTH), Rise Up, Charlie Brown Christmas (Coterie Theatre), Boeing Boeing, The World Goes ‘Round (Okoboji Summer Theatre). Represented by Moxie Talent Agency.

Douglass Walker

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Douglass Walker is a native of Kansas City, MO and has been singing since the age of 10. He started singing in church and his love for singing grew from there and transitioned to the stage. He is excited to be apart of the cast of Porgy and Bess. Performance credits include: Ruby Room Series- Let’s Get It On; KC Melting Pot Theatre: The Amen Corner; The Coterie Theatre: Alice’s Wonderland; Musical Theater Heritage: The Christmas Spectacular, Ruby Room Series-For The Culture, STEVIE, In The Heights; Spinning Tree Theatre: Caroline or Change, Billy Elliot, Once On This Island; The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City: 5 Guys Named Moe, A Soldier’s Play, Memphis (2018), OTHELLO: A Hip-Hop Remix; The Black Repertory Theatre & The White Theatre at the J; Memphis (2022). Douglass would like to thank his family for their support. A special thanks goes to his beautiful and loving wife Melonnie Walker.

Kiarri Andrews

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Kiarri Andrews is beyond thrilled to return to MTH and KC! Off-Bway: Naked Boys Singing. Regional: Ragtime (MTH), Rent (Glow Lyric, SC), Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Buddy (Circa 21, IL), among others. All the love to the MTH team, my Besties, my Bessarah ASJ, and my husband. IG: @kiarridashell

LaTeesha Jackson

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MTH: Carousel. LaTeesha has been featured
regionally and internationally ni concerts, benefits, and tours. LaTeesha has performed locally with the
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Quality Hil Playhouse, The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, Civic Opera Theater, American Tapestry Chorale, Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Atchison Orchestra and others. She thanks her amazing family and friends.

Lucas Lowry

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LUCAS LOWRY (MINGO/ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be returning to the MTH stage! Recent Credits include: Stranger Sings! KC Premiere (Padgett Productions), Awesome Allie (Theatre in the Park), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (MTKC Pro), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (The Coterie), DreamGirls (New Theatre & Restaurant), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (The Coterie), A Charlie Brown Christmas (The Coterie), Man of La Mancha (Music Theatre Heritage), Freaky Friday (New Theatre & Restaurant), Pete the Cat (The Coterie), and The Wiz (Roxy’s Downtown). Treat people with kindness. “No Pare Sigue Sigue!” Represented by Moxie Talent Agency. (Corinthians 13:4-8) IG: lucas_styles_lowry

Marc Wayne

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Marc is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He moved to KC for an acting job ni 1997 from Chicago (9 years) dancing in 4 professional dance companies and on several US tours. Marc’s professional career spans over 30 years and includes television, stage, music videos, commercials, industrials, movies, musicals, and amusement parks. He has been blessed to work with many wonderful companies including The Coterie, KC Chiefs Cheerleaders, The Culture House, Storling Dance Theater, Dramatic Truth, Olathe East Theater, St. Louis Dance Theatre, Belhaven University, KC Rep, Wyliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company and the MTH family as a designer and performer. “I’d love to hear your story. Let’s get coffee.”

Matthew Harris

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MATTHEW HARRIS – Sam Waymon, AMD (Nina Simone: Four Women) Tiny Joe, Frank/Wayne (Dreamgirls), Collins u/s, Mr. Jefferson/Grey, Ensemble Soloist (RENT), Wino, Audrey II [Voice], Keyboard II (Little Shop of Horrors), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), Soloist (HAIR the Musical: Then and Now), “Flash-Mob” Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Bass Soloist (Messiah), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), Inspector Kildare (Elizabeth Cree), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Achilla (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Le Fauteuil, L’Arbre (L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges), David (A Hand of Bridge), MD, Pianist (The Craft: The Unauthorized Musical Parody)(After Midnight), Guitarist (9 to 5)

Robert McNichols

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Robert is very excited to be returning to MTH performing the role of Crown. His recent engagements include the world premiere of A Celebration Mass by Sharon J. Willis with the College of Charleston, and the world premiere of Bumpy Johnson: Harlem by Dwayne Fulton with Trilogy Opera. In the summer of 2023 Robert was awarded the ‘Pick of the Fringe’ by the Beford Fringe Festival for his production of the one-man musical play Paul Robeson by Philip Hayes Dean. After returning to the states, he was hosted for a solo faculty recital at Morehouse College.

Shane St. James

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Shane St. James (Rollins/Ensemble):
Select Local Credits: RAGTIME: CONCERT (The Barn Players); SHE LOVES ME (A Place for Us Productions), FOOTLOOSE (Shawnee TIP-Outdoor), BRIGHT STAR (Summit Theatre Group), KINKY BOOTS (The White Theatre), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (The White Theatre), SWEENEY TODD (Summit Theatre Group), DISNEY DESCENDANTS (Shawnee TIP-Outdoor), THE FULL MONTY (Shawnee TIP-Indoor), DISNEY’S NEWSIES (Gladstone TIP). Special thanks to his “Shaneiac’s” for their continuous support. Represented by Moxie Talent Agency. @stshanejames

Sheriece Veazey-McNally

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Sheriece Veazey-McNally – Sheriece is thrilled to be back at MTH! She has appeared in The Secret Garden (MTH), Albert Herring and Dido and Aeneas (UMKC Conservatory), Candide and Suor Angelica (Varna International Music Academy), Trial by Jury (Landlocked Opera), Big River (MTKC/BRTKC), Les Huguenots (Amici Opera Company), Carmina Burana and La chanson d’Ève (Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts), and A God*Sib’s Tale (BRTKC). She is a development manager at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and a teaching assistant at UMKC Conservatory Academy.


Desmond Mason


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MTH: Ruby Room Series: ForLovers, BeatnikCafe, Autumn Leaves, Family Ties, Piece of my Heart, Get Up, Let’s Get it On, Natural Woman, IWill Always Love You. MTH Main Stage Productions: Stevie: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show, The Glass Menagerie.



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Originally from Cameroon in Central Africa, Nsikoh (See-Ko) came to the U.S in 2014 with the dream of becoming one of the most prolific Bass players in the World. He started his journey at KCKCC under the mentorship of Jim Mair, who introduced him to the world of Jazz and to the music scene in KC. Later on while pursuing his associates degree in general studies, he started playing full time in the city at some of the most famous clubs “the Green Lady Lounge, The Black Dolphin, the Phoenix, Johnnie’s, The Blue Room, etc..“ with influential musicians and bands in the city such as Tim Withmer, Lonnie McFadden, Desmond Mason, Hot club KC, Son of Venezuela, The Ernesto J Band and many more… From those experiences his dreams have become bigger and are pushing him to pursue higher goals (entrepreneurship and public speaking) to inspire and teach people how to live a life of purpose.

Zak Pischnotte


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Zak is a highly versatile musician and educator in the KC metro. For the last eight years he has taught various music history classes and performing ensembles at Johnson County Community College and Washburn University. As a woodwind doubler he has played at Starlight, New Theatre, and is currently on his fourth show with MTH. On the local scene, he can be heard with Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7and his own free improvisation group. His recording credits range from local ot national groups such as Lucas Parker Band, DTR, Dorian Electra, HXXS, Pink Royal, and Cubby Philips.

Lawrence Jackson


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aka Mr. High C, is a full time musician working with countless ensembles in the KC area. He has recorded with The Phantastics, Marcus Lewis Big Band, and as a featured soloist on other individual albums. Other notable ensembles are: Louis Neal Bgi Band, Mundo Nouvo, The Black Repertory Theater, Joe McGuire Band, 2Proud2Beg, Diamond Empire, and ni 2022 he was an inaugural member of the KCJO’s Rif Generation. The only time he is not active in KC is when he is with Princess Cruises performing for audiences around the globe. He not only performs, but also arranges for horns, and composes for orchestras His music was performed by the Springfield Youth Symphony ni a concert featuring black composers. Find out more about him at MrHighC.com

Tod Barnard


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Recent MTH: Godspell and It’s A Wonderful Life on
the Main Stage, Natural Woman in the Ruby Room,
and Bubbles & Broadway. Select credits: Starlight
Theatre (most recent – 2023: Legally Blonde), KC
Rep, KCKCC, Unicorn Theatre, The Coterie, The
New Theatre, Jewish Community Center, Eventology LLC, KC Symphony and Pops, Worlds of Fun, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and The Tom Jacobs Ensemble. Other: orchestrations
and arrangements for various entities including MTH, Starlight Theatre and KC Rep. Previous: road stints with the Broadway Tour of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby and the National Tour of CATS.


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