Joanna Chabot (CO-DIRECTOR) is excited to be back at The Firehouse Theatre, this time in a different role as the director! She has directed many children’s shows, most recently with Canopy Theatre, but this is her debut at The Firehouse and she is honored to have been asked to co-direct with Owen Beans. When not directing plays and musicals, Joanna, a former teacher, homeschools her 6 children and chaperones them to all their extra curricular activities mostly involving, singing, dancing, and acting. She is blessed to have a house FULL of theatre lovers and an incredibly supportive husband, Rick. Joanna is thankful to have worked with Owen, Jason, and Delaney for the entire course of this show, and in awe of the talents of Dayna, and the entire tech crew. Joanna is dedicating these shows to her favorite director, the late Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, who directed her many years ago when she was “ the Stepmother” in Into the Woods. She sends her love and all the “break a legs!” to the sweet, talented and beautiful cast of young actors that she was blessed to work with. She sends big kisses to Eliza, Ricky, and Joey who are excited to have her back home at night to tuck them into bed.
Owen Beans (CO-DIRECTOR) Owen is an Actor, Director, and Producer for theater and film. He served on The Firehouse Theatre Advisory Board from 2014-2021 and has been the Associate Producer overseeing all programming at The Firehouse since September of ’21. Most recently he directed The Firehouse’s smash hit production of Catch Me If You Can, alongside his wife, Ally. As an actor, he’s been seen on stages in New York City, as well as prominent theaters across the country including Surflight Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, The Legacy Theatre, Cortland Rep, and Dallas Children’s Theatre. Pre-pandemic he appeared as part of the inaugural tour cast of Kinky Boots aboard the Norwegian Encore. Additionally, Owen has worked as a Theatre Educator, Director, Music Director, Wardrobe Supervisor, Casting Assistant, and Dramaturg. He has also served as a producer on the short film Love as well as the upcoming Show Cat. Upcoming: Neil Sedka/Righteous Brother in Beautiful (Casa Manana) and Saturday Night Fever (The Firehouse). Owen holds a BFA in Theatre from Abilene Christian University and is a member of Actors Equity Association. Love to Ally and Winston. @OwenBeans. www.owenbeans.com
Jason Philip Solís (MUSIC DIRECTOR) earned their Bachelors of Music Education from Southern Methodist University and, for the last 15 years, has music directed/ performed all over the metroplex! Some of their favorite roles include: Taxi Driver from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (MainStage), Dr. FrankNFurter from Rocky Horror (OhLook), Matron Mama Morton from Chicago (OhLook), Bud Davenport from Gutenberg! the Musical (TART), Mr. Applegate from Damn Yankees (TART), Uncle Fester from Addams Family (GPAC) and Ms. Trunchbull from Matilda (GPAC). Their Firehouse stage credits include Once on this Island, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wizard of Oz, In the Heights, Beauty and the Beast, and Spamalot. “Into the Woods Jr.” will be their 6th music directing credit here at The Firehouse Theatre. Catch them performing new works with musicalwriters.com this upcoming year! Instagram: @canweduet.
Delaney Wenger (STAGE MANAGER) is thrilled and thankful to be serving as the Stage Manager for Into The Woods JR! A proud graduate of Baylor University (BFA ’21), Delaney has worked with children in the DFW area as a Director and Music Director for productions such as Fiddler on the Roof Jr. (Artisan Children’s Theatre), Pirates Past Noon KIDS (Genesis Children’s Theatre), and How I Became A Pirate (Artisan Children’s Theatre). In addition to productions, Delaney has worked with groups of young artists as an instructor at Casa Mañana Studios, Artisan Academy, and Granbury Theatre Academy. She is so proud of each and every one of these cast members for the hard work and passion they’ve displayed while putting together this production, and hopes they continue in their growth as storytellers for years to come! Enjoy the show!
Maggie Sproul (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/SCENIC PAINTING) is passionate about helping to create theatre magic! Spring of 2022, during her first show back after college, she fell in love with the art all over again. Maggie has enjoyed learning more about technical theatre as she steps into her leadership role here at The Firehouse Theatre. She uses her creative skills to help bring the director’s vision to life with scenic design and costumes. Maggie grew up acting, costuming, stage managing and scenic designing for a local children’s theatre and could have never imagined the privilege to turn her passion into a career.
Dayna Dutton (COSTUME DESIGNER) is excited to continue working with The Firehouse Theater as their resident Costume Designer extraordinaire having costumed Bright Star: Concert Version, Legally Blonde, Elf in 2021. Then Anything Goes, Big Fish, Violet, Catch Me If You Can, and Beauty and The Beast in 2022 and started off 2023 with Spamalot! Also last summer she designed Shrek, and Beauty and the Beast for Acting Studio Productions. A graduate of University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Fine Arts emphasis in costume design, she has enjoyed working with The Firehouse Theatre, as well as Utah Festival Opera. Dayna is grateful for the love and support of her Husband and three children. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Linda Bambina (PROPS DESIGN) was a Secondary Teacher and Librarian for almost 40 years in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. She was very involved with many local and district committees/activities, including the CFBISD Ambassador Program. Further community service includes being an officer and on the Board for the CFB Retired School Personnel Association, being on the Board for the local Porsche Club of America for over 20 years and is recently a Board member of the local Civic League. She maxed out on terms for the Board of The Firehouse Theater, but continues to be an enthusiastic volunteer. She chaired our “Dream Big” Spring Virtual Gala and has helped with all of the summer camps. Linda also oversees a Neighborhood Network for the Farmers Branch area where she and her husband, Alan have lived for over 40 years. She has a lot of contacts for props!
Logan Uhntenwoldt (LIGHTING DESIGNER) (he/him) is a local technical theatre artist. He is an alumni of the University of Miami and Miami University with a background in set design, lighting design, and scenic construction. Before joining Firehouse, Logan was most recently the Technical Production Manager for House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soiree (Meyer2Meyer Production). He is thrilled to be the newest member of the Firehouse staff!
Dylan Hearn (SOUND DESIGNER) is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sound Design. He has worked on multiple short films, animations, and theatrical productions. Some including; Le Pagine del Destino, Blast Force Turbo, and Our Side. Dylan has experience as a Re-Recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Audio Engineer. He was the Vice President of 3rd ACT which produced three theatrical productions a year, along with special events that encourage more people to get involved in theatre. His love of both theatre and film pushes him to be a sound designer that blends the two realms of media and creates something new.