Talking With Cast
Annelise Clifton (Fifteen Minutes)
Annelise Clifton is a recent transplant to NW Ohio, hailing from Louisiana. Since arriving in the Toledo area in the summer of 2019, Annelise has quickly found a home in Toledo’s welcoming world of community theatre. Annelise was most recently seen in the role of Corryn in Gidion’s Knot, TBD Productions' inaugural show. Additionally, Annelise has played Woman in Chair in Black Swamp Players’ production of The Drowsy Chaperone, Morticia in Waterville Playshop’s production of The Addams Family and been featured in Broadway Inspirations: Lessons for Living in a Covid-19 World, a virtual cabaret. Other selected theatre credits include To Kill A Mockingbird (Miss Maudie), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Crachit) and Sister Act (Ensemble).
Karen Noble (Clear Glass Marbles)
Karen Noble is thrilled to be back on the main stage with the Black Swamp Players! She was most recently seen as the Mother in the online production of Nothing Good Happens After Midnight with the Black Swamp Players and as Shirley with the Toledo Rep in the staged reading of Barrenness. Pre Covid, she appeared as Suzanne in Psych and Julia Lyle in the BSP fundraiser Murder at the Pie Auction. She has been a teacher at Eastwood Schools for 33 years and sings with the fifth place International Award winning Scioto Valley Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International. She would like to thank her family (Nora and Kristin) and friends for their continued support and encouragement. Karen is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to work with this very talented cast, director, and crew.
Hali Malecki (Twirler)
Hali found her passion for all things theater at a pretty young age. She performed in her first show when she was in fourth grade and really broke into it more when she attended the Performing Arts School of Metro Toledo for junior high and high school. She's done many community theater productions with Black Swamp Players including her most recent as Olive Madison in The Odd Couple: Female Version. She's a full time working mom of two and now currently a student at Mercy College majoring in Biology. She's very excited to be a part of Talking With and to be able to work with such a strong, talented cast.
Cyndy Brookover (Handler)
Cyndy is very excited to be a part of her first ever play! Prior to Talking With, she could be found in musical productions. Her “recent” shows were Waterville Playshop’s Footloose (Ethel McCormack), Croswell Opera House’s production of The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo) and Sister Act (nun ensemble), Waterville Playshop’s Addam’s Family (Alice Beineke), Perrysburg Musical Theater’s The Bridges of Madison County (Ginny) and The Toledo Rep’s production of Chess the Musical (Civil Servant). Thank you Heath and Black Swamp Players for allowing me this opportunity to expand my boundaries and become The Handler! And thank you Steve for you never ending love and support of this crazy love/hobby of mine!
Bridget Drew (Dragons)
Bridget Drew is excited to be back on stage and working with BSP! While she typically enjoys doing musicals, she’d forgotten the joy of working on a play. She has really enjoyed digging into this character. Past/favorite credits: The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van der Graaff - Bowling Green, OH; Kitty - Louisville, KY; Ensemble - Toledo, OH), The Little Mermaid (Adella - Columbus, OH), Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear - Columbus, OH), Into the Woods (Little Red - Columbus, OH), Hairspray (Tracy; Adrian, MI), Forbidden Broadway (Adult Annie - Toledo, OH), The Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn - Oregon, OH), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount - Oregon, OH). “Thank you to the production team and cast for letting me be a part of this journey. The biggest thank you to my husband, Damon, for always supporting my need to be on stage, and to family and friends for always cheering me on - I love you!”
Monica Hiris (French Fries)
Monica Hiris was well into middle-age when she decided to push past fear and inexperience to become involved in acting. She graced the stage for the first time five years ago and is enjoying an unforeseen journey on stage and in film. During the pandemic she has appeared in several virtual and/or livestream plays including Standing on Ceremony with Evolve Theatrics (Lansing), Mirror, Mirror (Saline Area Players) and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Owens Community College). Her favorite stage roles include Vernadette in the Dixie Swim Club (Black Swamp Players) and Bonnie’s mother in Bonnie and Clyde (Toledo Repertoire Theatre). Monica can be seen online as a regular in two seasons of the salon-based web series comedy Chair Gang. She can be seen later this year in several episodes of the Perelandra Pictures series Real American. She will next appear on stage with Evolve Theatrics’ livestream of Tom Foolery in June. You can visit her actor website at Monicahiris.com.
Tiffany Scarola (Lamps)
Tiffany Scarola is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the English department at Bowling Green State University where she teaches courses in the First-Year Writing Sequence, as well as, Science and Technical Writing. She has attended several of the Black Swamp Players' productions in the past, but this is her first performance with BSP. And, while she has a love of live theatre and has attended a great deal of live productions, this is the first performance she has done since debuting in her 8th grade production of The Mystery Liner. Tiffany loves to write and is currently working on a play and a novel. In addition to teaching and writing, Tiffany loves to cook and frequently posts pictures of her creations in Instagram.
Lorna Jane Patterson (Audition)
Lorna Jane Patterson is so excited to be a part of this production of “Talking With”. Originally from Delaware, Ohio, Lorna graduated from BGSU in 2020 with a BA in Communications, specializing in Musical Theatre. This is Lorna’s first piece of in-person theater since the pandemic hit, and she could not be more excited to get back onstage. Lorna has been acting since she ws 8 years old, some of her favorite roles include: Luisa The Fantasticks, Maria Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play, CB’s Sister Dog Sees God, and Martha in Black Swamp Players’ The Secret Garden. When Lorna is not in rehearsals or submitting auditions, you can find her making lattes as a barista or pouring handmade candles. Lorna would like to thank Heath for this opportunity, her fellow cast and crew, and her parents and boyfriend Logan for their never-ending support.
Leah Truman (Scraps)
Leah Truman originally hails from the hills of southern Ohio, but has been in this area for going on 18 years! Always looking for a creative outlet, Leah is thrilled to bring Scraps to life for you. This is her third role with Black Swamp Players and you may have previously seen her as Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone, or as Minaret Towers in Murder at the Pie Auction. When she isn't working, she loves spending time with her husband Andrew and their two fur kids, Frankie and Big Lou, playing a good board game, or sharing new recipes with friends!
Deb Weiser (Rodeo)
Deb Weiser got the role of Clairee in Waterville Playshop's Steel Magnolias on her first audition ever, at age 49. Since then she has been cast in You Can't Take It With You, Dearly Departed, The Mousetrap, The Shadow Box, and more. Deb serves on the board of the Black Swamp Players; she also works on marketing and music hospitality for the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Retired from both BGSU and 13abc, Deb enjoys life in rural Wood County with her husband Chip Hutchings, whom she thanks for his on-going support of everything she does. Her two children live in Los Angeles, providing a great escape from NW Ohio's winters.
Tracy Armentrout (Marks)
Tracy makes her return to Black Swamp Players after having appeared as Jade Marley and assistant directed for our 2020 Christmas show, A Virtual Christmas Carol. Tracy is (happily) retired and has spent the last 30 years being routinely active in her home theatre, Fremont Community Theatre. Her most recent involvement there (given the Pandemic) included directing Dracula: The Musical? in 2019 and playing the role of Abby Brewster in their 2018 production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Her most memorable theatrical experiences include playing Sister Robert Anne six times in three different Nunsense shows in three different community theatres, doing dinner theatre in the 1990’s in Toledo, and appearing on stage with both her daughters in Big River when they were approximately 10 and 12. Tracy would like to thank BSP for being a pioneer of great creative live theatre during this pandemic and also for allowing her to be a part of it.