The Wedding Singer Creative
It's been a busy theatre year for Jocelyn. This is her fourth production beginning in 2021 with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, INTIMATE APPAREL both at Trustus Theatre, continuing through January 2022 with THE COLOR PURPLE and now THE WEDDING SINGER both with Workshop Theatre. What's even more unique about this year, all of these productions have taken place during the pandemic! Jocelyn is also happy that the partnership between Workshop Theatre and Columbia College was made formal this year and she looks forward to having the opportunity to work with the students, faculty and staff of the college in continuing with Workshop in bringing outstand
Music DirectorMichael Simmons
Michael has been performing as a professional pianist, musical director, keyboardist and arranger/composer since the early 1980’s. He has enjoyed a long career throughout the eastern United States and musically directed shows in Columbia, SC to Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA. Michael has worked in professional, regional and community theater. He is a graduate of the University of SC with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. He recently signed with CIR publishing in Nashville, TN., and is currently Musical Director at the Asbury Memorial Methodist Church. He is happy to be back working with his friends at Workshop Theatre.
Mandy Applegate is so excited to be back on the stage at Workshop Theatre! Mandy studied musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, performed professionally as a singer/dancer for Costa and Radisson Seven Seas Cruise lines, and was a singer/dancer/showgirl in casino shows all across the US. You may remember Mandy from past Workshop shows, in which she played Amalia in She Loves Me, Ulla in The Producers, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Lulu in Cabaret, and served as the choreographer for Young Frankenstein, She Loves Me, and our Fierce & Fabulous Cabarets. You may have also seen her at Trustus Theater as Cathy in The Last Five Years, Vampira in Plan 9 From Outerspace, or as Edith/Edie in Grey Gardens, which she also choreographed. Mandy was selected as a finalist for Jasper Theatre Artist of the Year in 2017. By day, she is a mother of two beautiful kiddos, and works as an actor and makeup artist for films and commercials. You can catch her playing multiple roles in the upcoming film Acorn by local filmmaker David Axe. Mandy would like to thank her village for making this possible and her cast, crew, and production team for helping to bring her 80's choreographic opus to life!
Andie Nicks is a Columbia, SC native. She has a BA in fine arts from the University of South Carolina Aiken(USCA) and her MFA in costume design from Southern Illinois University(SIU). She is a licensed Cosmetologist after studying at Paul Mitchell the school Columbia. She co-owns an Etsy store, Theodocia Originals, with her mother selling handmade jewelry and home décor. Most recently she designed the costumes for Workshop’s 2022 The Color Purple and God of Carnage and Trustus’ 2021 Intimate Apparel and 2022 Dance Nation. Her previous design experience includes costumes for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown(USCA), Children of Eden(SIU), Pinkalicious(McLeod Summer Playhouse), Junie B. Jones(CFRTeens) and Murder for Two(Cape Fear Regional Theatre); make-up for Addams Family: the Musical(SIU). She is overwhelmed and beyond grateful for the unwavering trust, love, and support of Workshop Theatre, Jocelyn Sanders, Jeni McCaughan and her family and friends. www.andienicks.com
Jeni McCaughan (Producer) has been actively volunteering at Workshop for the last fourteen years. By day, she works as the Executive Director of Workshop Theatre. Some of Jeni’s favorite shows that she has produced and been the props mistress for are Caroline, or Change, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Disney Camp Rock, and The Color Purple. Jeni would like to thank Jocelyn for letting her ride this roller coaster with her for the fifithteenth time. It’s always one hell of a ride! She wants to thank the rocking cast, crew, and production team for embracing the 80s ridiculousness! But more importantly for sharing their time and incredible talents with us. As always, a big thank you and lots of love to her very patient and talented husband, Dean. Jeni would like to dedicate her work on this show to all her 80s-hair-band-loving, concert-going friends - Tiffany, Lisa, Nikki, and Chris. Rock on, my friends!
Stage ManagerKendal Turner
The Wedding Singer is Kendal's 8th show at Workshop Theatre. Most recently you may have seen her on the stage as Annette in God of Carnage. For this show she returns to her roots as stage manager extraordinaire. Kendal is a full time educator and part time mermaid who firmly believes that magic is real. Performance is the key to her heart and she is happy to continue her journey with this fantastic band of weirdos at Workshop Theatre. Thank you for your love and support. We hope you enjoy the show!
Set DesignerPatrick Faulds
Patrick Faulds (Set Design, Lighting Design) has been a part of CC’s Cottingham Theatre staff since 1987, and is currently the artistic technical director. Both an actor and designer, the New York native graduated from Morrisville College in New York with a degree in broadcast journalism. First appearing as a stunt performer in water ski shows nearly 50 years ago, he continued as an actor, magician, comedian, musician, and professional storyteller with hundreds of stage and television credits. Currently a professional Santa Claus, Patrick has appeared for network and local television, as well as radio, stage, and commercial print work. As a designer for lighting, scenery, and special effects, he has hundreds of shows to his credits, including 25+ with Workshop Theatre. He has been with the theatre faculty for the Tri District Arts Consortium since 1989 and has worked with two Verner Award winning program for arts in education.