2014 Core Acting Company

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Caleb Baze

Caleb Baze

With a BM in Music Theatre from The University of Central Oklahoma where he studied voice, Caleb has performed in productions such as Godspell, Great American Trailer Park Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Sound of Music, to name a few. Caleb can currently be seen as Gabe in next to normal. He will be taking on the role of Pinocchio in Shrek.

Brian Charles

Brian Charles

Brian has been leading an active national and international career on the operatic, musical, concert, and recital stages.  With his BM in Vocal Performance from Loyola University in New Orleans, some of his recent roles include Marius in Les Miserables, Papageno in The Magic Flute, and Anthony in Sweeney Todd. Prior to Heartland, Brian traveled to China to perform for the inaugural Liederfest in Suzhou at Soochow University, near Shanghai. Brian will be playing Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine in next to normal and Lord Farquaad in Shrek.

Ellis Dawson

Ellis Dawson

A sophomore Musical Theatre major at Baldwin Wallace University, Ellis has performed as Adrian in Smokey Joe's Cafe, Henry in next to normal, Emmett in Legally Blonde, and Seaweed in Hairspray. Ellis will be taking on the roles of Donkey in Shrek and will be revisiting his role as Henry in next to normal
 

John Dobbratz

John Dobbratz

John returns the Heartland Festival to take on the roles of Dan in next to normal and Shrek in Shrek the Musical. As a company member in the 2011 Heartland Festival, John played Kenickie in Grease, Olin Britt in The Music Man, and Marshall Duke in Murder Rides Again. He is a 2012 BFA Music Theatre graduate of Viterbo University. Since graduating, he has been working in Tennessee at the Cumberland County Playhouse. He currently lives in New York City. 
 

Vasiliki Fafalios

Vasiliki Fafalios

Returning to the Heartland Festival, Vasiliki, who created memorable performances in the 2013 Heartland Festival as Sister Hubert in Nunsense, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and Scarlett in Frankly Scarlett, returns to play Diana in next to normal as well as a variety of other roles, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Gingy, in Shrek.  She has a BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo. 

Allison Scheer

Allison Scheer

Another familiar face from the 2010 Heartland Festival, Allison is back to play Natalie in next to normal and Princess Fiona in Shrek. She was a part of the 2010 Heartland company, playing roles in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Beauty and the Beast, and A Prom to Die For.  Since she was last seen performing in Platteville, Allison has graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University and began her endeavors as a working actress. Allison has completed five seasons touring with Minnesota's Prairie Fire Children's Theatre where she also served as the Associate Director of the company.

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Core Company
Vasiliki Fafalios and John Dobbratz
Caleb Baze, Allison Scheer, and Ellis Dawson

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