Department of Theatre Arts

Rumors Cast

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Madison Wait as Chris

R. J. Thompson

R.J. Thompson as Kev

 

R.J. Thompson is a devilishly handsome, intelligent, strong, genius who enjoys long walks on the beach and parachuting out of airplanes. Okay, okay fine he doesn't really jump out of airplanes. He jumps from a balloon 27,000 ft. off the ground, The point is, he's awesome.

He is 16 and a junior in high school, when he was a freshman he signed up to compete in the Crest High School first annual talent show and won first place, his act was playing the toaster and singing a song. Later that same year he joined his school drama club and turned out playing a main role in A Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley, directed by the schools drama teacher at the time, Mr. Foust.

Jay Jay Ponton

Jay Jay Ponton as Lenny

 

Mr. Jeffrey "Jay Jay" Ponton, from Norfolk, VA, is a B.A music major with a theatre minor. Mr. Ponton made his professional debut with the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, SART, in 2013 in the debut production of A Tennessee Walk. His undergrad career at Gardner-Webb is currently highlighted by the role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown in 2013, the role of Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 2011 and the role of Chicago in the rediscovery to the Mark Twain play, Is He Dead? directed by Tony nominated Dr. William Martin in 2012. He has appeared in Sylvia directed by Dean Jim Thomas in 2012, the Sondheim Cabaret in 2011 and Trial By Jury: A Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza as the Pirate King directed by Dr. Susan Ali in 2010, and Dobbin the Donkey in The Ballad of the Bremen Band directed by Dr. Terry Fern in 2009.

Sydney Phillips

Sydney Phillips as Claire


Freshman Sydney Nichole Phillips is thrilled to make her debut on the GWU stage playing the role of Claire Gantz. Rumors will mark the third theatre production she has been involved with in the past year. Her theatre experience includes Euripides 'Medea, in which she played the title character, and a 1950's adaptation of The Flying Doctor by Moliere, for which she wrote the script and played one of the main characters. Sydney is an ASL major and her hobbies include writing, watching movies, learning, and acting; she hopes to be a part of many future GWU productions. Sydney would like to thank her mother, April Phillips, and her roommate Kirstin for being so patient during the past month while rehearsals kept her too busy to spend more time with them. She would also like to thank all of her fellow cast members and her director, Dr. Chris Nelson. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with all of them and is proud to be a part of the GWU theatre family.

Matt Strohl

Matt Strohl as Ernie


At 19 years old, Matthew Strohl is a sophomore journalism  major with a love for theatre. He was introduced to the stage at a young age when he performed in the musical, Into the Woods Jr. in 6th grade at Porter Ridge Middle School. After not participating in theatre for two years, Matthew was accepted into Central Academy of Technology and Arts, a magnet school in Monroe NC. At CATA, he studied performing arts and performed in multiple class and school shows including Black Comedy (Herr Schupenzig), Midsummer Night 's Dream (Egeus/Snug), You Can't Take it With You (Paul Sycamore), J.B. (Zophar/Jonathan), Urinetown (Ensemble), and Hello Dolly (Judge/Ensemble). In his freshman year of college he performed in Sylvia (Tom, Leslie, and Phyllis) and Urinetown (Senator Fipp). He hopes to continue to participate in shows throughout his time at Gardner-Webb and grow as an actor despite not being a theater major.

Hannah Rolen

Hannah Rolen as Cookie


Hannah Rolen is a senior here at Gardner-Webb. She is a profound actress, semi-fluent signer in ASL, as well as a Koala Whisper and Coca-Cola girl. Her hobbies include, reading, writing, movies, poking people with a stick and running away. Her past productions  include Doubt, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Urinetown, Is He Dead, Cinderella, Anne of Green Gables and many more. She wants to thank her friends Kelly Bradley, Jocelyn Marker, Amanda Smith and Jordon Anderson for their love and support, her parents for being amazing and her boyfriend Steven. Enjoy the show! It's going to be a good one!

Delton Barnes

Delton Barnes as Glenn


Delton is from Conyers, Georgia and is a Junior here at Gardner-Webb. He is studying Sport Management with minors in Theatre and Classical Languages. This is his third show at GWU, playing Haemon in Burial at Thebes, and Father Flynn in Doubt. Delton is the Vice­ President of the Student Body in S.G.A. and currently works at the local YMCA.

Clarissa Miller

Clarissa Miller as Cassie


This is Clarissa's second show, her first was Les Mis during senior year. She was also in STANJ (a state drama competition) her junior year. Clarissa is very excited for her role as Cassie (and all her friends say she'll be great plying a crazy character). She is a freshmen and plans to major in French Education to be a high school French teacher.

Chad Mann

Chad Mann as Office Welch

Rachel Sedota

Rachel Sedota as Officer Pudney


Rachel Sedota is a Freshman and this is her first play she is performing at Gardner-Webb. However, Rachel has performed many plays over her four years of high school at Lake Norman from which she graduated this past summer. Rachel hopes to be involved in many more plays throughout her four years at Gardner-Webb.

 

Clarissa Miller as Cassie

This is Clarissa's second show, her first was Les Mis during senior year. She was also in STAN] (a state drama competition) her junior year. Clarissa is very excited for her role as Cassie (and all her friends say she'll be great plying a crazy character). She is a freshmen and plans to major in French Education to be a high school French teacher.



Rachel Sedota as Officer Pudney

Rachel Sedota is a Freshman and this is her first play she is performing at Gardner-Webb. However, Rachel has performed many plays over her four years of high school at Lake Norman from which she graduated this past summer. Rachel hopes to be involved in many more plays throughout her four years at Gardner-Webb.