from the New York Musical Theatre production
Ashley Ball** (Mathilde)
Ashley Ball hails from Calgary, Alberta, but locks up her bike in Astoria. NY Credits: Mathilde Van Klapp in The Hills Are Alive! (NYFringe 2012) Olga Brandt in Stage Door (Chelsea Rep. Theater). Selected Regional: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Ilona in She Loves Me (ASU Lyric Opera Theater), Shelby Thorpe in The Spitfire Grill (Leave it to Jane), and Ophelia in Hamlet (Theatre Prospero). TV/Film: host of Rhythm and Roots (Ebru TV), Battlestar Galactica, Gossip Girl, CollegeHumor.com's Morning Musical, You Don't Know Jack (with Al Pacino, dir. Barry Levinson). Recordings: The Hills Are Alive! Developmental Cast Album. She is doubly-qualified to perform theater thanks to Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta and Arizona State University's School of Music. Ashley enjoys producing electronic music under the nom de plume 'Cupcake Conference Call', but will probably reinvent herself soon with a much better name. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. www.ashleyball.info
Dana Glaus* (Bettina)
Dana Glaus is excited to be apart of The Hills Are Alive! Dana is originally from Pittsburgh, PA GO STEELERS! She grew up singing and dancing at the PCLO Academy. It was there where she got her first taste of professional theatre performing in Bye Bye Birdie with Rue Mclanahan. There was no turning back! After graduating from Kent State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance minor she headed towards the big apple.
Since living in the city Dana has had some great opportunities. She worked with Hong Kong Disneyland in the Golden Mickey’s (Belle). Dana was recently seen as Chava & Fruma Sarah in Fiddler On The Roof at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Some favorite regional credits include: Les Miserables (Eponine), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Hairspray(Tracy/Penny US and Ensemble SWG Performed), Annie (Star-To-Be), and Godspell (Day By Day).
Dana would like to thank The Krasny Office. She would also like to thank her always-supportive family and friends!
Daniele Hager (Magda)
Daniele is thrilled to be performing the role of Magda once again after having originated it last fall. Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Daniele’s love for music began at a very young age. She came to the United States at the age of seventeen and went on to pursue a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree both in Opera Performance from SUNY Purchase and Florida State University.
She has been actively performing around the world but mostly in the New York area.
She is an active performer in the operatic, musical theater and concert fields. She recently performed the role of “Magda” in the new musical “The Hills are alive!” for the Fringe Festival in NYC and the Westchester Square Arts Festival. She was last seen in the operatic stage as Crèuse for Opera Nova’s production of Medée in Costa Rica. Other roles include: Despina in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro among others.
In the concert field, Daniele has been performing a series of recitals and cabarets in the New England area along her brothers John and Robi.
When not on the stage, Daniele is a piano and voice teacher for children in Westchester County and in New York City.
She is also the founder of the new organization “We Sing For The World” which focuses on bringing people together in the community through music. With the organization, Daniele has organized a total of five major benefit concerts for organizations such as the Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley Foundation, the Friedriech’s Ataxia Research Alliance, AmeriCares, Roots for Development and recently for the Paul and JP Norden Fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon.
For more information visit www.wesingfortheworld.com
Katherine Henly (Ludwiga)
Soprano Katherine Henly, originally from Oradell, New Jersey, received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and in April 2013 her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University.
She has spent two summers at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center assisting the Artistic Director of the National Music Theater Conference Paulette Haupt as well as Michael Bush the former Artistic Director of the Cabaret and Performance Conference. While at The O’Neill, she performed in readings of Iron Curtain, Picnic at Hanging Rock, andBetter: The Songs of Edward Kleban.
As a Young Artist with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, she was Fay Templeton in George M! in concert and covered the role of Maria in The Sound of Music.
The past two summers she spent as a Young Artist with The Glimmerglass Festival where she performed the role of Minnie Belle in Johnny Johnson and covered the roles of Nymphe des eaux in Armide as well as Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, a role which she also performed internationally with The Glimmerglass Festival at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.
Other recent roles include Despina in Così fan tutte; Emily in Help, Help, the Globolinks!; Soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Utah Valley Symphony; Soprano soloist in Messiah with Utah Lyric Opera; La Musica in L’Orfeo;and Johanna in Sweeney Todd.
Jacey Powers* (Gerdy)
Jacey Powers is a Sound of Music legacy, as her mother JaNelle played “Gretl” in the first national tour (with Florence Henderson as “Maria”) in 1961, and went on to play “Brigitta” on Broadway in 1963. Jacey played these same roles in community theater productions of The Sound of Music… a couple years ago.
Jacey’s most recent credits include Off-Broadway: “Lisa” in Falling at the Minetta Lane Theater (Drama Desk Nominated Outstanding Play), “Rebecca Gibbs” in David Cromer’s Our Town (Barrow Street Theater), The Shanghai Gesture (Julia Miles), Pinkalicious (SoHo Playhouse), and Picking Up (DR2). Regionally she was seen as “Natalia Vosavich” in Band Geeks!, at Goodspeed Opera Company. Other New York Credits include: About Face (NYMF—where she is excited to be performing again J), Sitting Pretty & Leave It To Jane (Musicals Tonight), and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, which was written by her father, John who “is her sunshine,” and she knows is shining down on her from somewhere. Jacey holds a BFA from CAP21 at NYU. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their unending love, support and faith. www.jaceypowers.com.
Christopher Tiernan (Felix)
Christopher Tiernan is excited to continue playing Fleix in this fun new production of THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! He has had the honor of being involved in many of the shows incarnations thus far and has thoroughly enjoyed the time he has spent with these characters as well as the cast and crew. Originally from Los Angeles, and as a University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate, Chris has been able to perform in many productions including The Rocky Horror Show (Frank’N’Furter), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), and [Title of Show] (Jeff). He’s so happy to have found a wonderful support system in this cast and crew, as well as the ongoing support he has received from his friends and family.
Alan M-L Wager* (Captain van Klapp)
A third generation Californian, Alan is now based in New York, where he stood-by for three roles in the Broadway company of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. He’s also toured North America in Beauty and in Camelot starring Michael York. Selected national regional credits include Ravenal in Show Boat, Harold Hill in Music Man, Tommy in Brigadoon, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Gus/Growltiger in CATS and Santa in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular to name just a few.
Alan has sung with the Delaware and Lancaster Symphonies, was featured with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and had the privilege of singing at The White House and meeting President and Mrs. Obama.
With Robert Levinstein, he is the co-founder of 22Q Entertainment…a full service producing and general management company…who’s producing credits include the Off-Broadway hit Italian Bred, the New York Premiere of The Spoon River Project in the Green-Wood Cemetery and the East and West Coast Premieres of the critically acclaimed thriller It Is Done. www.22QEntertainment.com
Maggie Wetzel (Lotte)
Maggie Wetzel hails, not from the Alps, but the hills of a little town in southern Indiana. A graduate with a B.F.A. from Webster Conservatory, Maggie has been happily living and working in NYC for the past three years.
This will be Maggie's third time performing with "The Hills Are Alive" and she couldn't be more thrilled or honored to be working with this fantastic group of people. Never, ever, ever has she had such a hard time keeping a straight face on stage, and she hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as she enjoys being in it.
All my love and gratitude to my friends and family. Yodel-lee-hee-hoo!! www.maggiewetzel.com
Becky Whitcomb (Knut)
Becky is thrilled to be yodeling once more with the cast of THAA! Her recent projects include Maria in Twelfth Night (Classics on the Rocks), Pamela in Fannie Lou (Lang Recital Hall), The Wizard and I (Carnegie Hall), and Alaska in the Summertime (Manhattan Repertory Theater). Thanks to mama and the clan, Lorna, B, Eric, Frankie, the crew, the VanKlapps, and Byron the Squirrel. Talent Express Management. Becky is a proud member of Facebook. beckywhitcomb.net
* Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Assocation.
** Member of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.