Liam Barker (Randolph) is a 7th grader from Mason. Liam has performed with Inspiring Arts in Newsies and Legacy, and his favorite role was young Brennan McBride in Inspiring Arts’ McBride’s Call. He thanks his Mom and Dad for obvious reasons and Beth Kenniv for putting on this great show!
Tessa Barnes (Kids Ensemble) is a homeschooled 6th grader from Batavia. She was last onstage with Inspiring Arts in Legacy as Sally. She is so thankful she gets to be a part of Bye Bye Birdie even though her sisters sat this show out. Thanks for all the driving Mom!
Ava Bentley (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a freshman at William Henry Harrison High School. She was last seen onstage with Inspiring Arts as Longfellow’s daughter in Legacy. Thanks to Mrs. Cooksey for all the beautiful costumes, Mrs. Hart for wonderful choreography, and her family for their unconditional love and support.
Quincy Birdwell (Helen/Deborah Sue) is a homeschooled sophomore from Cincinnati. Her favorite role so far has been Mary in Inspiring Art’s Romeo & Juliet. She would like to thank Ava Cooksey and Myleigh Carlson for constantly being so wonderfully sweet and encouraging to her, and Elisha Kenniv and Carter Van Erp for making her laugh as hard as she has during this show. TGBTG
Evan Blust (Albert Peterson) is from Trenton and is a fresh graduate of Edgewood High School. He was most recently seen as Crutchie in CLP's Newsies, and Squidward Q. Tentacles in Rise Up's The SpongeBob Musical. Previous Inspiring Arts credits include McBride's Call (Liam McBride) and Newsies (Davey). He plans to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre at Otterbein University this fall. Evan would like to thank everyone at Inspiring Arts for this wonderful opportunity to "put on a happy face"!
Becky Bolser (Mayor’s Wife) is a wife and mother from Liberty Township. She debuted with Inspiring Arts in Legacy 2021. She is thankful to be in another quality Inspiring Arts performance and to finally be on stage with her whole family!
John Bolser (Conrad Birdie) is a homeschool senior who currently resides in Liberty Township. He was last seen as Romeo in Inspiring Arts' Romeo & Juliet Together (And Alive) At Last. He would like to thank every audience member for taking the time to come and enjoy the show!
Ben Bolser (Mayor) is a Pediatric Hospitalist residing in Liberty Township. This is his first Inspiring Arts production, and he is excited to be in the show with his whole family!
Eleanor Boys (Kids Ensemble) is a sixth grader from Norwood who attends Charis Classical Academy. She is thrilled to be in her first Inspiring Arts main stage production and thanks her family for supporting her.
Audrey Burgdorf (Kim MacAfee) is a homeschooled sophomore from West Chester. Audrey has most recently been seen throwing up as Amy in Inspiring Arts' Romeo & Juliet. This is Audrey’s 4th show with Inspiring Arts and she has loved every second of it. Audrey thanks her friends for always being supportive, her parents for being patient when she's stressed, and especially to Mrs. Kenniv for being along side her every step of the way.
Lydia Burkhard (Kids Ensemble) is a 7th grader from West Chester.
She was seen onstage with Inspiring Arts as Longfellow's youngest daughter in Legacy and in the ensemble of McBride’s Call. She most recently played Omar in Encore's Aladdin Junior.
Myleigh Carlson (Teen Ensemble) is a homeschooled eleventh grader from Wyoming Ohio. She was last seen onstage with Inspiring Arts as Benvolio / Maddison in Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive) At Last.
Anna Cook (Susie) is a 16-year-old homeschool student from Liberty Township. This has been one of her favorite shows so far and she thanks Mrs. Kenniv and the cast for this wonderful experience.
Ava Cooksey (Charity Garfine) will be attending the University of Cincinnati’s CCM for Theater Costume Design this fall. She was last seen in inspiring Arts’s Romeo and Juliet, Together (and Alive) at Last as Anabell/Juliet.
Sunnie Cox (Ensemble / IA Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be returning to Inspiring Arts as part of the cast and behind the scenes as stage manager! She was last onstage with Inspiring Arts as Jessie the makeup girl in Romeo & Juliet. Enjoy the show!
Grace Goodwin (Rosie Alvarez*) is an incoming freshman in Wright State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. She was last seen onstage as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Grace Farrell in Annie, and as multiple roles in Musical Arts Center’s YAPP opera showcase (her favorite as María in a West Side Story scene). She wants to thank her parents, her teachers Paul and Gina, and everyone who has been a part of this amazing show, and a shoutout to her amazing double Megan!
Jon Gross (Ensemble) is a homeschooling senior from West Chester. He wants to thank everyone behind the scenes who made this possible.
Andrew Guthrie (Sullivan Stage Manager/Ensemble) is a college freshman at Xavier University from Milford. He was last seen on stage as Lord Capulet / Brian in Inspiring Arts' Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive) At Last. Thanks to the Inspiring Arts team for their eternal dedication and his parents for paying for gas!
Gabrielle Hallberg (Teen Ensemble*) is a sophomore at Pensacola Christian College. She has been in Inspiring Arts' Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, and Jane Eyre. and was recently in a college production of Pirates of Penzance. Gabrielle would like to thank her family, friends and the Inspiring Arts team for all the support along the way.
Elyana Haraldsen (Teen Ensemble) is a homeschool sophomore from Franklin, Ohio. She wants to thank her parents for keeping up with her crazy theater and dance team schedules, and Sommer Ray for introducing her to Inspiring Arts.
Alyssa Hart (Happy Face Girl*) from Loveland is a freshman at Cedarville University. One of her favorite roles was Liesel in Sound of Music at the Carnegie. Enjoy the show!
Arthur Hart (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a retired set builder and grandfather of three busy boys. His previous Inspiring Arts roles were Mayor of New York in Newsies and Quartet Bass in The Music Man. He would like to thank Dave Kenniv for excellence in sound design!
Brighton Hummer (Charles Maude, quartet) works at a country club software company in Blue Ash. He was most recently Mr. Krabs in Spongebob and Ram in Heathers. Thanks to his friends and family for supporting him in his shows!
Camdon Hutchinson (Ensemble) is an 8th grader attending Mars Hill Academy. This is his first show with Inspiring Arts and he would like to thank everyone who came together to make this show possible. Enjoy the show!!!
Elisha Kenniv (Deborah Sue) has been performing in Inspiring Arts shows since its beginnings and has loved every minute of it. Elisha relishes the stories of Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte and loved bringing Jane Eyre to life on stage in 2019.
Josh Kenniv (Harvey Johnson) will be a senior at Lebanon High School. His favorite role was playing Pete in Inspiring Arts' Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive) At Last. He would like to thank Beth Kenniv for her constant support and encouragement
Evvy Kenniv (Ursula Merkle) is a sophomore at Cedarville University from Lebanon. Some of her previous roles with Inspiring Arts include Little Red in Into the Woods, and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical. She’d like to thank the cast and directors for making this such a fun experience and hopes you enjoy the show!
Grace Lewandowski (Teen Ensemble) is a sophomore at Mars Hill Academy and lives in Pleasant Plain. Her favorite role has been Les in Newsies with Inspiring Arts. She is so thankful for her parents who drive her to rehearsal and for everyone at Inspiring Arts who make her summers so awesome!
Eli Luken (Hugo Peabody) works at Chick-Fil-A, and is a homeschooled junior in high school. This is his first Inspiring Arts show, but he has been onstage previously with Encore Performing Arts as Aladdin in Aladdin Jr. and Hans in Frozen Jr. He thanks his parents for always being supportive.
Rachel Mabry (Mrs. Merkle) is a homeschool mom of four from Maineville. She was last seen onstage in Legacy and McBrides's Call with Inspiring Arts, and in a fundraiser show called All Together Now. She would like to thank her daughter Josie for not being too embarrassed to be in shows with her mom and her husband Nathan for always saying yes to being on stage with her.
Nathan Mabry (Mr. Merkle) is a father, worship leader, and IT professional who most recently played Sir Robert Peel in Inspiring Arts' world premiere of McBride's Call. He's got a major crush on Mrs. Merkle.
Josie Mabry (Teen Ensemble) is a homeschooled freshman. She was most recently seen in Legacy and McBride's Call with Inspiring Arts. She thanks her mom, who is the best in the world and wrote her bio while she was on a mission trip. Moms are awesome.
Arielle Mantel (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a nomad, currently residing in the exotic land of Ft Wright, KY. and running the Inspiring Arts social media pages. She was last seen in her walk-on role as a board member in IA’s Romeo and Juliet: Together (and Alive) At Last. She would like to thank Rachel French for volunteering to be her social media intern for the summer!
Faith Marsh (Teen Ensemble*) of Colerain is a recent grad of Taylor University, pursuing a career in the film industry (know of any open positions?!) She has been onstage and behind the scenes with Inspiring Arts for years, serving as a general consultant in all things. She's excited to be onstage in her mom and grandpa's favorite show!
Jackie Mason (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a cool mom because she has returned to the stage after *insert years here.* She would like to thank Beth Kenniv for the opportunity to do something other than dishes.
Joy Mason (Alice) is a senior at Little Miami High School. She was onstage with Inspiring Arts for McBride's Call, and this is her 8th (and absolute favorite) production. Enjoy the show!
Samantha Mason (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a freshman at Little Miami High School. She is very excited to be in her first show with Inspiring Arts and would like to thank Mrs. Kenniv and the cast for welcoming her into the family!
Amelia Mastilak (Teen Ensemble) is a freshman attending PEP Mason and living in West Chester. She was last onstage with Inspiring Arts for Legacy in 2022 and she thanks her encouraging friends and family for all their support.
Jen Moore (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a mom who owns a photography studio and homeschools her kids. She would like to thank her kids & husband for talking her into coming back to the stage after a 28 year hiatus, and the cast and directors for making it a lot of fun to do so!
Kate Moore (Kids Ensemble) is a 6th grade homeschooled student at the Moore Family Academy. She was last seen in Inspiring Arts' Legacy, and she wants to thank her older siblings and mom for talking her into going onstage (and also Mrs. Marsh for her fabulous emails).
Luke Moore (Teen Ensemble, Reporter*) Luke Moore is a Freshman at Cedarville University. His favorite role was Marius in IPAA's All Together Now! Eph. 6:10 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."
Charlotte Mull (Teen Ensemble*) is a 9th grade homeschooled student and company dancer for Movement Emporium. Her favorite role was Adele in Inspiring Arts’ Jane Eyre and she would love to play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera someday!
Megan Stiens Mull (Sweet Apple Ensemble), is a real estate professional and homeschooling mom from Landen. She is excited to be back on stage with her daughter, Charlotte, for the first time in 8 years since playing mother and daughter in The King and I.
Megan Murray (Rosie Alvarez*) is a junior at Wright State University, with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Dance. Some of her favorite performances have been McBride’s Call (Penelope), Chicago (Liz “Pop”), and Newsies. She would like to thank her family for their endless support, and her Albert, Evan Blust, for being the reason she puts on a happy face.
Sam Parker (Mr. Harry MacAfee) is a long-time Inspiring Arts friend, actor, and pyrotechnic expert. He was last onstage with Inspiring Arts offstage making the set explode in Romeo & Juliet. As much as he excels at fire and juggling (and juggling fire), he is woefully lackluster at turning in his bio.
Nathan Peters (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is an electronics technician in the Colerain area in his first production onstage with Inspiring Arts. He would like to thank Mrs. Marsh for her fabulous emails.
Morgan Ray (Sweet Apple Ensemble) from Reading and is performing with Inspiring Arts for the first time. She would like to thank her husband for encouraging her to audition, her family and friends for supporting her, and Mrs. Kenniv for the opportunity to be a part of Inspiring Arts.
Sommer Ray (Margie) is a senior from Liberty Township. She was last onstage with Inspiring Arts in Romeo & Juliet, and would like to thank her family, friends, and Annie's white cheddar shells for their support and love. She hopes you all enjoy her antics on stage!
Emma Robbins (Teen Ensemble) is a homeschooled senior from Fairfield Township. Bye Bye Birdie is one of her favorite show experiences so far. She would like to thank everyone who made this production possible and hopes you enjoy the show!
Abigail Schechter (Teen Ensemble) is a freshman homeschool student from Liberty Township. She was last on stage with Family Christian Homeschool Co-op's production of Schoolhouse Rock, and she would like to thank her mother and father for being her chauffeur and for Inspiring Arts for the opportunity to appear in Bye-Bye Birdie.
Noah Schechter (Kids Ensemble) is a homeschooled sixth grader from Liberty Township. He is excited for this to be his debut musical performance, even though he has a lot of experience singing Michael Jackson songs in the car. he would like to thank Mrs. Kenniv for teaching him to love the theater.
Jessie Scheie (Teen Ensemble) is a freshman from West Chester. She thanks her family for always supporting her and making her laugh!
Ainsley Sheafer (Teen Ensemble) is a freshman and lives in Pleasant Run Farms. Her last onstage performance was her May dance recital at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, and she thanks all those who have helped her learn to dance.
Carter Van Erp (Reporter /Teen Ensemble*) will attend the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, & Dance this fall to pursue his BTA degree in theatre studies. He was last seen onstage with Inspiring Arts in Romeo & Juliet this past spring and is so excited to be back dancing on the Parrish Auditorium stage!! Psalms 100:5
Maria Ventura (Mae Peterson) is a classical singer and private voice teacher from Norwood, who also teaches for CCM Prep/UC. She last performed with Inspiring Arts in 2014 Music Man as Mrs. Shinn, and her favorite role was Mother Abbess in Sound of Music with Grace Hart. Maria, who is not a mother, would like to dedicate her performance to her seven sisters and five sister-in-laws, who ARE mothers! "I've studied them well!" Special thanks to Beth Kenniv for your friendship and dedication to Inspiring Arts. It's an honor working with you!
Carly Wheeler (Doris MacAfee) is a Communications Manager and Film/Commercial Actress from the Dayton area. She was most recently seen on stage as Ginette/Sandrine/Hope in SCT’s Almost, Maine, previously toured the Midwest and Scotland with an Improvisational Troupe out of Indiana, and Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker” Miss Hannigan in Annie and various roles in The Pirates of Penzance. She would like to thank Inspiring Arts for welcoming her into the family and the Lord Jesus Christ for His gift of Salvation!
Eliana Wiseman (Gloria Rasputin) is entering her senior year at the Wiseman School for the Incredibly Gifted, and was last onstage with Inspiring Arts in Romeo & Juliet. Thank you in advance for your attention and thunderous applause!
Brennan Wooten (Sweet Apple Ensemble) is a fourth grader from Batavia. This is his first time onstage with Inspiring Arts and he is thankful for all he has learned through this amazing experience!