ARTISTIC TEAM

 

Jackie Freeman - Artistic Director

Originally from Ohio, Jackie found her love of theatre at the age of 7. After studying Theatre and Psychology at Slippery Rock University, she moved to New Orleans to start her career. During her time in NOLA she worked at six different theatre companies, including Crescent City Lights Youth Theatre and playing Annelle in the 25th Anniversary production of 'Steel Magnolias' at the Tennessee Williams Festival. In NYC, Jackie worked for Mainstages, a Jewish based children's theatre company, where she directed the afterschool program at Locust Valley Intermediate School. She also spent two summers in Michigan at Camp Tamarack supervising their Theatre Program. Jackie hopes to bring her love of theatre and the arts to Butte with her and excite the young artists of OGCT! So far at OGCT she has directed The Little Mermaid, Elf Jr., Same Difference: Disabilities Awareness Play, Charlotte's Web, Camp Rock: the Musical, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play and wrote/directed the 20th Anniversary Production of The Emperor's New Clothes. This past season she directed: Here I Am: An Orphan Girl Cabaret, Litlte Women and The Lion, the Witch and the Warbrobe. Locally, she is a proud participant of the Ballroom Players and also has worked for the Port Polson Players and Virginia City Brewery Follies. 

 

Elizabeth Crase - Educational Director

Elizabeth Crase holds an Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre from Young Harris College in Georgia, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Montana. She began theatre at a young age in Georgia performing with Rome Little Theatre and had the unique experience of working as an intern with Prospect Theatre Company out of NYC while still in high school. After performing in theatres across the South, Elizabeth worked in Butte as both an actor and as Education Coordinator with the Buttenik Ensemble at the Covellite Theatre from 2005-2007, with whom she toured from 2007-2009. She also had the amazing experience of touring with Montana Repertory’s Educational Outreach Tour as Eve in Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve. Following her tour, Elizabeth worked as Assistant Director for an after school theatre program called Promises in Portland, OR. During her time in Portland she also worked as a Performer and as the Live Acts Coordinator for Clowns Unlimited where she trained performers in clowning, balloon art, face painting, stilt walking and stage magic. In 2011, Elizabeth returned to Montana as an actor with Brewery Follies of Virginia City where she performed for three years and again in 2019. She is currently enrolled in the Creative Pulse Master’s Program at the University of Montana where she will earn her Master in Fine Arts for Integrated Arts and Education. Since joining the staff as Educational Director at Orphan Girl Children's Theatre, Elizabeth has directed Aristocats KIDS, Drop Dead Juliet, Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Steel Magnolias, Same Difference: A Disabilities Awareness Play, Duck Ugly, The Miracle Worker, The Lion King Jr. and Into the Woods Jr. and Disney's Newsies. Elizabeth also co-wrote an adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes with Jackie Freeman as well as Buttehaven for the 10/24 Play Festival in 2019.  She has thoroughly enjoyed the last year and looks forward to many more shows with the OGCT family.

 

Cole Cunningham - Artistic Intern 

Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Cole Cunningham has been involved with the arts now for many years. Starting with the Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre at a young age has helped him grow as a person and grow his passion for the theatrical scene. Having the opportunity to be the 2019-2020 Artistic Intern will allow him to get a better understanding of what it’s like to work behind the scenes. In the past several years, you may have seen Cole onstage in productions such as A Charlie Brown ChristmasElf Jr., Camp Rock the Musical, Into the Woods Jr. and Disney's Newsies. Cole has also been a stage manager/technician for many OGCT productions, in addition to being a playwright for the 10/24 Play Festival. He plans to learn everything he can and also be a mentor to the younger artists around him. 
Intern Project: Coffee with Cole. 

 

Danielle Clark - Educational Intern 

Danielle has been at the theater for around five years now. She started with Aristocats and most recently she was seen in Urinetown The Musical.  You can also often see Danielle Stage Managing, working in the booth or backstage with costumes and makeup - she enjoys every part of the theater. As the Educational Intern she hopes to learn and teach the way our lovely directors do.
Intern Project: Storybook Theatre.

 

Kaylee Kent - Teaching Artist 

 Kaylee has been involved at OGCT for the past 8 years in a range of capacities. You may recognize her from The Emperor's New Clothes, Camp Rock, Same Difference: A Disabilities Awareness Play, The Little Mermaid or most recently as a featured dancer in Here I Am: An Orphan Girl Caberet..Kaylee also has served as the Choreographer for The Emperor's New Clothes, Camp Rock and Here I Am: An Orphan Girl Cabaret, as well as the Stage Managed and ran Lights/Sound for mulitple productions. Last season, she was on the Production Team for Cereal, playing the character of Erin and also a writer, as well as serving as Artistic Intern. 

 

                                                                                            

Guest Artists

Heather Lingle - Music Director

Heather Lingle is an Americana music artist from Texas, now making her home in Montana.   Her debut album, Coyote Beauty, reached #19 on New Music Weekly's National Indie Chart in 2012 and appeared on Japan's Real Country Top 200.  Lively Times selected her second album, Welcome to Blue Town, among top favorite Montana-made albums of 2015.  She is currently preparing for the release of her third album, Wild Blue.  

Heather has been active in community and children’s theatre in the areas of education, acting, directing, choreography, and voice coaching for several years.  Her theatre credits include Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre, Big Sky Repertory Theatre, Equinox Theatre (Bozeman), Montana Movie Factory, Montana State University School of Film & Photography (Bozeman), and University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance (Austin).   She has also performed national radio jingles and TV commercial voiceovers.  In addition, Heather held a staff position with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks for five years.   She has a Master of Arts degree from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

 

Frankee Angel - Music Director

Frankee Angel has been playing the piano, singing, and performing in theatrical productions since the age of seven. When it came time for college, she studied English literature, but when people asked her if she was going to be a writer, actor, or musician, she would reply, "Yes." She taught college English by day and performed music and theatre by night. Her dramatic experience includes work in productions of West Side Story, South Pacific, The Boyfriend, Equus, Joan of Lorraine, Godspell, Arsenic and Old Lace, All My Sons, Fuddy Meers, Book of Days, The Foreigner, Our Town, and more. She has done work with the Orphan Girl since 2013 which includes Seussical Jr., OGT Popstars, The Great American Musical, Steel Magnolias, Same Difference: A Disabilities Awareness Play, The Lion King Jr. A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play and the 10/24 New Play Festival (2017 and 2018) She is also a member of The Ballroom Players at the Clark Chateau. Life in Butte has been rich with the performing arts for Miss Angel, and she is honored to be working with such talented, dedicated educators and amazing young artists......."and oh, what heights we'll hit--on with the show, this is it!"

 

Allyson Adams - Duck Ugly Playwright & Choreographer

Allyson Adams lives in Virginia City, Montana and is a playwright, director, actress and teacher. Montana has served as a western muse for Miss Adams with her theatrical productions of The Gold Rush Medicine Show and The People vs. Hairy Wolf.  One-woman show, Moment of Peace, about first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, toured Montana for a decade. Miss Adams has served on the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau and is a three-time recipient of the S.P.I.N. (Special people in need) grant for her youth drama, history and Native Indian programs in southwestern Montana. Miss Adams published The Rebel & The King written by her actor father, Nick Adams, about his friendship with Elvis Presley, and most recently completed a new play “Save the Country: How Belle Fligelman and Jeannette Rankin changed the world.”

 

Taryn Ann Quayle - Choreographer

Taryn Ann Quayle is originally from Sandpoint, ID and just recently moved to Butte. A graduate of the University of Montana, Taryn is thrilled to be back in Big Sky Country! Taryn received her dance training at Studio 1 Dance Academy and The University of Montana where she earned degrees in Dance Education, Choreography/Performance, and T...heatre Acting/Directing. Taryn has worked with world renowned companies & choreographers such as Susan Marshal, BeBe Miller, Alvin Ailey II, The Trey McIntyre Project, and the Moscow Ballet. In 2012 Taryn traveled to North Carolina where she was the Technical Director for The American Dance Festival at Duke University. While at Duke Taryn also danced with the ADF Company. Taryn has choreographed numerous musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Hair!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She is a recipient of The Alexander & Virginia Dean Theatre Award & The University of Montana Outstanding Senior Recognition Award of 2011. She feels so grateful to be involved with Orphan Girl Children's Theatre and has choreographed Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS and Disney's Aladdin JR, The Little Mermaid, Elf Jr., The Lion King Jr and Into the Woods Jr with OGCT and looks forward to many more. Taryn believes dance is the most beautiful way humans can express themselves and has enjoyed sharing this love of dance with the children at Orphan Girl.

 

Fred Crase - Music Director

Fred Crase is a Butte native and graduate of Butte Central High School. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition and Technology from the University of Montana in Missoula and his Master of Music in Composition from the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, UK (Scotland). Fred became a founding member of the Buttenik Ensemble at the Covellite Theatre h...ere in Butte in 2004, where he worked as the Music Director until 2007. He continued on as the Music Director with the Buttenik Ensemble as they toured the Northwest from 2008-2009. Also in 2009, Fred took part in the World Premiere of 6:01 am, a Hip-Hopera, as the Composer and Conductor with members of the Reno Philharmonic and Nevada Opera Orchestras in Reno, Nevada. Beyond his academic achievements and career in Musical Theatre, Fred is also a prodigious guitarist and has played piano since age 4. He took his first voice lessons from Mary Blinn, one of Orphan Girl Productions other brilliant Music Directors, and wrote his first song ever for her English class in the 9th grade. While living in Scotland and working toward his Master’s degree, Fred played for Table, a folk rock group which performed at various venues in Glasgow. In addition to his work here with Orphan Girl Children's Theatre, Fred is currently the Music Director for the Brewery Follies in Virginia City, MT and has held this position since he returned to Montana in 2010. At this time, Fred has one self-titled solo album and a second one titled “Of Old Dogs and Men,” available for purchase. He has enjoyed working with Orphan Girl Children's Theatre on Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Disney's Aladdin JR., The Little Mermaid, Elf Jr., Duck Ugly, Camp Rock: The Musical, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play and Into the Woods Jr. He looks forward to many more productions!