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Melancholy Play: a chamber musical

Meet the company of Melancholy Play: a chamber musical:

Carey CahoonWayne Asbury (Lorenzo the Unfeeling) was seen last on stage with tKAPOW as Doyle Trigorin in Stupid Fucking Bird. He has also appeared in Macbeth, as Quinn in Penelope and as Bradley in Buried Child. Past credits include: Brick, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Henry, Mud; Slim, Cowboy Mouth; Provost, Measure for Measure; Martin, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? and Claudius, Hamlet.


Candace GatzoulisCandace Gatzoulis (Tilly) is so excited to perform in her second theatre KAPOW production, the first being Raining Aluminum. A graduate from Emerson College with a masters degree in Theatre Education, she has directed and choreographed over 30 community theatre and school musical productions and has had the opportunity to perform with the Boston Pops, and for the Red Sox and Celtics. A NH Theatre Awards Top 10 nominee in recent years as a director, choreographer and actress, she won the award for "Best Supporting Actress" as Anita in Majestic Theatre's West Side Story in 2016.

Emily KarelEmily Karel (Frances) is thrilled to be back with tKAPOW in Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical! Emily was last seen with tKAPOW as Queen Marie in Exit the King, and Nina in Stupid Fucking Bird. She holds a BA in Theatre from Wheaton College, MA. She has studied acting for theatre, TV, and film in New York and Los Angles, and is a graduate of Shakespeare and Company’s Winter Intensive and Conservatory programs. Emily also teaches youth theatre with The New Hampshire Theatre Project in Portsmouth, and will be producing her very first project with her production company, Glass Dove Productions, in the fall of 2017! Emily would like to thank Matt, the fantastic cast and crew, and of course, Sarah Ruhl.

Sheree OwensSheree Owens (Joan) is happy to be part of Melancholy Play, her first production withtTheatre KAPOW. She studied Musical Theatre at Dean College in Franklin, MA and has been active in professional and community theatre most of her life. Sheree lives in Concord with her son, Sam, and works at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Thanks to Matt and tKAPOW for the opportunity, and the entire cast and crew for making this a fantastic experience. 


Jimmy StewartJimmy Stewart (Frank) was last seen as the Guard in Exit the King, and wants you to be the first one to hear that he's happy now that he is performing in his second show with theatre KAPOW by one of his absolute favorite playwrights: Sarah Ruhl. Jimmy is still stubbornly toiling away as an engineer during the daytime hours although sometimes he looks out the window, in the afternoon.



Matt CahoonMatt Cahoon (Director) is a tKAPOW co-founder and has directed many productions for the company including: Agamemnon, A Dream Play, Buried Child, Time Stands Still and the February 2014 production of Penelope which won three NH Theatre Awards including Best Director. Matt directed Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Israel Potter at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. He currently serves on the boards of the Arts Presenters of Northern New England and the Greater Derry Arts Council. Matt’s theatre training includes work with Double Edge Theatre Company, SITI Company, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and Range of Motion Arts. In 2013, Matt attended the International Symposium for Directors at LaMaMa Umbria in Spoleto, Italy. As his “day job” Matt serves as the Director of Cultural Programming at Pinkerton Academy. In 2011, Matt was named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” program.

Blake LeisterBlake Leister (Musical Director, Piano) has worked with numerous theaters across New England as musical director, vocal coach, and pit musician. Blake holds music education degrees from the University of Michigan (M.M.) and the University of Massachusetts (B.M.). Favorite musical direction credits include Next to Normal, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Godspell,and Pippin. When not in the pit, he teaches music and theatre at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry and performs with various ensembles including the NH Master Chorale. Blake is honored and very excited to be a part of this unique theatre KAPOW show.

Tayva Young (Lighting Designer) discovered the joy of bringing stories to life with light more than 20 years ago. After pursuing this joy across the country she finally landed back on the East Coast, then took a hiatus from theatre and began to raise a family. It is here that she met a wonderfully talented theatric family and began to join them in the art of storytelling on stage. Now in her 5th season with tKAPOW, she is excited to be working alongside them once again as they bring to life stories of humanity. Tayva won the 2015 NH Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for her work on tKAPOW’s Time Stands Still.

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