ELEANORJoey is a 16 year old Junior at Westfield High School. The Gift is her second play in her theater career and she is very happy to be a part of this show. Some of her previous roles include “Winifred Banks” in Mary Poppins Jr. and “Fiona” in Shrek the Musical Jr., both with YIT, as well as an ensemble part in Godspell with CCP. When not on stage, she enjoys dancing, cooking, and hanging out with friends. She would like to thank her director, Jan, and her previous directors that have helped her grow into the actress you see on stage. She would also like to thank her family and her friends who have supported along the way. Finally, thank you to you wonderful audience members! She hopes you enjoy this incredible show.
HARRIETTTonya is pleased to return to The Cat after last appearing here in the December 2022 CCP production of Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas! In the interim, Tonya has served as stage manager, assistant director, or in both capacities for The Spitfire Grill, Listen to Your Mother, and Shy (the musical!), respectively. She has also presented original compositions for Voice Box Indy. Having been involved in upwards of 50 productions over the past decade, a handful of Tonya’s most cherished roles include “Mary” in Nightingale, “Maggie” in Jake’s Women, “Jean Louise Finch” in To Kill a Mockingbird, “Actress 1” in The Dining Room, and “Alain” in Talking With . . . . A former high school theatre teacher, Tonya’s behind-the-scenes work has also included teaching improvisation classes and penning several original sketch comedies that have been brought to life by her student actors. Tonya continues to pursue her passion for education as a standardized patient actor and educator for Indiana University Health and as a certified yoga instructor. Tonya would like to thank Jan and Louis for this opportunity; the cast and crew for their efforts; her family – especially her husband, Toby – for love and support; and all our patrons for helping to make this production a success.
ORTONIan Marshall-Fisher has been an actor and designer for various theatres around the Indianapolis area. Most recently he appeared as “Jack” in Shy (the Musical!) with IndyFringe, “Prince Ben” in Disney’s Descendants at the CAT in Carmel, “Axel Magee” in Don’t Drink the Water and in The Laramie Project at Center Stage Community Theatre, and “Gilligan” in Gilligan’s Island: The Musical at The Belfry Theatre. Recent Scenic Designs include The Spitfire Grill, Night Must Fall, and Of Mice and Men with Mainstreet Productions, The Lilies of the Field and Drinking Habits with the Belfry Theatre, and True West with Carmel Community Players. Outside of theatre, Ian works as a Regional Director of Human Resources for a prominent hotel company. In his free time he enjoys playing Pokémon with his nieces, spending time with family, traveling to new places with his husband, DéJon, and decorating their house!
Veronique has been active all over the Indianapolis theater community for almost 10 years. Onstage, her favorite roles include “Mother” (Barefoot in the Park), “Gerry” (Play On!), “Ruth Condomine” (Blithe Spirit), and “Chloe Girard” (My Old Lady). She also loved working in ensemble shows Charlotte’s Web and August: Osage County. She is probably best known for directing, costuming and set designing The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at the old Westfield Playhouse, which garnered several Encore awards; though her schedule no longer allows for directing, she now occasionally reviews productions for A Seat on the Aisle.
MILLIEFollowing thirty-eight years working in the thoroughbred industry, Wendy reentered theater, with roles in Indianapolis’ Civic Theater, Epilogue Theater, Westfield Playhouse, Hendricks Civic Theater, Center Stage, Buck Creek Players, Theatre at the Fort, Indy Fringe and Diva Fest. She stays connected to the racing world, serving on the board of Friends of Ferdinand, a thoroughbred aftercare organization. Wendy is happy to perform in another of L. Jan Eira’s plays.
Thom is thrilled to take the stage once again as “Dr. Jack Orwell” after playing the role in the show’s debut production in the fall of 2017. Seen on stages throughout central Indiana in the last 20+ years, he is happy to be back at the CAT where he recently played “Mortimer” in Carmel Community Player’s The Fantasticks in May 2022. You may have seen Thom last fall as “Hannibal” in The Curious Savage at the Westfield Playhouse where he is also on the Board as the Vice President of Community Engagement. He would like to thank Louis and Jan for casting him as “Dr. Jack Orwell” and each of you for joining us on this amazing psychological roller coaster.