Matt Swanson

Matt is thrilled and grateful to be making his debut with MVCT.  He recently relocated to his native MN from Los Angeles where he worked as a producer in the film and television industry.  Prior to going behind the camera, he performed with two a capella groups (never too much of a good thing!) The Stanford Mendicants and Fleet Street Gingers.

role: Caractacus Potts
An eccentric, brilliant, English inventor and loving father and son. His inventions and children are his life.

Katie Marie Miller

Katie is thrilled to be performing with MVCT for the first time this summer!  She was most recently Bird Girl in Seussical and Larken in Once Upon a Mattress with Morris Park Players, and is ever grateful to her family, friends and especially Phinehas for their unending support.

role: Truly Scrumptious
Daughter of the famous candy maker, Lord Scrumptious. Strong and independent but gentle. In love with Caractacus.

Stephen Greenhalgh

This is Steve’s second grandpa role.  He played Grandpa Joe in Morris Park Players’ Willy Wonka (2015).  He was also FDR in productions of Annie at Morris Park Players, Chaska Valley Family Theater and Lakeshore Players.  Having retired this year, Steve is happy to grow a beard for his first show with MVCT.

role: Grandpa Potts
Caractacus Potts’s father, former war hero who loves to tell war stories. Second father to the grandchildren.

Scott Dutton

Scott is very excited to make his debut with MVCT as the over the top Baron in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  He has recently discovered his love of playing the bad guy with his portrayal of Molokov in Chess.  Other favorites include: Wilber Turnblad in Hairspray, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and the Tinman in Wizard of Oz.  He thanks the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication to putting on a truly scrumptious play.

role: Baron Bomburst
Tyrannical ruler of Vulgaria and lover of toys. A man-child, he is very immature, needy and whiney.

Anissa Lubbers

Anissa is pleased to return for her 5th consecutive MVCT show.  She was previously seen as Joy in Cinderella, Irene in Crazy for You and Kitty in Drowsy Chaperone, just to name a few.  Anissa would like to thank Minrod for casting her and her family for their support.

role: Baroness Bomburst
Head of the Vulgarian Parliament and hater of children. Tyrannical and dramatic.

Thomas Branham

An orchestra geek, Thomas played violin in his entire High School career. Once his children showed interest in musical theater he became bit by the theater bug, and the rest is history.  CCBB marks his 8th show and first with MVCT.  Favorite roles include Saul in True West and Phineous Trout in Willy Wonka at 4 Community Theater.  Theater is a family affair for Tom, whose entire family is involved in this production.

role: The Childcatcher
He makes sure that Vulgaria is child-free. Evil and manipulative. Hates children almost as much as the Baroness.

Jeff Erickson

Jeff is ecstatic to be returning for his second show with MVCT, after appearing in H.M.S. Pinafore last summer.  Since then he has performed in Our Town with Theatre 301 and Princess Ida with the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera company.  Jeff would like to thank you for supporting the arts, and he hopes you enjoy the show!

role: The Toymaker
With all children outlawed in Vulgaria, this toy-making genius only works for the child-like Baron. Smart but frightened.

Ryan Seal

Ryan has been in 4 school plays and 2 high school musicals.  He is fluent in Spanish and can play the piano.  He enjoys the experience of being in plays and hopes you will enjoy the experience as well.  Also, he recently was Chip in FCT’s Beauty and the Beast.  Enjoy the show, it will be truly scrumptious.

role: Jeremy Potts
Caractucus’s son, age 10 to 13. An adventurous boy with a vivid imagination. A total child who loves his family.

Jenna Dierke

Jenna is 10 years old.  This is her 9th musical and first at MVCT.  Her favorite subjects are art and music and she loves to travel.  Jenna would like to thank her friends and family for support, especially her BFF Myla who has come to see her on every stage she has performed on.

role: Jemima Potts
Caractucus’s daughter, age 10 to 13. An adventurous girl with a vivid imagination. A total child who loves her family.

Katie Holmes

Cheerio pip pip, dahlings!  This is the first MVCT show for Katie, who is so excited to be making a fool of herself on the Irondale stage.  She is super grateful to be sharing the stage with this group of such amazingly awesome and supremely talented human beings.  “Vell played, old chap,” indeed!

role: Goran
A member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the Baron and Baroness. A dumb oaf.

Katlyn Moser

Katlyn is excited to be in her first production with MVCT.  She was previously seen in I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Maskers Theatre.  She also is the co-founder of the MN Fringe Group, Spike Tape Productions and cohosts a comedy pod cast that rags on romance novels. Von ihren Hoehen bis zu ihrem Milchviegebiet steht Vulgaria allein!

role: Boris
A member of the two-person Vulgarian gang that works for the Baron and Baroness. Not very smart but the leader.

Mark Jensen

Mark is returning to acting after a short sabbatical of 38 years.  He appeared at the Paple Plain Community Theatre in Bill Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer’s Night Dream as Snug the Joiner (1978) and Renfield in You Didn’t Count Dracula by the team at Maple Plain CT (1979).  He is excited to be working with this fun enthusiastic team.

role: Lord Scrumptious
Owner of the Scrumptious Sweet Factory. Extremely busy, important and decisive.

Dewey Mier

This is Dewey’s 1st production with MVCT.  In his last show he played Burt Healy in Annie with the Morris Park Players 8 years ago when shortly afterwards he was put on 3rd shift taking him out of theater for a while.  He’s on dayshift now and happy to be able to do shows again.  He was not in Seussical!

role: Coggins
The owner of the Junkyard where the children find the old racecar that Potts turns into Chitty.

Penny Dale

Penny is very excited to be back on the MVCT stage.  She was last seen here as Tintinabula in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum.  She is originally from Long Island, N.Y. and has been living in MN for 19 years.  She resides in N. Mpls. With her husband, Matthew, their cats, Kya & Pippin and their dogs, Rocky & Pepper.  Thank you, Mathew, for your support in all my theatre endeavors.

role: Miss Phillips
The no-nonsense factory manager at the Scrumptious Sweet Factory.

David Dexter

David is delighted to be joined on stage by his father Robert "Bob" Dexter.  David came to musical theater late in life in 2010 but has been in twenty shows since that time with roles as Daddy Warbucks Annie, Teen Angel Grease, Geppetto My Son Pinocchio, Noah Children of Eden, Matthew Cuthbert Anne of Green Gables, The Mysterious Man Into the Woods and Alfred Doolittle My Fair Lady.  In real life, David is a pathologist for Fairview.

role: The Junkman
Recycling Professional ready to melt down the old Race Car before the Potts family can take possession.

Paul Johnson

This is Paul’s forth production after an absence of many years, third time with MVCT.  Just finished as Jacob in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Paul is retired and enjoying the chance to do this.  Other things he enjoys are tennis, skiing and choir.  Thanks to Jane for putting up with me.

role: Sid
Fairgoer and first subject of Pott’s Experimental Haircutting Machine

Mikaela Kase

Mikaela studied theatre at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.   Since graduating, her credits include; Babette in Beauty and the Beast with Play Inc. and arts and street performances with the MN Renaissance Festival.  She has also served as Assistant Director for a production of Boys with the Stockwell Playhouse, Forest Lake.  She is thrilled to be joining the MVCT gang and is endlessly grateful to her family, friends and fiancé for their support

role: Turkey Farmer
Ready to buy Pott’s to use on her flock.

Ensemble

Christy Branham, Carter Branham, Camille Branham, Michaela Bushnell, Erika Dierke, Julia Dobbins, Henry Grooms, Julia Humphrey, Mary Jensen, Shaine Kilyun, Shelbi Morton, Marsha Parlow, Robert Dexter.

role: Ensemble
Kids; Inventors; Soldiers; Townspeople; English Crowd

Dion Grace & Lillian Walker

This is Dion’s first show at MVCT.  Dion has been around the block a few times, mostly because he kept getting lost on the way to rehearsal...  Recent roles include a Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tommy Djilas in Music Man, and Bert in Mary Poppins at Morris Park Players, and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast at Cross Community Players.

This is Lillian’s first show at MVCT.  She has been singing, acting and dancing since she was - a lot younger!  Recent roles include a Wickersham in Seussical, Zaneeta in Music Man, Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins at Morris Park Players, Janet the Puppeteer in Second Banana Revolt at the 2017 Fringe Festival.  CCBB has a special place in Lilian’s heart as a treasured family memory.

role: Dance Captains