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Find out more about all the folks putting Tom Lehrer's Tomfoolery together

July 06, 2016

The actor-singer-musicians of Tomfoolery in a "meet the Beatles"album cover pose

(picture Lost Nation Theater's Tomfoolery cast courtesy of Robert Eddy, First Light Studios)

Meet the cast and creatives of Tomfoolery


NICK BOMBICINO (Musical Director/Ensemble/ AEA) – is thrilled to return to Lost Nation after recently Music Directing Hairspray, and returning after appearing last year in Treasure Island. Nick recently starred in the Off-Broadway World Premier of Delirium’s Daughters at Theatre Row. Some of his other credits include: Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, (Adirondack Shakespeare Company); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Becky Shaw (Spicy Witch Productions); and in the UK: Hay Fever (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); We Are Three Sisters (The Old Joint Stock Theatre).; instagram: @nickbombicino 

KATHLEEN KEENAN (Prod. Artistic Director/Ensemble) — Kathleen was featured at NYC’s Folk City, worked Off Broadway and at Lincoln Center prior to joining Lost Nation. LNT credits include: title roles in in Always-Patsy Cline. Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Molly Sweeney, Belle of Amherst; Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, etc; director for Hairspray, 39 Steps, Mystery of Irma Vep, To Kill a Mockingbird, LYDDIE, Miracle Worker and Songs of Kander & Ebb; original music: Metamorphoses, 12th Night, Midsummer, Frankenstein, etc; adaptor/director/ composer: many kids shows and DH Lawrence’s Rocking Horse Winner

WILLIAM PELTON (Ensemble) — a long-time Montpelier resident, is a Syracuse University VPA graduate and has appeared in over 50 theater productions with Lost Nation Theater, Quarryworks, Center Stage,and Green Mountain Opera Festival. He has worked on 3 feature length Vermont films, and appears in 3 recent lm slam winners (Next Caller [best actor], Dawn of the Extraordinary, Room for Rent). He has studied acting for lm with Jock MacDonald and Richard Waterhouse, sung with local choral groups, and has shot and edited several short films. After a recent turn as “Wilbur” in Lost Nation’s terri c production of Hairspray, he is delighted to be Fooling around again with the great cast and crew of Tomfoolery

CAROL SPRADLING (Ensemble) — Carol is a busy performing, directing, and teaching artist based out of Burlington, VT. She is on the musical theater faculties of Johnson State College and the Flynn and is the principal drama instructor/director at ADL Middle School in Essex Junction. Tomfoolery is the fourth out of seven musicals she will do in the 2016 calendar year - she just finished as MD of Stowe Theater Guild’s Seussical and invites audiences to come see STG Rocky Horror Show - complete with goodie bags! -this October. Carol is thrilled to be back “home”; at LNT where she has performed on and off since she came here for a show in 2003, fell in love with Vermont, and uprooted her life! Love and thanks to the cast and crew, and to Kim, Kath, and Tim! 

TIM TAVCAR (Director) — is pleased and honored to be back at Lost Nation Theater for his 19th Season to direct Tomfoolery. Being an artistic associate of LNT since April Fool’s Day of 1997, Tim has been honored to act in or direct over 40 productions for Montpelier’s Professional Theater Company – including last season’s smash Always, Patsy Cline. Now residing in his native Greater Cleveland, OH, He has established a series of Literary Concerts with his group WordStage, (which was first brought to life in Vermont in 2007), as well as continuing to act and direct on several Northeast Ohio stages. 

CHARIS CHURCHILL (Costume Design) — Charis has been living in VT for the last 14 years. She has created costumes for such LNT shows as Love Letters Made Easy (which necessitated instant transitions from Edwardian to Modern Day clothing!), I Love You You’re Perfect...Now Change, The 39 Steps, Treasure Island, and Hound of the Baskervilles. Other credits include Oliver for Montpelier Theatre Guild, Alice in Wonderland for Moving light Dance co. and has been resident designer at Quarryworks Theatre in Adamant for the past six years 

ELLEN E. JONES (Lighting & Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist) — designed her first shows at Lost Nation, Driving Miss Daisy, Our Town and Lettuce & Lovage in 1995/96. Other designs at LNT include News of the City/Talk of the Town, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Waiting for Godot,All Night Strut, and Blues in the Night. She is happy to be back for her 20-year anniversary. She teaches at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Her professional design and paint credits include work throughout the country. She is interested in making theater design and production more sustainable and her book A Practical Guide to Greener Theatre: Introduce Sustainability Into Your Productions published in December 2013. A 2015 USITT Fellowship and Youngstown State University 2014 University Research Grant funded her most recent project, Research of Traditional Decorative Arts Practices and Materials in Florence, Italy to Seek More Sustainable Solutions for Contemporary Scene Painting Practices. 

KIM BENT (Founding Artistic Director) — Kim founded LNT in 1977. He’s worked as an actor, director, teacher & designer in theaters across America, Europe, and Canada. Favorite roles: Frank—Educating Rita, Dogberry—Much Adoe, Deane Davis—But Your Honor!, Didi—Waiting for Godot, and Gunslinger; directing: Judevine, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Molly Sweeney. As a playwright, his work includes STONE, about the Barre granite community, winner of the VT Historical Society’s Hathaway Prize, Katherine Paterson’s Lyddie, and Treasure Island. He just played Mark Rothko in RED

LAURA GIST (Stage Manager) — is thrilled to be joining Lost Nation Theatre for her second season as The Production Manager and Stage Manager. She is excited to be working with incredible talent in such a beautiful place. Other recent credits include Florida Studio Theatre out of Sarasota, FL and Public Theatre in ME. She is eager to see what the future has in store. 

THOMAS GUNN (Master Electrician) — is a recent graduate of Johnson State College, where he earned degrees in both Theater and Technical Theater. This is his first season with LNT and he is excited to be working on another fantastic show. Thomas also enjoys acting, directing, and light designing. He would like to thank the cast and crew for a great experience and an amazing production. Enjoy the show! 

MELISSA TROXLER (Production Stage Manager) — is glad to be a part of the stage management team at Lost Nation Theater for her second season. Along with working in stage management, she enjoys working in carpentry and lighting. Melissa has worked with Berkshire Theatre Group, the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and recently stage managed a touring production of The Nutcracker. 

JANINE WOODS-THOMA (Technical Director) — Hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned a theatre degree and her rst industry stripes, designing and tech directing for the much lauded Performance Network Theatre, Williamston Theater, and the brand new New Theatre Project. Also a scenic and lighting designer, her favorite designs from this era included Boom, It Came From Mars, and If You Start a Fire, Be Prepared to Burn.

AMANDA MENARD (Volunteer Coordinator) — Amanda served 5 years as LNT’s Audience Services Manager. With a BA in theater she’s performed extensively on-stage & backstage. She now volunteers for LNT, & is an active member of Vermont Playwrights Circle & Valley Players. Recent projects include Waterbury Festival Players, Pride at Chandler, Enchanted April at Valley Players. 

MITCH OSIECKI (Volunteer Coord.) — An ad for volunteers for Richard III in 1999 drew Mitch to LNT, and he has made himself indispensable ever since. He creates the best incentives ever for hardworking, and lucky, volunteers and staff (such as his truffles and cheesecake)! Mitch very recently retired as a financial analyst from National Life Group.  

HANK BABCOCK (Tech) — Hank has been a volunteer with LNT for the past 13 years. He’s known not only for his handy repair work, but also as a regular worker with both the scenic and lighting crews. 

PAT BABCOCK (Office/Archivist) — Pat is LNT’s office volunteer. Besides her normal duties (taking reservations, updating computer info, etc), she’s Keeper of the Archives. If you’re looking for something to do with LNT’s history, she’s the one to contact. 

DONA BATE (Finance/Outreach) — Dona was CEO of a regional community transportation system for 18 years before joining LNT, and founding dbatespeaking where as a speaker, trainer, and coach, she shares her love and experience of communicating.