Introducing Weston’s 2015 Young Company

Cast and Crew |June 15, 2015

Each season Weston welcomes a non-Equity acting company of college level actors, affectionately known as the YoCo. The Young Company actors are chosen by competitive audition from the country’s top undergraduate musical theatre programs and they form the core acting company for Weston’s annual show for young audiences, this year “Junie B. Jones!” They’ll also perform in each of Weston’s famed late-night cabaret sessions and in the late summer MainStage musical, Guys and Dolls, for which they will receive points toward Equity membership. Workshops, instruction, and discussions round out their summer experience.

We thought you’d enjoy a chance to get to know this year’s Young Company members before you see them on stage!

Kelly Autry

KELLY AUTRY | A rising senior Musical Theatre Major at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Baldwin Wallace credits include Mike Costa (A Chorus Line 2014) and Ash Ketchum (student production The Pokemusical 2013). Ensemble roles: Carrie the Musical (2014), Carousel (2013), Love Story (2013), Follies (2012). Professional credits: Spamalot (Sir Robin) at New London Barn Playhouse, New London, NH and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Michael) at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Kelly Q&A:

Q. If you had to pick a major outside of theatre, what would it be?

A. Neuroscience or Paleontology

Q. What are you most looking forward to while in Weston?

A. All the new friends and Raspberry Honey Mustard. Mmm…

Michael Canada

MICHAEL CANADA  |  A rising junior studying Music Theatre at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Michael’s most recent credits include La Cienega in Bring It On: The Musical (Reading), Frank Jr./Jay (u/s) in the revised Regional Premiere of Saturday Night Fever at Playhouse Square, and Paul in A Chorus Line, for which he received an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nomination by the Kennedy Center.

Michael Q&A:

Q. What is your dream role?

A. Boq in Wicked.

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your time at Weston?

A. Performing in Guys & Dolls with Sean Palmer, the original Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid on Broadway. His recorded “Her Voice” makes me cry every time I watch it.

Hannah Flam

HANNAH FLAM  |  A rising senior at the University of Michigan, pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre, Hannah is thrilled to be returning to Weston for its 2015 Season. She was a member of the Young Company last summer, appearing in A Chorus Line as Judy Turner and in The Three Little Pigs as Mother Pig. Favorite credits include Judy (A Chorus Line), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Inga (Cabaret), and Ethel Toffelmier (The Music Man).

Hannah Q&A:

Q. If you could travel to anywhere in the world with no cost to you, where would you go?

A. Anywhere in Europe

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your time at Weston?

A. Working on Junie B. Jones and Guys & Dolls, and meeting new people, and having fun, and eating Vermont Country Store samples, and the Regatta. Everything!

Tyler Jent

TYLER JENT  |  A rising junior at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Favorite roles include: Smee in Peter Pan (CCM), Rolf in The Sound of Music, and Angel in Rent. Tyler’s feeling lucky to be back in the Weston Young Company this summer! You may have seen him as Mark in A Chorus Line, Bao in The Three Little Pigs, or in the famous cabarets. He most recently appeared in The Music Man with the Cincinnati Pops, starring Will Chase and Betsy Wolfe.

Tyler Q&A:

Q. Would you rather go to the moon or the bottom of the ocean?

A. The moon because the ocean terrifies me.

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your time at Weston?

A. Being back in this wonderful community with artists who do theatre for all the right reasons! Also, the cheesecake dip at the Vermont Country Store.

Mackenzie Jones

MACKENZIE JONES  | A native Chicagoan and recent graduate of the CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. Past credits: Rent (Mimi), Alone in the US (original workshop as Callen), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Grease (Rizzo). Film: The Morning After (NYU), The Bar (Columbia). As a side gig, Mackenzie is Petrossian’s official Caviar Girl.

Mackenzie Q&A:

Q. What is your dream role?

A. Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your time at Weston?

A. I can’t wait to feel all of the Weston magic everyone talks about!

Michael Seltzer

MICHAEL SELTZER  |  Rising junior at The Boston Conservatory as a BFA candidate in Musical Theater. He was seen last summer at Summer Repertory Theater in Santa Rosa, CA in A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, and The Odd Couple. He last performed as Max in The Boston Conservatory’s production of The Pajama Game.

Michael Q&A:

Q. If you worked in any other area of theatre, what would it be?

A. Teaching

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your time at Weston?

A. Meeting the community and hearing their feedback!

Carly Swenson

CARLY SWENSON  |  excited and thankful to be a part of the Weston Playhouse Young Company. CAP21 Conservatory graduate 2015. Native of Rochester, New York. NYC Theatre credits include Wendla, Spring Awakening (CAP21); Jimmy #2, Grand Hotel (CAP21). Regional credits include Leisl, The Sound of Music and Eponine, Les Misérables.

Carly Q&A:

Q. If you had to pick a major outside of theatre, what would it be?

A. Archeological Egyptology

Q. What are you most looking forward to during your time at Weston?

A. The Cheese.

Weston’s 2015 Young Company is an incredible, talented, and lovable crew. As much as they’re thrilled to be here with us this season, we are thrilled to have them.

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