D.J. Gommels

Producing Director/Music Director

“Maestro,” “Eighty-eight,” “Flying Fingers,” “Piano Wrecker,” and “Mr. Orchestra” are among the affectionate epithets for D.J., who proudly hails from itsy-bitsy Gruver, Iowa. He began playing church hymns on the family piano at age two-and-a-half, flummoxing the baby sitter. Before his feet reached the pedals, he performed his first paid “gig,” playing and singing Rubber Duckie for the local Kiwanis Club in the neighboring town of Estherville (He still has the $10 check)—a career was launched. Fast-forward fifty-plus years and no one is more surprised than D.J. that he is still playing in the show business sandbox. Pianist, director, writer, producer, composer, lyricist, conductor, music-director, arranger, dance musician, opera singer, actor…his credits are myriad. A much sought-after collaborator, he has steered or appeared in over 250 productions of some ninety musicals, operas, tours, concerts, revues and cabarets across the country and abroad, affording him the great fortune of working with some of Show-Biz’s crème-de-la crème. Yet he is proudest of every moment spent here at The Opera House Theatre. Jonn Jorgensen brought him here, David Mills-Low got him back, and Tim and Claudette Dringle became dear friends and family. Great fortune, indeed! “Thank you for supporting live theatre in general and THIS theatre in particular!”

Nathan Adkins

Director/Company Manager

2018 marks Nathan’s 5TH season with OHTC and he is every bit as excited performing for you now, as he was when he first graced this beautiful, historic stage in 2013. Past directing credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Gazpacho (which he also co-wrote), a staged reading of his short play The Waiting Room, and most recently Time For A Quickie by the Zoola Writers. The work he is most proud of is OHTC’s 2017 The Tin Woman. Nathan has performed in fifty stage productions throughout his short career—favorites include Jasper in The Aliens, Steve in Cyclone, James in Book of Days, Ariel in The Pillowman, Konstantin in The Seagull, and Rick in The Nerd. He wishes to thank Tim and Claudette, D.J. Gommels, David Mills-Low, his loving and very supportive family, Lisa Rowe and David S. Craig for giving us such fun and wonderful worlds in which to play, Maisie, and YOU, yes, YOU, for supporting live theatre in beautiful Philipsburg, Montana.

 

Tim Eastman

Director – Ensemble

Tim Eastman is excited to join the Opera House Theatre Company for his fifth time. After leaving home in Portland Oregon, Tim earned his Master’s degree in Acting at the University of Mississippi. This enabled him to work in theatres in places as diverse as Bigfork, Montana to Galveston, Texas. Eventually making his way to New York, he appeared off-Broadway and on the national tours of Brigadoon as Tommy, and as Orin in the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors. He also appeared in the latter role at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. Regionally, he has performed in I Do I Do at the Bathhouse Theater, and as Stephano in the Tempest with Greenstage Theater in Seattle. He has appeared at the Village Theater in Damn Yankees, and with Spokane Interplayers, where he played Tom in Dinner with Friends and Victor in Private Lives. He has worked with Studio East in Kirkland, WA as an instructor and directed 1000 Cranes, which he is very proud of! He refuses to admit to directing High School Musical seven times, because it causes him to break out in a rash.  His other works of which he is proud of, are The Narrator, as a guest artist for the University of Western Washington’s production of Into the Woods, Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap, John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Frank in Through the Woods, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Most recently he appeared at the Sierra Repertory Company in Big River.

 

                       Anna Evans

Ensemble

Growing up in Missoula, Anna shared her family’s passion and love for theatre. Anna’s parents involved the family in theatre activities at the University of MT and the Missoula Children’s Theatre/Missoula Community Theatre. In 2010, Anna’s dad became the drama teacher at CMR High School in Great Falls. Anna helped backstage and made appearances on stage whenever possible. Her favorite roles at CMR were Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Anna’s University of MT performances include Thinner Than Water and American Idiot. Anna looks forward to her first season with OHTC. A special thank you to Chris and Lesli Evans, Adam and Aidan, David Mills-Low and Joseph Carignan.

 

Megan Folsom

Ensemble

Megan is excited to return to OHTC after a 15-year hiatus and to her Montana roots after 25 years split between coasts (NYC and LA). A Missoula native, Megan began her theatrical journey in 1977 playing a munchkin in a local production of The Wizard of Oz. Since then, she has worked as an actor, director, singer, and/or writer in various theatre, film, television, and radio projects—including appearances in the series Law & Order and the 1979 movie Heartland. Besides performing, Megan is passionate about her work in early childhood special education. She would like to thank everyone at the Opera House for the ‘welcome home’ and the opportunity to grace the historic boards again! Much love and gratitude to her family, friends, and boyfriend for their unending support. Chester-boy, this one’s for you. Jazz!

 

Maisie Gospodarek

Ensemble

Maisie is overjoyed to be back for a third season. A graduate of the University of Montana, she recently performed in the Missoula Community Theater’s production of The Little Mermaid and the Zoola Writers’ Time For A Quickie. In addition, Maisie has had success in play writing and directing for children aged 5 to 8. Her credits include Once Upon A Salesman and Wallace in Wonderland. Some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Q in 5 Carols for Christmas, Leilani in Legally Blonde the Musical, and both the Nurse and Darla in the OHTC’s 2017 production of The Tin Woman. Special thanks to the Producers, the incomparable Mr. Gommels, our

Ryson Sparacino

Ensemble

Ryson Sparacino hails from Midland, Texas and is currently a senior in the BFA acting program at the University of Montana. What a fantastic change of scenery! Some of his most recent roles include Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, Van Helsing in William McNulty’s adaptation of Dracula, and Bill Ray in the 2018 Montana Repertory’s national tour of On Golden Pond. He is very blessed to be a part of the Opera House family and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such talented actors and directors. He would like to thank all of his professors for their wisdom, and of course, his family for all their support on and off the stage.

 

Adam Wood

Lighting Technician & Stage Manager

Adam Wood was born and raised in Great Falls Montana. He has spent every summer since 2011 working on local Montana theatre and film. He begins his third year at the University of Montana this year, pursuing a BFA in lighting and audio. He designed lighting for multiple dance pieces at the University within this past year, and was the master electrician for Thinner Than Water and Dance New Works. This is his second season at the Opera House and he can’t wait to see what it has in store.