William Blaylock -- Lennox, Young Siward
Andy Cayse is thrilled to be joining Rocket City Shakespeare for this production of the Scottish Play. He previously worked with RCS on their production of 'Richard III,' playing the parts of Hastings and Tyrell. Before that, he worked extensively with the Jacksonville State University theater department, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, playing such roles as Bazzard in 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' and Lombard in 'And Then There Were None.' Andy would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support, and to everyone who enjoys and supports the arts.
Joanna DeAtley -- Malcolm
Larkin Grant -- Witch, Lady Macduff
Tyler Henderson -- Ross, Caithness
Lee Hibbard -- Director, Front of House Manager, Light and Sound Operator
Lorie Hubscher is excited to join her first production with Rocket City Shakespeare. Lorie is very grateful to her husband Bill and sons Robbie and Mikey for their unending love and support. Many thanks to Mandy and Lee for letting her come and play with the troupe.
Celeste is excited to be making her Shakespeare debut with Rocket City Shakespeare. By day, she is a mild-mannered sixth-grader at the Academy for Academics and Arts. When not doing a play, she enjoys drawing, tap dancing, Doctor Who, and Minecraft. Thanks to Dad, X, Grannie, and Pops for all their patience and rides to places.
Mandy L. Hughes -- Director, Duncan, Siward
founder of Rocket City Shakespeare, Mandy is excited that so many
amazing people want to come and play Shakespeare with her! Having
recently received her MA in English from UAH, Mandy is looking forward
to embarking on a PhD program in Fall of 2016. In the meantime, she is an
instructor at UAH, AAMU, and Virginia College in Huntsville. Thanks go out to awesome friends and family, most especially Vance, Celeste, and The Baby X, and to you, the audience.
Sarah Kamel -- Witch, Servant, Gentlewoman
Matthew Kresal -- Angus, Understudy
Matthew is usually off-stage writing rather than acting upon it. Since 2010, he's been the writer of the Sci-Fi Review column in the North Alabama arts & entertainment magazine The Valley Planet (his review of the novel based on Douglas Adams' largely unfilmed Doctor Who script Shada for that magazine is quoted in its US paperback edition). He's also written about Doctor Who and “cult TV” topics for online fanzines including The Terrible Zodin and is also a contributor to the website Warped Factor. As if that's not enough he's also one of the organizers of the North Alabama Doctor Who convention Con Kasterborous. Following on his appearance in Richard III, this is his second time acting since high school and, as such, he wishes to thank RCS performer Emily Shaffer for convincing him to audition as well as both Mandy and Lee for giving him the chance to hopefully not make a fool of himself.
Valerie MacMurdy makes her Rocket City Shakespeare debut in this production. She previously appeared locally with Theatre Huntsville, most recently as a Policewoman in _Pirates of Penzance_. Besides appearing on stage, Valerie volunteers on two theatre-related boards and with A New Leash on Life. She thanks her patient husband, Dale, for feeding their cats while she rehearsed.
Caitlin Mackie -- Stage Manager
Sarah Moore -- Murderer, Seyton
Sarah Moore is excited and honored to once again be a part of Rocket
City Shakespeare. Sarah is currently pursuing her MA in literature at
the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She thanks her husband and
children for sharing her with the theater these past few months and for
tolerating her spontaneously quoting Shakespeare all about the house.
Finally, major thanks to Mandy and Lee for letting her be a part of this
fabulous production. Y’all are the best!
Murdock -- Witch, Old Woman
Murdock graduated from UAH in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre. Ze recently directed three plays by Samuel Beckett at UAH: “Act Without Words I&II” and “Not I.” Other productions ze has worked on include Rocket City Shakespeare’s Richard III, UAH’s Becky Shaw, and Rocket City Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Ze likes cooking, puppies, and noisy, abrasive music. Ze would like to thank Mandy Hughes and Lee Hibbard for giving zir the opportunity to be a part of this production.
Logan Osborn -- Donalbain, Menteith, Attendant
Amy Pugh Patel is always glad to be back at UAHuntsville. She literally grew up on campus (where Intermodal Parking now stands) and hung out in her mother’s office, then met her husband Sandy in the Physics building, earned her BA and taught part time.
She teaches theatre at James Clemens High School and taught at Butler High School for 14 years. She earned her MA in Directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago and has directed over 50 productions.
She has performed in UAH’s The Rimers of Eldrich, Where the Great Ones Run, and other local productions, The Laramie Project, Urinetown: The Musical and Rabbit Hole, for which she earned a Wings award. She and Sandy have two sons, Kieran and Connery.She is extremely proud of the new life that David Harwell has given UAHuntsville theatre and is thankful for the chance to work with this cast of actors. Many thanks to Mandy and Lee for giving her this opportunity to portray Lady M. Bucket list, checked.
Katherine Phillips -- Assistant Stage Manager
Chad Allen Thomas -- Macbeth
Chad Allen Thomas teaches Shakespeare and dramatic literature in the English department at UAH, where his recent theatre work includes Joe Keller in All My Sons (2013) and directing The Comedy of Errors (2011) and The Tempest (2012); prior credits include Theatre Collective (Ann Arbor, MI), Impulse Productions (Denton, TX), Setkani Encounters (Brno, Czech Republic), and Shakespeare in Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM). In addition to a PhD in English from the University of Michigan, Chad has Master’s degrees in English and Theatre from the University of North Texas and a BFA in Acting from the University of New Mexico.