A Virginia native and James Madison University grad, Emily is thrilled to be spending the summer touring The Snow Queen! She has spent the last year on the road with the Missoula Children’s Theatre and is so grateful for the memories made. A big thank you goes out to her family and to her friends for constant support and encouragement.
Eric James Rhodes
Eric is thrilled to be touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre! Eric is from Fredericksburg, Va. (just like George Washington!). He recently graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he attained a Bachelor of Arts in theatre. During his senior year, he played the roles of “Trinculo” in The Tempest; and “Matt” and “Mr. Burns” in Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. Eric is familiar with children’s theatre, as he toured with IMPACT at Jean’s Playhouse in New Hampshire during the 2016 summer season. He would like to thank his parents for giving him the opportunity to pursue theatre as a career.
Kathleen just finished her junior year at Millikin University, where she is pursuing a BFA in musical theatre. Last fall, she had the opportunity to study in London, which involved performing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Some of her favorite opportunities have been playing “King Lear” while at the Globe; singing in Miller and Tysen’s Fugitive Songs; and creating and performing in Unlatched, an original play at Millikin. She would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for always supporting her and convincing her that she has what it takes to live the life she wants.
Amanda will graduate this December with a degree in music theatre from Oklahoma City University. Past musical theatre credits include Company; South Pacific; and Cinderella. Along with performing, she has choreographed and co-directed a handful of musicals. Amanda also enjoys teaching the arts, traveling, cooking, painting, and diving into a good book or movie. She thanks her family and friends, her professors and mentors, and anyone else who has encouraged her.
Erica Miranda Diederich
Erica is thrilled to be back touring with MCT for the summer! She is an actor/improviser stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is currently studying improvisation, sketch and character at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in N.Y.C. Some of her favorite theatre credits include “Tribe Member” in Rockabye Hamlet; “Marcellus” in Fortinbras; and “Cass Harris” in Wonder of the World. She one day dreams of appearing on SNL and hopes to meet her long-lost twin, Rachel Dratch, in person to secure a FB profile pic that is sure to get at least 200 likes. Erica thanks her family and friends for all their support, even though she snorts when she laughs.
Cody D. Schmitt
Cody is so excited to continue touring with the Missoula Children's Theatre! He attended the University of Northern Colorado with studies in vocal performance, theatre and dance. Favorite show credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as “Barfee;” Forever Plaid as “Smudge;” and Urinetown as “Mr. McQueen.” When not on stage, you can find him enjoying all of the beautiful things his home state of Colorado has to offer, including hiking, camping, white water rafting, skiing, cliff jumping and sky diving. He would like to thank his sister, nephew and the rest of his family (both theatre and biological).
Sarah is ecstatic to join the Missoula Children's Theatre! She is a recent graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University with a BFA in theatre and a minor in English. Her recent credits include “Agnes” in She Kills Monsters; the “Baker's Wife” in Into the Woods; and “Hope” in Urinetown. Aside from performing, Sarah also loves sewing, knitting, reading, and whatever adventures she can find. She would like to thank her family and friends and cat for their continuous support and love. With them, she always has a home no matter how far she travels.
Patrick is beyond excited to be touring with the Missoula Children's Theatre! He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, with a degree in musical theatre and public relations. Favorite show credits include: "Man 1" in Edges; "George" in Carrie: The Musical; and "Herman" in Sweet Charity. Home for him is in Findlay, Ohio, but he loves to travel so he's very thankful to be able to tour with Missoula! He would like to thank all of his friends and family for always being there to support him in all of his endeavors.
Leigh Anne Hamlin
Leigh Anne is thrilled to be touring with the Missoula Children's Theatre! She is a rising senior at LaGrange College in Georgia, pursuing a degree in musical theatre. She is from the small town of Fitzgerald, Georgia, where she was in her very first MCT show, Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. Some of her favorite show credits include: "Cinderella" in Into the Woods; "Beth March" in Little Women; and "Angelina, the Plaintiff" in Trial by Jury. Leigh Anne would like to thank her incredible family, professors, and colleagues for their endless support in all of her performance endeavors!
Noah is beyond excited to join the Missoula Children's Theatre family! Hailing from Lake Stevens, Wash., Noah attends Central Washington University and is currently pursuing a BFA in theatre performance and a minor in film production. When Noah isn't at school or out on the road, he likes to run, practice juggling, and read a good book.