Catherine Ogden, Director
Catherine spent more than a decade as a professional musical theatre actress including touring, summer stock, regional theatre and Broadway productions. In the recent years she has directed in church and community theatre settings. She's had the pleasure of performing in two SALT productions and now to make her SALT directorial debut. She is grateful to Lauren McComas and this stellar cast of women for a rich, wonderful experience
Elizabeth Hennessy, Shelby
Elizabeth makes her SALT debut in a dream role! Fresh off another “steel” show at Barley Sheaf Players, she played Irish lass Kate McGowan who survived the 46,000 tons of steel named “Titanic.” Recent roles include: Violet Peterson in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Janet in “Accomplice,” Dr. Keira Banks in “The God Committee” at BSP; Karen Wright in “The Children’s Hour,” Izzy in “Rabbit Hole” at Playcrafters of Skippack; Lucy Seward in “Dracula,” and Doris Walker in “Miracle on 34th Street” at Steel River Playhouse. While her love is theatre, she daylights as a Producer at QVC, and fosters puppies for Home at Last Dog Rescue in her spare time. Thanks to Lauren and Catherine for this incredible opportunity, this truly magnificent cast, and most of all her Mother – all women who gracefully embody the author’s own definition of Steel Magnolias – “Something beautiful made of very strong stuff.”
Ginny Cipolla, M'Lynn
Originally from Connecticut, Ginny has been performing since she was a young child. Her current home-base is near Columbus, OH. She has appeared in both regional and national commercials (Nestea, Safe Auto Insurance, WV State Lottery to name a few), television, film, print ads, theatrical performances, and voiceovers. The role if M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias has been on her bucket list for years, and she is thrilled to finally fulfill that dream here at SALT.
Barbara Mayfield, Truvy
Barbara is a SAG-AFTRA actor, comedienne and puppeteer. She’s written & directed social-action theatre for the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, and was a staff puppeteer with the New Mexico Museum of Art Teatro Duende troupe, working with the Gustav Baumann Marionettes. On stage, she has played Prudence in Beyond Therapy, Mona in Jimmy Dean, Constanza in Enchanted April, and her charactersFrau Schecter, Sondra Canyonlands and Violette Swan for The Stark Raving Beauties™, her one-woman comedic performance troupe. Barbara is also a children’s author. She wrote and illustrated the award-winning The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me, published in 2009 by AzroPress. She teaches creative writing, improv storytelling, and memoir writing workshops all over the country. Newly arrived to the area after 21 years in Santa Fe, NM, she is happy to have found her tribe in southeastern PA at SALT Performing Arts. http://BarbaraMayfield.com
Carolyn Nelson, Clairee
With a degree in Vocal Performance, Carolyn headed to New York to pursue a career in the performing arts. She appeared in numerous industrial videos, television commercials and daytime dramas, including several appearances on One Life to Live. Musically, Carolyn continued to perform in clubs and sing on jingles for clients like American Tourister and Subway sandwich shops. Some of her favorite theatre roles include Nora Helmer in A Doll's House, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. In 2011, Ms. Nelson released her first solo CD of jazz standards entitled, Come a Little Closer and she performs regularly with the top jazz musicians in the Philadelphia area. Carolyn is a resident of Chester Springs and is delighted to have SALT Performing Arts in her backyard!
Elaine Schmidt, Ouiser
Elaine has been immensely enjoying the experience of playing Ouiser and going down memory lane of childhood visits with her southern kin folk from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. And while she still hasn’t yet learned how to properly rip off the tail of a boiled crawfish, she has grown greatly in her appreciation of good story telling, script writing, and the chemistry between characters, such as are found in this play. Elaine has always loved make believe. She started theater in 7th grade as a workhouse kid in Oliver, advanced to playing the blind lady lead in Wait Until Dark, and after 30 dramatic years of raising 4 wonderful kids with her awesome husband, Stan, she is tackling roles with SALT Performing Arts, such as the crazy psychologist in Miracle on 34th St…and now Ouiser. What’s her next big role you may ask? Becoming a NEW GRANDMA in November!! And so life goes on!
Many thanks to all who believed in her and thought that she could really pull this off!
Special thanks to Lauren, Catherine, Steph, her family and friends, her amazing fellow cast members, and to God, who makes all things possible!
Lindsay Burns, Annelle
Lindsay is so excited to be performing for SALT again! Having been involved with theatre since high school, though usually in the dance core, Lindsay is no stranger to the stage, but this is her first time acting in a featured role. Lindsay is so grateful for this opportunity to stretch her abilities beyond dance into the other realms of theatre. She couldn’t have done any of this without the blessing of God and Jesus Christ her Savior. Lindsay would also like to thank her wonderfully supportive husband Ed for all the time away, late nights, and practicing lines he put up with to make this play happen – Te Amo Ed!
SALT Performing Arts offers live community theatre productions, summer and year long theatre camps for kids, dinner theatre, mystery theatre, workshops and more. We are located in Chester Springs, PA.