| JOHN LAMBIE - Norman|
John was a Special Ed. and Drama teacher for 40 years in Utah, Paso Robles, and Scotland. He is a SAG/AFTRA actor and professional artist. He has acted and sung on stage for Pioneer Players, Classic American Theatre, Cuesta Interact, SLO Little Theatre, Centerpoint Theatre, Cal Poly, Lake Arrowhead Theatre Company, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria and Solvang, as well as Commercials, Film and Television. John has also directed over 50 productions in SLO county, including the Atascadero Centennial Musical Colony. John wrote a Christmas film for BBC, The Bird's Christmas Carol. The artist has been a past Teacher of the Year in Paso Robles and an Outstanding Young Man of America recipient. He has also trained in Mountain Rescue and First Aid. John's son Joel was a Property Master and Set Builder at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago; his daughter Sarah is a professional Actress/Playwright/Artist/Writer in Dallas.
|PATRICA ALEXANDER - Ethel|
Paso Robles resident Patricia Alexander has always loved the theatre. Born in Los Angeles, she majored in theatre at UC Irvine, studied with acting greats Stella Adler and Estelle Harmon, performed in numerous stage productions in Santa Barbara back in the 70s, and had a season touring in a professional children's theatre repertory troupe.
Ultimately, however, she was the most successful writing about acting. She ended up working as a staff reporter for Rona Barrett (remember her?), writing for Rona's segments on Good Morning, America and Rona's two national magazines. She went on to notch 40 years into her career belt as a freelance writer, eventually co-writing an award-winning book with her late husband, Michael Burgos, called The Book of Comforts: Simple, Powerful Ways to Comfort Your Spirit, Body & Soul.
Patricia's love of acting was always present, however, especially as she went on to develop a career as a self-help speaker and workshop leader. In early 2000, she began doing improv theatre in Ventura, which came in quite handy for her decade of work teaching and encouraging people as a Weight Watcher's leader after her own 40-pound weight loss.
Ironically, Patricia used to kid that she transitioned out of an acting career because she felt that she just wasn't "a threat to Katherine Hepburn." Now here she is, at the age of 62, amused and thrilled to be taking on the role of Ethel, played by Katherine Hepburn in the movie version of this charming and lovable play. What a simply mah-velous universe!
|CLAIRE FUNDARO - Chelsea |
Claire began acting at the age of 5, where she portrayed the role of the Littlest Bear in a community production called Gold Locks. Her love of the theatre grew as she performed on many different stages throughout the Denver Metro area, including the Denver Civic Theater and The Denver Center for Performing Arts. While pursuing her degree in Performing Arts from the College of Santa Fe, she did voice overs with Wolf Productions, playing the part of Little Chicken on the syndicated radio show "Barney". After receiving her BA from College of Santa Fe in 1995, she married her classmate and best friend Tom Fundaro, and moved to New York City to pursue her dreams. In 1996, Claire landed a role in the comedy mocumentary, Beauty Knows No Pain . After having her daughter Grace Faye in 1999, she shifted gears and began to write. In 2000 the young family moved back to California, and in 2001 she was hired to develop the Drama department at The Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. It was there she discovered her love of teaching, directing and writing for children. Her son Quinn was born in 2003, and in 2008 she began teaching acting classes with The Children's Creative Project. She continues to teach at Elementary schools all over the county.
Some of Claire's favorite roles include, Bette in Christopher Durang's "The Marriage of Bette and Boo", Marta in Waiting For The Parade, Madame Paravinccini in The Mousetrap Mrs. Stahlbaum in The Nutcracker, and her most recent role Maria Spadaccini in the collaboratively written experience The Unforgettable Wedding. She is thrilled to be working with Cynthia, and the Wine Country Theatre.
| ||KEVIN AGER - Bill|
Kevin grew up on a farm in North Carolina. Encouraged by an outgoing family, Kevin and his cousins created plays and acted in them for the entertainment of their aunts, uncles, and parents. His first formal acting experiences came in a summer camp where he acted in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, a Broadway Review, and Rindercella. Later, with the Fairview Amateur Theatrical Society, Kevin performed in Oklahoma, and Annie. With the University of North Carolina at Asheville, he acted in Oliver.
. Kevin is proud to be a part of Cynthia Anthony's Wine Country Theatre.
| ||DYLAN GINGG - Billy|
Dylan Gingg is a Paso Robles native who is currently in the seventh grade at Pleasant Valley Elementary. Dylan is also extremely involved in local Boy Scout Troop 60. From a very early age, Dylan has been participating in Renaissance and Pirate Festivals throughout the state with Barleycorn English Country Dancers. On Golden Pond marks his first formal acting debut.
|JACOB SHEARER - Charlie |
Mr. Shearer is an established performer, director, and producer of theatre on the Central Coast. He has also sung with many vocal groups, including The Cuesta Master Chorale, The B-Sharps, Cactus and the Prickly Pears, and Pacific Repertory Opera. He toured Europe as a singer and continues to sing at local events and churches. Some favorite theatrical roles include Emile de Becque South Pacific (2007 & 2013), Javert, Les Miserables, Pedro, Man of La Mancha, Mike, Wait Until Dark, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. As a director, Mr. Shearer has been at the helm of many high school productions and co-directed Man of La Mancha and South Pacific for the REC Foundation's annual Play in the Park. Most recently he has directed I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! for Wine Country Theatre. Shearer attends Cuesta College and hopes to earn a degree in Opera Performance. Shearer is pleased to be bringing theatre to North County audiences as Managing Director for Wine Country Theatre.
|<||BETH MARSHALL - Operator |
This is Beth's fifth production with Wine Country Theater. Previously she was Alma Abernathy in Guys and Dolls, a nurse in South Pacific, and stage manager for It Had to Be You and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! She also does "song and silliness" at Novo Restaurant Cabaret in downtown SLO on Sunday nights, and is a regular story teller/comedian at SLO Little Theater's No Shame and other venues around San Luis Obispo County. She started her performing career later in life, after retiring from being a pilot at Delta Air Lines. As she likes to say, "Now, THAT was entertainment!"