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Tania French is the Editor and Publisher for the Port Lavaca Wave. She is active in the Calhoun County Civic Chorus and sings in her church choir and praise band. She serves as treasurer of the Calhoun County Crime Stoppers board and is a member of the board of The Harbor. Many area Wave subscribers often enjoy the antics Tania scribes in her column where her three daughters, along with her husband, most often become targets -- er, subjects. Deadwood Dick was her debut performance on the MST stage. She has since performed in the PLMST plays Rumors, And Sarah Laughed and A Good, Old Fashioned, Redneck, Country Christmas.

Derrek Gohlke He loves to play basketball. Recently, he made his second trip to the Home School National Basketball Tournament where he was awarded the Christian Character Award. He now works in the Aircraft industry. Derrek is a recipient of the PLMST 2002 Debut Actor Award. Previous performances include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mousetrap, Bottoms Up, and Deadwood Dick.

Justin Gohlke  He enjoys playing drums and is a Boy Scout. Previous PLMST performances include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Beauty and the Beast, Deadwood Dick and Rumors.

Marquita Gohlke Made her debut PLMST stage performance in Deadwood Dick and then performed in Texas Tacky , Rumors, and Seven Nuns at Las Vegas after working behind the scenes assisting with make-up and costumes for children’s programs. She has been married to her husband, Dale, for 18-1/2 years and is the mother of three. Marquita spends her time home schooling her children and as a church pianist.

Dale Gohlke enjoys hunting, fishing, playing music, woodcrafts, and welding projects. Dale discovered his interest in acting through his family ( sons Derrek and Justin, daughter Hannah, and wife Marquita). - all of whom have appeared on the PLMST stage. Dale’s performances include, Rumors, The House of Frankenstein, and The Creature Creeps.

Hannah Gohlke began acting in the PLMST children’s theatre as an extra in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her last children’s play was Sleeping Beauty. The Creature Creeps was her first performance in the regular season productions. She also played  the part of  “Peaches” in Seven Nuns at Las Vegas. Hannah has been very helpful back stage in several regular season plays..

Jamie Grasse. Although she wasn’t born here, Jamie’s family has been in the Calhoun County area since the early 1900s. She is married and has two sons, Chris and Sean. She lives in Point Comfort and is employed by C.C.I.S.D. She has performed in various plays at PLMST including Texas Tacky, First Baptist of Ivy Gap, Daddy’s Dyin and Kitchen Witches. She also directed First Baptist of Ivy Gap, A Good, Old Fashioned, Redneck, Country Christmas, It could be any one of us, and Kitchen Witches.

Daniel Gonzales is a junior at CHS and a member of the varsity football team, Choir, debate, student council, and Interact. Little Women was his debut performance at PLMST, He also played the part of  “Father O’Brien” and “Elvis” in Seven Nuns at Las Vegas.

Wyatt Gulsby made his acting debut as an Oompa Lumpa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2002. Wyatt is a Life Scout with Troop # 243, plays in the CHS Band, and is involved in church activities. Previous PLMST performances include the title role in Aladdin, On Golden Pond and Little Women.

Sean Grasse Sean’s love for the theatre began in 2001 when he starred as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has since participated in the children’s lays, James and the Giant Peach, Monster in the Closet, Aladdin, and since acted in the regular season productions of  The Christmas Angel, A Good, Old Fashioned, Redneck, Country Christmas, and Kitchen Witches.

Jeannine Griffin returns to the PLMST stage after an 8 year hiatus.

She made her acting debut back in 1997 playing mother in Cheaper by the Dozen. She is a Pediatrician at the Port Lavaca Clinic. She and her husband Paul Burnell have 4 sons, Griffin, Charlie, Randy, and Riley. Although she hasn’t been on stage for a while she helped backstage as stage manager for several children’s plays. Her latest plays include Daddy’s Dyin’, and The Christmas Angel.

Carla Hall is a registered Nurse working in Calhoun County for Excel Complete Home Health Care. Seven Nuns at Las Vegas was her first play to do on the PLMST stage in which she played Sister “Rose”. She also acted in The House of Frankenstein and What the Bellhop Saw. She has been a tremendous help back stage with both Children and Adult productions. She is the mother of  fellow Actress Tristian Hall.

Phoenix "Rusty" Henderson is a graduate of CHS and is employed as a Sergeant for the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department. Rusty enjoys spending time with his daughter Amber and riding his motorcycle. He is an active member of the Port Lavaca MainStreet Theatre Board of Directors. PLMST performances include Daddy's Dyin', Cheaper By the Dozen, Curious Savage, Noises Off, Don't Dress for Dinner, Best Laid Plans, Plaza Suite, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, Harvey,  Sorry Wrong Chimney, Face on the Barroom Floor, Murder is Bad but Monday Will Kill You, Dirty Work at the Crossroads, Rumors, What the Bellhop Saw, Deadwood Dick and Greater Tuna. He also directed Sorry Wong Chimney, Greater Tuna and Murder’s Bad but Monday will Kill You.

Michael Hoffman is a Port Lavaca native and is employed at BP Chemicals. Michael and his wife Teresa have 3 children: Major (17), Marcie (14), who helped run lights for Over the River and Through the Woods, and Mackenzie (4). PLMST performances include Arsenic and Old Lace, Curious Savage, Life With Father, Best Laid Plans, Harvey, and Over the River and Through the Woods.

Suthern Holladay  began acting during the summer of 2007 in Suessical at the VCT and played Zara in PLMST’s children’s production of Aladdin, Cinderella in PLMST version of Cinderella and  Beth in the PLMST  version of Little Women. She enjoys acting very much. She is a Cheerleader at Calhoun High School.

Amber Henderson Is a Cheerleader at CHS. She enjoys volleyball, tennis, basketball, and band. She is the daughter of PLMST veteran “Rusty” Henderson. Amber is a veteran herself beginning her acting at PLMST at age 4 in Cheaper by the Dozen. Other performances include The Wizard of Oz, Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast, James and the Giant Peach, Monster in the Closet, Aladdin, Face on the Barroom Floor, and The Christmas Angel.

Tristian Hall is the daughter of fellow actress Carla Hall, Her f irst play was as a Cloud Person in James and the Giant Peach, and most recently as Tody in Thumbelina. Tristan loves to sing, draw, and read. Seven Nuns at Las Vegas was her first adult play with PLMST in the role of  “Reverend Mother” and as “Little Heidi” in What the Bellhop Saw and as “Blue Duck” in Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot-Sue meet the Dirty Dan Gang .

Lance Harlan is the Dean of Students at Jackson/Roosevelt Elementary School. He and his wife Carrie have two children Trenton and Hannah. Lance is an excellent speller and helped his team come first place in the recent Kiwanis’ Adult Spelling Bee. Ghost of a chance was Lance’s debut performance with PLMST.

Mark Howell is a long ago graduate of CHS and returns to the PLMST stage after a 13 year absence. He met his wife Lauren during the 1995 production of Angel Street. They have three children Douglas, Shaughnessy, and David. Mark is an Industrial Engineer for Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. A contractor at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. Other performances he has acted in include The Heiress, Heaven Can Wait, The House of Frankenstein ,Little Women, Noises Off, and. Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot-Sue meet the Dirty Dan Gang

Sarrah Hunt Lives in Seadrift and is the mother  of  two beautiful little girls Natalie and Olivia. Her PLMST performances include Deadwood Dick, Sorry Wrong Chimney, A Company of Wayward Saints,  The Creature Creeps, and Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot-Sue meet the Dirty Dan Gang.

Sheryl House  Appeared on our stage as Olive Madison in the Odd Couple (female version), Sara Lee Turnover, in Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s got the Will, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Award for 2007. She also appeared in Opal’s Million Dollar Duck, First Baptist of Ivy Gap and Ghost of a Chance. Sheryl has been active in community theatres in Andrews, Midland and Houston. Favorite roles include Gwendolyn Pigeon in the original “Odd Couple” in Midland. She is married to Jon House who knows more about sports than “Phil”.

Taylor Hunt Attends Calhoun High School where she participates in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. She has been in numerous PLMST children’s plays. Her first adult play was  First Baptist of Ivy Gap. Some of her favorite plays that she has been in include PLMST’s Monster in the Closet, James and the Giant Peach, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty, and CHS’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Heather Jennings Attends Calhoun High School. Her extra-curricular activities include basketball, drama club, 4-H, and FFA.She played the “Queen of Hearts” in the CHS production of Alice in Wonderland. She has performed in 5 PLMST children’s productions including James and the Giant Peach, Monsters in the Closet, The Wind in the Willows, Sleeping Beauty, and Aladdin. Her first Adult play at PLMST was First Baptist of Ivy Gap.

Casey Jones is the theatre director at CHS. He and his wife Cynthia, have two little boys, Blake and Bertt. In 2003 Casey graduated from McMurry university in Abilene, Texas where he received the 2003 Best Actor Award for his role as Nunzio in Over the River and through the Woods. He has worked on almost fifty productions as an actor, director and designer. Casey’s first performance at PLMST was as Nick in Over the River and through the Woods.

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Cast Biographies

James Fritz is a lifelong resident of Calhoun County. He is a graduate of CHS and attended Victoria College and Texas A & M - Kingsville. While at Kingsville, James was introduced to an internship at the campus radio station as a DJ. This is where he discovered his enthusiasm for the media. He is employed by the Victoria Television Group as a master control operator controlling 8 stations at one time. The House of Frankenstein was James debut performance on the PLMST stage.

Calvin J. Howton graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1993, Graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Finance Degree. Butterflies are Free was his debut performance on the PLMST stage.

Mike Jennings Is an active member of the community, volunteering his time as a YMCA soccer coach and a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 243. His debut performance on the PLMST stage was in  A Good, Old Fashioned, Redneck, Country Christmas. Mike has also helped back stage in the annual children’s plays.

Carrie Harlan is an active member of FUMC and holds the current position of treasurer in the Crossroads Emmaus Community. Carrie has been involved in a kickball league where she plays short stop. She also loves to participate at the YMCA where she also substitute teaches when needed. She and her husband Lance Harlan have two children Trenton and Hannah. Her debut performance on the PLMST stage was in A Good, Old Fashioned, Redneck, Country Christmas.

Lauren Howell lives in Port Lavaca with her husband fellow actor Mark, and their three children, Douglas, Fellow actress Shaughnessy Howell, and David. Lauren is a substitute teacher and homemaker who enjoys reading, crafts, swimming and watching her children at their fiddler volleyball and football games. Her  PLMST performances include The Glass Menagerie, Angel Street, Conversations with Millie and Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot-Sue meet the Dirty Dan Gang.

Shaughnessy Howell is a veteran of the PLMST childerns plays having acted in seven of them.

Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot-Sue meet the Dirty Dan Gang was her debut performance in the PLMST adult Performances playing  the part of “Clever Coyote”. Shaughnessy enjoys volleyball, show tunes and obscure French literature.

Faith Fojt has been involved in the PLMST childerns plays since 2006. Her previous plays include Wind in the Willows, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Thumbelina, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.

Playing the part of “Becky” in Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot-Sue meet the Dirty Dan Gang was her debut performance on the PLMST adult stage.

David Griffin is a board certified personal  injury attorney with Marek, Griffin, and Knaupp, LLP He is married to Lisa Griffin and they have 3 children, Greg, Austin, and Mollie Jo. His PLMST performances include Texas Tacky, Noises Off, Don’t dress for dinner, Scapino ‘97, Moon over Buffalo, Faith County, Blithe Spirit, Making a Killing, The Foreigner ‘05, Noises Off, and It could be any one of us.