Witness for the Prosecution

November 21-24, 2019 – Season 8

Owens Auditorium at Bradshaw Performing Arts Center

Who killed the wealthy widow? Judson Theatre Company presents Agatha Christie’s mesmerizing murder mystery live on stage at Owens Auditorium. When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole, is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife, but his airtight alibi shatters as new clues are revealed.

With a delicious mixture of humor and intrigue, devious plot twists will keep you guessing until the surprising final scene. If you love murder mysteries, you won’t want to miss Witness for the Prosecution, starring Tony Award nominee & TV series favorite Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard, Jake and the Fatman). See you in court!

Meet the Cast

ALAN CAMPBELL* (Sir Wilfrid Robarts) received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Joe Gillis in the original Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard. He has also appeared on Broadway as Sam in Mamma Mia! and in Susan Stroman’s Contact.  Television audiences know Alan from his five seasons as Derek on Jake and the Fatman with William Conrad; from co-starring with John Ritter on the Three’s Company sequel series Three’s a Crowd; and from appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Another World, All My Children, The Facts of Life, Throb, and Matlock. TV movies and specials include ContactLive From Lincoln Center (PBS) and Redflag (CBS).

Alan’s feature films include Universal’s A Simple Wish with Martin Short, Mara Wilson, and Kathleen Turner; Weekend Warriors directed by Bert Convy; and the recently completed Uncle Frank with Paul Bettany.  Alan has also appeared in two web series Then We Got Help and the wildly popular Submissions Only.

His Off-Broadway credits include Hello Again, Adrift in Macao, Book of Days (Signature), and Avow. Regional theatre audiences around the country have enjoyed his performances in Rock and Roll Man, The Christians, Alabama Story, Seminar, Race, Death and The Maiden, 12 Angry Men, Doubt, Oleanna, Dracula, Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, Hay Fever (Old Globe), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Johnny Guitar, Bells Are Ringing, Of Thee I Sing, On Shiloh Hill, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I Love My Wife and The Nerd.

Recordings include the original NYC casts of Sunset Boulevard and Adrift in Macao, as well as ABC: A Tribute to Adler, Bock and Coleman and The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alan is a resident of North Carolina and a founding director of Theatre Raleigh. He is the proud father of Riley Rose. www.alancampbell.net

MIKE BRENNAN (Inspector Hearne) toured nationally as the Big Bopper in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Theatre Arts, Mike has worked at Laguna Playhouse, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, Arundel Barn Playhouse, and the Dutch Apple & Broadway Palm Dinner Theatres, among others. Some of his favorite credits include The Wizard of Oz (The Wizard), Show Boat (Captain Andy), 42nd Street (Pat Denning), Annie (Warbucks), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Beast) and The Producers (Franz). IG: @mikebrennanjr

LISA BURTON (Dr. Wyatt, Police Surgeon) is thrilled to make her debut with Judson Theatre Company this season. Some of her more recent roles include Mrs. Pearse in My Fair Lady, Deedra in Always a Bridesmaid, various roles in It’s a Wonderful Life: the Radio Play, Eleanor Dunbar in Footloose, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, and Charity trio/Charwoman in the musical A Christmas Carol. In addition to theater, Lisa enjoys performing for film and television.

MADDIE CASTO (Greta) earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University. She is thrilled to be making her JTC debut. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Maddie is now based in Charleston, SC. She has lived and performed all across the country including New York, Las Vegas, Florida, West Virginia, Nebraska, and more! New York Theatre: My Princess Diana and  A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Regional roles include: Eliza in The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Janet in The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Mattie in August: Osage County, and Kate in All My Sons. Special thanks to the incredible Judson Theatre Company, my wonderful friends and family, the incredible Lea family, and Daniel. For you, Uncle P. 143.

James Cella

JAMES CELLA (Leonard Vole) – James is thrilled to be back at JTC after appearing as Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Men! James recently appeared in the National Tour of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. At Millbrook Playhouse he played Flotsam in The Little Mermaid and Franz in Rock of Ages.  Other favorites include Dial “M” For Murder (Tony Wendice) and The Wizard of Oz (Lion). James holds a BFA from NYU Tisch.  http://www.jamescella.com/

LIZZIE KING-HALL* (Romaine Vale – The Accused’s Wife) is delighted to make her Judson Theatre debut. New York highlights: The Flea, M-32, Fiasco Theater, Two-Headed Rep. Regional: Asolo Rep, Trinity Rep, Illinois Shakespeare Fest, Living Room Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Co. TV: Bull, Alternatino. Proud Brown/Trinity grad and Equity member. lizziekinghall.com

TIM GARNER (Mr. Myers – The Prosecutor) From New Zealand, Tim holds a BA (Honors, First class) in Musical Theatre from Singapore’s LaSalle College under the leadership of Tony McGill. He is thrilled to be back at JTC after appearances in The Sunshine Boys and And Then There Were None. Other recent performances include Sam in Mamma Mia, Billy in 42nd Street, Tom Thumb in Barnum, Professor in South PacificMordred in Camelot, Boris in Can-Can, Mike in Wait Until Dark, Gilmer in Mockingbird, Bazzard in Drood, and Chicago. In New Zealand: The Full MontyFiddler, The Secret Garden, Big River, Little Shop, AnnieJoseph, The Pirates of Penzance, OliverGuys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde, Copacabana, Sweeney Todd, and Anything Goes. In Singapore: Urinetown, Lucky Stiff, NineSweet Charity, Spelling Bee, Jacques BrelFrog And ToadCompany, and The 39 Steps.In France: The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers. As a solo producer, Tim presented the Singapore premieres ofTake Me Out(playing Kippy) and The Boys in the Band(playing Michael). Tim extends his thanks to the entire team! Twitter: @broadwaykiwi Instagram: timmy_garner

TRACI LOPER (Court Clerk) is delighted to make her debut performance with Judson Theatre Company. Brand new to Moore County, after 20 years in Los Angeles, where she headed fresh out of college with a Theatre degree in hand. She honed her craft in LA, where she studied with Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo, The Howling…) for 10+ years. She has worked in commercials, film & network TV, sharing the screen with Danny Glover, Bob Clendenin, Jim O’Heir and countless other wonderful actors. To sharpen her theatre teeth, she took a nine-month respite from LA and performed with The Missoula Children’s Theatre on a National Tour. She is thrilled to be back in the land of Southern hospitality, where the pace is slower, the people are kinder, and the stars are brighter.

RICK McDERMOTT (Lord Justice Wainwright – The Judge) is fairly new to beautiful Moore County. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, he attended Boston University School of Theater Arts as an acting major and was involved in local theaters in the Boston area for many years. Rick is also one of the founding members of the Mission Hill Thea-ter Group. Rick played Juror #9 in JTC’s Twelve Angry Men in 2016, General MacKenzie in And Then There Were None and the Patient in The Sunshine Boys in 2017, and Anagnos and the Doctor in The Miracle Worker last year. He is delighted to be back for his fifth JTC production.

MICHAEL SANTORA (Carter) is excited to be acting in his first production with Judson Theatre Company. Hailing from New Orleans, LA, Michael graduated from Tulane University with a BFA in Theatre. National Tour credits include Annie (Rooster), Flashdance (Joe), and Anything Goes (Sailor Quartet). Off Broadway he appeared in The Office! A Musical Parody (Dwight) and The Imbible (Narrator). Favorite roles include Harold Hill (The Music Man), Sam Phillips (Million Dollar Quartet), Will Rogers (The Will Rogers Follies) and Richard Hannay (The 39 Steps).  Special thanks to Mom, Ronald and Kim for their endless love and support! www.michaelsantora.com

MATTHEW TYLER  (Mr. Mayhew – A Solicitor)  Matthew is a New York based actor who works in stage, TV and film.  A California native he graduated from NYU with a BFA in acting.  Most recently he could be seen as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  Past roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Orin Dennis in Children of a Lesser God, and Ralph Clark in Our Country’s Good.  He can also be seen as J.D. in The Sex Movie.  Love and thanks to J.

*member, Actors’ Equity Association