"Black Comedy"
July/August 2010

Michael Bunn Michael Bunn - (George Bamberger) is proud to be performing in his first show with the Bell Road Barn Players. Past credits include Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace at the Olathe Community Theatre Association, Bobby Child in Crazy for You at Natchez Little Theatre, Natchez, Mississippi; and as a featured dancer in Showboat with the Natchez Opera Festival. You may see him around town with his band "Minstrel Periods." Michael would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support.
David Claar David Claar - (Colonel Melkett) has been doing theater for around 30 years. His last show at the Bell Road Barn was Spoon River Anthology. Because of work conflicts, David has not been able to perform during the last eight years. He says, “It’s great to be back!” Some of his favorite roles (years ago) were Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, and the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. Theater has always been one of David’s passions. The Bell Road Barn is like coming home.
Jennifer Coville Jennifer Coville-Schweigert - (Clea) is extremely excited to be making her debut in Black Comedy with the Bell Road Barn Players! Jennifer is originally born in New York, but has lived in the Kansas City area long enough to call it home. She will always be a New York Giants fan though! She has done numerous productions in and around the Kansas City Area, including many commercials and independent films. Her most notable roles include “Audrey” in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, “Adelaide” in GUYS AND DOLLS, “Rizzo” in GREASE, “Mimi” in RENT, “Callie” in STOP KISS, “Annie Oakley” in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, “Martha” in THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, “Sheila” in THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, "Velma Kelly" in chicago and most recently, you may have seen her as “Evelyne” in The Shape of Things with her new production company she has started with her wife called SHE&HER Productions. She plans to continue to perform as long as possible, and leave all of the Directing up to Tiffany. She would like to thank her consistently supporting family, her loving wife, and everyone for continuing to support the arts!

Doug Dresslaer Doug Dresslaer – (Harold) is thrilled to be back on the stage with the Bell Road Barn Players. Previous productions include “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Boys Next Door” and “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”. Doug has done theater all over the area and also enjoys doing improvisational comedy and is currently a member of Slow Adults Playing. While he’s played many roles, his favorite is that of daddy to his beautiful daughter Allyson. Doug thanks the cast and crew for a great time and Tiffany for a great opportunity. A special thanks goes to JC for her support and friendship!
Tiffany Garrison-Schweigert Tiffany Garrison-Schweigert - (Director) received a BA in Theatre Education at Emporia State University. Tiffany is very excited to be directing BLACK COMEDY with the Bell Road Barn Players. Tiffany is co-owner of new theatre production company She&Her Productions with her beautiful and talented wife. Upcoming directing projects include: The Last Mass at St. Casimir’s at City of Independence theatre in January 2011, and a S-E-C-E-R-E-T Production soon to be announced for Olathe Community Theatre May 2011. Other Directing and Designing credits; The Shape of Things, STOP KISS, Songs for A New World, Bye Bye Birdie, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Cinderella, Music Man, Miss Firecracker Contest. Some favorite acting credits; RENT, Joanne; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vibrata; Honk!, Cast; Leader of the Pack, Cast; Footloose, Urleen; Our Town, Mrs. Webb. A special thanks to her family for all of their support through the years. And of course to her wife Jennifer for her love and faith.
Joyce Halford Joyce Halford - ( Miss Furnival) is thrilled to be back at her home theater. Joyce began acting at the Bell Road Barn during the Hoover administration. (Okay…a slight exaggeration – but definitely a long time ago.) Joyce is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors and has both acted and directed over the years. Some favorite Bell Road Barn roles include M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Artie in Eleemosynary, Chris in Rumors, Mags in Painting Churches, Mrs. Webb in Our Town, and Julia in Lend Me A Tenor, and the direction of Over the River and Through the Woods. Many thanks to Tiffany and this very talented cast and crew! Love to husband, Ken, and sons, Ryan and Michael.

Clint Andrew Hall - (Schuppanzigh) is having his Bell Road Barn debut with "Black Comedy". A "socially adept geek" and software engineer by day, Clint has recently returned to the stage after nearly a ten year hiatus, this being his second show since. Previously he appeared at the Barn Players in their annual 10 Minute Play Festival. He's excited to be a member of such a talented cast in such a unique and funny production!

Clint wishes to thank Tiffany for the opportunity to work with her and Jennifer once again, and he sends a big thanks to CS, PS, JB, KW, and DN for their encouragement and support! His sincerest hope is that, through the course of the show, his shoddy German accent doesn't slip to French, or worse, Scottish.

Leah Swank-Miller Leah Swank-Miller - (Carol) a Wichita native and 2006 Music Theatre graduate of Wichita State University is thrilled to be performing with the Bell Road Barn Players for the very first time. Most recently, Leah graced the New York stages in the Off- Broadway hit A Little Night Music. She feels very blessed to have performed in 48 of the 50 states in the USA. Some of Leah’s favorite shows include; the regional premier of Urinetown; I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change; Pippin and Taffetas, a musical revue of the 50’s! Leah and her husband Brian recently moved to Kansas City to raise their most favorite “production”, Jonah, who turned one in April! Love and thanks to Brian, Jonah, her supportive family and this awesome “Black Comedy” cast. XOXO SWEETIPOOS!!!
Kyle Wallen Kyle Wallen - (Brindsley)is thrilled to be making his Bell Road Barn debut! He is currently working toward a Theatre Performance degree from UMKC. Favorite roles include Joe in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, and James in The Miracle Worker. He wishes to thank Tiffany for the opportunity and his ultra awesome friends and wonderful family for all their support.