KIRBY-HILL HOUSE PRESENTS
By David Landau
Nicholas Edmonds – Anthony Cairo
I am 29 years old and this is my eighth time to join the Kirby-Hill House Players in a Murder Mystery. I must have done well enough in Dedicated to the End, they let me come back! I was home schooled throughout my school years and I now work in construction doing turn-arounds for B&E and ETS.
I attend church at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Lumberton where my fellow parishioners, David, Tressa, and Michael Richard, brought me the opportunity to act with the Kirby-Hill House Players, I am having a great time doing this production. Enjoy!
J. Murphy – Sidney Ferrari
This will be J’s 4th season performing on the Kirby-Hill state. You may remember them in past roles such as Fred Finnegan in To Wake the Dead or Edgar Allan Poe in Murder by the Book, or as a faint memory from a past life.
When off stage J serves as the library director of the Alma M. Carpenter Public Library in Sour Lake, TX. They enjoy spending their free time playing Dungeons & Dragons, thinking they sound good at karaoke, and staring into the void hoping it stares back. “Notice me Senpai”, they whisper with a tear stained face in those dark dreadful moments.
“All the world’s a stage, and it’s on fire, and everyone is screaming“.
Lynn Gilmore – Deputy Inspector Rigfield
Born and raised in Beaumont, Lynn is a graduate of South Park H.S. and Lamar University. He’s a father of 7 and has 6 grandsons and 1 grand daughter. Like most of the our would-be actors he came to the Christmas Performance at the Kirby-Hill House in 2018 and fell in love with the dedication and passion of the Kirby-Hill Players who volunteer to help support the caretaking of the house. Taking up their mantel, Lynn joined the spring 2019 cast playing Inspector Wright in Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, he served as the MC for the Mother’s Day program, played the part of Clark Curtis in the fall 2019 play The Clock Struck One, last Spring he played Uncle Simon in the Demise of Dorothy Dingle. This Spring he is Deputy Inspector Rigfield in Noir Suspicions.
Family is his central motivation and the joy of his life along with his close fiendships that have been formed while serving at the Kirby-Hill House. His acting career is supported with his full time position as Sales Engineer at Flowserve Corporation. Along with acting, Lynn is a facilitator for the National Program DivorceCare at his Church and loves live theatrical plays, concerts, cycling, fishing, and many board and card games.
Benny Brocato – Judge Sam Koch
Benny has lived in Kountze for the past 21 years, and his hometown is Beaumont where he graduated from Lamar University in 1977. He is a retired catastrophe claims specialist and makes his first ever acting debut here at Kirby-Hill House with this performance.
Benny has been married to Sheryl, who plays Claudette Ponte tonight, for 42 years and they have four children and seven grandchildren. He is a drummer with the worship band at his church and he and his wife’s local classic country and gospel band, Country Strong. He said that after retirement he put being a cast member in a Kirby-Hill House play on his “Bucket List”, and he and his wife try to support the events at Kirby-Hill House every year.
Sheryl Brocato – Claudette Ponte
Sheryl Brocato is a local Kountze resident and a first time Thespian at the Kirby-Hill House. She is a professional environmental consultant for the local oil and gas industry.
Sheryl is a wife, mother and grandmother of seven. She enjoys singing and playing her piano with the worship team at Journey Community Church. She also plays classical violin but enjoys fiddling around in country and bluegrass music. Sheryl and her husband, Benny, lead a local classic country band named Country Strong with has performed in various venues in South-East Texas.
She also performs solo acts for the Legendary Dinner and A Show events throughtout the year at the Kirby-Hill House.
Wesley Brock – Rick Archer
Wesley lives in Montgomery, Texas. This is his first production with the Kirby-Hill House. Wesley graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2015 and started an exterior maintenance business later that year that he still operates. He loves the outdoors and spends his spare time fishing, hunting, and camping. He is an avid sports fan; his favorite teams are the Houston sports teams (of course) including the Astros, Rockets and Texans.
He is looking forward to future seasons with the Kirby-Hill House Platers. He wishes everyone a pleasant evening and hopes to see everyone back here another season.
Shelby Scott – Sheila Wonderly
Shelby lives in Montgomery, and graduated from college with a degree in Business. She designs and builds homes in the Montgomery area and also works in Real Estate. Her interests are photography, body-sculpting and outdoor adventures. She enjoys skiing, camping and fishing.
This is Shelby’s first time on the stage at Kirby-Hill House (It’s her first time on any stage) and she is looking forward to her experiences as a thespian. she wants to thank her cousin, Aveta Hough, who is one of our veteran actors, for bringing her into this community.
Amberly Warrick – Renault
Amberly Warrick is another of our rookies to the House this season. She lives in Kountze and grew up all over the world, as a former military brat and now aspiring actress. She was home-schooled all her life.
She is not only coool under pressure, but also humorous under pressure.
Amberly is also serving as our stage-hand extraordinaire! Can you say “dramaturge”? We are very happy to have your enthusiasm on board, Amberly!
Darolyn Flood – Ingrid
Darolyn lives in Kountze and is a long-time resident of Hardin Country. She has been self-employed for over thirty-one years. Her interests are gardening and being out in nature.
In 1993, she was the winner of the Jefferson Awards as one of several winners. She holds a nursing degree. She is looking forward to playing “Ingrid” in Noir Suspicions.
MaryKate Flanagan – Director
MaryKate Flanagan made her deput performance with the Kirby-Hill House around 2004, or was it 2005? No, it was definitely 2004, ….maybe. The name of the play was….a very sinister one, we’re….pretty sure.
She makes her home now in Woodville, but is originally from Port Arthur. She is the proud mother of three grown children and has two granddaughters, who serve as the inspiration for everything!
She has performed on stage and screen, several theaters in Houston, Austin and Lubbock, where she was production manager and stage manager for productions at Texas Tech, Maegden Theater, and in Lousisiana doing long-format commericials, willing an award at Cannes (yeah, that Cannes). Kate palyed at BCP, Port Arthur Little Theater and other productions in East Texas, and wrote, produced and directed commercials for Cornerstsone Media winning nine Addy Awards.
Kate would love to share with you her hobbies, but she has no time for hobbies. She loves immersion theater more than any other, which, as you know, is what we do! Break a leg, MK.
Rose Hall – Assistant Director
Rose Hall is also the President of the Board of Directors. Rose wasn’t born in Kountze but she got here as fast as she could. She raised five daughters here, who have presented her with 10 fine grandchildren.
She has brought music to our ears, as our fist lounge singer to perform between scenes and as a star for our “Dinner and a Show” series. She is an amazing leader driven to excellence and brings all of us along with her for the ride. She has been the heart and soul of the Kirby-Hill House, having served as the President of the Board of Directors for fourteen years, and has acted in two plays. She has been the lady of house, the rescuer of those of us in need, our hero, our friend, our sister, our rock and our visionary.
Kacey Sammons – Stage Manager
Kacey said, I had my first exposure to theatre in High School and majored in theatre for a year in college. I got married, had my daughter. When she was 5, I went back to school and got my Paramedic Certification and have worked in EMS for 30 years. I have the best job in the world and truly love what I do. I moved here almost 9 years ago to work for Acadian Ambulance. I love living in South East Texas and the Kirby-Hill House is a big reason I stay here.
I have played off-stage for many seasons as your stage manager, tech gal, sometimes I have even been a co-director/technical director. I have had the honor of hanging out with these talented people since the Fall of 2011 when, I took over lights and sound for The Altos under the direction of Holly Church. I haven’t missed a season since, just can’t imagine not being here.”