Trent Gaspard is from Lafayette, LA and now resides in Monroe. He earned his B.A. in Instrumental Music Education (K-12) and his M.M. in Instrumental Conducting, under the tutelage of Dr. William J. Hochkeppel from UL Lafayette. He’s currently the Director of Bands at Ouachita Parish High School. Trent fell in love with musical theatre after watching a production of Jesus Christ Superstar his senior year of high school. He has participated as a member of the cast in UL Opera Theatre’s productions of Les Misérables and Sweeney Todd under the direction of Shawn Roy. This has been a dream show for him to conduct for a long time, so he’s glad to have the opportunity to not only conduct a pit orchestra for the first time, but for Company to be the first show he conducts. These actors, singers, and musicians have been a joy to work with. Making music with his friends is the best thing in the world. His favorite roles include Bird Seller & Chorus in Sweeney Todd (UL Lafayette), Feuilly in Les Misérables (UL Lafayette), and Pit Musician (Trombone) in The Addams Family (Acting Unlimited at UL Lafayette).
Catch Trent in action as the pit conductor of Company. Tickets for tonight’s performance, tomorrow’s show, and Sunday’s matinee are on sale at our ticket site or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.
Aubri Skinner was born and raised in Ruston, LA. She is thrilled that live theatre is back, and she can’t wait to share Company with an audience. Aubri is an English major and works as a nanny and as a tutor. She has been in multiple Strauss shows, such as Mamma Mia!, Little Women, and, most recently, The Odd Couple. She wants to thank Mickey Cannon and Terri Cunningham for this experience, and she hopes you enjoy the show! Her favorite prior roles are Sybil in The Cover of Life (Strauss Theatre Center), Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (CA Studio), and Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love (CA Studio).
Aubri lights up our stage yet again as a member of the Company ensemble. Catch her and the rest of the spectacular cast at one of the last three shows this weekend! Tickets are for sale by calling the box office at 318-323-6681 or by visiting our website.
Matthew Scott is making his Strauss debut. The Monroe native is a decorator at Butter a Louisiana Bakery. He enjoys traveling and hanging out with loved ones. He’s just happy to be here!
Matthew finally makes his Strauss debut as a member of Company‘s ensemble. Visit our website or call the box office at 318-323-6681 for tickets.
William Kielwasser is making his Strauss debut. He’s born and raised in the Monroe-West Monroe area. He is a high school senior at West Monroe High School. He’s been doing theater ever since he was eleven at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, and now he’s so glad to no be able to do a show here!
Catch William’s debut as a member of the Company ensemble this weekend! Tickets can be purchased at our website or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.
Amie Kielwasser is originally from Hamburg, AR and currently lives in West Monroe, LA. She has been a hairstylist for over 25 years in the Monroe Athletic Club salon. She is also a full-time mom to 3 children. She loves musical theatre! She is thrilled to be part of this amazingly talented cast. She says it’s been such a wonderful experience to be able to share the stage with her son, William. She is thankful to have had the opportunity to be part of Company. Her previous roles include Luisa in The Fantasticks and being a part of the Ensemble for Camelot.
Amie is a fabulous addition to the company of Company. See her take the stage this weekend by purchasing tickets at our ticket website or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.
Brenna Prewitt is originally from Leesville, LA and currently lives in Ruston. She is working towards a degree in graphic design at Louisiana Tech. She is so excited to be a part of Company this year! Some of Brenna’s favorite previous roles include Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Leesville High), Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense (Strauss Theatre Center), and Gertrude in Seussical (Leesville High).
Get your tickets on our website or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681 to see Brenna join our fantastic ensemble in Company.
Ellie Arant resides in Monroe, LA. She works at Vantage Health Plan. She’s had a love for theatre since her early teen years of doing church productions, and it has meant the world to be a part of the Strauss community as an adult. She’s hoping her love for musical theatre can finally sway her husband, Scott Arant, into loving it as much as she does. Ellie has previously been seen in the Chorus in Mamma Mia! (Strauss Theatre Center) and as Claudette/Judge Koch in Noir Suspicions (Strauss Dinner Theatre).
Ellie is a powerhouse member of our ensemble, and you won’t want to miss seeing her. Tickets for Company are for sale on our website or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.
Keith Beard is originally from Homer, LA and currently lives in Monroe. Since he is a retired educator, he enjoys woodworking, building, and remodeling his Garden District cottage. He especially loves being a Papaw to his three grandbabies! He has always loved theater. He received a degree in Speech/Theater from ULM in 1984. He’s had many opportunities over his 34-year career to teach theater and direct many high school plays. His lifelong dream was to be involved in community theater. He is proof that you’re never too old for your dreams to come true. He loves building sets, acting, singing, dancing, and just being involved at the Strauss! Some of his favorite roles include Maury Summers in Disaster! (Strauss Theatre Center), Dr. Bradley in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Strauss), and Gambler in Guys and Dolls (ULM Brown Theater).
Keith is back as Larry in Company. Tickets for the show are on sale now! Call the box office at 318-323-6681 or visit our ticket site to get your tickets.
Moira O’Connor is from Monroe. First and foremost, Moira would “like to propose a toast” to Terri Cunningham and Mickey Cannon for the opportunity to share the stage with so many of her “good and crazy people, my friends” and bring one Stephen Sondheim’s greatest musicals to life. Some of Moira’s past roles include Lorraine Sheldon in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Strauss Theatre Center), Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein (Strauss), and most recently Olive Madison in The (Female) Odd Couple (Strauss). In the real-world, Moira can be found serving “the ladies who lunch” at Delta Biscuit Co. Moira is a doting dog mom, tap dance enthusiast and lifelong gamer. And one for Mahler!
Everybody laugh. Moira’s performance as Joanne will have you in stitches. Get your tickets online or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.
Glenn Williams is originally from Thibodaux, LA and now lives in West Monroe. He works as a pharmacist at St. Francis Medical Center. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. He says it’s good to be on stage and hopes you enjoy the show! Glenn is no stranger to Strauss, appearing as Igor in Young Frankenstein (Strauss Theatre Center), Ken Gorman in Rumors (Strauss), and Detective Davis in Who’s in Bed with the Butler? (Strauss).
If you’re excited to see Glenn back on stage, you’ll definitely want to see him as Peter. Tickets for Company are on sale at our website or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.