Friday, April 30, 2010
Dean is probably best known as the voice of Barney The Dinosaur on the hit children's show Barney and Friends. He was also co-founder and Disc Jockey on Radio Disney but left to dedicate his time to voicing "Barney" after Bob West decided to retire in 2001. His voice has appeared in various Barney mediums including concert tours around the world like "Barney's Beach Party LIVE ON STAGE!", Barney's Colorful World and Barney Live "The Let's Go Tour" and has also appeared in over one-hundred TV shows and over 25 videos.
Dean also has extensive voice experience that includes over 20 years on radio stations in Chicago, Orlando, and Dallas. Plus he has voiced thousands of spots for satisfied clients like Hit Entertainment, Walt Disney Company, Levi Strauss, ABC Radio and many others!
Click HERE to listen to Dean's demo.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Talent Unlimited actor and video professional Brian Lemmons can help! He recently produced reels for Talent Unlimited actors Lisa Wiles and Antoine Williams. Demo reels are posted on the Talent Unlimited website for clients to see. It could help YOU land a job! Get your materials together and contact Tracey at Talent Unlimited for Brian's rates and contact info.
Lisa's Demo Reel....
Antoine's Demo Reel...
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Directed by Talent Unlimited actor Bob Paisley. Featuring Talent Unlimited actors Mykel Hill and Hughston Walkinshaw.
Jack is a grouchy, terminally ill patriarch who is staying with his well-to-do daughter, Anna. She is the apple of his eye but he's nursing bigoted attitudes about her black fiancé, Sholto. As he faces the end of his life, we realize that Jack's questionable fascination with a map-drawing, plantation-owning ancestor is tied up with his yearning for another life and a dark incident in his past. Mappa Mundi treads the edge of dangerous waters.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
by KC Playwright Bill Rogers
Featuring Talent Unlimited actresses Mary Ruth Gunter and Linda Levin.
When four sisters arrive at their childhood home for their shiftless brother's funeral, they are amazed to discover that he left an estate worth more than $2 million. Problems erupt when they learn that he created a trust making two of them rich while leaving the other two virtually nothing. Family secrets, an eccentric professor and a devious art thief generate laughs and complications as the sisters try to salvage their relationships.
April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24th
8:00 pm @ Westport Coffee House Theatre
$15 Adults, $12 Seniors and Students, $10 on Thursdays.
Tickets at the door. For advance tickets, call 800.838.3006.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
April 30-May 23, 2010
Featuring Talent Unlimited actress Nedra Dixon.
Wigs, weaves, and pop culture! Salon owner Jasmine and her radical assistant Angie dish the dirt on a salon of eccentric clients and discover how self-image affects us all. A wild range of women, personalities, hairstyles and trends emerge in this funny, poignant blowout of African-American sisterhood and identity.
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Based on the award winning book by Andrew Clements
Adapted for the stage by William Massolia
Nicholas is ingenious. In Mrs. Granger's language arts class, Nick gets his best idea ever when his teacher explains how words end up in the dictionary. Nick decides to create his own word... frindle, and he gets other kids in the class to use the word. Before long Nick's word creates a buzz well beyond his school and town. But his teacher loves the dictionary, so a fierce power struggle ensues over a made-up word!
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Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Photo: Jon Daugharthy starred as Harold Hill in “The Music Man” at Theatre in the Park
Lawyer Jon Daugharthy states his case on the musical stage
By ROBERT TRUSSELL
The Kansas City Star - 04.01.10
Jon Daugharthy understands the fine print better than your average actor when he’s offered a contract to be in a show or shoot a commercial.
That’s because Daugharthy, 35, actually has two careers. He’s an actor who specializes in musical theater, but he also maintains a law practice.
The Overland Park native who obtained an undergraduate degree in political science from Kansas State University is one of four actors engaged in the American Heartland Theatre’s lively production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”
He worked backstage and occasionally performed onstage in high school musicals at Shawnee Mission West. In college he sang in choir. But to this day he has never had an acting lesson.
“I got into this through theme-park work,” he said one evening at the Heartland offices. “I went on a dare in college to an audition at Busch Gardens, Virginia, for a summer job. I got the job singing in an a cappella quartet. And a lot of those people were involved in theater programs in their schools.”
It was the first time Daugharthy had found himself in a culture of professional actors and singers, so he went back the next summer. After he graduated from college, he landed the first of two nine-month contracts at Disneyland Tokyo. Between Tokyo gigs, he performed for Opryland Productions in Nashville.
In Tokyo, both times, he performed a day show — “The Diamond Horseshoe Revue” — and a night show — “The Hoop-De-Doo Revue.” The casts included English-speakers and Japanese performers, and the shows were performed in both languages, which meant Daugharthy had to learn some Japanese phonetically.
“I learned from the Japanese performers at the end of the nine months that a lot of it was indecipherable to them,” he said. “What I heard was not what they heard. But it was a real interesting experience.”
One of his roommates in Tokyo was a Broadway veteran who was 37 at the time. He gave Daugharthy some advice.
“He said, ‘Look, if you don’t have to do this, don’t do this if there’s anything else you can do,’ ” Daugharthy said.
So when he came back to the States he enrolled in law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He stayed in Nashville after he graduated, clerking for a trial judge for a couple of years and eventually joining a law firm. He was also married and divorced in Nashville.
About three years ago he found himself back in Kansas City. And he realized he missed performing. He called actress Alison Sneegas Borberg, whom he had known since high school, and she gave him a few contacts.
Since then the stage work has been fairly regular. He played Harold Hill in “The Music Man” at Theatre in the Park; he has performed shows at Quality Hill Playhouse, including the memorable “Musical of Musicals”; he was in “No Way to Treat a Lady” for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and he appeared in a revue at the Chestnut Fine Arts Theatre just before the Heartland show opened.
Daugharthy said the ideal balance would be to do two shows a year and practice law the rest of the time. More than that would be a strain on family life. He has an 8-year-old stepdaughter, and he and his wife, Michelle, are expecting their first child in September.
The legal work, he said, “Was more like acting than I ever imagined. I can’t tell you what shows I will have a year from now, and I can’t tell you what commercials I’ll have a month from now. But I feel like the acting side can hold up if I can get very targeted in my practice. But to do that you have to turn work away, which is awfully hard to do.”
Daugharthy is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas, and most of the work he does falls under the broad umbrella of administrative law — compliance work for startup companies and new nonprofit organizations, for example.
“I’m still trying to figure out how a solo practice works,” he said. “I’m actually a young lawyer, and I’m also a young actor in terms of experience because I split my time so much. It’s basically whatever comes in the door and whatever I feel like I can ethically handle.”
Daugharthy, by any measure, is doing quite well, but he conceded there are times when his lack of drama-school training makes him nervous.
“This is training on the job for me, which I find both a blessing and a curse,” he said. “I get to come into it pretty fresh, and up to a point I think being naive and not having the training tools sets you apart. On the other hand, there’s an internal thing for me of just not feeling secure. I feel like I’m constantly picking things up.”
Like “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” most of the shows on Daugharthy’s resume are revues. But he’d like to do more book musicals, and there’s one he dreams about: “Les Miserables.”
“I’d love to be Javert,” he said. “Who doesn’t want to sing a song and then die on stage? I don’t know if it’ll ever happen here, but I’d love to do it.”
Jon Daugharthy (top left) and Adam Branson. The show runs through April 25 at the American Heartland Theatre. Call 816-842-9999 or go to www.ahtkc.com