565 W. Tuscarawas Ave, Barberton, Ohio

The Magical Family

We couldn’t bring the magic of theatre into the lives of thousands of children from 23 counties without the help of so many people…both on stage and behind-the-scenes. Read about these talented, dedicated professionals here.

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Holly Barkdoll, The Keeper of All Things Magical
Holly is extremely proud to have made her living in the Theatre for the past 31 years — 24 right here at Magical Theatre Company! She has worked as an actress and/or director in 22 of our 50 states, and has loved every minute of it. Holly has enjoyed acting in, or directing, such shows as The Elephant Man, Brigadoon, Steel Magnolias, Camelot, Driving Miss Daisy, A Flea In Her Ear, and The Music Man, as well as many others. She has been seen locally in commercials and industrial films and has served as Artist-in-Residence for several area school districts. When not onstage or in the director’s chair, Holly enjoys cooking, traveling, and her guilty pleasure — watching Lifetime movies. Read More (pdf).

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Dennis O’Connell, The Other Keeper of All Things Magical
Dennis grew up with a fertile imagination pretending to be all manner of characters — some real such as Daniel Boone and Willie Mays; some created by others such as Huckleberry Finn and Snaggelpuss; and others created by himself that resembled pirates, gorillas, cowboys, explorers, cheetahs and even elephants. Yes, elephants. To this day he can’t bypass a cable show about elephants — even if he’s already seen it six times. These characters and others came to life in his backyard, his bedroom, and at Hardesty Park where he also roamed with his sister, brothers and neighborhood cronies. Together they played games and made up their own, such as the now famous Grey Wolf (well, famous to about 12 kids in two square blocks). All that playing led to places where he became more and more immersed in playing: plays at school, plays at local theatres, plays at college. Eventually, plays on the road that actually paid him to play. And finally, to Magical Theatre Company where he has played the last 24 years. Here he has all sorts of wonderful playmates — some kids, some adults — and of course, the best playmate of all, his wife, Holly. Read More (pdf)

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Inda Blatch-Geib, Queen of Clothes
Inda Blatch-Geib’s work as a costume and production designer for over 600 theatrical, commercial, and film releases has spanned 30 years and crossed 4 continents including work off-Broadway and for The Colombian National Opera. Current commercial projects include Costume Design for The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jumbotron and four national spots for the team. Upcoming Production Design credits include a soon to be released Showtime Original film. Her print design has included set styling for Harper’s Bazaar UK Scarlett Johansson cover and spread, as well as catalogue set styling for Foundations and Kilgore Trout. Inda’s designs have been highlighted at The National Inventor’s Hall of Fame/Smithsonian Institute ‘Exercising Ingenuity’ exhibit as well as in national commercials for Microsoft, McDonald’s, Under Armour, TroyBuilt, The Original Mattress Factory, and Momentive. Recent film projects include Ohio Art Direction for The Signal starring Laurence Fishburne. Music Video Production and Costume Design includes Machine Gun Kelly’s Alpha Omega release. Locally, Inda is the 2016-2017 Resident Designer for Cleveland Public Theatre, Magical Theatre Company, Karamu House, and Cleveland Institute of Music.

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John Ebert, The Lighting Guy & Other Such Stuff
For the past four decades John has enjoyed lighting a multitude of artists and spaces throughout Northeast Ohio. An early career on stage led to a theatre and education degree from The College of Wooster, where he ventured into scenic and lighting design for musical theatre, dance, and light opera. After a few years on the faculty of Cleveland Heights High School, an invitation to tour with Ohio Ballet lured him away from the path of academic security to a far richer path of artistic fulfillment in live production. John’s years working with OB’s Associate Artistic Director Thom Skelton provided an intense education in the business of lighting ballet, opera, and theatre. While staying anchored in NE Ohio to raise two wonderful children, John has engineered the lighting of more than forty productions for Magical Theatre Company and provided the lighting for several resident companies at Playhouse Square, including Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, VERB Ballets, and Ballet In The City, in addition to adjunct faculty and design posts with The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, and Cleveland Institute of Music. He currently resides in Silver Lake, OH with his wife Joan and their dog Lucy, while providing design and production gear across the Midwest through his company, Monkey Wrench Productions. John is thrilled to continue lighting the journey in our beautifully renovated Magical Theatre and wishes to express his sincere gratitude for all of your support.

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Adam Hoffman, Actor & Funny Man
Adam is happy to return for another season at Magical. Favorite magical shows include Cinderella, The Stinky Cheese Man, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, A Year With Frog and Toad, Romeo and Juliet, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Kidscripts. He has also been seen at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Ohio Shakespeare, Porthouse Theatre, Dobama, and Cain Park. Adam has written several plays that have been performed at Magical, including Alice In Wonderland, Quoth The Raven, Cinderella, Myths and Monsters, The Monkey’s Paw, Beowulf, The Odyssey, Lincoln: A Man for the Ages. His plays have also been produced at the Hammond Horror Festival, Youngstown State University, Dobama Theatre, and the Chagrin Falls Academy for the Performing Arts and can be found online at dramacrafter.com. Adam has taught theatre and coached young actors at Kent State University, West Side Vocal Academy, Magical Theatre Company, Cain Park, The Rainy Institute, and his own private practice. He has a BA in Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace University and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University. He sends his love to family and friends, and most importantly, to his wonderful wife, Wendy, and his magnificent little boy, Maxwell.

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Jeremiah Isley, Master of All Things Aural
Jeremiah is a long time audio engineer, sound designer, stagehand, performer, podcaster, and musician — among other things. As a freelance audio engineer Jeremiah has worked with a myriad of local and national acts including: The Afters, Richard Marx, BB King, and Yo Yo Ma. Jeremiah has found his way to the stage in Ballet Theatre of Ohio’s production of The Nutcracker as the Mouse King, with 2016 marking his 24th season in the role! Jeremiah lives in Tallmadge with his wife and children, and enjoys board gaming, blogging and podcasting. He currently produces his own podcast “That’s How I Roll,” as well as the “Bryan Drake Show Podcast.” Jeremiah returned to Magical Theatre Company in 2015 after a lengthy hiatus and has been a part of numerous productions with the company throughout his career. Find him on Twitter: @JeremiahIsley

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Mark C. Jenks, Creature Maker
Mark has worked on special events for The Cleveland Museum of Art, and as a featured artist in Parade the Circle and Festival of Lights for the last twenty years. He co-designed and directed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's opening day parade, as well as productions of Peter and the Wolf and Pictures at an Exhibition with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has recently worked with Cleveland School of the Arts, designing and building sets for their theater department. Mark has made several creatures for Magical Theatre Company including this season’s The BFG, as well as Beowulf, The Odyssey, Alice in Wonderland, and all those spot-on props in The Cat in the Hat.

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Amanda Kidd, Actor & Artisan
Amanda graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting from Wright State University. In Chicago she worked on many new shows, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, and helped found Rogue Theatre. Upon returning to Ohio, she worked with Karamu House. Amanda is the mother of a four year old, and is also a stained glass artist. An avid reader and poet, she is thrilled to be back at Magical Theatre Company after having appeared in Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Quoth the Raven, Lyle the Crocodile, and KidScripts.

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Kirsten Nicole Kix, Builder & Doer
Kirsten Nicole (Kix) arrives at her first season at Magical Theatre Company after majoring in Theatre at the University of Akron. She is also a freelance Mixed Artist and Sculptor. Kix is currently working with many theatre companies all over Ohio including New World Performance Lab & the Center for Applied Theatre & Active Culture as Assistant Technical Director; Production Designer and Technical Director of Ma'Sue Productions, as well as for the Center for Applied Drama & Autism (CADA). She also drives a very cool blue & white 1968 Chevy Impala Fastback.

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Deb Lemire, Actor & Queen Bee
Deb has worked professionally for over 35 years and as part of the Magical family for the past 12! It’s hard to narrow down but some of her favorite roles at Magical have been Mae Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, Sponge/Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach, Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time, Miss Maudie Atkinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Deb tours with Magical, as well as teaches classes. She has her BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University and Master’s work done at West Virginia University. Through her own production company, queenbeeproductions.com, Deb expands her artistic endeavors with visual arts (specializing in fairy houses and doors!), creative marketing and working with students as they prepare auditions for school programs. Deb lives in Cuyahoga Falls with daughter Rachel, husband Russell, and the dynamic dog duo of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Ben Needham, Scenic Designer
Ben Needham is excited to be returning for his 9th season with Magical Theatre Company. Ben is the Owner and Principal Designer of Digital Squirrel Studio (www.digitalsquirrel.net), having designed over 700 theater productions across the country. He has also provided scenic design and concept art for many film and TV projects including Lincoln (Dir. Steven Spielberg),Ithaca (Dir. Meg Ryan), AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies, PBS's Mercy Street, and currently TNT's new drama Monsters of God. Ben is also designing a new immersive theatre project produced by the Russo Brothers (Captain America films) and coming to Cleveland in fall of 2017.

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Mark Ross, Actor & All Around Good Guy
Mark is delighted to return this season, nearly 20 years after his MTC debut. Favorite experiences with Magical Theatre include Of Mice and Men, Schoolhouse Rock Live, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dinosaur, Young King Arthur, Zero Tolerance, three endeavors with KidScripts!, three versions of Cinderella and last season’s Quoth the Raven. A founding member of New World Performance Lab, other local credits include Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, CATCo, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Signstage, Ensemble Theatre, Actor's Summit, Kenley Players and Shakespeare at Stan Hywet. Washington D.C. area companies he’s performed with: Shakespeare Theatre Co, Imagination Stage, Washington Shakespeare Co, Theatre of the First Amendment, and Taffety Punk. Regional Theatres: Theatre L'Homme Dieu (MN), Renaissance Repertory Co (TN) Cumberland Theatre Co (MD) and Prop Theatre (Chicago). A proud member of SAG-AFTRA, his work has also included film, TV and radio commercials, trade, sales and industrial videos, and educational and live interactive performances. Mark received his MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in coordination with the George Washington University.

Additional Magical Theatre Company Staff

Cathy Nahacky
Office Manager

Tammie Sneed

Magical Theatre Company Board of Trustees

Tim Papp, President
Catherine Bulgrin, Vice President
Donald Baker, Treasurer
Holly Barkdoll, ex-officio
Dennis O’Connell, ex-officio
Marty Bidlingmyer
Ed Flanagan
Jason Ondrus
Louis Sukie

For additional information about Board service, please contact Dennis O’Connell!

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