Cast & Crew
Kimberly Cloudwalker......................Playwright/Executive Producer
Amy Clark..,......................................Marguerite Briézh
Ingrid Holman...................................Naïa Cilleach Feasa
Ehrland Hollingsworth.......................Emilion Pastour
Malachi Killion...................................Gwenael Malet
Jason Fordney...................................Bernard Delicieux
Rich Fisher.........................................Sheriff Robert Malet
Anthony Andino................................Gulhèm Belibasta/Inquisitor Nicholas Eymerich
Lindsay Grimes..................................Aalis La Droiturié
Cameron Cash...................................Perceval Briézh
Donovan Farwell...............................Inquisitor Jean Galand/Marshall
Tessa Taft..........................................BeatriceDelicieux/Joelle Peyre
Sara McKinnon..................................Michelle Polier
(Director, Grand Inquisitor Bernard Gui)
David Endacott-Hicks not only directs Marion's Fire, but he performs in the role of the Grand Inquisitor Bernard Gui. He is the Artistic Director and the President of the Board at The Lyric Rose Theatre. He was born and spent his early years in California and is an Alumni of Nevada Union High School where he was very active in Theatre Arts and the Baggett Choir Program, under Don and Rod Baggett. He completed a Bachelor's of Music from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music and then went on to his graduate training on the East Coast where he attended and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, as a Vocal Performance major. He has been a Principal Performer on and off Broadway, in East and West Coast National Tours, and has performed professionally with several Opera companies.
Some credits include "Lumiere" in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, "Don Ramiro" in La Cenerentola at The Kennedy Center for ACTF, the "Student" in the West Coast Premier of Strawberry Fields, "Tonio" in La Fille Du Regiment with San Francisco Opera’s Opera á la Carte, "Sheldon" in Junie B Jones for Theatreworks USA, “Conte Almaviva” in Il Barbiere di Sivilia with Capital Heights Opera, ”Beppo" in the Bronx Opera's production of Fra Diavolo, "Dr. Blind" in Die Fledermaus with the New Rochelle Opera, "Tinca" in the Garden State Opera's production of Il Tabarro, "Prince Karl Franz" in The Student Prince at The Media Theatre, ”Angelgelt” in Impresario Now at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
In addition, David has performed in many local and national Commercials, Student Films as well as been a Resident Guest Entertainer throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic, Atlantic and Caribbean. He has performed as a soloist in many ensembles, including two European Tours, in which he was not only a performer but also an Assistant Conductor.
Currently, David in addition to being a working performer and working on all projects for The Lyric Rose Theatre, he is currently taking new students for Voice Instruction, both in person and remote.
Alan Feeney has an impressive musical career, spanning six decades. His experience and range as a virtuoso pianist and musician bring an exciting and impressive variety and depth to the 26 songs in Marion’s Fire (17 songs in the staged reading version). Alan has composed numerous songs over the years but Marion's Fire is his first full-length musical composition.
He attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston. After serving in the army, he focused on commercial music production in the thriving Chicago recording scene. Later, in Halifax, Canada, he worked as an engineer/producer at Audio Atlantic Studios. Clients there ranged from rock bands to commercials to film scores (Parks Canada, CBC etc.) to bagpipe bands to Irish trad and folk groups. Returning to the States, he worked as a jazz pianist with at the former Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, WI. He moved to Nevada City in March 2017, and with continued commercial production and digital orchestration as co-founder of Oak Music with his wife Mollie, Alan continues performing with all sorts of bands, with and without vocalists, most recently ranging from the Eddie B. Jazz ensembles to private parties as a soloist and everything in between.
Peter Johnson makes his debut as music director of Marion's Fire and performs the role of Guiraut Riquer. He is a passionate supporter of new music. He is a composer, performer, songwriter, singer and instrumentalist who has appeared as a soloist, band member, and lately as a guitarist in the band Penelope ex Machina.
Peter studied voice and theory/composition at the University of the Pacific and University of Cincinnati, performed on opera, theatre, and recital stages. At the same time he was active in the avant-garde and experimental scenes in art music and popular music.
He was vocal director and vocalist in 2017’s “A Musical Offering" Carpenters tribute show at Nevada Theatre. He continues to sing, play guitar, and compose what he has described as "geologic sound works".
Lyric soprano Penelope Johnson makes her theatrical debut as Marion in the premier of Marion’s Fire. She is a classically trained vocalist, lyricist and composer who has been performing locally for seven years. Her music draws on aspects of classical art songs and pop and rock genres as well as traditional Arab and East Asian arrangements.
With an education in psychology focusing on psychopathology, perception and neurodiversity, her lyrics depict social, cognitive and behavioral phenomena through storytelling and metaphor. Presently Penelope is the lead vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter in alt-pop band Penelope ex Machina alongside Peter Johnson, Brandon Butrick and Jason Fordney.
Other highlights of her musical experience include being a choral soloist, preschool music educator, performer in Tunisia, and featured soloist in A Simple Offering: A Tribute to The Carpenters.
Amy Clark performs in the role of Marguerite in Marion's Fire. Amy Clark is a local singer and performer. She has performed in musicals including Into the Woods and Once Upon a Mattress. She has a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis in voice and has been singing for most of her life. She sings in the Music in the Mountains Choir, is the lead singer of the Amy Clark & the Broad St. Band, and performs in a vocal/guitar duo with one of her band members, Garth Brooks, one of our very own local talents, not to be confused with the other Garth Brooks out of Oklahoma.
Malachi Killion performs the role of Gwenael in Marion’s Fire while being new to the local theater scene as an aspiring actor and voice-over artist. He has started in a small film titled “A Life With” as Jessie. He works at Mother Lode Vet Hospital as a day-to-day job coming up on his 4th year. Malachi was born and raised in Nevada City and loves to see local projects blossom with everyone's help.
Ingrid (Naïa Faleash was born and raised in Germany. She studied elementary Music and Movement Education in Salzburg, Austria at the University of Music "Mozarteum". She worked as a Music and Movement/Dance teacher in several schools and studios in Germany. She also studied Modern Dance extensively in Germany, New York, and San Francisco. She received a scholarship for Expressive Art Therapy from Germany for Anna Halprin's School of Art Therapy in Marin County, Kentfield. She has performed with several Modern Dance Companies in Germany, Austria, Italy, San Francisco (Axis Dance Company), Marin County, and Nevada County. She has also worked as a director's assistant and stage manager at the theater of Regensburg, Germany. She is an experienced singer, and has sung all her life in choirs. She is currently directing the Peace Choir in Grass Valley. Acting in a play is a new challenge for her which she is really excited about.
Ehrland (Emilion Pastour) performed on the stage throughout his childhood but hasn't been on stage since high school. You may have seen him on stage as Mr. Body (and others) in Lyric Rose's production of Clue. He is also a writer/director of film and in an act of shameless self-promotion implores you to check out his first feature film 'Homestead' currently available on Tubi and Amazon.
Jason Fordney makes his musical debut in the role of Bernard Delicieux in Marion's Fire. He is a local artist and writer who has long been involved with the music scene in Grass Valley and Nevada City as a percussionist and vocalist. You will find him frequenting local open mics and band performances in the area with bands such as Lloyd Street, Penelope Ex Machina and Brandon Dannals Band.
Richard Fisher (Sheriff Robert Malet), a man of many talents, is an actor, singer, chef, Ayurvedic herbalist, and glassblower. He started out doing kids voice-overs for radio commercials - till his voice changed. Rich is known for his long-form monologues - 30 to 60 minutes long. Locally he has been the co-producer for the NorCal Fringe Festival formally the Nugget Fringe. This project has been a labor of love.
Anthony Andino (Gulhem/Inquisitor Nicholas Eymerich) is thrilled to be a part of Marion’s Fire. You may have seen him performing in the ensemble for Sweeney Todd or as Calvin in Guys & Dolls. Other than theater, Anthony sings with the Music in the Mountains Chorus and the Sierra Master Chorale. He’s also a pyrotechnician who has worked on Grass Valley’s 4th of July fireworks display for 2 years. Anthony thanks everybody for supporting live theater and hopes you enjoy the show!
Cameron Cash (Perceval Brièzh) has been acting since he was a kid, and has appeared in film, television, commercials, and toured nationally with various theater productions, however Marion's Fire is his first time performing in a musical. He was recently seen as Richard in Sealed for Freshness, and as the clumsy Mr. Green in Clue: Live on Stage, both at the Nevada Theater. He’d like to thank Kimberly, David, the amazing ensemble in Marion's Fire, and his community of friends and loved ones near and far.
Donovan Farwell (Inquisitor Jean Galand/Marshall) was born in Penn Valley CA. After performing in a middle school performance of Beauty and the Beast, he fell in love with theatre. An alumni of Nevada Union High School where he took part in multiple performances, Donovan then attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He is a welder, ski instructor, musician and all around great guy.
Tessa Taft (Beatrice/Joelle), a seasoned performer from Colorado, found her theatrical calling amidst the scenic charm of New Zealand. Having graced the stages of Storming Theater and Remarkable Theatre, Tessa's repertoire is a testament to her versatile talent. Among her favorite performances is her role in the acclaimed play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Now, she eagerly anticipates captivating audiences in the forthcoming production, "Marion's Fire." Join Tessa on this exciting journey – it promises to be a theatrical triumph!
Lindsay is excited to share the stage with such talent tonight! She is a recent Sacramento transplant. You may have seen her as The Witch in Into the Woods or as Sadie Sassafras in Gold Can't Love You Back. She has been singing and acting for over 30 years all over the greater Sacramento Area, The Bay Area and Las Vegas. Some of her favorite roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Eva Peron in Evita, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, Hamlet in Hamlet, and Maureen in RENT, which she will soon be reprising her role with Lyric Rose this summer! Lindsay is also an accomplished jazz singer and is currently in a local pop/rock band, Alixer. "Enjoy the show!"
Originally from Cambria, Ca, Sara (Michelle Polier) is honored to have been cast in the original production of Marion’s Fire. Sara recently played the role of Bonnie in Lyric Rose Theatre Company’s production of, “Sealed for Freshness.” She made her Nevada County debut as the Step-Mother in the Lyric Rose rendition of “Into the Woods” and has since enjoyed performing at their Valentines and Holiday Galas.
Sara comes from a long line of performers. She caught the acting bug at a young age when cast as Tzeital in a Duke Theatre performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Lake Tahoe, and never looked back. She has also performed in various comedic, commercial, musical, and improv roles in both Southern and Northern California.
Reine (Narrator) has been singing since she was a small child. She has sung in several choirs and was a singing bartender in San Francisco. She was the lead singer in a band called Rain back in the 70s. After a career in software and, most recently, special education, she looks forward to doing more in music with her retirement in June. After several different careers, She is thrilled that Marion's Fire is her first musical. Now that she has stepped into the world of musical theater, she hopes that it will be the first of many more to come.