Meet the Actors

The Adventures of Harry Nile

Larry Albert as Harry Nile

Larry has worked as an actor/director in the Seattle-Tacoma area for many years. In that time he has appeared in over one hundred stage productions. Some of his favorite stage roles are DOLITTLE in "MY FAIR LADY," FROGGY in "THE FOREIGNER," HERBIE in "GYPSY," ANDREW in "SLEUTH," ZEPPOLI in "JUNGLE QUEEN DEBUTANTE" and HARRY BROCK in "BORN YESTERDAY." As a director he has helmed award-winning productions of "MY FAIR LADY," "THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR," "SHADOWLANDS," "SHERLOCKS LAST CASE" "BILOXI BLUES" and "HARVEY." Other directorial assignments have included "OKLAHOMA," "THE WIZARD OF OZ," "BRIGADOON," "L'IL ABNER," "BLITHE SPIRIT," "COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN," and "1776"

For one season Larry was a semi-regular performer on the FOX NETWORK series "TOTAL HIDDEN VIDEO". He has been seen on the tube in the CBS series "THE FUGITIVE " and "NORTHERN EXPOSURE." Some of his commercial appearances have been for NBC-TV, KELLOGGS, WRIGLEY'S GUM and CHEVROLET as well as enacting featured roles in two major films, Warner Bros. "BORN TO BE WILD" and Agate Productions "DARKDRIVE."

A talented voice artist, Larry has been heard in dozens of radio commercials and as the voice of several different characters on CD-ROM games. For thirteen years now Larry has been a frequent actor on the Jim French dramatic radio series "THE KIRO MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE," "THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY NILE," "KINCAID, THE STRANGESEEKER" "RAFFLES, THE GENTLEMAN THIEF" and " IMAGINATION THEATRE," of which for the latter he has also been a contributing writer and director. For the last ten years he has been the voice of Dr. John H. Watson on the nationally syndicated dramatic radio series' "THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES" and "THE CLASSIC ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. in 2005 he assumed the the title role in the Harry Nile series.

Pat French as Murphy (1)

Pat has show business in her blood. Her father, Clarence Soule, starred as a banjo player in the 1920s. Pat was born in Chicago, but grew up in Seattle when her family moved west. She played various roles in local radio productions, and majored in radio and drama at the University of Washington. She was awarded a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse, and it was while she was in California that she met Jim. The couple was married in 1950 and moved to Honolulu, where she shared the microphone with Jim on a morning radio show. Movie actor Jimmy Stewart heard her one day while he was vacationing there, and over lunch, gave her some acting pointers that guide her career on radio and stage, and which she passes on to her students even today.

Pat was active on stage in Honolulu and Seattle, and soon began directing many productions, including "Oklahoma", "Fiddler On The Roof", and "The Most Happy Fella", to name a few.

She appears in hundreds of Jim's radio plays, and directs "The Adventures of Harry Nile", in which she is heard as "Murphy", and she appears as herself and directs on the series, "Kincaid The Strangeseeker". Pat's distinctive voice is also familiar to northwest radio listeners as the spokesperson on countless commercials, but she says her greatest satisfaction - apart from the radio shows - is teaching film and TV acting and voiceover commercials, which she does in her own studio.

In the Summer of 2011 Pat retired as the voice of Murphy but will still be heard on many of Jim's other shows.

Douglas Young as Many, many characters

Doug Young has been working as an actor on radio shows produced by Jim French since 1975, but he started as a radio actor in Hollywood in the late 'forties. He appeared on "Lux Radio Theatre", "The Cisco Kid", "Red Ryder", "Suspense", "The Whistler" and many more top dramatic shows. With the demise of radio drama and the advent of television, Doug became very active giving voice to animated cartoons for Hanna-Barbera. He was heard on "The Flintstones", "Magilla Gorilla", "Laurel and Hardy", "Quick Draw McGraw", and many more. He was featured as the voice of "Yippy" on "Yippy, Yappy and Yahooey", and he was "Doggie Daddy" on "Augie Doggie". Doug moved to Seattle in 1968 where he works as a free-lance voice talent. As of March of 2003, he's appeared in 133 Jim French productions.

Mary Anne Dorward as Murphy (2)

Mary Anne DorwardA graduate of the University of California, Berkeley Mary Anne has been a professional actress on stage, television and radio since she was 17'. Her career has taken her from appearances on Broadway, Television and regional theatre to our microphones, appearing for the last 13 years as the voice of Dr. Watson' beloved wife Mary. Recently we were proud to announce her casting as the new voice of "Murphy" in our long running Private Detective series "The Adventures of Harry Nile." However, she is more then just a fine actor. Mary Anne is a veteran of the National Speakers Association, Global Speakers Federation, a speaker, author, coach, award-winning radio host and cancer survivor. She is committed to being a positive influence in the lives, organizations and companies she touches through her speaking and writing. She has coached leaders in the business and the not-for-profit communities to help them both gain visibility and raise millions of dollars.

Mary Anne's 10 year commitment to making the world a better place through her company, My Real Voice, extends beyond working with professionals to further their bottom line. She knows that the most important speech many of us give is a toast at a wedding, a eulogy, or for a dinner with friends. Mary Anne delights in working on projects of all scales, helping everyday speeches become extraordinary ones. Her new book "Words To Thrive By - Powerful Storied Of Courage and Hope" is set for a January 2012 release. Her website is www.myrealvoice.com

The History Of Harry Nile

Phil Harper as Harry Nile

Phil Harper The Voice of Harry NilePhil was born in 1940, grew up in Chicago, and was lucky enough to have heard radio drama starting with "Superman" and "Bobby Benson" around 1946, and he grew up hearing mystery shows, detective and adventure dramas, sci-fi, comedy, and the annual re-running of "The Cinnamon Bear" right through the fifties, by which time radio drama was winding down. Harper was unhappy. NO television show held the magic of radio. He wanted to be a part of it. Phil joined the Army in 1962, and was assigned to the American Forces radio station in Berlin, where he says he was DJ, read the news, emptied wastebaskets, mowed the grass, and turned knobs for two years before returning to the States.

When he mustered out in 1965 he found radio drama had all but disappeared. He took a job as a DJ at a radio station in Colorado Springs, and between 1965 and 1974 he also worked on the air in Albuquerque, NM and Portland Oregon. In 1974 he moved to KING-AM in Seattle playing Rock & Roll. While there, he heard that some guy was writing and producing radio dramas on another Seattle station. He auditioned for Jim French and was cast in a dozen or so radio plays before Jim wrote the first "Harry Nile" show. It was nearly a year later that French wrote another Nile adventure, and a series was born.

How did Harper feel about being Harry Nile on the radio? "I'm grateful beyond imagination to be cast as a continuing character in a radio drama that's been on the air more than 27 years! It's a Union Job," he says,"and my fantasy is that three hundred years from now, when the station which plays the real oldies (Frank Sinatra, I Love a Mystery, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Pepper Young's Family, Amos'n Andy, and Peggy and Brenda Lee) talks about the 'Golden Days of Radio', they'll say it started in the 1930's and lasted until the last 'Johnny Dollar' show...except for this one guy in Seattle - Jim French - who kept the genre alive until 2015, and then they'll play an old Harry Nile episode and each of my descendants will receive 7/16ths of a New Ruble".

Phil passed away in his home in Seattle on October 10, 2004

The Further Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

John Gilbert as Sherlock Holmes

The son of a Unitarian minister, he was born in Bloomington, Ind. He studied drama at the University of Washington. As soon as he graduated in 1963, Gilbert became a regular in Seattle Repertory Theater productions. The company was just beginning. It pioneered work that eventually would turn Seattle into a celebrated focal point in the U.S. regional theater scene.

Gilbert was best known for his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in ACT Theatre's annual productions of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." He played Scrooge hundreds of times between 1976 and 1995. No matter how often he repeated the part, he always brought a singular vivacity to Scrooge's travails and transformation.

Gilbert's Scrooge was as hard and grim as flint at the beginning of the first act. Nothing, it seemed, could sweeten the bitter financier's aversion to humanity in general and to jolly holiday revelers in particular. When the remorseful ghost of Scrooge's former partner and then the spirits of Christmases past, present and future called upon Scrooge, John displayed an array of emotions -- terror, sorrow, confusion and peevishness among them. The eventual transformation from glaring misanthrope to glowing philanthropist was powerful and heart-warming.

To help pay his bills, Gilbert did voice-over work for commercials and CD-ROMs. His resonant, authoritative baritone promoted, among other enterprises, The Bon Marche and Blake Island.

Gilbert was a staunch socialist. One rarely saw him in public without political buttons on his shirts and jackets. He often performed with the Seattle Labor Chorus .

For a few years starting in 1998, Gilbert was the proprietor of Old Actor's Used Books at 4218 S.W. Alaska St. Assisted by his son, Noah, he bought and sold books devoted to the humanities, with an emphasis on theater. It was also in 1998 that he first played the role Sherlock Holmes for us on the series.

John Passed away in November of 2006. He was 67.

The Further/Classic Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

John Patrick Lowrie as Sherlock Holmes

Lowrie has led a varied career as a composer, musician, author and actor over the past 33 years. He studied composition under Thomas Beversdorf, Frederick Fox and Bernard Heiden. In 1977 he formed the jazz fusion duo "The Keithe/Lowrie Duet", released the critically acclaimed album "Avec Moi" in 1980, and toured throughout the United States, sharing the stage with such jazz greats as Mel Lewis and Buddy Rich, until 1984 when he disbanded the group. He turned to acting in 1985 while touring Europe as a guitarist with the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble, moving from the pit orchestra to the stage in Palermo, Sicily wherehe performed the role of Captain Andy in the musical "Showboat".

Since then he has balanced his time between composing and acting, occasionally combining the two. In 1993 he played the leading role, "Jerome", in Alan Ayckbourn's dark comedy "Henceforward..." at the Portland Repertory Theatre, also composing and performaing all ofg the music that Jerome ostensibly writes during the course of the play. His music for theatre has been heard on stages across the country and he has written one musical, "Old Money", with librettist Frank Simcoe, as well as pieces for orchrstra and several chamber works.

Theatre roles include Charley in "Death of a Salesman" and Mr. van Daan in "Diary of Anne Frank" (Montana Rep/National Tour); Jerome in "Henceforward..." for Portland Repertory; Tito in "Lend Me a Tenor" (Meadowbrook Theatre); Mr. Darling in "Peter Pan" for Intiman Theatre; Wotan in "Das Barbecu" (The Dallas Theatre Center and ACT); Dr. Watson in "The Mask of Moriarty" and The Chairman in "Drood" (Village Theatre), Richard Greatham in "Hay Fever" and Jackson in "Pump Boys and Dinettes" (Tacoma Actors Guild). His voice work has appeared on many CD-ROM games, including the role of Bruno Lawrie in the award-winning game "No One Lives Forever" and its soon-to-be-released sequel.

In 2011 John released his first novel "Dancing with Eternity"

Lawrence "Larry" Albert as Dr.Watson

Following his stint in South Viet Nam as a sergeant with in the U. S. Army, Larry has worked as an actor/director in the Seattle-Tacoma area for more then thirty years. In that time he has appeared in over one hundred stage productions. Some of his favorite stage roles are DOLITTLE in "MY FAIR LADY," FROGGY in "THE FOREIGNER," HERBIE in "GYPSY," ANDREW in "SLEUTH," ZEPPOLI in "JUNGLE QUEEN DEBUTANTE" and HARRY BROCK in "BORN YESTERDAY." As a director he has helmed award-winning productions of "MY FAIR LADY," "THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR," "SHADOWLANDS," "SHERLOCKS LAST CASE" "BILOXI BLUES" and "HARVEY." Other directorial assignments have included "OKLAHOMA," "THE WIZARD OF OZ," "BRIGADOON," "L'IL ABNER," "BLITHE SPIRIT" and "COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN."

For one season Larry was a semi-regular performer on the FOX NETWORK series "TOTAL HIDDEN VIDEO". He has been seen on the tube in the CBS series "THE FUGITIVE " and "NORTHERN EXPOSURE." Some of his commercial appearances have been for NBC-TV, KELLOGGS, WRIGLEY'S GUM and CHEVROLET as well as enacting featured roles in two major films, Warner Bros. "BORN TO BE WILD" and Agate Productions "DARKDRIVE."

A talented voice artist, Larry has been heard in dozens of radio commercials and as the voice of several different characters on CD-ROM games. For almost seventeen years now Larry has been a frequent actor on the Jim French dramatic radio series "THE KIRO MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE," "THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY NILE," "KINCAID, THE STRANGESEEKER" "RAFFLES, THE GENTLEMAN THIEF" and " IMAGINATION THEATRE," of which for the latter he has also been a contributing writer and director. For the last thirteen years he has been the voice of Dr. John H. Watson on the nationally syndicated dramatic radio series "THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES."

Since 1970 he has been an avid collector of Old Time Radio shows, so working with Jim French allows him to combine his vocation and avocation. Making for a dream come true.

Rick May as Inspector LeStrade

Canadian born Rick May began his long show business career as a child, first with puppets then as a ventriloquist, to magic acts. His formal theatrical career began at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School where he first appeared onstage – and was hooked after hearing all the laughs – in Heaven Can Wait.

After attending St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Rick entered the army and was assigned to bases in California, Washington D.C., Texas, and wound up in Japan, where for two years he was the entertainment coordinator for the Far East, running a live theatre, and working with such luminaries as Bob Hope and Danny Kaye. At the same time, he evolved as a voice talent for Asian Film International, and spent his free time dubbing Japanese movies into English (many of the sci-fi potboilers still show up on late night t.v.).

From the army, he worked with the Gene Keene’s Cirque Playhouse in Seattle. Relocating to San Francisco, one of the highlights of his five years in the Bay Area was an appearance in the classic film, American Graffiti.

 

After moving back to the Seattle area, a circuitous route took him back into full time theatre work, first as Artistic Director for the Renton Civic Theatre for 12 years, and then as Managing and Artistic Director for Seattle’s Civic Light Opera. Audiences have seen Rick onstage in such diverse roles as Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Ben Franklin in 1776, Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum , Weller in The Gin Game, Sid in Take Me Along, and his personal favorite, Matthew the Storyteller in Cotton Patch Gospel, a show and role he reprised for three seasons, to sold out audiences. His long list of directing credits include The Music Man, Man of la Mancha, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Picnic, Mister Roberts, Born Yesterday, Angry Housewives, Lost in Yonkers, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Something’s Afoot, among many others.

Rick is currently a freelance actor and director. For some time, he has been the television spokesman for Great American RV, and his voice has been heard in countless radio commercials, and on CD-ROM games such as The Age of Empires II (as Genghis Khan) and on the Nintendo 64 game, Star Fox. Besides American Graffiti, his film credits include Child In the Night, The Chocolate War and Frances.

Lee Paasch as Mrs. Hudson

Theatre has been part of Lee's life since early childhood, when she hid under the hall table to listen to her parents and their theatre group rehearsing in the living room, played Grumpy in "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" at age 7, and hid under the covers with her radio to listen to "Fibber McGee and Molly" etc. after bedtime. A University of Nebraska graduate with a degree in Drama, she has acted in many productions here and in the Midwest, taught drama, directed for Stanley Kramer's Drama School for three years at Bellevue Community College, and has directed numberless plays in Seattle area theatres. She teaches "Acting for Adults" classes at Carco Theatre in Renton, WA, ,and serves on a municipal arts commission. Lee first performed in a Jim French radio show in the 1970's. "The great scripts, wonderful people involved in the tapings, and manipulating the voice to play various roles make performing in Imagination Theatre pure joy!" she says.

Ellen McLain as Many characters

Ellen McLain is originally from Nashville, Tennesee. She was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees with Honors in Music, and is an award winner from the National Institute of Music Theatre in Washington D. C., where she's had the honor of performing at the White House.

Ellen has worked with some of the world's greatest conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Gerard Schwarz and Gunther Schuller. On the concert stage she has appeared with the New York Choral Society, the Antonia Brico Symphony in Denver,the Nashville Symphony, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Cecelia Society and Musica Viva. Her work in opera is also extensive, appearing as Adina in L'ELISIR D'AMORE and Norina in DON PASQUALE as well as creating the roles of the social worker and Sophia in such new works as X, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOM X and TWILIGHT VOICES, respectvely. Other credits include principal roles in the Seattle Opera's productions of THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, THE MERRY WIDOW, MADAME BUTTERFLY, LA TRAVIATA, DIE FLEDERMAUS and THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN.

Equally at home in dramatic theatre and musical comedy, Ellen has played Magnolia in SHOW BOAT to sold out houses in Europe, performed on Broadway in MY FAIR LADY with Rex Harrison and with Peggy Lee in her show, PEG. She has toured nationally as Edith in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, as Hannah in A COUPLE OF WHITE CHICKS SITTIN' AROUND TALKIN' and as Linda Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

Ellen's vocal versatility allows us to cast her in an almost limitless variety of roles in the Sherlock Holmes stories as well as many episodes of our other series.

Dennis Bateman as Announcer/Many Roles

Dennis Bateman began his acting career onstage at Boca Raton’s Caldwell Playhouse. He went on to spend a year in the acting company of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and played a leading role in the first production of Shakespeare at the Alaska Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Heritage Repertory of Virginia, Highlands Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Music Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Onscreen Dennis can be seen teaching Cuba Gooding Jr. how to dive in Men of Honor (with Robert DeNiro). He is also featured in the films, The Beans of Egypt, Maine; Body Language; Inheritance; A Relative Thing; and Unforgivable. TV series include The Fugitive; Northern Exposure; and Pandora’s Clock. His favorite portrayal is of legendary newsman, Edward R. Murrow, in the “Dear Abby” biopic, Take My Advice.

Dennis was for many years a narrator of talking books for the American Association for the Blind, and his other voice work will soon be heard on his upcoming website.

Mary Anne Dorward PCC as Mary Watson

Mary Anne Dorward

   A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley Mary Anne has been a professional actress on stage, television and radio since she was 17'. Her career has taken her from appearances on Broadway, Television and regional theatre to our microphones, appearing for the last 13 years as the voice of Dr. Watson' beloved wife Mary. Recently we were proud to announce her casting as the new voice of "Murphy" in our long running Private Detective series "The Adventures of Harry Nile." However, she is more then just a fine actor. Mary Anne is a veteran of the National Speakers Association, Global Speakers Federation, a speaker, author, coach, award-winning radio host and cancer survivor. She is committed to being a positive influence in the lives, organizations and companies she touches through her speaking and writing. She has coached leaders in the business and the not-for-profit communities to help them both gain visibility and raise millions of dollars.

Mary Anne's 10 year commitment to making the world a better place through her company, My Real Voice, extends beyond working with professionals to further their bottom line. She knows that the most important speech many of us give is a toast at a wedding, a eulogy, or for a dinner with friends. Mary Anne delights in working on projects of all scales, helping everyday speeches become extraordinary ones. Her new book "Words To Thrive By - Powerful Storied Of Courage and Hope" is set for a January 2012 release. Her website is www.myrealvoice.com

Kincaid the Strangeseeker

Terry Rose as Michael Kincaid

A familiar Seattle area voice, heard regularly on KIRO Newsradio akd KIRO-TV7 for over 20 years, Terry Rose has numerous national performances to his credit for a variety of commercial clients. Currently on over 120 radio stations in the US and Canada and streamed worldwide on the Web, Terry plays investigative reporter Mike Kincaid on "Kincaid, The StrangeSeeker" as a feature of "Imagination Theatre". He's a character voice on such popular video games as Drakan and Motor City Online. His voiceover clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Nintendo, Princess Cruise Lines, The Jason project, Bayliner, the U.S. Army, The Inflatable Boatworks, and Northwest Ford Dealers. In adition to extensive freeland work, Terry is also a writer, producer and performer with his own production company and studio, Terry Rose Productions Inc.

Kathryn Shield as Shelly Mars

Kathryn Shield started her professional acting career at age 13 in her home town, Seattle. A graduate of Yale University, Kathryn has many New York and regional stage credits. She has performed with the Riverside Shakespeare Company, SoHo Rep, 13th Street Repertory Company, Oldcastle Theatre Company in Vermont, and Dartmouth Repertory in New Hampshire. Favorite roles include Desdemona in Othello, Ginger in "The 1940's Radio Hour", Quincy in the long-running "A Late Show", and Babe in "Crimes Of The Heart". In addition to her recurring role as Shelley Mars in "Kincaid The Strangeseeker" on radio, listeners can hear her voice in numerous Imagination Theatre productions. Ms. Shield has also written for stage and screen, and was a co-winner of the Warner Bros. television comedy writing competition. In 1999, Kathryn's most cherished dream came true when she adopted her beautiful little girl, Alexa.

Richard Sanders as Bigelow

Perhaps best known for creating the anal-retentive newsman "Les Nessman" in the CBS series "WKRP IN CINCINNATI", Richard has been a regular on three other TV series and has guest-starred on both sitcoms and dramas.

He's acted with many of the nation's noted theatre companies from the New York Shakespeare Festival at Lincoln Center to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. On Broadway he played "Mr. Linder" in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, "Raisin". Among Richard Sanders's writing credits is the NBC Movie Of The Week "FOUND MONEY" with starred Sid Caesar and Dick VanDyke.

He's appearing as a regular character "Mr. Bigelow" in the Imagination Theatre series, "Kincaid The Strange-Seeker", as well as numerous roles in several other Jim French radio productions.

Raffles, the Gentleman Thief

John Armstrong as A. J. Raffles

John Armstrong’s versatility has allowed him to perform in a glut of mediums including opera, concert musical theatre, improv theater and theater- theater with equal success. Armstrong is often praised for his acting as well as his singing. After his opening night as Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera Colorado, a critic from the Denver Post wrote:” John Armstrong has a rich Italian voice and the subtle comic timing of his movements on stage would have made him a star of the silent screen”. The Boulder daily Camera ballyhooed his Count Almaviva in the Marriage of Figaro: “John Armstrong’s magnificent portrayal of the Count expressed all the qualities that Mozart had intended.” Another ‘fabulous’ critic wrote in The Capitol Times, Wisconsin: “His Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha is immensely convincing. He is not afraid to let the moment carry the actor instead of the contrary”.

John made his operatic debut with Opera Colorado in Denver in their 1988 production of Gianni Schicchi as Simone and Pinnelino returning the following season to sing roles in the company’s productions of Falstaff and La Traviata. He then went on to perform several leading roles with Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theatre including Escamillio in Carmen, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algieri, The Duke in the Gondoliers, Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha and Lank in Girl Crazy. Other Opera and Musical performances include Mikado in The Mikado and Dick Dead Eye with Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte with Chicago Chamber Opera, La Mancha and Petrucchio in Kiss Me Kate with Madison Opera in Wisconsin and The Title role in Kopit and Yeston’s The Phantom in Cumberland Playhouse in Tennessee. John sang the lead role in Colorado Springs Symphony’s concert production of Nabucco and the role of Top in the Aspen Opera Festival’s production of The Tender Land by Copland.

John has performed numerous chamber works around the United States including works such as Carmina Burana, Elijah, The Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem Mass, The Beethoven Missa Solemnis and The Ninth Symphony. One of his favorite works to perform with Symphony is Ravel’s Don Quichote a Dulcinee.

Among the awards John has received his most memorable are First Place Finalist of the 1988 Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition in Denver and first place winner of the Bel Canto competition, which awarded him a study grant in Siena, Italy under the instruction of the head coach from La Scalla Opera: Maestro Walter Barracchi.

While finishing a Masters degree in Opera at the University of Colorado John involved himself in radio by writing jingles and performing commercials. John then trekked to Wisconsin and then Chicago performing in theater and opera for several years before returning to the Seattle area.

John now lives in Tacoma Washington with his wife Lucia Maria Caterina (Armstrong): (Since John always wanted to be at least partially Italian and couldn’t, he did the next logical thing…he married one.)…(Although he doesn’t think of his wife as partial)… He now spends much of his time as an actor in commercials and performing theatre and radio dramas.

Dennis Bateman as Harry "Bunny"

Dennis Bateman began his acting career onstage at Boca Raton’s Caldwell Playhouse. He went on to spend a year in the acting company of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and played a leading role in the first production of Shakespeare at the Alaska Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Heritage Repertory of Virginia, Highlands Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Music Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Onscreen Dennis can be seen teaching Cuba Gooding Jr. how to dive in Men of Honor (with Robert DeNiro). He is also featured in the films, The Beans of Egypt, Maine; Body Language; Inheritance; A Relative Thing; and Unforgivable. TV series include The Fugitive; Northern Exposure; and Pandora’s Clock. His favorite portrayal is of legendary newsman, Edward R. Murrow, in the “Dear Abby” biopic, Take My Advice. Dennis was for many years a narrator of talking books for the American Association for the Blind, and his other voice work will soon be heard on his upcoming website.

Lawrence Albert as Inspector MacKenzie

Larry has worked as an actor/director in the Seattle-Tacoma area for many years. In that time he has appeared in over one hundred stage productions. Some of his favorite stage roles are DOLITTLE in "MY FAIR LADY," FROGGY in "THE FOREIGNER," HERBIE in "GYPSY," ANDREW in "SLEUTH," ZEPPOLI in "JUNGLE QUEEN DEBUTANTE" and HARRY BROCK in "BORN YESTERDAY." As a director he has helmed award-winning productions of "MY FAIR LADY," "THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR," "SHADOWLANDS," "SHERLOCKS LAST CASE" "BILOXI BLUES" and "HARVEY." Other directorial assignments have included "OKLAHOMA," "THE WIZARD OF OZ," "BRIGADOON," "L'IL ABNER," "BLITHE SPIRIT" and "COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN."

For one season Larry was a semi-regular performer on the FOX NETWORK series "TOTAL HIDDEN VIDEO". He has been seen on the tube in the CBS series "THE FUGITIVE " and "NORTHERN EXPOSURE." Some of his commercial appearances have been for NBC-TV, KELLOGGS, WRIGLEY'S GUM and CHEVROLET as well as enacting featured roles in two major films, Warner Bros. "BORN TO BE WILD" and Agate Productions "DARKDRIVE."

A talented voice artist, Larry has been heard in dozens of radio commercials and as the voice of several different characters on CD-ROM games. For thirteen years now Larry has been a frequent actor on the Jim French dramatic radio series "THE KIRO MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE," "THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY NILE," "KINCAID, THE STRANGESEEKER" "RAFFLES, THE GENTLEMAN THIEF" and " IMAGINATION THEATRE," of which for the latter he has also been a contributing writer and director. For the last ten years he has been the voice of Dr. John H. Watson on the nationally syndicated dramatic radio series "THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES" and "THE CLASSIC ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. In 2005 he assumed the the title role in the Harry Nile series.

Gary Schwartz as Sargeant Clyde

Gary Schwartz is director of Intuitive Learning Systems and the Northwest Theater Games Center. www.intuitivelearningsys.org and www.spolin.com.,

Gary’s mentor and teacher was Viola Spolin, the internationally recognized originator of Theater Games - the basis of improvisational theater. Along with her son, Paul Sills, Viola Spolin created the techniques utilized by the founders of Chicago's Second City as well as thousands of other improvisational troupes worldwide.

Gary began his 17 year association with Ms. Spolin in 1977. He is a master Spolin Theater Games coach and the only teacher to earn an endorsement by both Paul Sills and Viola Spolin.

"Gary Schwartz is a gifted player and coach. He has a thorough understanding of my work."- Viola Spolin "Gary Schwartz was very close to Viola for years, and one of her best students. I've had him in several workshops now and find he's the best side coach around, including me." - Paul Sills

He is co-founder and director of The Spolin Games Players, a group of established actors (including Dan Castelanetta, the voice of Homer Simpson) performing Improv in Los Angeles since 1988. He now directs The Spolin Players Northwest, a second incarnation and sister company of the successful LA group. They perform regularly in Seattle. (www.spolin.com/nowshowing.html)

Gary pursued a dramatic acting career, highlighted by his performance in the award winning film, QUEST FOR FIRE. On television, Gary co-starred with Ben Vareen in Hallmark Properties' Emmy winning children's TV series ZOOBILEE ZOO. He is half of the comedy team, SCHWARTZ & CHUNG. From 1977-1995 they performed in Los Angeles and around the U.S. appearing on TV numerous times with their comedy. They were regular contributors to AMERICA’S FUNNIEST PEOPLE in nine original comedy segments called “Cool Ways to Scare Your Mom.”

Gary has looped and improvised additional dialogue (ADR) for over 600 film and TV projects with The Loop Group, Los Angeles’ premiere loop group. For the last 20 years, The Loop Group provided the majority of all ADR voice casting in LA. Gary was a core member of this company and directed scores of looping sessions, working with directors like Robert Redford, Tim Burton, Barbara Streisand, Joel Schumacher, John Frankenheimer and Kenneth Brannagh.

Some of his television looping credits are: The Sopranos, Star Trek TNG, Star Trek DS9, Voyager & Enterprise, Twin Peaks, Lois and Clark, X-Files, Baywatch, Northern Exposure Films he's done include - As Good as It Gets, Batman Returns, Broadcast News, Prince of Tides, Island of Dr. Morreau, Pet Semetary 2, Bebe’s Kids, Fern Gully, Last to Surrender, Twister, Another 48 Hours, Nightmare Before Christmas, Anastasia, Little Princess, Cutthroat Island, Father of the Bride, I Love Trouble, The Fugitive, Quiz Show, Jurassic Park, Antz, End of Days, Bone Collector, Dinosaur, Space Cowboys, The Scorpion King, Planet of the Apes, Men In Black 2.

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