WHO'S WHO: THE CAST OF RADIO GALS
Suzanne Cone (Azilee Swindle) is appearing in this production after an seven year break from theatre which included...getting married...opening a restaurant...having a baby...having another baby...having a breakdown...selling a restaurant...and regaining what little sanity she had in the first place. Throughout the years she has appeared in many productions — too numerous to mention. OK, if you insist, here are a few: Peter in Peter Pan, Laurie in Oklahoma, Catherine in Pippin, Sally in Caberet, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, and A Pile of Leaves in Wiggle Worm for which she was nominated for the best costume award in Mrs. Clifford's 2nd grade class. Her secret?...a Hefty bag, leaves, and a stapler! She like to thank The Longbranch Saloon staff for their support of her during this production....and, oh yeah..her family.
Mickey Dodge (Mable Swindle) Mickey’s theatre adventure began 10 years ago with an acting class “to improve my short term memory skills” after retirement. Radio GALs is her 32nd theatre performance on Savannah stages. In 2004 she was crowned Ms. Senior Savannh, and Ms. Vidalia Onion in 2005. She says it’s all about "attitude." Mickey and her husband Bill have eight children and seven grandchildren. She spends her time between husband, grandchildren and volunteering when she is not rehearsing a show.Thanks, Tom, for letting me be a ‘Hazelnut’!!!
Nicole Koplik (Gladys Fritts) has been active in the Savannah theater community for over fifteen years working with a diversity of theater companies. Her stage credits encompass numerous productions through the Savannah Shakespeare Festival, City Lights Theater, and the Savannah Theater Company. She is best known for her memorable musical roles in Cabaret and Gypsy, and comedic performances in Don’t Dress for Dinner, and Neil Simon’s Rumors at the Lucas Theater. She also produced and performed as Claire in the acclaimed Savannah production of Beautiful Bodies. Nicole is back on the stage after taking a break from theater to start a family.
Sandra Nix (America). This past January, Sandra drove down the east coast in a minivan with her pet rabbit "The Bunny". He insisted on moving back to the land of his birth after having lived in New York City for the past four and a half years. Sandra lived there nineteen years where she worked in numerous restaurants and pursued her dream of acting (how cliché). Her most notable performance was as Sally Cato in Cherry County Playhouse's production of Mame starring Loretta Swit. She was seen by Savannah audiences in 2002 when she produced and played Beatrice in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds. This production was directed by the wacky Tom Coleman and was The Bunny's acting debut. Sandra is very happy to be back home and nearer to her family.
Mark Rand (O.B.Abbott) is the creative director for recruitment publications at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has been involved in community theatre productions for over 15 years. He was most recently seen onstage in the Savannah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Othello and the City of Savannah's Cultural Arts Theatre productions of Little Women and Six Degrees of Separation.
Kim Albright Shabi (Rennabelle) is a native Savannahian. She performed in the Savannah Little Theatre, Young People’s Theatre and Stageside Desserts with Tom Coleman in the 1980’s and is delighted to be working with Tom and Suzanne again. Kim has performed at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and various casinos, resorts and cruise ships in her journey through 42 states and the Caribbean. Radio GALs is a wacky, fun-filled journey from beginning to end and this cast is a joy to work with.
Grace Diaz Tootle (Hazel Hunt) is a familiar face to Savannah's stages, having appeared in numerous productions with almostevery theater in town. She was most recently seen as Ouisa, in Six Degrees of Separation with the City of Savannah. Other credits include, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Popeye in Miss Firecracker Contest, Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and has been a regular cast member of Murder Afloat for 9 years. She is a Board member for the Little Theater of Savannah, has writen plays and directed children's summer acting camps for area theater programs. Some directing credits include, The Foreigner,The Nerd, Steel Magnolias, Beautiful Bodies and Art. She has appeared in several feature films, and the award-winning short film Wash, Dry, Fold. Grace is employed with USAirways and has four children, to whom she gives her greatest thanks, and undying love.