Kathy Voytko, Scott Logsdon, Kris Koop Ouellette and Gregg Goodbrod Play Chess in Dec. 8 Benefit Concert of Musical

By Michael Gioia
08 Dec 2013

Kathy Voytko
Kathy Voytko

Kathy Voytko, Scott Logsdon, Kris Koop Ouellette and Gregg Goodbrod headline a concert version of the musical Chess Dec. 8 at 2 PM at the Richland Performing Arts Center in Johnstown, PA.

Logsdon (Les Misérables), who also directs and stages the evening, plays Anatoly with Voytko (Nine, The Pirate Queen) as Florence, Koop Ouellette (Phantom of the Opera) as Svetlana and Goodbrod (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Freddie. Voytko and Koop Ouellette are former residents of the Johnstown area.

Also appearing are Michael L. Marra as Molokov, Buck Dietz as The Arbiter, Scott D. Miller as Walter, Michael Misko as Gregor Vassy, Sarah Bell as Young Florence and Nathan Magee as Vigand.

Rounding out the ensemble are Ranita Bowers, Mary (McClure) Mauzy, Kevin Bean, Adam Bukosky, Jayme Brooks, Nathan Cook, Josh Devett, Kelly Devett, Emily Felton, Tiffany Stanley, Carrie Law, Mari Grace Lingenfelter, Chris McAllister, Katie Strong, Jacob St. Clair and Kim Rauch. The Chess Game dancers are Kennedy Hess, Harris Estep and Brett Wyar.

Musical direction is by Ben Easler, and Kim Rauch serves as the choral director.

"We are excited and proud to have been specially granted the rights to produce this incredible musical in concert form. It will be a thrill for our students and alumni to perform alongside former area residents who went on to have wonderful careers on Broadway," said Scott D. Miller, executive director of the RPAC, in an earlier statement.

The concert acts as a fundraiser for a scholarship founded by the Richland Theatre Boosters, in memory of Kiersten Robertson, a Richland student who was killed in an automobile accident on opening night of her school musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2011.

Chess features lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice (Evita, The Lion King, Aida) and music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA.

The musical, according to press notes, "focuses on the professional and personal intrigues surrounding the World Chess Championship between the American title holder and his Russian challenger."

Chess is produced by Kim Rauch and Scott D. Miller. Other members of the creative team include sound designer Ryan Santichen and Matt Summerson, lighting designer William Sievers, costume designer Rachel Zoborowski and choreographer Jackie Willnecker.

Richland Performing Arts Center is located at 1 Academic Avenue, Johnstown, PA. For information and tickets, call (814) 269-0300 or visit RichlandPAC.com.