Jan Scott (Artistic Director)
Jan is happy to be back directing the eighteenth production of The King’s Players, the group that she conceived, co-founded and for which she received Mt. Prospect’s prestigious Home Town Shining Star Award for enhancing the performing arts in her community. Outside of the theatre, Jan uses her creative skills planning magical vacations as a Travel Planner with Starship Travel in Arlington Heights. Be sure to visit her website and “Like” her Jan’s Magical Travel Facebook page! Jan is a lifelong member of St. Mark where she serves on the church council and sings in the adult choir.
Kim Perlich (Costume Director)
Kim is delighted to return to her role of Costumer for The King’s Players. She started with TKP in 2001 as co-founder of the group and costumer for its first production, Oklahoma! She has since designed and created costumes for TKP’s Bye Bye Birdie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Good News!, Crazy for You, Cinderella, Children of Eden, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Once On This Island, The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins. Kim’s real-life occupation doesn’t take her far away from the sewing machine. As a self-employed wedding designer, she plays ‘costumer’ to bridal parties throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond. When not threading a needle, Kim and her husband, Hans, travel the country with the goal of riding every major roller coaster in America!
Erica Stanko (Choreographer)
Erica is excited and honored to return to The King’s Players for her tenth summer. She joined the TKP family in 2004, performing in Good News, Footloose, and as Polly in Crazy
for You. Other favorite roles include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Tammy in Hairspray and a featured singer/dancer in Swing. Erica graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in special education and currently works at Northwest Special Recreation Association, providing recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Mitch Johnson (Orchestra Director)
Ten years after his first performance playing keyboard with the troupe, Mitch is thrilled to join The King’s Players production staff for the first time. By day, Mitch runs the communications and multimedia operations for the Village of Niles. By night, he teaches music ensembles in High School District 214. In addition to assisting with choral ensembles, he is the lead marching instructor for the award-winning Prospect High School Marching Band. Mitch has accompanied numerous shows for schools and community theater in the Chicago suburbs, most recently Kiss Me Kate, RENT, Urinetown (music director), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid, Big Fish, Mary Poppins, Side By Side By Sondheim, In The Heights, and Aida. Mitch would like to thank all of his colleagues and students who constantly remind him of the joys of music and make the world a better place.
This summer, rather than doing a book musical, we will put together our own revue show, giving our cast an extraordinary opportunity to perform musical numbers from a variety of shows – even more than they would in an ordinary book musical! It will be a challenging and creative endeavor.
Putting on a production that features a variety of song and dance numbers is a lot of hard work. The cast starts learning complex songs and dances at the very first rehearsal.
“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.”
— Gene Kelly
Announcing: The King’s Players’ 2018 Summer show:
Performances will be held on July 26-29, 2018 at the Forest View Educational Center Theater, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights.
The staff, cast and crew of The King’s Players would like to acknowledge the following people and organizations who have generously donated time, money, products or services:
Gregg and Betsy Duncan
Pastors, staff, and congregation of St. Mark Lutheran Church
Patrick Zielinski and Nelia Bernabe at D214 Community Education