Ensemble

Bill Koch

Artistic Director

Bill is honored to be directing the Players for their 69th season, in the Old Stone Barn Theater, otherwise known as the Opera House.  He worked as the Company Manager of the Players from 1985-1987 and as the Artistic Director of both the Opera House and the Brewery Follies from 1988-1992.  A graduate of Montana State University (GO BOBCATS!), he created The Firehouse 5 Playhouse in Livingston, MT which he owned and operated for ten years.   He has taught both College courses and High School Speech & Drama.  He has also worked with theater companies from Seattle to Missoula to Bozeman to Billings to Fort Collins, Colorado, for the past thirty years.  He is very excited and honored to be keeping this theatre alive, historic and entertaining.

Christina Koch

Company Manager / Actress

Christina loves being the Company Manager and an Actress for the Illustrious Virginia City Players.  She holds an AA in Classical Vocal Performance and a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She has worked as a performer, Music Director, Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer and Stage Manager in various theatres around Denver.  Her favorite roles include Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel & Dimed, Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress, Amjulitte in Frankenstein, Lili Fontaine in The Phantom of the Opera, and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty.  Christina is thrilled and honored to be running the VC Players with her Artistic Director and husband, Bill Koch. When not on stage, she can be found playing the role of Madame Librarian at the Madison County Library in Virginia City!

John and Micki Benedict

Producers

John and Micki, of Benedict Builders, both moved to Madison County from the Midwest in 1974. John landed in Virginia City and Micki landed in the Ruby Valley, where they raised their children. Now both full-time residents of Virginia City they would never consider leaving because Virginia City truly is, “the last best place.” They were involved with the Virginia City Players in the past and loved every minute. They are very excited to be a part of this illustrious company once again!

Stephen Alan Seder

Stage Manager / Designer / Actor

Stephen is originally from Billings, Montana. He has worked for companies such as the Helena Theatre Company, the Myrna Loy Center, Grandstreet Theatre, the Blue Slipper Theatre, and the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York. In 2014, Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montana where he studied Acting and Media Arts. This past year Stephen became the adjunct professor of media design, and interim technical director for the Carroll College Theatre Program. He worked as a designer on projects such as The Big Magic, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Laramie Project, and The Little Mermaid. Stephen is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts with Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington and he also owns his own videography and photography company called SederMedia LLC. He is so excited to be back home in Virginia City for his 7th summer breathing life into more characters on the Opera House stage. Thank you so much for your patronage of the beautiful, and historic Virginia City Opera House. We love what we do here, and we love you for joining us. Enjoy the performance!

Laura Long

Costume Designer / Actress

Now a full-time resident of Virginia City, Laura spent most of her life in Colorado where she owned and operated a sign company for twenty years with her husband Walter. Throughout her life she produced countless articles of clothing for everyday use, as well as, a wide variety of costumes. Laura is thrilled to be spending another summer as the Costume Designer for her daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Bill Koch. In addition to dressing the Players in gorgeous costumes, she has also performed as Marm Crockett in Davy Crockett, Widow Daus in Frankenstein, Molly Loveless in On the Gold Trail with Deadwood Dick, Madame Lorenzo in The Phantom of the Opera, Queen Beatrice in Sleeping Beauty, and Margaret in Robin Hood!

Robert Harsch

Musical Director / Actor

Robert Harsch has been an actor, technician, composer, musician, and sound designer in various locales, including Black Hills Playhouse, MCT Community Theater, Montana Repertory Theater, Blue Slipper Theater, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone (MCT, Jan. 2016) and the title role in VCP’s The Phantom Of The Opera (Aug. 2015). In the off-season he plays piano at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Missoula and this past autumn was Musical Director for Peter & The Starcatcher at his alma mater, University of Montana. He is a member of Musicians of Western Montana, Local No. 498-642 of The American Federation of Musicians.

Robert is delighted to be returning for a fifth [insert drunken hiccup here] season as Musical Director for The Illustrious Virginia City Players, creating original scores for the melodramas and assembling the variety vignettes with the rest of the variably vigorous vagrants.

Outside the theater, he is the personal Two-Legger for famous greyhound actress, Penny Lane.

Alyssa Bosch

Front of House Manager / Actress

This summer marks her fifth as a Virginia City Player. Originally from Havre, MT and having earned her BFA in Theatre from The University of Montana, Alyssa currently spends her winters in Denver where she most recently performed as Goneril in King Lear. Returning visitors to the Opera House may recognize her as Bronwyn, the witch in Robin Hood, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, or Sleeping Beauty. In addition to her acting credits, Alyssa is also a director, playwright, and educator.

Logan Custer

Actor

This is Logan's fifth year with the Illustrious Virginia City Players. He is honored to be back and to, once again, have the opportunity to bring joy, laughter and perhaps a few tears to the old and new patrons of the Opera House. When he's not on the Virginia City stage you can find him residing in Denver. He has recently portrayed Bob Cratchit, in Christmas Carol, and Bernard Litko, in Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Audacious Theatre. He has also recently directed Venus in Fur for 5th Wall Productions. He believes in the power of theatre to bring joy and spread ideas and he hopes you leave today's performance with a renewed enthusiasm for theatre and life.

Danielle Sather

Actress

Danielle is so pleased to be a returning player this summer. She has recently received an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Montana. Previous education includes an M.A. in Performance Studies with an emphasis in prison theatre. Most recently Danielle was seen in American Idiot (the musical) as St. Jimmy, though you may remember her as Maid Marian in last summer's Opera House adaptation of Robin Hood. 

Christina Scruggs

Actress

Christina is thrilled to be back at the Virginia City Opera House! This will be her second season as a Virginia City Player. She has been enamored with theatre since the day she played a chicken in her eighth grade production of Chicken Little… and found out she could make people laugh! Since then, she has graduated with a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Montana and also spent three seasons with The Brewery Follies of Virginia City. Some of her favorite roles include Girl Bear/Mrs. Thistletwat in Avenue Q, Hermia from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Columbia from The Rocky Horror Show. In her free time she loves to read, paint, eat Greek food, do yoga, make jewelry, pet ALL the doggies and kitties, meditate, and have weird conversations with her old miniature poodle Hubble. Christina would like to thank all of the people that have inspired her in her life and especially thank her grandmother for believing in her dreams and making her the person she is today. Se agapó, yaya.

Jason Moreland

Actor

Jason Moreland spent his youth pirating the harbors and docks of olde Cape Cod, so the opportunity of playing  Long John Silver is an adventure he could not resist! Jason last appeared on this stage in 2013 as the monster in Frankenstein and Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Most recently, Jason appeared as Pap Finn in Big River in Livingston Mt. He wowed audiences with his multiple character portrayals in Tomfoolery, The Dining Room, Tuna Christmas and The Good Doctor among many otheres.  When not on stage Jason entertains local audiences with his musical collaborations.  During milder weather, he travels, landscapes his property and tends his garden, bees and chickens with his lovely wife Shannon. He is thrilled to return to this company of rare and talented performers.  Yo ho ho!

Arnold Smithson

Assistant Box Office Manager

Arnold Smithson is excited to come back for his second year! Even though he currently studies Computer Science at Montana State University, he loves the arts. He’s acted in school plays such as Me and My Shadow, Robin Hood, and Arsenic and Old Lac” since he was five and participated in speech and debate in high school. As for college, he always jumps at the opportunity to do anything theater related, like talent and comedy shows. When not in class, he enjoys bantering with friends, as well as baking sweet desserts!  He’s super excited to be part of the family again!

Jessica Lifferth

Actress

Jessica has been in many productions. Some of her noteworthy shows are Into The Woods as Cinderella and Rapunzel, Arsenic and Old Lace as Abby Brewster, The Curious Savage as Mrs.Savage, and Martin and Margaret and the MINDSWAP as Margaret. She hopes to one day work for a broadway production and get paid for doing what she loves most. She is currently attending Brigham Young University and majoring in theatre performance.

Tyler Davis

Actor

Tyler grew up in Denver, Colorado and is currently on his Junior year studying Theatre Performance at Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. Besides acting in and writing sketches for the university's sketch comedy group called "The Humor Code" for one year, he has performed in other mainstage productions. Tyler played Tommy Dijlas in The Music Man for the Rexburg Community Theatre, Action in West Side Story for the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver, and Dale in a student written and directed production called Please Wait to Be Seated at BYU-Idaho. Tyler eventually wants to act for film and teach theatre on the college or high school level. He is ecstatic about joining the Virigina City Players family and looks forward to what the future holds.

James Kay

Actor

James Kay is currently enrolled at the University of Montana's School of Theatre and Dance, where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre. He started in theatre in a community production of The Passion of the Christ, where he played the lead role of Caiaphas, the High Priest. He then went on to play that same role for two years before furthering his education at the University. His favorite role to date at the University is Elle’s Dad (Plus Ensemble) in Legally Blonde: The Musical! Upon graduating with his BFA, James intends to pursue a career on the stage, where he hopes to fulfill his dream role of Javert in Broadway's Les Miserables.

Cody LaPorta

Actor

This is Cody's first summer being a member of the players and he couldn’t be more excited! Currently he is working towards getting his degree in theatre with hopes of getting an MFA in Musical Theatre someday. He has done many productions mostly at Flathead Valley Community College which he currently attends. His most notable role though would be as Jean Valjean in ATP’s production of Lés Miserablés.

Brandon Peterson

Fight Choreographer

Brandon is so grateful to be a contributor to the 2018 season. This will mark his 5th season being involved with the Opera House. Favorite roles of his as a Player include Robin Hood, Rip Van Winkle and Brom Bones in Sleepy Hollow. He studied stage combat as part of his BFA in Theatre Arts from Central Washington University. Special thanks to Bill and Christina. "Players Assemble!"