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!

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.