Sarah Mergener

The next member of the Rumpelstiltskin cast we would like to introduce is Sarah Mergener.

Sarah Jean Mergener (The Queen) is a Chicago-based actress originally from the small town of Hartford, Wisconsin, and yes she is a proud cheese head! Sarah got her BA in theatre arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before making Chicago her home. Sarah has worked regionally at the Towle Theater, the Broadway Dinner Theater (now known as the Palace Theater in the Dells), toured with the Missoula Children's Theater as an actor/director, and has worked with a handful of Chicago theatre companies. Her most recent endeavor was portraying the infamous role that Madeline Kahn originated in Young Frankenstein with the North Riverside Players. She would like to thank Jerry and Mike for this opportunity as well as her family and friends for their continued love and support and she follows her dreams.

Sarah is a pleasure to work with and she truly is a regal Queen!
  
    

Van Ferro

    
  
The next member of the cast we want you to meet is Van Ferro. Van is a professional stage and screen actor. He has been featured in NBC’s Chicago Fire, Fox’s Empire & Netflix’s Easy  TV as well as multiple theatrical productions such as The Producers & Curtains (OLPD); The Odd Couple, Little Women & The Lump (MPTG).

This is Van’s first appearance with The Sigman Brothers and he is playing the pivotal role of The Tax Collector in this current production. Van is a very charismatic figure on stage and brings a deep enthusiasm for the work to every rehearsal.

 He would like to thank the Sigman Brothers for this great opportunity to be in a medieval play.

We are grateful to have him as part of the Rumpelstiltskin family!
  
    

Alaina Wis

    
The next member from the cast of our upcoming show Rumpelstiltskin we are featuring in our “Meet the Cast” section is Alaina Wis.

Alaina (Emma) is excited to make her return to the Chicago stage after spending the last two years in Hong Kong, working full-time for Disney as a Principal Vocalist. There, she was thrilled to get to know some very special characters, including Ariel, Elsa, and Rapunzel. This is her first performance at Pheasant Run. Previous regional credits include Metropolis' A Christmas Carol (Belle/Katherine), Williams Street Repertory's Tenderly (Rosemary Clooney u/s), and 1,000 Words: A New Musical in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Alaina graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is also an up-and-coming voiceover artist. Her voice can be heard endorsing Head & Shoulders, promoting the 2019 National Tour of Xanadu, and narrating the upcoming Australian reality TV show, Champagne Showgirls. Glory to God, gratitude to her family and friends.

The Sigman Brothers are proud and excited to have her as part of the world premiere of Rumpelstiltskin.
    

Dan Wilson

  
For our last show JOAN, we introduced a new feature on our website called “Starring”. In it we focused on a different cast member each week or so, giving a bit of their background and performance history. We received a lot of positive feedback on that feature so we tweaked it a bit, changed the title of the feature to “ Meet Our Cast” and will be doing it again for our upcoming show, RUMPELSTILTSKIN, opening Friday, October 19th.

What better way to begin than with the actor playing the title character in the show, Dan Wilson?

This is Dan’s 4th show with The Sigman Brothers. Previously, he played Jacques in JOAN, Schechter in ETUDE, and then the King in our restaging of JOAN earlier this year. Dan appeared recently as King Triton in the Buffalo Grove Park District production of The Little Mermaid.

Dan is a classically trained lyric baritone from Zionsville, IN. His off-stage activities include carpentry, audio recording, directing, and teaching. His wonderful baritone voice compliments a powerful stage presence and an engaging and energetic acting style.

Dan has become a staple member of The Sigman Brothers production team, assisting with set design and construction as well as running the lights and sound for other productions at Pheasant Run Theater, in addition to all the roles he has created.  He is a joy to work with.

Rumpelstiltskin may just well be Dan’s greatest challenge as a performer yet!