Meet our fabulous cast!
Jordan LaMothe (Friedrich “Fritz” Nietzsche) hails from neighboring Hebron, NY, and has a long history of performing with his parents and siblings, including many shows here on the Fort Salem stage. He is a graduate of Williams College, where he studied both voice and saxophone. Previous credits include Hank (Happy If, Happy When) and The Judge (Sweeney Todd). Jordan is currently self-employed as a master knifemaker, and the opportunity to perform such a fine work with such a talented cast is a welcome treat. jordanlamothe.com
Hannah Gruendemann (Elisabeth Nietzsche) is a singer, actress, and composer based in New England. An alto who sings classical to contemporary, musical theater to chamber choir, Hannah recently graduated from Williams College, where she performed musical theater roles such as Marya Dmitriyevna (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1912) and Mrs. Anderssen (A Little Night Music), and opera roles such as Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus). Her compositions have premiered at N.E.O. Voice Festival, I/O New Music Festival, and Williams College. Hannah is in the midst of composing a new musical.
Erin Kennedy (Lou Salomé) is a NYC-based soprano whose classical training and contemporary interpretations make her equally at home in musical theater and opera. In 2020, she performed in the premiere of PIETÀ, a companion to Suor Angelica; she will sing Genovieffa in both operas this summer at the Narnia International Vocal Arts Festival in Narni, Italy. Erin graduated from Williams College, where she was a winner of the Berkshire Symphony Soloist competition and appeared as Adele (Die Fledermaus), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito), and Rapunzel (Into the Woods). She teaches private voice and piano, and studies with Andrea DelGiudice. @erin.k.kennedy / erinkennedysoprano.com
Michael Gallagher (Richard Wagner, Soldier 3, Julius Klingbeil,) has studied voice with Keith Kibler at Williams College for over a decade. He has been the music director of many musicals with the Dorset Players, Long Trail School, and Salem and Granville schools. Michael holds a degree in Music Composition from both Skidmore and Oberlin Colleges, in addition to a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cincinnati. He has also attended three years of the Lehman Engel Music Theater Workshop in NY as a composer and is currently in his seventeenth year of being the Music Director at Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester, VT.
Kyra Gee (Director, Cosima Wagner) is a rising senior at Yale University, double majoring in Theater Studies and Evolutionary Biology. She graduated from Granville High School in 2018, and lives with her family in Hebron. Kyra is an avid theatermaker, both on and off the stage. At Yale, she studies voice with Amy Justman, and has participated in shows such as Wakaresaseya (Director), Sweeney Todd (Assistant Director, Toby), Ajax in Iraq (Producer), Mary Jane (Mary Jane), American Idiot (Heather), and Radium Girls (Kathryn/Harriet). Previous show credits at Granville include The Sound of Music (Assistant Music Director, Maria), Little Women (Beth March), Into the Woods (Cinderella), and Peter Pan (Tinker Bell). Kyra has also performed with her family in regional and NYC productions of her parents’ original musical, Happy If Happy When (Eliza).
Kimerer LaMothe, PhD (Malwida von Meysenbug, Librettist, Lyricist, Composer) is the award-winning author of two musicals; six books on dance, philosophy, and religion, and over 100 blog posts for Psychology Today. With Gee, LaMothe has created and performed two solo dance concerts; seven cabaret-style variety shows; and a song cycle based on her fifth book, Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia University Press, 2015). Her musical Happy If Happy When premiered in 2017 at the Fort Salem Theater, and appeared three times in New York City in 2018: the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (nominated for Outstanding Lyrics and Music); the New York New Works Theatre Festival, and in a 5-show run at the Gene Frankel Theatre. LaMothe earned her doctorate in religion from Harvard University, and has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, and two from the Lower Regional Adirondack Arts Council. She is beyond grateful to this fabulous bunch of artists for bringing this musical to life. www.kimererlamothe.com.
Sue Caputo (Franziska) is thrilled to be back at Fort Salem Theater in Nietzsche!. Previous Fort Salem Theater credits (under the prior owners Jay and Lynne Kerr) include The Savanah Disputations, Women in my Life, Forever Plaid (dir/choreo), Getting my Act Together,Corn, AdirondackAwakening, Star-crossed, and Songs of War and Peace. Sue has worked professionally in many theaters in the Eastern Region including Capital Rep’s The Full Monty, M. Butterfly, James Joyce’s The Dead (choreo), Syncopation (choreo), Man of La Mancha (choreo), Boston Marriage (choreo), The Sisters Rosenweig (movement consultant), 33 Variations (movement consultant) and Gypsy (assist. choreographer), as well as various Next Act New Play staged readings including Gino Dilorio’s Crib (Lisa). Sue is especially grateful to Kimerer, Geoff and Kyra, Kyle and Jared, who are helping bring forward the post-pandemic Renaissance, and to her husband, Ralph, who has shared his “radical love for life” with her for the past 30+ years.
Dan Slavin (Bernhard Förster, Jakob, Soldier 1) is an actor, singer, and songwriter from Glens Falls, NY. He attended the University of Rochester where he performed with the Midnight Ramblers, and studied voice at the Eastman School of Music. Dan has performed all over the country doing a cappella, musical theatre, and occasionally improv comedy. Over the past few years, Dan has also discovered a passion for songwriting and his original music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube and more. Previous roles include Dave in The Full Monty, Hertz Klineman in Rock of Ages, Brocklehurst/Vicar in Jane Eyre, Lancelot in Spamalot, Shrek in Shrek the Musical, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. www.danielpslavin.com
Mowgli Giannitti (Carl von Gersdorff, Soldier 2, Paul Rée, Peter Gast) is an active Singer, Composer, and Bassist, regularly performing in a variety of projects across the Northeast in a variety of styles including Opera, Jazz, Bluegrass/Old-Time, Rock, and more. Since graduating from Bennington College with a focus on composition, he has collaborated with award-winning artists such as Souleymane Badolo, Edmar Colon, David Montgomery, Bertram Lehmann, Kitty Brazelton and Maxine Linehan, in a range of projects. Currently, he is composing/fronting a gospel-inspired Jazz/Rock Opera, Satyrdagg, as well as singing and playing bass in Terrible Mountain String Band, The Reflexions, The Heavy Nettles, and performing the role of Alypius in Kitty Brazelton’s developing opera, The Art of Memory. Mowgli currently serves as music faculty and choir director at The Long Trail School, in Dorset VT.
Leif LaMothe Gee (Young Fritz) has been performing with his family since he was three years old. He has appeared in the family’s cabaret shows, and originated the role of Ted in Happy If Happy When. This June, Leif completed sixth grade at Long Trail School in Dorset, VT, receiving Achievement Awards in music, theater, and math. As he enters the seventh grade, he is looking forward to playing soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. He loves reading and cats.
Sawyer Powers (Young Elisabeth) attends Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont where she is an incoming junior. This fall, she will enter the Higher Level International Baccalaureate course in Music. She has previously appeared in Hello Dolly!,Bah Humbug! as well as the Lion King Junior. Sawyer has developed a love of all things music over the past couple years of her life. She is super grateful to get back into acting and participate in such a great show!
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