Cast


The Performers Behind the Voices:

TODD TAYLOR (Narrator) is is a veteran of the Civic stage, having performed in 42 of their 92 productions! His favorite roles are Dr. Haggett in The Late Christopher Bean, Touchstone in As You Like It, Judge Dempsey in Strictly Dishonorable, Harold in Orphans, and recently John Cleary in The Subject was Roses. Todd is a salon hairstylist and lives in Clintonville with his dog, Prince.

HAROLD YARBOROUGH (Winnie-the-Pooh) is thrilled to be back at the Civic, if only in voice. In 2017, he played the iconic role of Ebenezer in that year's production of A Christmas Caol after stints in Driving Miss Daisy and Antigone. Other shows include Annie, Big River, Ragtime, Les Miz and The Boys Next Door. Praise God for the opportunity to do this show, and undying support from wife Vickie, family and friends, and a special thanks to Ken and Robin.

VICKY WELSH BRAGG (Eeyore) is excited to be back at the Civic as voice performer. Some of her other roles at Civic include Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mother Courage in Mother Courage, Violet Venable in Suddenly Last Summer, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; and a favorite – performing in Love Letters with her husband. She was a member of Actor’s Theatre for many years, where she played such various roles as fairies (Titania – A Midsummer Night’s Dream); queens (Gertrude – Hamlet and Tamora in Titus Andronicus; Eleanor in The Lion in Winter); a shrew (Kate Taming of the Shrew) and the devil (Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus). Other credits include Tallulah Bankhead in Looped; and Juanita Bartlow in Sordid Lives at Evolution; voice over work, film and video. Thank you Richard and my talented cast mates for this opportunity.

ABBY DORN (Roo) is happy to be a part of The Great Gatsby. This is her 14th production with the Civic, appearing in Beyond Therapy, Road to Mecca, Mrs. Warrens Profession and A... My Name is Alice. She directed The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines, the first show of our 2020 season. Abby has a B.A. in theatre from Drew University and is a yoga teacher and musician. She is grateful for the adventure of working with sons and her mother, as well as the rest of this wonderful group.

TRACY W. TUPMAN (Owl) has been active in theatre as an actor (in Hamlet as Horatio, Arsenic and Old Lace as Jonathan Brewster, Heartbreak House as Capt Shotover and, most recently The Importance of Being Ernest as Dr. Chasuble. As a director, he has mounted Deathtrap, Much Ado About Nothing, Carousel, A Thurber Carnival, and as a playwright (with several productions by university and community theatres) since the earth first began to cool.

DEBBIE SHAW (Rabbit) is pleased to lend her voice to the Civic’s latest radio play after appearing in their stage productions of Much Ado About Nothing and A Thurber Carnival. She garnered Columbus Alive’s Best Supporting Actress award in 2000 as The Professor (Harpo) in the Lawyers Performance Ensemble’s Animal Crackers, ironically without uttering a word! She performed in several original musicals with the First UU church choir including Stardust & Earthbeams and the Gershwin revue They All Laughed and classic musicals in Pennsylvania where she grew up. Debbie enjoys reading, card games, and storytelling and is a retired reference librarian living in Clintonville with her husband/musician Carl Yaffey and their ever-present/changing herd of deer.

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