A black and white image of actress Nancy Opel wearing a black top and smiling softly at the camera.

Nancy Opel (Carrie Chapman Catt)
Tony-nominated actress Nancy Opel most recently played Madame in Cinderella on Broadway, at the Broadway Theatre, where she made her Broadway debut in the original company of Evita.

Previously, she starred in the world premiere of Taylor Macâ's play, Hir, at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Recently she appeared in the Barrington Stage production of On The Town and Washington D.C. audiences saw her as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Fordâ's Theatre. She played Huey Calhounâ's mama in Memphis on Broadway, and Melvin Ferdâ's mama/evil mayor Babs Belgoody in The Toxic Avenger Off-Broadway and at Houstonâ's Alley Theatre.

Other Broadway credits include Gypsy with Patti LuPone at City Center, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony nomination, Best Actress in a Musical), Triumph of Love, the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes, the original Sunday in the Park with George, and many others. She has originated roles in a number of David Ives plays in All in the Timing, Mere Mortals, and Polish Joke (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations).

Other favorite roles include the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone (national tour) and her seriocomic turn in My Deah (Obie Award). On television, she has appeared on, "The Big C," all the "Law and Orders," "Flight of the Conchords," "All My Children," and others.


Cathryn Wake (Alice Paul)
Cathryn Wake is an actor, singer and musician based in New York City. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 at the Imperial Theater.

As a stage actor, Cathryn has specialized in originating characters in new work. These roles in world-premiere productions include Jean Kerr, wife of Senator Joseph McCarthy, in Joe DiPietro’s Conscience (George Street Playhouse), real-life WWI veteran Louise LeBreton in The Hello Girls (Off-Broadway), Mara in Well-Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage), and Maggie in The Seedbed (New Jersey Rep).

Other notable theatre credits include The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), The Other Josh Cohen (Off-Broadway), The Glass Menagerie (Pittsburgh Public), The Second Girl (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Loch Ness (The Rev), and Ebenezer Scrooge’s…Christmas Show (The Old Globe).

On television, she has appeared on “Madam Secretary”, “Glee”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (as featured vocalist), “America's Got Talent”, “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, and “The 71st Annual Tony Awards”.

Cathryn received her BFA from Pace University and received the Classical Acting Certificate from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. @cathrynwake


MaKayla McDonald (Ida B. Wells)
American Soprano MaKayla McDonald is an active performer of opera, art song and new works. Currently, she is a participant for the Opera in the 21st Century Program with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. This past season, MaKayla returned to New Camerata Opera to premiere the role of Marie in Julie, a short film based on the life of Julie d’Aubigny. This film was an official selection at the 2020 Concepción Independent Film Awards in Concepción, Chile. In 2020, MaKayla was meant to join Manhattan Concert Productions as a soprano ringer for Symphony Chaco at Lincoln Center. This engagement was cancelled due to Covid-19. Recent past full production engagements include: Micaëla in Carmen with Utopia Opera (COVID-19 cancellation) and Cendrillon in Cendrillon (Viardot) with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and the premiere of the role of Princess Ursula in Bea Goodwin and Whitney George’s Princess Maleine, also with dAOE.

As a supporter of new and contemporary works, MaKayla has premiered various art songs and roles. Most notably, she worked with renowned composer Thea Musgrave for the New York premiere of The Story of Harriet Tubman, as the title character. Recently, she was featured on BBC Radio 3 during a feature with Musgrave about her chamber operas.

An active recitalist, MaKayla sang for University of Pennsylvania’s The Varied Carols I Hear, a celebration of the works of Walt Whitman. She regularly sings with New England art song organization, Calliope’s Call. This past Fall, MaKayla sang for their concert called, Songs of Gratitude. This summer, she will again join Calliope’s call for their recital I, Too, Sing America.


Joel Waggoner (Woodrow Wilson/Doctor)
Broadway: Be More Chill, School of Rock. Off-Bway: Southern Comfort (Public Theater), Regional: Knoxville (Asolo Rep). The Joel Waggoner Experience (Joe's Pub). Joel is a writer, actor, composer, music director, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, comedian, and one-time game show winner. His breakout series "Advent Carolndar" with Julia Mattison has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Ben Platt and NPR Weekend Edition. TV: “$100,000 Pyramid” Season 3 Premiere. Composer: Presto Change-o, SupaDupa Kid, Hester Street. Vocal Arranger: Broadway Bounty Hunter Off-Bway. MFA from NYU Tisch. “Unlikely Warrior” and "Get Into It, Queen" available on iTunes.


Carrie Chapman Catt
Alice Paul
Ida B. Wells
Lucy Burns
Anna Howard Shaw
Inez Milholland
Tacie Paul/Ensemble
Mary Church Terrell/Socialite/Ensemble/Alpha Suffrage Woman
Emmeline Pankhurst/Ensemble
Adela Pankhurst/Gibson Girl/Ensemble
Sylvia Pankhurst/Wealthy Woman/Ensemble
Christabel Pankhurst/Ensemble
Fancy Woman/Ensemble
Young Mother/Ensemble
Ensemble/Alpha Suffrage Woman
Ensemble/Alpha Suffrage Woman
Woodrow Wilson/Doctor
Winston Churchill/Ensemble
Judge/Wealthy Man/Ensemble
Police Officer/ Ensemble

Nancy Opel
Cathryn Wake
MaKayla McDonald
Dani Schmaltz
Karla Goettel
Marjorie Gast
Kristin Teig Torres
Erica Faye
Carrie Pozdol
Laurel Preston
Robin Kime
Abby Bastian
Angelica Luz
Lauren Leman
Kenesha Davis
Reubenlyn Williams
Melanie Hance Chervek
Blair Debolt
Emma Kossayian
Nancy Andreasen
Joel Waggoner
Jon Turk
Corky Bickel
Will Adams
Jakob Reha
Fred Kiser
Ian Woolverton-Weiss
Arikson Jacob
Thayne Lamb
Alex Gassman