Carmel Theatre Company presents Side by Side by Sondheim - May 4 to 13
    Carmel Theatre Company presentsSide by Side by Sondheim - May 4 to 13

Ellen Kingston (Director/Narrator/Singer) has been a Sondheim fan since her 1975 appearance in the title role of Gypsy, at the age of 19.  She reprised it again 12 years (and 2 kids!) later.  She has appeared in Company, You're  Gonna Love Tomorrow and A Little Night Music and performs numerous Sondheim works in her cabaret shows, including "What More Do I Need?", "Losing My Mind" and "Not a Day Goes By".  Ellen was a cast member of the ISO's Yuletide Celebration for many years and has sung with symphony orchestras throughout the country.  She has a long history of appearing at Beef & Boards, Footlite, Theatre on the Square, The Phoenix, The Edyvean, IRT Cabaret, Buck Creek and Raleigh's Dinner Theatre.  Ellen is a respected voiceover artist with a 40-year career, as well as an event planner, costume designer and performance coach.  She and husband Rick own Kingston's Music Showcase  and have four children and five grandchildren.  Ellen would like to thank John & June Clair, Willie & Deborah Wood, David Duncan, DeDe Mantock, Laurel Goetzinger and the lovely cast; Gail Payne, Carolyn Lynch, Thom Brown and Matthew Vire. God is good!


An avid Sondheim lover and successful solo cabaret artist, Gail Payne has performed in several acclaimed Indianapolis venues such as The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, The Jazz Kitchen, IRT Cabaret Room, and The Chatterbox, as well as several venues in St. Louis, including the Sheldon Auditorium where she opened for Tony-award-winner Faith Prince and Jason Graae last summer. Catch her latest show “This is U.S….We hold these tunes to be self-evident” July 7th at The Cabaret, now at Indiana Landmark’s Cook Theatre, downtown Indianapolis. Follow Gail on her Website or @GailPayneSings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Matthew Vire’s favorite roles have included Treplev in The Seagull at the University of Iowa, Jamie in The Last Five Years and Victor in Private Lives with Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, Herschel in Modern Orthodox for the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, and most recently Younger Brother in Ragtime with St. Luke’s. During Ragtime, he had the good fortune of meeting the gracious, beautiful and talented Ellen Kingston, who kindly invited him to audition for Side by Side. Matthew earned his BA in Theatre from the University of Maine, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa. He lives and works in Indianapolis with his husband, inspirational comedian Kevin Wanzer. 

Carolyn is thrilled to be a part of this talented cast in her first show with Carmel Theater Company! Past shows include Monty Python's Spamalot (Laker Girl/Ensemble), Suds, the Rockin' 60's Musical Soap Opera (Dee-Dee), Annie (Grace), and Sound of Music (Elsa). She has also performed in numerous cabarets and with various groups around the city. Carolyn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Butler University and is currently employed with Avant Healthcare Marketing, here in Carmel. She would like to thank everyone who was involved in this show for being so welcoming, committed, and fun to work with. She would also like to give a special shout out to her hubby, fat dog, family, friends and co-workers who are so awesome and supportive!

Thom Brown is a Lyric Tenor involved in numerous musical productions across the Indianapolis area. Thom has sung with the Indianapolis Opera, Indiana Opera Theatre, Indianapolis Arts Chorale, Voce, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. He currently is a tenor soloist engaged by the First Christian Science Church in Indianapolis. Thom has also performed over 60 roles in a variety of musical theatre venues in Indy. His favorite roles include the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (Civic Theatre), Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (CTS), and Ernest in The Importance of Being Ernest (Beef and Boards Recently, he released an album entitled simply “Thom Brown Tenor” available on ITunes. Thom would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Ellen for taking on this project and kudos to his very talented cast mates. Thom received his BM in voice from Butler University and his MM from Indiana University and has studied with Linda Eder, Roy Samuelson, and Michael Sylvester. He currently teaches music and is the Literacy Coach for the IPS Public School System.

David Duncan – (Accompanist/actor) David is a pianist, organist, conductor and choral arranger. He is one of the most sought after musicians in the Indy area. He received both bachelor & master of music degrees in piano performance from IU. He has worked with the ISO, The Great American Songbook H.S. vocal competition with Michael Feinstein, Indianapolis Children's Choir, and Encore Vocal Arts Ensemble. He has been pianist/conductor for IRT, ATI, Civic Theatre, Beef 'n' Boards Dinner Theatre and the Bose Lyric Theatre at Anderson U. He is currently Keyboard Artist/Choral Arranger for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and organist at Zionsville United Methodist Church. He is also the staff accompanist & choral arranger at Franklin Central H.S., home of the national award winning Franklin Central Singers. 

DeDe Mantock is thrilled to be playing among friends again. She moved to Indianapolis from West Lafayette, where she was Associate Director of Purdue Musical Organizations from 1979-1988. She Accompanied for Carmel High School's Ambassadors Show Choir under Ron Hellems.  She got her start in the Indy Musical Theatre scene then as Musical Director with Theater on the Square's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Vocal Coaching/Musical Directing La Cage Aux Faux at Civic Theater, various work at Raleigh's Dinner Theater, the Bluebird Dinner Theater in Fountaintown, and having worked with David Duncan at Geist Christian Church. She continues today Accompanying the Church Choir under Schuyler Brinson. DeDe is married to Gregg Mantock who works for Cisco Systems. They have two sons, Elliott and Rob.

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