Orange County Cast Members

Harriet Bennish

Harriet Bennish (LILLY LEDBETTER, Music Director) is a conservatory trained musician with a degree in applied voice. Her musical theater credits include The American Girls Revue, The Most Happy Fella, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, and Working.  Opera credits include The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and Madame Butterfly.  She is also the lead singer for a Klezmer band in Long Beach, CA. Harriet has a private voice studio in Long Beach.

Christi Bettingen

Christi Bettingen (GLORIA STEINEM, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, ANNE HUTCHINSON) has more than 20 years in entertainment and mass communications. She has performed extensively as a singer throughout southern California and as far as China. Her experience as a performer and talent includes television and radio commercials, spokesperson, and host of the “Primetime Talk” cable show in Los Angeles.

Suzanne Boston

Suzanne Boston (SUSAN B. ANTHONY, SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR) is a certified Paralegal with an accounting background. She has three children and she studied art in Florence, Italy and enjoys painting. Loving to volunteer, she builds homes for Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build.

Kristin Van Etten

Kristin Van Etten (VIRGINIA WOOLF, GLORIA STEINEM, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON) has done film and stage work, including A Christmas Carol, Showoff!, and the Broken Badge at Camino Real Playhouse. She has studied at the NY Film Academy and the Lee Strasborg Acting and Film Institute. She likes to sing country and blues music.

Ginni Gordon

Ginni Gordon (ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, BILLIE JEAN KING, MARY KAY ASH) has been a dancer for many years and presently performs and teaches Polynesian dance. She is a retired dental hygienist/college professor who works with Parents of Teens in the area of effective parenting. She is a Prayer Practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living in Costa Mesa.

Marty Green

Marty Green (MARY YOUNG PICKERSGILL, SARAH GRIMKE, MARGARET SANGER, BETTY FRIEDAN) was a theatre major at UCSB and studied at HB Studios in NYC, danced in Vegas and NY where she marched in the Women’s Day Parade in 1971. She worked in the music industry managing Roy Ayers and Freddie Hubbard. She is active with WomenSage, the Southern Calif. Blues Society and the Newport Beach Film Society.

Deanna Kenney

Deana Kenney (MELANIE) has been trained in voice, acting, stage movement, and dance with Ellen Prince and at Del Mar Media Arts. Deana has done voice over work for films and commercials. She is a featured soloist at Unity Community Center and at Saddleback College.

Nancy Klann

Nancy Klann (SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR) worked as a marketing and advertising executive for twenty years before leaving corporate life to spend full-time on her art and fiction writing. Learning about We Did It For You! through workshops, she joined the cast as a performer newbie.

Pauli Merry

Pauli Merry (SOJOURNER TRUTH, ROSA PARKS, PAULI MURRY) happily volunteers her time to perform in the play, and is an avid theatre goer. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology. She was a Vice President at Irvine Valley College and the Provost at the Pacific Coast Campus of Long Beach City College.

Anne Perrah

Anne Perrah (ANNE HUTCHINSON, BELLA ABZUG, ALICE PAUL) earned her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the Founder of Precious Child Enterprises and she runs an OC Montessori School. She is a published poet and author. Anne has performed in community theatre and volunteers as a Court-appointed Special Advocate for the OC Foster Care System.

Shirley Riga

Shirley Riga (MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, SUSAN B. ANTHONY, SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR) has been singing in choirs most of her life. Some of the choirs include WINGS, a women’s performing choir of Western Massachusetts, and the Threshold Choir of Orange County. She is currently a member of the Center Choir and Infinity at the Center for Spiritual Living of Newport Mesa. In her spare time, she is a freelance Court Reporter and sound healer.

Andrea Riggs

Andrea Riggs (RADICAL 60s WOMAN, ALICE PAUL) is an author, speaker, and workshop facilitator.  She has degrees in business and law from the University of Missouri.  Her holistic healing practice includes:  hypnotherapy, meridian tapping, guided imagery, NLP and meditation.  She is also the author of Wake Up, American Women.

Mary G. Schmidt

Mary G. Schmidt (MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, SUSAN B. ANTHONY) has been performing, singing, and dancing at the NoSquare Theater in Laguna Beach for 8 seasons. She is an award-winning glassblower, watercolorist, and published writer. Mary is currently a Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer.

Beverly Tazelaar

Beverly Tazelaar (RADICAL 60s WOMAN) has filled her life with marriages, traveling, and working. Her first job (at a soda fountain) at age 14 was for FW Woolworth, the first 5 and dime store in the country. This is Bev’s first play. She is a physical therapist and massage therapist.

Jane Hammond

Jane Hammond (HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, MARGARET SANGER) has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Central America, Chili, Kenya, and Thailand. This is Jane’s first play, although she was an excellent stage mom to her two beautiful and talented daughters. Her experience with the play has been a time of growth and fun.

Amber Davidson

Amber Davidson (LILLY LEDBETTER) is a singer and performer. She has performed many major opera roles, including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Musetta in La Boheme. She has performed lead in musicals including Brigadoon, Camelot, Oklahoma, Music Man and On the 20th Century. Amber tours nationally with Opera A LA Carte, a Gilbert and Sullivan opera company, and has won many vocal awards including first place in the Southern California Liszt competition.


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