Benjamin has been actively doing theatre since '01. He's been performing locally in Rolla's OAT, UMR-MS&T & Newburg's Lyric Live & The Muny, St Louis:
'01 ANNIE orphan/ensemble
'02 OKLAHOMA ensemble/cowboy
'03 OLIVER orphan/pickpocket
'04 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ensemble
'05 SOUND OF MUSIC Kurt von Trapp
'06 JOSEPH-DREAMCOAT Benjamin
'07 ANYTHING GOES sailor/cameraman
'07 BIG, THE MUSICAL Billy Kopecki
'07 WHITE CHRISTMAS ensemble
'08 MUSIC MAN Tommy Djilis
'08 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Bert
'09 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM protean
'09 SCROOGE THE MUSICAL Tom Jenkins
'10 BABES IN TOYLAND Tom-Tom
'11 LEND ME A TENOR Bell Hop
'13 PETER PAN - Starkey pirate
'13 FOOLS - Count Gregor
'13 INTO THE WOODS - Rapunzel's Prince
'14 THE DROWSY CHAPERONE -
'15 MEET ME IN ST LOUIS - Lon Smith Jr
'15 LUCKY STIFF-
'04 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Lil Jake
'04 CHRISTMAS SCHOONER young Karl
'06 FOOTLOOSE teen ensemble
'10 BEAUTY & THE BEAST dancer
OAT's Follies: Lyric Variety show:
'03 '04 '05 '08 '09 '10 '12 '13 '05 '06 '07
So You Think You Can Dance-Rolla - '11 1st place
Mary Poppins; Step In Time - Tap
'07 TOM SAWYER musical Huck Finn
FINE LINEN DRAMA:
'09 PIRATES OF PENZANCE Sgt of Police
'10 PRIDE & PREJUDICE Mr Bingley
'11 SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Wickershem Bro (#1)
THE MUNY (St Louis)
'10 FOOTLOOSE teen ensemble
'11 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN teen ensemble
'12 CHICAGO teen ensemble
'12 PIRATES pre-show
'12 A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Robbie
'13 GUYS & DOLLS Joey Biltmore (dance captain)
'14 OKLAHOMA - Will Parker
'15 A NEW BRAIN - Mr Bungee
'15 LEGALLY BLONDE - Emmet Forrest
He's also interned with OAT as a tech, worked on props, set building, show backstage tech. he choreographed for the HS musical The Wedding Singer '10.
Benjamin graduated home school & is at Lindenwood for a BFA in MT & BA in Dance. he likes to ride horses, read, write, work with the computer, he's taken tap, jazz, ballet, hiphop, voice lessons, piano, guitar. He was in 3 choirs, MOS, RCC & St Pat's, he was also playing in the church youth band. He was in 4H, the age of 5, he's competed in archery shoots, both regional and state level. He also showed goats, buns, cows, poultry & market hogs. Trained dogs for 4H & AKC where he's done rally, JR's, obedience & conformation, he started tracking. He performed with Christian Drama Force. He was Baptized during the Easter Vigil at St Patrick's. 4/11/09 & made his First Communion. he toured Europe summer '10, & made a pilgrimage to Madrid in Aug '11 for World Youth Day.
some youtube links- song and dance.
performing at OAT's annual '03 Summer Follies. Little People/Les Mis
The Sound Of Music OAT '05. Benjamin plays Kurt, the younger son. from lft to rt. Maria, Liesl, Friederich, Louisa, Kurt, Briggita, Marta, Gretl and the Captain.
Another classic shot of the von Trapp children in So Long, Fare well. l to r. Marta, Freiderich, Liesl, Kurt, Briggita, Louisa and Gretl *asleep*.
* Benjamin Calypso! Oh No, not he!
* Benjamin, recognizing Joseph in Egypt.
* Benjamin, kickline, 5th from lft. Anything Goes, '07
Archery practice, 4H '07
Benjamin & Amy giving an archery demo, which qualified for state comp. '07 (no arrow)
Benjamin jumping Isaac during lessons.
' * ' indicate Photos taken by Bob Phelan.
*Benjamin w/Hannah, Brian w/Brittany, Peter w/Rachael deck of Anything Goes. OAT '07
* Benjamin as Bert (w/Ernie) in It's A Wonderful Life the musical. Looking for George. (Mr's Bailey foreground.
* Bert asking Violet if she needs them to walk her to the dance. '08
* BIG, the Musical. Billy Kopecki & big Josh in scene at bus stop.
* Billy & Josh office scene. Big Boys. '07
Benjamin in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. He was a Protean. in these pics, Nate, Paden, Robert & Benjamin, and Ryan as the soldier. '09
Nutcracker 12/5/09 Leach Theater (Chicago Ballet)
Benjamin, Paden, Nate & Robert in Forum.
Benjamin, Paden, Nate & Robert in Forum
masterclass showcase- I'm Dancing & Can't Be Bothered Now! (Gerschwin)
masterclass showcase- Old Devil Moon
Mary Poppins Step In Time - So You Think You Can Dance/Rolla '11 - Tap
If I Only Had A Brain -Sing/Supper. '10
Breaking ground for raised beds for berries. raspberry & blueberry
Idumea- RCC & Rolla MOS. '11
* Scrooge The Musical. "Thank You Very Much." Benjamin as Tom Jenkins. OAT '09
* Tom Jenkins & Scrooge. OAT '09
*Scrooge the Musical (Tom Jenkins & cast) OAT '09
* "reformed" Scrooge & Tom Jenkins.
goofing off in Madrid Spain during WYD '11
Contemporary # dance co '11
Drama Force Halloween '11
Tap-solo-dance company '11. Mary Poppins Step In Time won numerous awards, including best choreography, Top 10 Sr, selected for Nat'ls.