Dennis has been on the professional stage in England and America for about 40 years. In that time he has performed in well over 120 different shows from Shakespeare to Farce and has won many accolades including best supporting actor in a number of plays and festivals. Dennis has directed plays as well as producing, dialect coaching, performing, speaking, voice over and emceeing hundreds of events around the world. You may have seen Dennis on the stage in a number of professional stages in the local area. He is most known for his comedy roles such as Selsdon in Noises Off and Psuedolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, but he has enjoyed some great dramatic roles such as Martin Dysart in Equus (in our own Vero Voce Theatre!) and Mr. Frank in The Diary of Ann Frank at Metropolis Performing Arts Center.
Dennis is an acclaimed speaker and well known for his humorous yet insightful presentations around the world. He has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica!) and enjoys travelling and making new friends. He has owned and run a number of performance and arts based companies including Dance schools, Theatre and video production companies in both his native England and his home of 20 years in The USA.
Soprano Gretchen Canfield began her singing career as a member of the singing Albrecht family, awarded the Ohio Music Family of the Year, in 1977. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she made her New York debut in the title role of the musical Lola at the York Theatre. Ms. Canfield has appeared with the Brevard Summer Opera, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Kansas City Starlight Theater, and was a soprano soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She was joined by John O’Hurley singing together in Joshua Logan’s autobiographical story, I Remember It Well, and toured in the National Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, performing the role of Mabel. In the Chicago area she has appeared at the Goodman Theatre, the Forum Theatre, and with the Chicago Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Ms. Canfield has served as the director of choirs and as a soloist at the Naperville Congregational Church, now the New Covenant Church. A member of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she specializes in classical vocal training and technique.
Jessica Palmisano is a professional singer/teacher who recently completed her coursework at the University of Illinois with a bachelor of music education and a concentration in choral singing. During her time there she specialized in both classical and jazz voice. She also, during her time at UIUC, was honored with the Smith Full Tuition Vocal Competition Scholarship. She is a current member of the St. Charles Singers and will perform with them in England in the summer of 2017 as well as Ravinia and various other venues. She is an energetic and compassionate teacher who enjoys working with students of all ages. She loves singing tunes from classical, showtunes, jazz, folk, all the way to pop music.