Let's Talk Heaven

Heaven Can Wait, that is.  We here at Lyric Arts are not a group to rest on our laurels.  No way, with a super successful Cabaret Fundraiser under our belt, now we're thinking Heaven Can Wait The cast of Heaven Can Wait has been thinking about it since mid-April, and they've agreed to tell us a little about the show and a little about themselves.  So settle in for a good read, as the cast prepares to answer our most burning questions.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you, what do you like to do?

Alison Anderson: I like to keep busy with all sorts of different activities.  I'm always acting and auditioning for more parts.  I do both film and theater and love both equally, though for very different reasons.  I'm also a runner, getting ready for my 3rd half-marathon, which falls on the opening weekend of the show.  I used to be quite active in martial arts, and I have a 2nd degree black belt, but I'm out of practice these days.

Daniel Coleman: My name is Daniel Coleman; I am from Minneapolis, MN and a graduate from the University of MN. I enjoy sports, quality time with family & friends, acting, poetry and almost anything to do with being outdoors.

Tim Como: I’m originally from Marshall, MN. So yes, I do know what “flat” looks like and what “wind” feels like. I’m the youngest of five kids…ah, the stories I can, and do tell. I’m a veteran of the U.S. Navy (so if anyone wants to sit down and swap sea stories and lies, I’m game). I attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. That is where I met my totally wonderful wife of 25 years, Renee. We don’t have children, which is probably why we’ve been married for 25 years. We do have two of the coolest cats around, Smoke and Cinder. We’ve also added two goofy rabbits to the mix, Ziggy and Sophie.

Pat Noren Enderson: I am originally from St. Louis Park. I currently live in a renovated country school house on the outskirts of Elk River with my husband and 9-year-old twins. I am a marketing consultant by day and I absolutely love social media. I also cannot stop reading the Hunger Games book series—I’m on my third read-through now.

Nickie McClure: I love to bike, run, make jewelry, and relax at the beach.

Corey Okonek: Grew up in Wisconsin, and I'm a cheesehead til death.  Married for 32 years to the same wonderful woman I met in high school.  We have 2 grown children and 2 beautiful grandchildren.

Tell us something awesome about one of your fellow cast members

Nickie McClure: Danny, who plays Joe, does poetry readings of pieces he writes.

Pat Noren Enderson: I am amazed daily by Corey Okonek’s talent. He plays Mr. Jordan and is so regal as well as down-to-earth in the part. I don’t know how he does it, but if he could bottle it, he’d make a fortune.

Tim Como: The awesome thing about this cast is they ALL make me laugh, which is a really cool thing.

Daniel Coleman: Each of our cast members is filled with personality and I learn something new every day; the most unique quality of our cast is the diverse experiences with theatre; as well as their roles in everyday life.

Alison Anderson: I'm working with a group of people I've never worked with before so I'm really still getting to know them.  One thing I think is really cool is how great Corey's voice sounds for his part.  His role is rather ethereal, and he's got this smooth, deep voice that's perfect for his role and the lines he has to say.

Kelly Ahlman: There is no one cast member that stands out in their brilliance. All twelve of us in the show have been striving to bring something important and unique to the storyline. We have all gotten along amazingly well from the first rehearsal and have grown along the way as a comfortable team. We have been extremely fortunate to have a director and a stage manager who raise the bar and challenge us with their visions to make this show something that will stay with the audience after its over. Therefore, this cast as a whole, is awesome!

Can you tell us something surprising about yourself? A fun did you know fact?

Alison Anderson: I am an unusually scientifically-minded person for an artist.  I have an MS degree in Cognitive and Perceptual Sciences.

Pat Noren Enderson: Did you know that this was my first audition ever?

Nickie McClure: I can blow a bubble gum bubbles as big as a volleyball!