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Message Theater


Message Theater

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The Lyric Theater & Cultural Center Presents

Message Theater in a Charles Fuller Play.

A Soldier's Play


Directed By

Joe Ferrell


Jeanie Hartman

Stage Managers

Baelyn Lindfors

Zachary Skubiz

The Soldiers

Jay Alexander

Jay Alexander (Private Wilke) a Graduate of the Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte where he spent 15 years in the Charlotte N.C area working in every format, from Country Urban, Rhythmic, Top 40 and 60’s Oldies and a longtime MUSIC enthusiast, Alexander got his start in broadcasting in 1981 at Asheville N.C station WBMU-FM, before moving to Lexington 26 years ago. He is Public Information Officer for LFUCG Community Corrections and afternoon Host for 107.9 the Beat. Jay has served as advisor and voice to a number of Community Organizations like the Police Athletic League (PAL), YMCA Black Achievers, the Historic Lyric Theatre, MLK Citywide Celebration, and Co Chair of the Minority Business Expo. Alexander joined LM Communications in 2000 as program director and during his tenure he expanded the WBTF audience and influence to become the leading radio station in the Ohio Valley. Alexander served as Asst Program Director for Cumulus Media. Not uncommon to interview artists such as Ludacris, Comedian Adele Givens, Bruce Bruce, Sinbad, Hal Sparks, The Wayans Brothers, John Legend, and many more. 

Terrell King

Terrell King (Private Ellis) Originally from Lexington Kentucky and a graduate of Dunbar High School. He is new to the theater and is presently enrolled in Theater classes at BCTC and making his stage debut with Message Theater. 

Kris Wright

Kris Wright “CJ Memphis”
Kris is originally from Canton, MS & attended The University of Southern Mississippi and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Frat inc. He works as an Engineer for Toyota and is a US Air Force veteran.
Kris is very new to acting and hasn’t been on stage for any type of performance since college. He is also married and travels a lot with his wife Dominique. His hobbies include PC Gaming, PC
building, trumpet playing and exercising.

Spencer McGuire

Spencer McGuire (PETERSON)  Previous roles include: Shakespeare in Hollywood (Daryl), Six Degrees of Separation (Paul), Elvis Has Left the Building (Candy), My Three Angels (Alfred),  Dracula Bites (Mike), and Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin). Other productions include Ruined  (Simon), and Hell and High Water : The Katrina Project (Ray) for BCTC; Other Hands (Greg) for Actor’s Guild of Lexington; Hamlet (Guildenstern), and What the Butler Saw (Sgt. Match) for EKU Theatre.

Keenen J. Williams

Keenen Williams (Private Henson) was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He has always appreciated theatre, TV, and film. He got his start in musical theatre in High School in Guys and Dolls. He is returning to the stage with Message Theater as Private Henson in "A Soldier's Play".

Emannuel "Manny" Thurman

Emannuel “Manny” Thurman (Captain Davenport) received his BFA in Theatre from the University of
Kentucky. He has since performed with numerous area theatres. Favorite roles include Miracle on 34 th
Street (Fred Galey), I dedicate this Ride (Issac Murphy), Black Lives Matter: 1619 to Now (Ace), and
Rumors (Glen Cooper).

Mathew T  Burney

Matthew T. Burney (Smalls) was born and raised in NY, but relocated to Lexington, Kentuckyin 2019. He is a trained actor holding two degrees: an Associates degree in performing arts, and a Bachelor’s degree in musical theater. He is known in the community as a poet. Most recently recently returning to the stage with acting, dancing. He is also a model with Uniquiness Unlimited Models and Images Modeling Agency.

Teran Sundy

Teran Sundy (“Cobb”) returns for his third show with Message Theater after 2023's The Waiting Room" (Gabe) and 2019’s The Piano Lesson (Avery). His stage credits include Woodford Theatre's Miracle on 34th Street (Finley) as well Studio Players' The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Voice Three) and Becky’s New Car (Steve). This Lexington native has also acted in a couple of commercials and written his own play. A student of the craft and enjoyer of the arts, Teran is taking his skills into future projects. 

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Patrick J Mitchell

Over 50 years in the business writing, acting & directing. Has been seen most recently in 12 angry jurors, American Son and Woodford Theater's Miracle on 34th Street as Kris Kringle. An award winning photographer and an on-air-personality at Radio Lex. Co-Founder and artistic director of Message Theater and co-founder of The Lextropolis. 


Jeff Sherr

This is Jeff Sherr’s fourth Message Theater production.   Recently, he was in American Son & 12 Angry Jurors. His first production with Message was in 1991 in Split Second.    Jeff is a regular on stage in the Lexington area.   Some recent  roles include Slim in Of Mice and Men, Ernie in Rumors and Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love.   Jeff is an ensemble member of  Central Kentucky Improv performing at improv festivals across the country including the Del Close Marathon in New York.   Check out the upcoming improv shows at or on social media. 


Brandon Miller

Brandon has been involved in the theatrical world for nearly 9 years for various groups in Southern Utah. Accountant by day, actor by night, and the new president of Bluegrass Theatre Guild, Brandon is honored and privileged to bring his talents to Central Kentucky.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall (Byrd) is honored to work with Message Theater and perform on the historic Lyric Theatre stage for the first time.  A few of his previous shows include Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane) with Woodford Theatre and Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar) with AppShakes. Special thanks to his talented castmates for bringing this play to life

Thank You


Jim Gleason


D Jay Rice

In Production

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