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Meet the Cast and Crew

Pictured, from left to right, Angie Ballard, director, Wendy Hoyle, Assistant Director, Sue Goffnett, Tincy Goggin, Tiffany Martinez, Stephanie Leppien and Emily Ahern.

In Order of Appearance
Tiffany Martinez (Sheree Hollinger)
Tiffany first graced our GCP stage in 2003 as Mrs. Soames in “Our Town”. In high
school she was involved in many productions such as “Harvey” (Veta Simmons),
“Bye Bye Birdie”, “Pillow Talk”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Music Man” and “Brigadoon”
(Lundie) to name a few. She was also involved with theater while attending Hope
College. She loves to bake and even had a recipe featured in the “Food Network”
magazine in 2016! Tiffany enjoys writing, bowling, traveling and camping with the
family every summer. She is married to Jose and they have 3 children: Amelia
(10), Charlotte (9) and Ezra (7). Tiffany says this experience has been an
incredible return to the stage and her sentiments are “So thrilled to be part of this
amazing cast, crew and community!”.

Stephanie Leppien (Lexie Richards)
Stephanie has been involved with the Gratiot County Players for some time and a
few of her favorite shows include “Music Man” (Marian); “Evita” (Eva Peron) and
“Mamma Mia” (Donna). We also enjoyed seeing her in “Beauty and the Beast” as
Babette the feather duster, the chorus in “Spamalot” and Sister Mary Robert in
“Nunsense”. She currently serves on the GCP board of directors and in her spare
time she loves music, reading, sports, traveling and spending time with family and
friends. Stephanie and her sweetheart Jeff, have been married for 28 years. They
have 3 incredible sons, Matt, Josh and Sam and she is so excited to welcome a
daughter to be, Sophia (Matt’s fiancé), in 2023. She says, “I have so enjoyed
being with this amazing cast and crew filled with old and new friends!” Lastly,
Stephanie is so thankful to have such wonderful women that she gets to do life
with and says “I am blessed.”

Susan Goffnett (Dinah Grayson)
Susan began her love of acting in high school and it flourished at our GCP theater,
first on the St. Louis stage and it continued in Alma. Some of those productions

include “Dixie Swim Club”, “The Wonderettes”, “The Winter Wonderettes”,
“Nunsense”, “Sister Act”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Evita”. Sue loves reading,
singing/music, cooking, time spent with family and time in the UP. She is blessed
with her husband Dave, of 44 years, their 3 children, their spouses and 5
grandchildren. She is thrilled to be doing this show with “old and new” friends
under the direction of Angie and Wendy. Sue also sends a “huge” thank you to
everyone working and helping with this production.

Tincy Goggin (Vernadette Simms)
Tincy began her “public theatrical displays” with the Hospital Follies and then with
GCP in St. Louis in “Never Too Late”. Her favorite play was the female version of
the “Odd Couple” (Florence Unger) but her favorite musical character was Mrs.
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in “The Music Man”. She feels her getting Mrs. Shinn’s
part was because of her “proper vocal skills as a poor singer”. She loves fitness
(Zumba. Cardio Drumming), golfing, hiking and walking their Newfoundland,
Hazie. She has been married to local attorney Bill Goggin for 45 great years and
they have two adult children that both live and work in Alma. Tincy retired from
teaching at Alma College after forty years and has now returned to volunteering
at the Alma Hospital Gift Shop where she admits she is her own best customer.
Tincy enjoys being back on stage with “these wonderful teammates” under the
wings of Angie and Wendy!

Emily Ahern (Jeri Neal McFeeley)
Emily is new to the Gratiot County Players stage and theater family and we are
thrilled to have her join us! Emily was involved in several high school productions
which include “Touchtone M for Murder”, “Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon”,
“The Christmas Train”, and “Murder in the Knife Room”. She loves traveling
anywhere and everywhere! Emily is married to husband Caleb and they have a
son, Adam (5) and daughter Rori Dillon (3). Emily says that after watching several
wonderful productions as an audience member, she is very excited to be making
her GCP debut in this production. She says “I am very grateful to my first GCP cast
and to the production team for making this experience so fun!”

Wendy Hoyle (Assistant Director)
Wendy is no stranger to our GCP stage. She was in “Sister Act”, “Mamma Mia”,
and she was the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
She enjoys hiking, theater, reading and traveling. Wendy is a teacher at the Mt.
Pleasant Middle School (whew!) which keeps her busy. She also loves spending
time with her family, especially her nephews and niece who keep her very
occupied! Wendy is assisting the director for the first time and we know she is
definitely capable with her experience teaching middle schoolers. She has great
organizational and managing skills!! We look forward to her directing her first
GCP show in the future!

Angie Ballard (director)
Angie has been involved with the players since her first production in 1974 as
Luisa in “The Fantastiks” on the St. Louis stage. Some other favorites include “My
Fair Lady” (Eliza Doolittle), “Always, Patsy Cline” (Patsy Cline), “Oliver” (Nancy),
“Spamalot” (Lady of the Lake”), “Lion in Winter” (Eleanor of Aquitaine) and
“Mamma Mia” (Tanya). This is her 10 th GCP directorial production. She’s been
married for 36 years to her wonderful husband Doug who is the current GCP
president. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. She is retired as Court
Administrator and Magistrate after working 38 years (and working up through the
ranks) at the 65B District Court. She loves music, theater, reading, traveling,
spending time with family and friends, trying everything and sometimes doing
nothing. Angie served on the GCP board of directors until she took over as
director of marketing in 2020.

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