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2017 Cast

Megan Benjamin

Megan Benjamin (Molly/Alice) is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Days of ’98 Show with Soapy Smith!  Originally from Oneonta, NY, Megan holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College.  She was last seen performing the role of Dog in the musical Dog Loves Books with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. Past roles in both opera and musical theatre productions include Ensemble in Gaybraham Lincoln: The Musical (Thespis Theatre Festival), Fräulein Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor (Franco-American Vocal Academy), Louise/A Museum Assistant in Sunday in the Park with George (Ithaca College), Young Girl in Spurt of Blood (Ithaca College), and Lucy Van Pelt in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Orpheus Theatre).  Much love to all my friends, family, and teachers.  She hopes that you enjoy the show!

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Susannah Corrington

Susannah Corrington (Belle/Alice) cannot begin to express her excitement to be performing in the town that shaped her unique childhood. Although she’s calling Los Angeles her home these days, it’s a fantastic adventure to get to can-can on the same stage where she saw her first live show! Previous credits include Avenue Q (Kate & Lucy), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine Colgate), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), and Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise). Susannah received her BFA in musical theatre performance at Columbia College in Chicago. She would like to thank her extraordinary parents for their never-ending support. And to Jarek Stultz: I’ve been all around this world, but I’ll take moonlight, the Yukon, and you.

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Hannah Lundy

Hannah Lundy (Alice/Molly) is thrilled to be a part of this Alaskan adventure! Hannah hails from the Saint Louis area, land of humidity and toasted ravioli, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theater. She now lives in New Jersey with her newlywed husband, and dachshund, Kylie. Credits include Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move! (Mother), The King and I (Anna Leonowens), Legally Blonde (Paulette), and 8+ years of improv dinner theater experience with Jest Murder Mysteries. She looks forward to the day when she can tell her grandchildren of the good ol’ days in Skagway! Hannah would especially like to thank her husband, Eddy, who when she told about this “Alaska audition,” said, “go, get out of here, I’m sick of ya!”

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Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy (Soapy) is relieved to be returning to Alaska for a second time. After enjoying The Days of ‘98 Show during the 2014 season, he knew it was only a matter of time before AK called his name. A Harrisburg, PA native, actor, and blue collar worker, Bill’s previous credits include Caleb Deleon (The Whipping Man), Dan Woodruff (Talk Radio), Officer Barrel (Urinetown), Lank Hawkins (Crazy for you), Harlequin (Company of Wayward Saints), and Ensign Pulver (Mr. Roberts). Bill is excited to be employed by Gold Rush productions again. All he wants is for the audience to remember the importance of cohesion between History and Art. Enjoy your stay in Skagway, Cheechako!

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Alison Schiller

Alison Schiller (Belle/Molly) is delighted to be joining The Days of '98 Show company for her first summer in Skagway. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre/Dance at Otterbein University where some of her favorite credits include: Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, and Much Ado About Nothing. Select regional credits include: West Side Story, Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof, and Catch Me If You Can (Wagon Wheel Theatre), Les Misérables (Warner Grand Theater), and Singin' in the Rain (DCLO). She is thankful for the chance to work with this adventurous and talented group of artists and would like to thank everyone involved for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing theatre experience.

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Matthew Smolko

Matthew Smolko (Soapy) is very grateful for the opportunity to spend the summer in Alaska playing Soapy Smith. Select theatre credits include: National Tours; Damn Yankees (ensemble/Joey Hardy US), Regional; Les Misérables (Courfeyrac, Foreman) at Palace Theatre, NH, Ring of Fire (Guitarist/cast member) at CATCO/Porthouse Theatre, OH, Once We Lived Here (Burke) and Trails: A New Musical (Mike) at Spirit of Broadway, CT along with Tommy (Captain Walker/Tommy US), The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie), The Secret Garden (Albert Lennox), and Ghost (Willie Lopez/Sam Wheat US).  Thanks to Gold Rush Productions for this amazing opportunity!

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Emily Watkins

Emily Watkins (Pianist) is excited to be spending her second summer as the "bumbling, stumbling, drunk as a skunk" pianist in Skagway, Alaska! Emily is a freelance accompanist and vocal coach based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the Operations Manager and accompanist for Sister Cities Girlchoir, and accompanies the Villanova University Singers. She was a collaborative artist at the Russian Opera Workship in Philadelphia in July 2015. She also served as the rehearsal piainst for Peach State Summer Theatre in 2014 and 2015. Emily earned a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and a M.M. in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University. Many thanks for Gold Rush Productions for having her back!  

Production Team

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Jonathan Baldwin, Artistic Director

Jonathan is excited to portray “Alaska's most notorious outlaw”, Soapy Smith, for his twelfth season. Mr. Baldwin holds a Master's Degree in Music from Miami University and a Bachelor's degree from The Hartt School Music. Jonathan has performed in every major city in U.S and on several National Tours including Man of La Mancha and Titanic The Musical. Mr. Baldwin has taught at The Cincinnati School for Creative & Performing Arts, Miami University and is currently the Music Director at the Skagway School. When Jonathan is not playing Jeff Smith, he replaces his Winchester repeating rifle with a fly rod. You might catch him angling for a trout up at Lower Dewey Lake. A Special thanks to the people of Skagway, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the talented cast and crew of The Days of ’98 Show for helping keep history alive. 

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Jonathan Hays, General Director

Jonathan Hays has made his career as an opera singer, concert artist, recitalist, and, more recently, a teacher and lecturer at Dickinson College and Susquehanna University. When he isn't on the road performing or at college teaching his minions how to sing, he can most frequently be found brewing beer, drinking beer, reading science fiction, reciting Robert Service poetry, holding forth on various topics of little interest to anyone, and playing The Days of ’98 Show piano (badly). We'd fire him, but it turns out the hornswoggler has swindled his way into ownership of half of the company. If you want to know more about him for some reason, visit

Mike Kirsch, Choreographer

Mike Kirsch is a NYC based producer, director and choreographer. His video productions, which he writes, directs and choreographs have been seen by millions across the globe. He has directed and choreographed productions for MTV, Bloomingdale’s, L’Oréal, SeaWorld, Sabra Hummus, and for Shellac in Times Square during New York Fashion Week. Most recently his dance film “Public Displays” was selected and featured at the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Arts’ Dance on Film Festival. His work has also been featured numerous times on The Today’s Show, in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.  

A few of his theatre director/choreography credits include Assistant Choreographer for Death Takes a Holiday (a new musical by Maury Yeston produced by Roundabout Theatre Company starring Rebecca Luker), Director/Choreographer for Oliver! at Festival 56, Choreographer for Annie Get Your Gun at the MacHaydn Theatre, Choreographer for Broadway Under The Stars and Working for Transcendence Theatre Company.  


Allison Hays, Company Manager

Allison Hays (Belle) is originally from Columbus, Ohio where she studied Music, Theater, and Dance at Otterbein University. This is her seventh season with The Days of '98 Show! Regional credits include Pine Street Presbyterian Church, (PA), Dickinson College (PA), Gamut Theatre (PA), Opera Columbus (OH), McCarter Theater (NJ), The National Chorale at Lincoln Center (NYC), The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (NYC), and St. Bartholomew's Church (NYC). When not in the great white north, Allison is a voice teacher in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Enjoy the show!

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