Thomas Renner

Thomas Renner (E.J. Lofgren).  Thomas is making his Prior Lake Players directorial and acting debut in Harvey.  Thomas’ theater experiences include the role of Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol, Mister Brownlow in Oliver!, Cornelius in Hamlet, and Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace.  He recently performed in Marry Poppins with Black Dirt Theater in Hastings, MN as Poseidon.  Thomas also sits as Treasurer on the board of directors for Prior Lake Players Community Theater.

Thomas resides in Lakeville with his wife, Kristi, and his twin daughters, Ella and Nora.

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Bretanne Ostberg

After a four year break from theatre, Bretanne is happy to be back on stage! She gained experience from her college and high school theatre days, playing roles from a Shakespearian Witch Queen, to a precocious little girl, to a corpse. Now, she works as a graphic designer in Bloomington and lives in Prior Lake. She’d like to thank her mom for encouraging her to audition for Harvey. Thanks mom!
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Gail Landor

Since 2004, “Harvey” is Gail’s seventh play with the PLP.  After a 42 year leave from the stage, she played Auntie Em in “Wizard of Oz”; wife of a “light-fingered” fellow  in “Sleepy Hollow”; Eulalie  Mackecknie Shinn in “The Music Man”; Mother Goose in “Fairy Tale Adventures”; a nun and the housekeeper in “The Sound of Music”; and Yenta, The  Matchmaker in “Fiddler on the Roof”. She’s enjoying the role of Mrs. Chauvenet/Aunt Ethel in “Harvey”, as well as working with a super cast and crew.  In real life, she is retired from teaching and loves and appreciates her family and friends.
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Jeffrey Speaks

Jeffrey’s recent credits include: John Curtis Butner in Southern Hospitality with Expressions Theater, John the Baptist in Godspell, Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress, and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar with the Lake Harriet players; Watty Watkins in Lady Be Good with Only a Dim Image Theater; and a Choir Member in The Events for the Guthrie Theater. This is his first production with Prior Lake Players. Jeffrey lives in Oakdale, MN with his wife Kelsey, their dog and two cats.
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Molly Blaeser

Molly Blaeser is absolutely thrilled to make her PLP debut as Myrtle Mae. She has thoroughly enjoyed playing such a brat amid such talented, wonderful people. Molly’s last show was as Ruth in Expression’s production of ‘Blithe Spirit,’ and she’s quite excited to reunite with her Madame Arcati (Lisa Johnson) for another round of laughs!
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John Yonker

After a long hiatus from performing, John returned to the theatre in 2014 as Mr. Bumble in River Valley Theatre Company’s performance of Oliver!  Since then he has been performing regularly with RVTC, most recently in a historical melodrama with the Players’ own Michael Sweeney. This is John’s first performance with Prior Lake Players, and he is thrilled to be in Harvey with an amazing cast, crew and directors. When he’s not enjoying himself in the theatre, he is a boring lawyer.
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Jerry Schrank

Performances with Prior Lake Players

  • 1980 – A Thousand Clowns

  • 1981 – Damn Yankees

  • 1984 – Arsenic and Old Lace

  • 1993 – Music Man

  • 1994 – Lend Me A Tenor

  • 1995 – Bye Bye Birdie

  • 1998 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

  • 2004 – Paint Your Wagon

  • 2004 – Wizard of Oz

  • 2008 – Twelve Angry Men

  • 2012 – Fiddler On the Roof

  • 2013 – Arsenic and Old Lace

  • 2014 – Oliver

  • 2017 – Harvey

Jerry, a born and raised Prior Laker, began his theatrical career 43 years ago in 1974 as a sophomore at this very school (PLHS at the time) next door in the cafeteria (the auditorium wasn’t built yet). His first role? “Dr. William R. Chumley” in a high school production of “Harvey” directed by Ms. Arlys Johnson! She (and a certain “pooka”) inspired him to pursue theater and since that time he has been either acting, backstage or directing in over 30 productions from high school, college and community theaters. Continue reading “Jerry Schrank”

Mike Reardon

Mike Reardon as Judge Omar Gaffney

Mike is grateful for all the wonderful community theatre opportunities available in the Twin Cities. After appearing in six Expressions Theatre productions in Lakeville he is excited to be in his first Prior Lake Players production, especially in this classic comedy performed by such a talented and fun cast. Continue reading “Mike Reardon”