Randi Hoidalen Olsen - Artistic Director
Randi has been singing since the age of 2 and holds a Bachelor Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Tampa. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Live Oak Theatre Company. Favorite roles include Marian in The Music Man, Maria in The Sound of Music, Nellie in South Pacific, Guinevere in Camelot and Ginny Beth in the Off-Off Broadway production of Hot Coffee at the Lambs Theatre in Times Square. Ms. Olsen is a composer and producer/director as well as a private instructor of voice, piano and flute. She is grateful to God for the many opportunities He's put in her path and to her family for their continual love and support. Soli Deo gloria!
Vince Vanni - Dramatic Coach
Vince has participated in the theatre for more than 35 years. In New York, he was involved in creating, directing and producing training programs and children's programs for a major publishing firm. Since coming to Florida in 1980, he has performed in several critically acclaimed productions, including Fiddler on the Roof (at Live Oak, Stage West and the Show Palace), Oliver!, Most Happy Fella and many others. He has directed countless local productions and teaches acting and public speaking.
Ron Dykes - "TRACTOR"
Having an MA in Theatre from Villanova University in PA, Ron has been with Live Oak since their production of Fiddler on the Roof. He has served as Acting Coach on numerous productions, as well as being LIghting Designer for several years. Ron teaches Acting and has been seen in several LIve Oak shows, including Anne of Avonlea, The Music Man, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden and Godspell. With Kyle Marra he conceived, wrote and directed Live Oak's Shakespeare on the Green: The Bard Unleashed.
Eric Kessel - Stage Design and Construction
Eric has been in several productions at Live Oak Theatre, including It's a Wonderful Life and Around the World in 80 Days, and performing as Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His other musical/acting experience includes playing the saxophone and participating in high school and church musical productions. His favorite role is being a husband and father to his wife and two children.
Marie Trombley - Front of House and Box Office Manager
Marie has been performing in Christmas pageants and other various productions from the time her cousin Randi was allowed to put her on the stage! Marie made her musical theatre debut as a nun in The Sound of Music. She loves music and theatre and is our resident expert on pop culture. She is a stay at home mom with three little boys, Aaron, Lucas and Timothy, and is happy to be working behind the scenes as Live Oak Theatre's Front of House and Box Office Manager.
Kyle Marra - Executive Producer
Kyle is a veteran of several Live Oak Theatre productions. He was originally seen as young Fred Wright in Anne of Avonlea and in the principal role of Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. He was one of the co-directors and co-author of Live Oak Theatre's original adaptation of Peter Pan and the director of Live Oak Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz. Kyle's experience spreads from film to television to print and to live theatre, having had roles in various independent films such as: An Encounter with the Messiah, A Letter for Joe and House Guest. He has also appeared on two reality shows: Exit, which aired on Syfy, and Hillbillies for Hire, which appeared on CMT.
Christopher Rees - Set Construction
Is a Texan from his 10-gallon hat to his spurs, but he owns neither and loves Florida as much as his homeland. He returned to Brooksville recently after several years away and joined LOT with his daughter, Makayah. He performed as Mr. Darling in Peter Pan and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Chris spent a lot of time behind the curtain as technical director and director in various productions.