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Dinner Theater to DIE for!
Meet the Talent of Act4Mystery
Ron Altman - Actor
Ron is retired from the United States Information Agency in Wash. DC, where he was a Television Broadcast Technician. He had a long career in radio and television, both as a technician and as an announcer/narrator. Having retired to Florida, he "discovered" the Corner Pocket Theater, in 2002. There he filled several roles in Christmas Carol and Love, Sex and the IRS, as well as helping with the sound/lighting in Dracula. Since then, he's also been seen in a number of plays at Northwest Florida State College. Ron keeps trying to "retire" from Act4Mystery but so far we've managed to keep him in his favorite role in A CONDO TO KILL FOR.
Tracy Baldwin - Actress
By day Tracy can most often be found in surgical garb inside the walls of Bayside Hospital for Animals. By night she can be found pouring over her lines, allowing the actress within to blossom. A lifetime local of Fort Walton Beach, she is mother to an up and coming archery prodigy, and a self-proclaimed Solitare shark. We're thrilled to welcome Tracy into Act4Mystery, but keep in mind, messing with Tracy could leave you in stitches of more than one kind.
Cynthia Bergquist - Actress
Cynthia is a mother of two who lives and works in Ft. Walton Beach. She appeared in the Stage Crafter's presentation of Sylvia, has worked backstage for the Performing Arts Center, and has been performing with Act4Mystery since 2004.
Heidi Best-Swift - Actress
Heidi was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she studied Communication at the University of Cincinnati. She moved to Fort Walton Beach in 2002, met the man of her dreams, and has two beautiful boys. Heidi recently ended her career in retail management to stay home and focus on her boys, which also gives her more time for Act4Mystery!
Chablis - Mascot
Chablis was the first official mascot for Act4Mystery. She was naturally photogenic and loved posing for the camera. You'll find Chablis on almost every flyer, poster and online promotion we have. She was loved by all and is greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Especially her "Mommy," Madam Director. R.I.P. sweet Chablis.
Joe Chase - Actor
Joe is retired from the Air Force and teaches the GED program at Northwest Florida State College. Joe's theater experience began in college with parts in Lil Abner and Becket. During his two tours at Eglin AFB, Joe played roles in The Boyfriend, Arsenic and Old Lace, Damn Yankees, and Bell, Book and Candle. In addition to his work with Act4Mystery, Joe is also a major performer for the drama team at his church.
Mark Clutter - Actor
Mark was raised in Virginia, the youngest of three and a product of two school teachers. He graduated from Johnson and Wales University, magna cum laude, in 1999, with a B.S in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry. In addition to his work with Act4Mystery, he is a District Sales Rep with Merchants Foodservice and owns and operates a catering company/bake shop that is known for their custom three-dimensional cake sculptures. He lives locally with his bulldog, Meatball.
Kristy Davies - Actress
Kristy is an old pro with Act4Mystery, having performed with us in 2003 - 2004 before leaving the area. She's back now, and has rejoined the troupe. She performs in our newest show, A KILLER REDNECK HOLIDAY. She is also a loving mother, a disabled Army veteran and a former journalist who loves animals and now teaches children. Welcome back Kristy!
Susan DeJesus - Actress, Stage Manager
Susan moved to the Emerald Coast from Clarksville, Tennessee, where she performed at the Cumberland Arts Centre, The Roxy Regional Theatre, and the Fort Campbell Mann Theatre. In addition to her work with Act4Mystery, she has also appeared in a Taylor Swift music video, a Dollar General commercial, and student film.
Jim Downum - Actor, Stage Manager
Jim is a versatile and talented actor who, since 2003, has been a real asset to Act4Mystery. He has wowed us in BEDLAM IN CABIN B, MURDER BY MERLOT, PEACE, LOVE AND MURDER... well, the list goes on and on!
Samantha Fagan - Actress
Samantha is a talented dancer and actress who is joining Act4Mystery in 2019 in BEBOPPED AT THE SOCK HOP and MURDER BY MERLOT. Mother of two, happiliy married to one, she is an "On-Air Personality" for Cumulus Media. You can catch Samantha weekdays from 10:00 to 3:00 PM on NASH FM 1055, and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 3:00 PM on Z96. And watch for her PREMIER PERFORMANCE in 2019!
Michelle Foley - Actress
Michelle has been singing for most her life performing for churches, fundraisers, weddings, charities, as well as, singing and ministering to youth offenders in detention centers around the area, so she is no stranger to the stage. She has always had a hankering and inclination for acting and a great fondness for comedy, so is excited to be joining us in our up and coming performances in REDNECK RIVALRY and A CONDO TO KILL FOR. Welcome Michelle!
Debby Geisen - Actress
Debby has lived and worked in several foreign countries, but has now settled down in Niceville, Florida. She started acting in local Community Theater in Newport News, Virginia. Her first role was as one of the showgirls in Gypsy. From there she went on to play the leading role of Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons, in By Jupiter. She has been with Act4Mystery since 2004 and honestly, it just wouldn't be the same without her!

Paula Hilton - Founder, Director, Producer, Writer, Actress &
Stage Manager
Paula is the founder of Act4Mystery. She has written 33 plays for Act4Mystery to date, and directs and produces all plays. One of her favorite parts of the entire Act4Mystery experience is working with her family. Both daughters are involved in the company - one is an actress, and the other is the company choreographer, and they both stage manage shows from time to time. When her father was alive, he built props, DJ structures and created their pirate boat for Billy Bowlegs. Her mother continues to make any needed special props and costumes, and her sister also jumps in whenever needed. It is truly a family affair!
Jessika Kelsh - Actress, Stage Manager, Student
Jessika is a nursing student at Northwest Florida State College, and in the summer, interns at local hospitals. She is one busy girl! She performed extensively in high school and has been a fantastic actress with Act4Mystery since she was 16 years old. She also stage manages many of our productions and helps out founder Paula (her Mom!) every chance she can.
Rochelle Kimball - Choreographer
Rochelle is a fantastic dancer who also happens to exeel as a Business Development Manager. She lives in Fort Walton Beach with her husband and three children. Rochelle is the choreographer for Act4Mystery and has choreographed dance routines for all shows needing that "special something" to bring the death scene to life! And she really brings it, because as it turns out, all the actors are actually afraid of her. Go Rochelle!
Chris Manson - Ninja, Actor, Stage Manager
During his youth, Chris performed stand-up comedy, published his own humor magazine, won several "Addy" awards for print and radio advertising, and is an award-winning journalist and cartoonist. In addition to acting, Chris is the editor for the Beachcomber Magazine. He has also written for "Mad Magazine," "Rock & Rap Confidential," "Amplifier Magazine" and the Internet site cdreviews.com. For Act4Mystery, Chris is our NINJA! He does it all and does it well!
Karen Monroe - Actress
Karen discovered her love of theatre when she got her first role as the Monkey King in a Children's Theatre Summer production of Monkey Magic! Since then, Karen has been involved in many shows both onstage and off. She studied Theatre Education at the University of Florida and went on to become director and founder of the Visual and Performing Arts Drama program at an Orlando middle school. Karen took a break from Act4Mystery when she became the head of the theater department at a local high school, but returns to us this year as Moonglow Luvinleave in PEACE, LOVE... AND MURDER! Welcome back Karen, we have missed you!
Ken Olson - Actor, Stage Manager
Back in his pre-collegiate days, Ken aspired to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become an actor and director. The realization of that dream changed when he discovered that there was more consistent money in engineering and pursued that avenue instead. When Ken is not practicing martial arts, taking pictures, or keeping up with his sons' activities, he is utilizing his engineering degree (and maybe even his acting skills) working as a Program Manager at Eglin AFB. He mows his lawn and receives his snail mail in Mary Esther.
Missy Rogers - Actress
Missy has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is the CEO of a local non-profit. She participated behind the scenes in several Act4Mystery fundraisers before joining the troupe several years ago. She's taken on several fun roles since then and is an essential part of the troupe!
Britany Sanchez - Actress
Britany is originally from northern Michigan where she studied Fine Arts and Interior Design at Alpena Community College and Baker College of Michigan. As a young lady she appeared in several plays, choirs, and bands, and also excelled in creative writing. She moved to the Emerald Coast nearly ten years ago, and has continued to pursue her passion in the arts as an actress, writer, local artist and crafter. Several of her paintings are on display at her Spiritual Center, Stone Soup of Fort Walton Beach. She is working on publishing her first book, as well as illustrating two children's books. Her love of animals brought her to her current job as a receptionist at Bayside Hospital for Animals. She lives locally with her family, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 parrots and 1 senior guinea pig, and is excited to join Act4Mystery in DEATH BY VALENTINE in February of 2019!
David Smith - Actor
By day David arises early, sneaks into people's back yards and makes their swimming pools a better place to swim. He has been a sports jock all his life but decided it was time for a new challenge. He always had a desire to act, so auditioned for Act4Mystery and wowed us all with his charisma, charm and natural talent. Just ask the ladies!
Mary Ann Troiano - Actress
Mary Ann remembers role-playing in front of her mirror at home and directing her friends in imaginary stories and shows at the ripe old age of 2. She eventually turned her dream into reality, beginning with the role of Steffy in I Ought to be in Pictures at OWC, moving on to Mariette in The Dinner Party and the Duchess of York at OWC, and has been with Act4Murder since 2007.
Sally Whitesell - Actress
Sally has her own training and consulting company and teaches yoga at Bluewater Fitness Center. She is originally from Indiana but now enjoys life in Niceville with her husband Steve and dog Tele. Sally has appeared in many local and national television commercials and training videos and has worked on two major films. She hosted over 60 commercially produced music video programs called The Jazz Box, interviewed successful CEOs on Success Stories and performed improv on The Comedy Warehouse.
Matt Williams - Actor
Matt is a registered nurse by day and an aspiring actor by night. He lives in Niceville with his wife and children. He was raised around a real cast of characters growing up on the Mississippi coast. He draws his acting inspiration from the classic physical comedy actors. In his spare time he is a Cub Scout Leader.
Kay Yarbrough - Actress
As a theater major at Auburn University, Kay was involved in several productions onstage and behind the scenes including Celebration, Picnic and A Man for All Seasons. She has performed in community theater in Georgia and Florida in productions of The Miracle Worker, Death Trap and No Sex Please, We're British, as well as several television commercials. Her performances are dedicated to her late father who said she would never make a dime acting. Kay was in Act4Mystery's first production in 2003 and has performed every year since!