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FLYOVER COUNTRY CAST
Flyover Country cAST

Myles Dabbs MYLES DABBS (TODD)

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Myles first became involved with film as a production assistant on local independent films, including April Showers. In addition, Myles also began making appearances in these local films as an extra, and with the encouragement of his friends in the local film community, he decided to pursue acting. To date, Myles has been featured in many local Omaha theatre productions, including Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding, From Shelterbelt with Love, and the local independent films, Life at Grandpa’s, You’re All I Have, and Jim Fields’ documentary, Bugeaters.

Brent Spencer BRENT SPENCER (English Lit Professor)

Writer and actor Brent Spencer played Jack in the John Beasley Theater production of The Boys Next Door. He played Cicero in the 2012 Nebraska Shakespeare Festival production of Julius Caesar and had a small role in the Colin Hanks/Ann Margret film, Lucky. He can be seen in a national television commercial for Prilosec with Larry the Cable Guy. He is the author, most recently, of Rattlesnake Daddy, a memoir that won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award. With his wife, novelist and short story writer Jonis Agee, he writes screenplays, one of which was produced by legendary Hollywood movie producer Roger Corman. Brent also directs the creative writing program at Creighton University.

Mike Mecek MIKE MECEK (RUSS)

Originally from the small town of Shelby, Nebraska, Mike began his acting career at a young age by appearing in elementary and high school theatrical productions, including Ducktails and Bobbysocks, and Backstage Backstabbers. After attending Central Community College in western Nebraska, Mike transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he has had leading and featured roles in such productions as 12 Ophelias . and Assassins.

Colin Furgeson COLIN FERGUSON (John the Activist)

Colin is actively involved in the Omaha theatre scene, appearing as Mike UNO’s recent production of Moon for the Misbegotten, and as Fortinbras in the Red Theatre Collective’s production of Hamlet, and in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s productions of A Christmas Carol, Footloose, and Awesome 80’s Prom. In addition, Colin also appeared in the independent film, April Showers.

Garrett Palensky GARRETT PALENSKY (Jay)

Originally from San Diego, California, Garrett is currently a theatre major at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In addition to acting, Garrett's hobbies include running, reading, and traveling. Flyover Country is Garrett's debut in an independent film.

 

 

Jeremy Short JEREMY SHORT (Ed)

In addition to acting in many local theatre productions and independent films, Jeremy founded Red Theater Omaha, and he was the group’s first artistic director. He also appeared as Guilderstern and the Lead Player in Red Theater’s original production, Red Hamlet, which was staged as part of the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. Besides acting, Jeremy’s other interests include tennis, skydiving, cooking, and options trading.

Megan Shepherd MEGAN SHEPHERD (Diane)

Originally from Austin, Texas, Megan now lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where she’s working towards her bachelor’s degree in interior design. In addition to acting, Megan has also recently worked as a set dresser for the local short film, You Know.

Keith Homan KEITH HOMAN (Grandfather)

A familiar face on the local stages of the Omaha theatre scene, Keith has appeared in numerous plays as well as locally made independent films. His most famous film roles include portraying Warren Buffett in the independent film, Nites of Ak-Sar-Ben, as well as portraying the notorious 1890’s Kansas football coach in Jim Fields' documentary, Bugeaters. Sadly, Keith passed away a month after filming his final scene in the fall of 2012.

Shaun Vetick SHAUN VETICK (Scott)

Shaun Vetick was one of the founders of the NFG (Nebraska Film Group) in 2008. He has since been involved in the auditions for more than 30 Omaha films. Shaun has acted in plenty of midwest projects including Blood Rites, Bugeaters, Trunk'd, Lucky, The Legend of Israel Grimm, & Gaming by design. Shaun has also worked behind the scenes as a grip and fight choreographer. As a Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Kung Fu master Shaun brings experience that cannot be quantified to every project. He has worked in the IT industry for a decade & designed this website.

Kevin Gibbs KEVIN GIBBS (Frank)

The son of two former Omaha actors, Kevin is a life-long resident of Omaha, Nebraska, and loves living in “flyover country.” Currently a student at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kevin has been active in the local independent film scene, working both behind the scenes and as an actor.

Justin JUSTIN PARKER (Good Looking Gay Guy)

Born in 1991 to Windy Peterson and Tim Parker, Justin is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he took an interest in acting at a young age, appearing in high school productions of Neil Simon’s Fools, Almost Maine, Zombie Prom, and playing the lead roles in Just Another High School, and Wait Until Dark. Flyover Country marks Justin’s first independent film performance.

Joanna Kingsbury JOANNA KINGSBURY (Sarah)

Originally from Sycamore, Illinois, Joanna has had featured roles in stage musicals such as Honk! and The Sound of Music, and is an accomplished dancer, specializing in many styels, including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and latin. Now a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Joanna is the lead singer for the local band, The Callbacks, and will appear in the upcoming independent film, Isabelle.

Scott Kroeker SCOTT KROEKER (REV. SUTHERLAND)

Scott has appeared in many local stage productions, including 12 Angry Men and Death of a Salesman, both staged at the omaha Community Playhouse, and he has taken part in The Great Plains Theater Conference each year. In addition, Scott has appeared in the local independent films Senator and Jim Fields' Bugeaters, for which he also served as narrator. Besides acting, Scott enjoys art, cooking and playing ice hockey. .

Ellen Gould ELLEN GOULD (Melody)

As a child, Ellen began her performing career by appearing in a production of the classic musical, The Music Man, and she has been acting professionally ever since on both stage and screen. Ellen has appeared in many independent films, including The Preacher Mouse, The Summer Before, and Brandon: Legend of Pine Acres. Ellen has also appeared on television in commercials for C and A Fashion, Gatorade, Belgium Lottery: Super Lotto, and Crystal Clear Water.  In addition to acting, Ellen is currently earning her Master’s degree in Counseling, and she is the mother of a six year old son.

Colby Coash COLBY COASH (Wayne)

A graduate from the theatre program at The University of Nebraska, Flyover Country represents Colby's 7th film.  Over the past three years, Colby has acted in both horror films (Escape to Black Tree Forest & Blood Rites) as well as comedies (Trunk'd and the upcoming The Summer Before).  In addition, Colby has a supportive wife, Rhonda, and son, Cole, who indulge in his childhood aspirations of film acting. 

Moira Mangiameli MOIRA MANGIAMELI (Aunt Martha)

A familiar face to Omaha area theatergoers as both an actress and director, Moira has recently, appeared in Alchemy of Desire at The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Nunsense at the Omaha Community Playhouse, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?  at the Blue Barn, which earned her the 2009 Omaha Arts and Entertainment Best Actress Award.  Moira is also the Department Chair of the Theatre Department at Iowa Western Community College and is a member of the Sacred Heart Freedom Choir.

Jim Simmons JIM SIMMONS (Uncle Joe)

A member of Toastmasters for 16 years, Jim has worked in broadcasting, farming, mining development, and he’s been a navy and private pilot, dentist, stockbroker, and an investment software salesman. In addition, Jim has appeared in the popular Siouxland Surgical Centers television commercial as an eye surgery patient. Besides, acting, Jim loves aviation, gardening, fishing, sail boating, scuba-diving, and charity work.

Andrew Fleer ANDREW FLEER (Richard)

Born in Southern Georgia, Andrew spent the majority of his life in Battle Creek, Nebraska, before moving to Omaha. While attending Buena Vista University, Andrew appeared in productions of Lysistrata, A Comedy of Errors, After the Fall, and I love you. You’re perfect. Now Change. He was also one of the founding members of the school’s improv troupe, The Sawtooth Players. His previous film work includes the short film The Max, and voiceover work for the Des Moines Area Health Department’s clean teeth campaign.

Isaac Reilly ISAAC REILLY (Mike)

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Isaac has been very busy in the local theatre scene over the past few years, appearing in Sordid Lives for Snap! Omaha, and the Omaha Community Playhouse productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Legally Blonde, and most recently in the role of Clifford in Ira Levin’s thriller, Deathtrap. Flyover Country marks Isaac’s film debut.

Greg Sechser GREG SECHSER (COFFEE SHOP OWNER)

Flyover Country is Greg’s first on-screen acting experience. He is a native of Nebraska but spent multiple years in Seattle, Washington, as well as having traveled extensively throughout East, South and Southeast Asia. Greg is working on his master’s degree in Liberal Studies and is the Owner of Howlin’ Hounds Coffee in downtown Omaha, Nebraska."

Eric Moyer ERIC MOYER (Keith)

Eric Moyer is a veteran film and television actor with notable appearances in Days of our Lives, The Andy Dick Show, various films, and a supporting role in a short lived sitcom titled, Go Fish. He studied acting at the University of Nebraska and worked with acting coach, Janet Alhanti for many years while living and working in Los Angeles. Most recently, Eric appeared in the independent feature film, Blood Rites, along with his Flyover co-stars Shaun Vetick and Colby Coash.