The Princess Who Saved Herself

a musical for any and all ages



Prince Philip -- Anderson Stevens

The Queen/Witch -- Nicole E. Craven

Photo Credit: Bellabu Photography

The King/Dragon -- Lee H. Purdy

Alan/Abe -- Ric Sadler

Lana/Bea -- Sandy Thomasson

The Troubadour -- Alex Forger

Isabella Grace Olivo, an 8th grader at Chippewa Middle School, has been acting, singing and dancing since age five.  Favorite roles, in various local theaters:  Molly (Annie), Lucy (Chronicles of Narnia), Horton (Seussical), Tinman (Wizard of Oz), Sally Brown (Charlie Brown) and Charlie (Willy Wonka).  Isabella has attended Wharton Center’s Take It From The Top (2014-2016), dances with Happendance, and sings with the MSU Children’s Choir.  She is thrilled to join the cast of The Princess Who Saved Herself!

Anderson Stevens appeared in Starlight Dinner Theatre’s Nuncrackers last fall, and was part of the Barney-award-winning “Mouse/Servant” ensemble in Riverwalk’s Cinderella, for which he, individually, won Riverwalk’s Howard Lancour Newcomer Award.  He has appeared in four shows with Mid Michigan Family Theatre, playing characters such as “Bob the Box,” an orphan, and a psychedelic frog.  Anderson is ten years old and is a fifth grader at Montessori Children’s House in Lansing.  He also was a cast member on the first year of Curious Crew, a locally produced science show on WKAR-TV.

Nicole E. Craven is a part-time student at LCC who started acting at an early age.  Recent stage productions include A Christmas Carol, Fame, Beauty and the Beast, and Marcus is Walking.  Favorite musicals that inspire her are The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Cats.  In her spare time she can be seen reading, writing and shopping.  Nicole would like to thank her mom for showing moral support throughout every audition she has attended, and also thank the cast and crew of The Princess Who Saved Herself for this opportunity to perform at the Riverwalk Theatre.

Lee H. Purdy -- This is my first play at the Riverwalk Theatre.  I am a graduate of Ovid-Elsie High School and the University of Tampa, where I performed many times.  I’ve also performed at St. Johns in Clinton Capers.  I’m very excited to be performing in The Princess Who Saved Herself.

Ric Sadler was last seen at RWT in A Christmas Carol and enjoys both onstage and offstage work.  His backstage credits include Rent, All My Sons, and Wait Until Dark, with additional onstage credits including Young Frankenstein and The Surprising Tale of the Three Little Pigs.  Ric received his BFA from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul in 1985.  He resides in Williamston and is employed by CenturyLink Communications.

Sandy Thomasson is currently creating her new life as a retiree after many years working as an actuary.  She has also been acting on stage since the age of five!  She has had lots of fun playing in Riverwalk productions such as A Christmas Carol - the Musical and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as well as many others.  There are a few Barneys and even a Pulsar award on her shelf in recognition of her past work.

Alex Forger is thrilled to be making his theatre debut at Riverwalk!  He is a mid-Michigan native who attended Okemos High School and Michigan State University, where he played varsity tennis.  Alex also attended law school at Tulane University in New Orleans and worked as a compliance officer, engaging in anti-money laundering investigations at JPMorgan Chase in New York City for several years.  Recently back in the area, he is so happy to be involved in this production where he can actively engage in his life-long love of theatre.  Alex is also a singer/songwriter who is currently in the recording process -- follow him on SoundCloud at and Twitter as @AlexForger

Zoe -- Isabella Grace Olivo

Photo Credit: Myra Klarman Photography

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