The Gals

THE APPLE SISTERS is a 1940s radio show with a modern twist. Packed with original songs, dances and slapstick, they're sure to put a smile to your face, with only modest product endorsement (sponsored by Corndy! Corn Flavored Candy.) THE APPLE SISTERS have enjoyed virtually overnight success in New York City, where they are the toast of the town after sold-out performances every week at the Peoples Improv Theater. For an entire year, THE APPLE SISTERS wrote and produced a brand new hour-long 1940s-radio style musical show every month. They also created a full-length musical which brought them to high acclaim garnering two NYIT Award nominations, and winning "Outstanding Original Music." THE APPLE SISTERS have been featured in the world famous Just for Laughs Festival "Sketch Show" directed by Bob Odenkirk, opened for singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall, opened for Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling and Zach Sheilds), and performed their shows at comedy festivals all over the country. They appeared on Comedy Central's The Gong Show with Dave Attell. They are the winners of the peer, industry, and audience voted ECNY Award for Best Musical Act, and are currently working on their television pilot.
REBEKKA JOHNSON (Candy Apple), best known for her work on the MTV hit show Boiling Points has performed in various sketch and improv shows across the country for over 10 years, including The Neutrino Video Projects which was an official selection at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. She is a co creator of the award winning Apple Sisters which performed in the 2008 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Rebekka voiced many characters in the upcoming Comedy Central animated series, Ugly Americans. She was recently cast in a pilot presentation for FOX and a pilot for E!. She currently performs with Bandit, a Mainstage Harold Team at IO West. (www.craftriot.com)
KIMMY GATEWOOD (Cora Apple) is an actor, singer/songwriter, producer, and writer from the great state of Maryland. She was named Best of Time Out NY, ECNY Best Musical Act Nominee, and Andy Kaufman Semi-Finalist. She has performed at every improv theatre in NYC, including a 4½ year stint with the off-Broadway show Chicago City Limits. Her writing credits include Oxygen, Idiots Guide to Jokes, SCarrie: the Musical and numerous industrials. She produced and co-directed the feature documentary film Nerdcore Rising which premiered at SXSW. She has a BFA in acting from Syracuse University where she also rocked the trombone in ska band Short Round. Check out her latest music video on www.kimmygatewood.com
SARAH LOWE (Seedy Apple) actually grew up back stage with a Director/Stage manager Father and a Broadway dancing Mother. She has been performing in television, commercials and stage shows since childhood. Some of her credits include the off-Broadway hit The Donkey Show and the premiere Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia, as well as pretty much ALL the soaps. Currently she can be seen at the Peoples Improv Theater with the improv team The Baldwins. Her grandmother on her mother's side was in the 1930s radio group "The Clark Sisters" and her grandmother on her father's side was Ruby Keeler. She couldn't be more pleased or at home with The Apple Sisters. Sarah currently performs in Jersey Boys at the Palazzo in Las Vegas

The Guys

KEVIN CHESLEY (Director - LA) Kevin currently writes for MTV's "The Hard Time of RJ Berger." He is a founding member of TROOP! His work will soon be featured in The Untitled Onion Sketch Comedy Movie and his sketch writing has been used in comedy classes in both the U.S. and Canada. Directorially, he has worked with comedy groups like KARLA and Overtime, as well as The Hampstead Players national touring company. He can currently be seen starring in the independent film The Eyes Of Scott Robbins.


JEROME KURTENBACH Jerome/Music Director - LA) As a film composer and conductor he most recently wrote, produced, directed and scored the films Proxy, Red-Herring, Misconception, and Anything But Normal under his production company Greenlake Entertainment. Served as musical director and arranger for the world premiere of the new musical I Want My 80’s Musical for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and as accompanist for several of their productions, including Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde, and Chess. Training: Bachelor & Master of Music degrees in Composition at Oklahoma City University studying under national award-winning composer Dr. Edward Knight.

JEFF SOLOMON (Woody Stem/Former Music Director - NYC) Jeff co-founded Elephant Larry in 2002 with four fellow Cornell alumni and moved to New York. In addition to writing, performing and doing email publicity for Elephant Larry, Jeff does sound design and writes the original music for E.L.'s shows. He works during the day as a sound editor and audio engineer for Omnimusic and as a freelance composer and saxophonist. Jeff's also a singer-songwriter, and he just completed his first solo record, "Around the Square," which can be heard at www.jeffsolomonmusic.com. And when Jeff was five, a pelican tried to eat his head. True story.
ANDY HERTZ (Andy/Former Music Director - NYC) Andy is a composer/lyricist, music director, and pianist living in New York City. He recently worked in Hollywood on the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ben Vereen) and with the Sacramento Music Circus on Aida and A Little Night Music. His most recent work, Flipside, was the recipient of the 2007 Frederick Loewe Award. Andy received his BA in music from Brown University and MFA in musical theatre writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
ANDY COSTELLO (Former Asst. Director - NYC) spends his days as an editor at an academic publishing company in New York City, which - obviously - has prepared him well for his position as assistant director for the Apple Sisters. He has worked in television and theater as a writing consultant and has contributed to effects for some of the biggest names in magic in England and America as a magic consultant. He is the Apple Sisters #1 Fan and cleverly finagled the Assistant Director position in order to receive free admission to their performances.
TOM RIDGELY (Former Director - NYC) has been the very talented director of The Apple Sisters since the autumn of 2007. Tom is a co-founder of the experimental theater company Waterwell, and has directed its Life In Pink, Sweetness & Light, The Persians... a Comedy About War With Five Songs, Marco Millions (based on lies) [Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Director] and The/King/Operetta. Other NYC credits: Paden Fallis' The Play About The Coach (Tank) and Rob Reese's Paradigm (Gotham City). Also for Waterwell: actor/writer on Lost in Yemen, or The Bizarre Bazaar; Fuenteovejuna; and Stuck. Regional: Twelfth Night (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); The Emperor's New Clothes, Li'l Red and Oh, Jack! (Little Apple Theater Co.); and Those Funny Little People (Chicago).