MEET ANGIE STAHELI
Finding Patience Playwright and Director
Local History Theatre has been Angie’s passion for the past decade and a half as she has written and directed historical fiction plays and musicals which have been performed in Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah (at the General Conference Theatre in Salt Lake City), Washington, North Carolina and other locations across the country.
With degrees in Theatre and Sociology, Angie is passionate about creating works that can help bring a community together. After writing and directing the first iteration of the sold-out Finding Patience – The Story of Holly Springs in 2017, she was so touched by the cast, crew and the audience members’ connection to the stories in the play, that she wanted to share the power and potential impact of Local History Theatre on a broader scale.
MEET THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
To be announced soon!
MEET THE COMPOSER & MUSIC DIRECTOR
Jeremy is a Canadian-born composer living in the Raleigh area with his wife Erin and their happy Corgi, Parker. Being raised in a musical family, Jeremy has been entrenched in song for his entire life. He studied Music Theory & Composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Christian Songwriting at Liberty University.
After marrying Erin, a novelist with a theatrical background, they soon figured out that they could combine their passions for music and storytelling and began writing and publishing faith-based musicals under the name The Faithful Troubadour in 2016.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
My family and I have lived in Holly Springs for over seven years now. As transplants from South Dakota, we love everything North Carolina has to offer! From traveling from the mountains to the ocean; from enjoying small town comforts to urban excitement; and from the diversity of those who live here now and from those whose stories we learn about from the past.
Desirae Johnson Barton is a dance teacher and history lover. With a degree in both history and dance, Desirae has spent the past twenty years using her training to connect with her community while living in
Utah, California, and North Carolina.
Part of the original cast of Finding Patience, Dena met Angie when she played the roles of widower and Kathy. She was excited and honored to be a part of the inaugural show, and help tell the story of our special little town.
Rachel Atkin has been a proud resident of Holly Springs for 7 years and hopes to spend the rest of her life here. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she and her husband and four children decided to settle down here and open her husband Daniel’s chiropractic office, Simply Chiropractic.
Rachel Clarke is so excited to be working on Finding Patience! She has enjoyed theatre as a member of the cast and/or crew since high school, and has worked on multiple productions since then.
Kaleen grew up in sunny Tucson, Arizona where she learned to love music and the performing arts. She enjoys all things costumes and has spent many years learning the art of bringing a character to life through an amazing costume.
Like so many others, the Savoldi’s agree with the statement “Sometimes you don’t choose a town; the town chooses you.” Cindy and her husband Mark felt drawn to Holly Springs when relocating 22 years ago, have raised their 6 children in Holly Springs, and have felt honored to watch Holly Springs blossom.
MEET THE LOCAL HISTORIANS
“Sometimes you don’t choose a town; the town chooses you.” This statement could not be more true. In August of 1993, we were getting ready to relocate from a small farming community in Western New York to the Triangle. I poured over all the maps, pamphlets and new home guides that our real estate agent had sent us.
Doris has become a force for good in Holly Springs and surrounding areas. She is gifted at researching, resourcefulness and organizing people in order to bring forgotten history to light. Her biggest asset is her heart.
Mrs. Doris Battle is the Chairperson and Founder of NC Forgotten History.
J. Dwayne Garnett
J. Dwayne Garnett is an Empowerment Speaker, Love Advocate, and self-proclaimed History Buff from Augusta, GA, now living in the Raleigh-Durham area. His passion for history was rekindled through the character development process of the original Finding Patience.
Warren Holleman remembers when Apex and Holly Springs had a combined population of less than 2000 people! And when he graduated from Apex High School in 1973, there were 99 students in his class.