The Unusual Suspects

Company Member Heather Willis McLendon

Heather Willis McLendon - When Heather is not performing at Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre, she works full time as the new Drama Teacher at Arnold Magnet Academy. For the past three years, Heather worked at the Springer Opera House as the Associate Director of Education. She has appeared as a performer on the Springer State in West Side Story, Avenue Q, Peter Pan, Big River, Lakebottom Proper, and Pinkalicious. Heather has also enjoyed stage managing at the Springer for A Christmas Carol, A Raisin in the Sun, and Oops, I Tweeted Again. Heather earned a B.S. in Theatre Education from Columbus State University, had the pleasure of working for CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota, and spent an academic year teaching with the Autism HOPE Center.

Company Member Mickey Cole, Jr.

Mickey Cole, Jr., is a Atlanta native who pursues a life of Acting both in Film/Television and Theatre. He is represented by Houghton Talent for Film and Television as has been reoccurring in the Playstation Network original show POWERS. He graduated from Columbus State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and strives to make Performing his life. Columbus, GA locals might remember Mickey from the Springer Opera House’s production of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs as Alexander T. Wolf. Mickey recently opened Death of a Salesmen in Atlanta with The Renaissance Project playing the role of Biff. Mickey also has an admiration for children’s theatre and in 2017 toured the middle-eastern states with Lexington Children’s Theatre. Mickey wishes to thank his loving family for all the support they give him throughout the years and Chandler Clark who never stops pushing him to be his best.

Company Member Samantha May

Samantha May earned her BFA in Theatre Performance at Columbus State University. Some of her favorite roles include “Elizabeth Proctor” in The Crucible, “Theresa” in Boy Gets Girl, “Mel” in God’s Ear, and “Helena” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is a valued Sherlock's veteran both in acting and in stage managing.

Company Member Russ Yoe

Russ Yoe has recently been on two musical tours across the country with the Springer Opera House in A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and Della's Diner. Other roles with the Springer include "Gaston" in Beauty and the Beast and "Boo Radley" in To Kill A Mockingbird. With Columbus State University he was featured as "Vershinshin" in Two Sisters and "John Proctor" in The Crucible. He earned an Irene Ryan Nomination for his role in The Crucible and was an American College Theatre Festival finalist. Russ graduated with a BFA in theatre performance from CSU.

Company Member Johanna Cabatingan

Johanna Cabatingan is a 2008 graduate of the University of Evansville majoring in theatre education. She has worked for the Springer Theatre Academy as a teaching assistant, lead teacher, education coordinator, and interim theatre academy director. Recently she was onstage playing “Connie” for Springer Opera House’s production of “A Chorus Line.” Johanna joined the Sherlock’s family in “Iceberg - HO!”  and  in ’Til Death Do Us Part.

Company Member Jim Pharr

Jim Pharr appeared at the Spring Opera House in The Producers as “Franz Liebkind,” A Year with Frog and Toad as “Frog,” The Odd Couple as “Vinnie,” Les Miserables as “Courfeyrac,” A Christmas Carol as “Mr. Fezziwig” and “Phillip,” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as “Rueben” and “Potiphar,” Annie, 9 to 5: The Musical as “Dwayne,” Barefoot in the Park, The Full Monty and Frost/Nixon. Jim is the Springer’s education associate and director of No Shame Theatre. He was a performer, creator, and composer for I Tweeted on my iPad (and I Liked It) & Oops … I Tweeted Again!

Production and Artistic Staff

Managing Director Cherwanda Jones

Cherwanda (CJ) Jones graduated from CSU in 2006 with a B.B.A. in CISM & a minor in technical theatre. She freelances as a stage manager, lighting designer, theatrical electrician & carpenter. She served as a stage manager for the Chattahoochee Theatre Ensemble’s productions of The Brothers Wright, The Invisible Dragon, & The Frog Prince. CJ has also designed and built scenery for the Liberty Theatre and she was stage manager for Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company’s Measure for Measure. In addition, she served as a stagehand (electrician/props/lighting) for the Rivercenter for the Performing Arts and is currently their director of operations. She also coordinates the Media Ministry at her church. She would like to thank her family for their infinite love & support.

Resident Director Cameron Bean

Cameron P. Bean has served as an actor and director for Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre since 2010. He received his BS Ed. in theatre education from CSU in 2007 and his MBA from the same university in 2010. He is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Columbus and is the current chairman of the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance. He sits on the boards of Midtown, Inc., Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, Columbus Ballet and the Columbus Convention & Visitor's Bureau's Board of Commissioners. Cameron has served as executive director of development and managing director of Springer Opera House - State Theatre of Georgia in Columbus and Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, respectively.

Artistic Director - Producer - Founder - Playwright Dr. Kate Musgrove

Dr. Kate Musgrove retired from Columbus State University in the spring of 2013 as a full professor and as head of the directing program. Kate received her BA in theatre from CSU before moving on to earning her MFA in Directing from the University of Virginia and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies/Directing at Texas Tech University. Kate has directed over 100 shows in both professional and academic settings in Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Iowa, and Virginia. Some of her favorite shows include Lonely Planet at Graceland University in Iowa, On The Verge at UVA (with Tina Fey), Keely and Du at Texas Tech, A Tuna Christmas at the Barter Theatre in Virginia (with John Hedges and Will Bigham), Edgar Allan Poe at Emory & Henry College in Virginia, and Dinner With Friends at the Springer Opera House in Georgia. Kate directed "Avenue Q" the fall of 2014 with the Columbia Entertainment Company in Columbia, Missouri, and “The Sunshine Boys” at Talking Horse Productions in Columbia.

Director - Producer - Founder - Playwright JJ Musgrove

JJ Musgrove has a B.A. in theatre from Graceland University in Iowa, a M.A. in theatre from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, and a M.S. in business/organizational leadership from Columbus State University in Georgia. JJ has acted in community theatre, educational theatre and professionally for over 20 years. Favorite roles include "Danny" in Baby at the University of Missouri, "Rick" in The Nerd at UCM, "Benedick" in Much Ado About Nothing at Graceland, and "Tom" in Sundown at The Barter Theatre in Virginia. JJ was most recently seen as "King Arthur" in Spamalot at the Columbia Entertainment Company and as “Yvan” in Art at Talking Horse Productions. He is the deputy city manager for the City of Columbia, Missouri. JJ and Kate Musgrove have co-written 24 plays for Sherlocks.