Meet the Cast and Crew

of Sorry Lessons

There’s no doubt about it! We had fun on set.

 

And this special movie that explains in a fun filled way about the importance of accepting God’s gift of true repentance could not have been possible without the generous time and talents shared with us by over 250 dedicated volunteers.

This is the place where you get to meet some of them, and share in some of the fun we had creating Sorry Lessons, a full length feature film by Theater of Grace

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Meet Kevin

Lead Actor

David Calhoun

Here’s the culprit!

Meet David Calhoun  – our main actor, playing the role of Kevin, the hard hearted, self centered, unrepentant main character in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons.

Ironically David Calhoun himself could never be further from the character of the role he played. He was a joy to have on set with his boundless energy and mechanical ability to repeat exactly what he did each time. If you watch the film and wonder how he could have such a great rapport with his screen mom, Barbie, we’ll let you in on a secret – she’s actually his mom in real life too!

We are so thankful and blessed to have such a God fearing, lovely person gracing our set.

David spent 43 of the 60 active shooting days on set with us.

Fun facts about David:

  • He was an experienced stage actor prior to joining our film. He had played several roles in North Florida Community College productions including starring in Peter Pan, Oliver Twist, and others.
  • He was great to work with because he has a great memory, not only for his lines, but for actor continuity – we called him a “machine” on set because he was so good at repeating exactly what he did each time for each camera angle, which made it much easier for us to edit his scenes.
  • He’s a busy guy! While he was on set with us, he was also completing dual enrollment at NFCC, finishing both his last year of high school and his first year of college simultaneously, and he also took a role in NFCC’s production of Oliver Twist as the villain Bill Sikes concurrently while he was completing Sorry Lessons.
  • His favorite on set food was DONUTS! We could always count on him to take home (and eat!) any donuts left set, no matter how many.
  • During filming because of his heavy schedule outside of filming with us, we sometimes used a double, played by Luke Schwab – who did an amazing job. We dare you to spot the differences in the finished film!

Meet Madame J’Accuseri

Lead Actor

Madison (Ella) Hallmark

Here’s the culprit!

Meet Madison (Ella) Hallmark  – our second main actor, playing the role of Madame J’Accuseri, the mysterious, dark, beautiful antagoist main character in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons.

Madison (Ella) Hallmark’s unique mixed ethnic background coupled with her exceptional acting skills made her the perfect choice for the role of Madame J’Accuseri.

We are so thankful and blessed to have such a God fearing, lovely person gracing our set.

Ella spent 6 of the 60 active shooting days on set and 8 days in wardrobe/prep.

Fun facts about Ella:

  • She was an experienced stage actor prior to joining our film, including several lead roles in church theater and at North Florida Community College productions including roles in Oliver Twist, Beauty and the Beast, Faith County and many others.
  • Ella is an accomplished vocalist, talented dancer, cheerleader, and model.
  • She’s a busy gal! While she was on set with us, she was also starring in roles in North Florida Community College productions, modeling, and active in her church productions.
  • Ella can sing! She has a surprisingly deep, alto voice and it quite remarkable to watch because her big voice resonates in such a tiny frame.
  • Ella is much smaller and shorter (um… petite!) than most of the cast, so we had to cheat a lot of her shots to keep her at eye level with the other actors.
  • She spent the longest in pre-wardrobe and pre production make up as we worked to find the best look for her for her role, which was complicated by the fact we had to make her look more sinister and she is so inherently sweet.

Meet Ben

Supporting  Lead

Jack Fry

Too talented for words.

Meet Jack Fry  – one of our main supporting actors, playing the role of Ben, Kevin’s younger brother. Jack nailed the roll of the mischievous, intrepid, somewhat nerdy but completely lovable character in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons.

Jack was a joy to have on set, keeping us entertained with his singing and dancing solos and duets with co star Kaley Reenay Koon who played the older sister on set.

His dad, Chris Fry, is his biggest fan and strong supporter of Jack’s future in using his many talents to make the world a happier place. He said he was thrilled to have a Christian film production opportunity for his son and spent much time on set supporting his son and transporting him to all the film locations.

We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely people gracing our set.

Jack spent 18 of the 60 active shooting days on set with us.

Fun facts about Jack:

  • He was an experienced stage actor prior to joining our film. He had played several roles at his church and for North Florida Community College productions including starring in Oliver Twist as the main character, Oliver Twist, a role he carried while filming with us.
  • He has a great voice! Ask him to do his Bruno Mars impression for you one day…
  • He can dance! Give him a chance and he’ll be singing and dancing his way into your heart.
  • He has amazing energy and a great memory, and sometimes on late night shoots he would nap on set while we watched with jealousy. See if you can spot some sleepy shots in the film!

Meet Kelsey

Supporting Lead

Kaley Reenay Koon

Pure Sunshine on set!

Meet Kaley Reenay Koon – one of our main supporting actors, playing the role of Kelsey, Kevin’s older sister. Kaley’s amazing ability to portray a broad range of emotions brought the character of Kelsey to life in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons.

Kaley’s bright, sunny disposition spilled over in song often on set and she and co star Jack Fry kept us entertained with their singing and dancing solos and duets.

Her dimpled smile is contagious and the tears and frustration she conjured portraying her character were exactly what we were looking for.

We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely people gracing our set.

Kaley spent 15 of the 60 active shooting days on set with us.

Fun facts about Kaley:

  • She can sing! Not just sing, but sing! She sings from her heart and from her diaphram, and she’s a joy to listen to. And what a memory for lyrics! She’s like a recorder, the words just keep coming.
  • She can rap. Yup. Rap. Just ask her. And she’s got the moves to go along with it too!
  • Her hair is naturally that beautiful. We had some fun on set figuring out some embarrassing up-dos for the film but it was hard because she always looked so pretty no matter what we did.
  • She’s a great, loyal friend who loves deeply and knows how to have fun. During filming she and some friends headed out to the beach and got sunburned. See if you can spot when in the film!

Meet Ken

Supporting Lead

Steven Schwab

Abounding with Talent and Experience.

Meet Steven Schwab – one of our main supporting actors, playing the role of Ken, Kevin’s Dad. As the father of 6 amazing kids and a professional creative film and writing background, Steven Schwab was the perfect choice to have on set to play Ken in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons.

Steven Schwab was so generous with his time and talent, not only as an actor on set, but sharing his creative ideas, taking on extra roles on both sides of the camera, helping with transporting cast and crew, and sharing his entire talented family with us several times as extras on both sides of the camera.

We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely people gracing our set.

Steven Schwab spent 13 of the 60 active shooting days on set with us as an actor and 45 days as crew.

Fun facts about Steven Schwab:

  • All of his 6 kids appeared in the film, see if you can spot the extras with his resemblance.
  • His son, Jonah Schwab, played a main supporting role in the film, and another son, Luke Schwab, was the double for the main character.
  • Steven Schwab is an accomplished teacher and author with extensive experience in the film, and will soon be releasing another multi-book epic trilogy. Watch for it in stores!
  • He played quite a few sneaky cameo extra roles in the film. See if you can spot him in disguise!

Meet Barbie

Supporting Lead

Karen Calhoun

What. a. mom.

Meet Karen Calhoun – one of our main supporting actors, playing the role of Barbie, Kevin’s Mom. Karen was the perfect choice to have on set to play Barbie, Kevin’s mom in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons, because she actually is David Calhoun’s mom! (David Calhoun played Kevin in the film)

Karen Calhoun generously volunteered her amazing talent for the film while still working full time as an accountant and full time as mom to 3 great kids and full time as a wife. Her attention to detail, excellent memory, comedic timing and sense of humor brought the complex character of Barbie to life.

We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely people gracing our set.

Karen Calhoun spent 13 of the 60 active shooting days on set, and many more helping to transport David Calhoun to and from sets.

Fun facts about Karen Calhoun:

  • Karen didn’t audition for the part of Barbie. She didn’t intend to audition at all. We overheard her reading against her son, David Calhoun, who was auditioning for the main character, Kevin, and knew she was perfect for the part, so we invited (begged) her to join the cast!
  • Karen is an accomplished church and community theater actor and has a great repetoir and emotional range.
  • The natural emotional dynamic you see between Karen’s character, Barbie, and David’s character, Kevin, is real. They are very close in real life which made their chemistry on set so convincing and a joy to watch. Some of their mother-son ad-lib banter made it into the film because sometimes it was just too funny to make them stay on script.
  • Her ability to ad-lib is off the charts! She can hold single person dialogue in character off script better than anyone. We were fortunate enough to catch some of it on camera and use it in the film. See if you can spot it!

Meet Steve

Supporting Lead

Jonah Schwab

Actor and Filmmaker.

Meet Jonah Schwab – one of our main supporting actors, playing the role of Steve, Kevin’s best friend. Having Jonah on set for Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons, was a double blessing because Jonah is also a talented, creative aspiring filmmaker.

Jonah’s role of Steve is his debut film appearance. He originally auditioned to be a part of the film crew, but had such an instant, natural, believable rapport with David Calhoun (playing the lead role of Kevin) and Marco Swaisgood (playing a main supporting role of Rudy, Kevin’s friend) that he was invited to audition for the main supporting role of Steve. We knew it was Providence when we saw them act together because it is not easy to find three perfect strangers capable of being so comfortable with each other that it is believable that they have been lifelong friends.

Jonah Schwab is the son of Steven Schwab, who both volunteered many, many hours and long days as both members of cast and crew, and they did a lot of driving to be a part of this project. We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely people gracing our set.

Jonah Schwab spent 12 of the 60 active shooting days on set, 45 days as crew, and several days volunteering with post production.

Fun facts about Jonah Schwab:

  • Jonah didn’t originally come to the audition to get a role as an actor in the film. He wanted to be part of the crew to get experience as a filmmaker. But while waiting for his turn to audition he hit it off so well with David Calhoun and Marco Swaisgood (who were being cast in the film) that we invited him to audition for the part of Steve.
  • Jonah has a great eye for artsy shots and contributed a few great ones to the film as part of the crew.
  • He has natural artistic talent and has won many awards for his drawings and photos.
  • Jonah played a character named Steve, and Jonah’s dad, Steve Schwab, was also a part of the cast and crew, so we had fun trying to keep our “Steves” straight when call times came.
  • He does a great impression of Jim Carrey! As him to show you one day…

Meet Rudy

Supporting Lead

Marco Swaisgood

MarCreative Missionary.

Meet Marco Swaisgood – one of our main supporting actors, playing the role of Rudy, Kevin’s other best friend. As a PK, Marco Swaisgood is no stranger to the concept of doing whatever it takes to reach the world for Christ and we were so blessed to have him and his family on set in Theater of Grace’s first Christian feature film, Sorry Lessons.

Marco’s role of Rudy is his debut film appearance. Both of his parents are in active ministry, and he has grown up knowing that God has placed a high calling on his talents for the good and furtherance of God’s kingdom. He had such an instant, natural, believable rapport with David Calhoun (playing the lead role of Kevin) and Jonah Schwab (playing a main supporting role of Steve, Kevin’s friend), that we knew it was Providence when we saw them act together because it is not easy to find three perfect strangers capable of being so comfortable with each other that it is believable that they have been lifelong friends. We are so thankful that though they had so far to travel to be a part of this film that they made the sacrifice and joined the cast.

We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely, generous people gracing our set.

Marco Swaisgood spent 9 of the 60 active shooting days on set.

Fun facts about Marco Swaisgood:

  • The Swaisgood family lived the furthest away of all the main characters and drove nearly 3 hours round trip to be a part of the film.
  • We were so thankful that Marco’s whole family, including his twin younger sisters and his Dad, Pastor Swaisgood, were able to join as extras in the film, even with their busy schedules and far travel time. See if you can spot the family resemblance!
  • He has naturally curly hair that grows really, really fast!
  • Marco’s character, Rudy, is a preacher’s kid, and Marco in real life is a preacher’s kid too!

Meet the Supporting Actors

 

We are so thankful and blessed to have such God fearing, lovely people gracing our set.

With over 250 amazing people involved, it’s impossible for us to feature them all here on this page, so be sure to connect with us on Facebook so you can meet them!

Fun facts from set:

  • We were rained on.
  • One of our biggest challenges during our outdoor shoots were crows! They wouldn’t stop calling long enough for us to finish a scene.

Supporting Roles:

Priscilla
Played by Elizabeth Simpson

 

Debuting as Ben’s best friend, Priscilla is Elizabeth Simpson. This little girl-next-door sweetheart is no stranger to film, she had been cast as the main character for several student films and shorts prior to joining us on the set of Sorry Lessons.

Fun facts from set:

  • She is such a joy to work with. She always gives her all, even when on her final scene on set she was feeling a little under the weather.
  • Nicknamed “little Lindsey Lohan” because she looked so much like the star when she was the same age.

Meredith
Played by Avery Buchanan

 

Ben’s undesired crush is played by the amazing Avery Buchanan. Avery is an accomplished actor with many stage appearances. She aspires to make acting her full time occupation. With the level of talent she portrays, given correct opportunities her dream could really be a reality.

Fun facts from set:

  • Avery was starring in NFCC’s live production of Oliver Twist at the same time she was working on set with us on Sorry Lessons.
  • She can sing! and Dance! Don’t let her pint size fool you, she is dynamite in a small package with more talent than you can image.

Billy
Played by Mike Yarik

 

Mike Yarik is appearing in his first feature film, but he is no stranger to acting. As a regular player at NFCC prior to joining us on the set of Sorry Lessons, Mike enjoys acting, singing, dancing and is aspiring to be a high school drama teacher one day soon.

Fun facts from set:

  • Before playing the role of Billy, Mike had never had to polish a vehicle before.
  • Mike is an accomplished stage actor whose all time favorite dream role would be to be cast as the lead in the Barber of Seville.

Meredith’s Mom
Played by Della Webb

 

Della Webb is used to being the center of attention. As a regular actor in NFCC’s community theater she has also authored and produced her own theater scripts. She has a wonderful dynamic range and captivating presence.

Fun facts from set:

  • Della Webb has such a versitile clothing collection she was able to provide the zany outfit needed for her character on set.
  • She can sing! and Dance! and she’s not shy to let her profound talent out loud and strong.

Pastor Brant
Played by Doug Mabey

 

Doug Mabey is a hundred blessings rolled into one. He is youth pastor of the First Advent Christian Church and our liason for the main location for filming at Advent Christian Village. In addition to acting the part of Pastor Brant in the film, Doug also was instrumental in coordinating locations, extras and volunteers for the film.

Fun facts from set:

  • Doug found out he was camera shy on set, even though he has preached hundreds of times.
  • He said the highlight of the role was baptizing Kevin – which he got to do over 20 times so we could get all the shots we needed.

Dr. Stout
Played by K. Sidney Bronson

 

We were so blessed to have the enormous talent of K. Sidney Bronson for the film. An unexpected cancellation of of the the cast members at the last minute created a stressful last minute recasting that God turned into an amazing blessing. We could not have asked for a better fit for this role and so appreciate the time and travel K. Sidney Bronson so graciously undertook for this project.

Fun facts from set:

  • K Sidney Bronson only had a couple of days to review his lengthy part, the longest monologue in the film.
  • He is a regular and sought after player of the Southern Shakespeare Company in Tallahassee and the Monticello Opera house.

School Principal
Played by Brandon Fernald

 

Brandon Fernald is a character and a half. Gracing the stage of his home church with his wit and wisdom, Brandon also has a background in banking and is active in his community’s Chamber of Commerce, holding office.

Fun facts from set:

  • Brandon’s ability to be larger than life was bigger than we ever expected!
  • Acting must be in his bloodline because we later found out that he and the talented sorry cowgirl we cast were actually related! (see if you can spot the family resemblance…)

Steve’s Uncle
Played by Dennis Wilkins Jr.

 

Dennis Wilkins Jr. was another last minute blessing for a vacated role. This soft spoken, talented father, husband, and business owner graciously agreed to play the part of Steve’s uncle for the film and did a fantastic job. We are forever greatful for his donation of time and talent at such a perfect time and know God wanted him in this project.

Fun facts from set:

  • Dennis Wilkins Jr. only had a day to review his part with his busy work schedule, and he did an excellent job.
  • His lovely wife Michelle Wilkins is also an actress and was gracious to fill several parts as an extra on the film.

Sorry Cowgirl
Played by Mia Fernald

 

Mia Fernald was one of the first roles we cast. From the very beginning, while we were still doing our screen tests to see if we were ready to try produce a feature film we knew she was our cute cowgirl. 

Fun facts from set:

  • Mia used lines and songs fof her audition from Frozen, her favorite movie. Best of all, it sums up the close relationship she has with her little sister.
  • Mia’s little sister wanted so much to join her sister on set we were able to give her a part as an extra in Mia’s scene.

Ben’s Teacher
Played by Lesley Townsend Fry

 

Playing the role of Ben’s school teacher came easily for Lesley Townsend Fry, who is a teacher in real life. Playing across from Jack Fry who played Ben, her son in real life, made the dynamics even more natural and perfect! Another amazing miracle on set from our paster producer and casting director, God.

Fun facts from set:

  • Lesley hurt her foot just before her main scene, but she was such a trooper she didn’t want to let us down or miss the opportunity to act along side her son, so she carried on, cast, pain killer and all.
  • Even though Lesley is a teacher in real life she said the cameras made her so nervous she had a hard time keeping her hands from shaking as she wrote on the board in her scene.

Investigator
Played by Nicholas Mazzio

 

Nicholas Mazzio, wth his wife, Lauren Mazzio, are the founders of Solemn Appeal Ministries and Theater of Grace. He has musical stage experience but this is his film debut. He co-authored the script and story, and was also the main sound person for filming. The role of investigator was difficult to cast and the director was so grateful he was willing to accept this big responsibility on top of all the production responsibilities.

Fun facts from set:

  • We almost picked a mafia style accent for him after we heard him practicing with his assistant but decided against it at the last minute because he was supposed to be one of the good guys in the film.
  • The days filming the investigator scenes were some of the hottest in the year and he suffered mild heat stroke during shooting but carried on to finish the scenes.

Investigator’s Assitant
Played by Hannah Herndon

 

The part of the Investigator’s Assistant was not in the original script of Sorry Lessons, but when Hanna Herndon came to auditions we just knew she had to be a part of the film. She was just too passionate not to have an opportunity to share her the Lord through her talents. The part of the Investigator’s Assistant was created just for her.

Fun facts from set:

  • Hanna sings and cooks too! She is industrious, and has her own side catering business that she uses to raise money for her future education.
  • Hanna is very close to her younger sister who appears as an extra in some of Ben’s school scenes. See if you  can spot the family resemblance!

Librarian
Played by Mary Jane Simone

 

One thing is for certain: Mary Jane Simone loves the Lord. She said she was longing to have an opportunity to share her acting talent in a Christian production when she came across our casting call. We hope to work with her again in the future!

Fun facts from set:

  • Mary Jane Simone is an accomplished stage actor and has written and directed plays of her own.
  • She is also a classically trained ballerina, as you can tell by her graceful movements on set.

Waitress
Played by Adrianna Bass

 

Adrianna Bass’s character, the waitress, is another instance of when such obvious talent demands a part. She joined the set as an extra and backstage volunteer, and to support her good friend David Calhoun in his role as the main character. But she was such a character herself we just had to include her.

Fun facts from set:

  • Adrianna’s part of the waitress was written especially for her, she said her favorite part was throwing straws at her friend David Calhoun (Kevin)
  • Adrianna’s stick-on tattoos had a hard time staying on during filming because it was so humid. See if you can spot them in the film!

Meet the Featured Actors

Featured Roles:

Librarian
Played by Mary Jane Simone

Waitress
Played by Adrianna Bass

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