The Gals

THE APPLE SISTERS starring Candy, Cora, and Seedy, brings a vintage twist to modern comedy with all the verve and vigor of the Vaudevillian stars of yore. Set in 1943, THE APPLE SISTERS is a live, onstage presentation of a radio broadcast on WXYZ radio and around the world to the brave young boys fighting the Axis powers overseas. THE APPLE SISTERS give a knowing wink to the imagined innocence of a by-gone age, when everyone was chaste, straight and dreaming of victory in the War to End All Wars. In an era of cynical, world-weary comedy, THE APPLE SISTERS are refreshingly unironic and enthusiastically hilarious in their on-air antics and songs. Following the variety hour radio format of the day, THE APPLE SISTERS includes live original musical performances, comedy bits, special guest appearances, and live radio ads for exciting new products available with ration stamps. Being sisters, however, inevitably sibling rivalry and family intrigue finds it’s way into every APPLE SISTERS broadcast, leaving the ladies desperately off-course until through plucky ingenuity (or more often, luck) they manage to set everything right before it’s time to sign off.

THE APPLE SISTERS became an instant critical and fan success. It began in New York City, where they were the toast of the town, selling-out performances every week at the PIT, opening for Ingrid Michaelson at the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall, performances at sketch comedy festivals in New York, Charleston, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. In Los Angeles, their performances continue to sell out at their monthly show at the UCB theatre and Largo. Their talents have attracted the eye of stars like Ryan Gosling (The Notebook), who recorded their first album, Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), Michael Vartan (Hawthorne), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Paul F. Tompkins, and Emily Jillette, who has been producing their shows in Las Vegas. They are the winners of the peer and audience voted ECNY awards for Best Musical Act and the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Original Music. They have appeared on the Gong Show with Dave Attell and made a cameo in Kristen Wiig's film Bridesmaids. They are currently developing a film with The Mark Gordon Company.

This rapid acclaim is in no small part thanks to the combined talents and efforts of the women behind THE APPLE SISTERS, Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson and Sarah Lowe, all triple-threat veterans of the New York comedy and theater scenes. After devising the idea for THE APPLE SISTERS, the three have collaborated in the writing, production and performance of new monthly shows with terrific results. With the musical direction and live accompaniment of Jerome Kurtenbach, they capture not only the comedy of the 1940s, but the musical spirit as well with their original songs.

Join THE APPLE SISTERS in a refreshing and uproarious trip down America’s collective memory lane, wherever it may lead.
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 Winner, ECNY Best Director Nominee and Andy Kaufman Award Semi-Finalist. She has performed at The Peoples Improv Theater, Second City NY, UCB Theatre, Westside Comedy Theatre and the Off-Broadway improv show Chicago City Limits. Her writing credits include ESPN, Fox Atomic, The Oxygen Network, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes, and numerous industrials. She is a partner at Vaguely Qualified Productions, the feature documentary film "Nerdcore Rising" (SXSW Film Festival). Kimmy is also a member of the Story Pirates. She currently lives in Los Angeles with a view of 53 palm trees 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).