This week's column brings Soaps.com readers new roles, how to catch stars onstage, baby news, marriage vows and more for some of daytime's favorite former actors of defunct soap operas "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light," "One Life to Live" and "Passions."
Van Hansis kickstarts for Ms. Guidance.
Van Hansis, known in daytime as one half of "As the World Turns'" 'Nuke' fan favorite couple aka Noah (Jake Silbermann) and Luke, is looking for fan support in his latest project, "Ms Guidance." Co-written by playwright James Ryan Caldwell, the story surrounds a struggling actress who takes a job as an interim guidance counselor at a performing arts school she attended as a kid. However, the more she listens to the dreams of her students, the more her schemes for fame threaten the lives of others, as well as her own. Visit Hansis' Kickstarter campaign for Ms. Guidance for a preview of the dark comedy.
— Van Hansis (@VanHansis1) June 18, 2015
Austin Peck and Terri Conn expecting.
Former soap alums Austin Peck and Terri Conn are extending their family! Peck took to Twitter to announce his wife's pregnancy and posted this photo below. This will be their second child together, Keira being their first, in addition to children from previous marriages - Peck's sons Aidan and Roman and Conn's daughter Julia. Soaps.com sends the big family our best! Peck appeared on "Days of our Lives" as Austin Reed (1996 to 2007), "As the World Turns" as Brad Snyder (2007 to 2009) and "One Life to Live" as Rick Powers (2011 to 2012). Conn played Katie Peretti Snyder, who was married to Peck's character on "As the World Turns" (1998 to 2010) and Aubrey Wentworth on "One Life to Live" (2010 to 2011).
She's cookin all right...and almost ready pic.twitter.com/J9njwkkI9m
— Austin Peck (@AustinRed5) June 25, 2015
Vanessa Ray and Landon Beard get married.
She's recognized today for her role as Cece Drake on "Pretty Little Liars" and Officer Edit Jenko on "Blue Bloods." Vanessa Ray also played Teri Ciccone on "As the World Turns" from 2009 to 2010 and is currently enjoying life as a married woman. The actress and musician Landon Beard tied the knot on Sunday June 14 during an intimate ceremony at Condor Nest Ranch in Pala, California. E! shared details on the nuptials, which were officiated by the bride and groom's fathers and attended by fellow soap stars Kim Matula (ex-Hope Logan, "B&B") and Kelly Sullivan (Sage Kellerman, "Y&R"). The bride wore two gowns designed by Shareen and Carol Hannah and later celebrated with guests for tacos, stuffed tamales and wine. Soaps.com sends our congratulations!
— DWHA Magazine (@DWHAmagazine) June 22, 2015
Grant Aleksander onstage in Mary, Mary.
Grant Aleksander first appeared in daytime on "Capitol" in 1986 as D.J. Phillips before landing the biggest role of his career as "Guiding Light's" Phillip Spaulding from 1983 to 2009. Fans can now catch the actor onstage in "Mary, Mary" at the Cape May Stage Theater at 405 Lafayette Street in Cape May, New Jersey until Friday July 24. Directed by former "Days of our Lives" producer Roy Steinberg, the audience will witness a hilarious tale of a nearly divorced couple who ends up trapped in an apartment with three other people. Aleksander plays Dirk Winston and also appeared as Alec McIntyre on "All My Children" from 1993 to 1995. Tickets can be purchased through the link.