BALSAMA (BERTHE) is beyond words to express how exuberant she is to be making
her debut at Richter. Previous roles throughout her varied life experiences include
Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth", Jocasta in "Oedipus Rex", Morgan le Fey in "Camelot",
Mrs. Malloy in "The Matchmaker", various fairy tale characters in children's theater,
and appearances in the ensembles of "Bye Bye Birdie", "The Pajama Game", and "The
Wiz". Cristina teaches French and Spanish at the Middle and High Schools in Rye,
New York where she also directs and produces the Middle School Spring Drama, offers
an afternoon Drama Club, and helps backstage with the High School musicals. She's
decided to follow Berthe's advice, "time to take time", by returning to the stage
to fulfill one of her loves in life. She thanks the cast of "Pippin" for their
warmth and care. Speaking of which…Cristina is crazy about her husband, Barney,
and their three dogs. She sends thanks to Jennifer H. for her help and encouragement
and wants Catherine and Greg to know how much she loves them. Hi to all the Rye
people and the Civil Air Patrol guys. Hi Mom - Hi Dad! Love you - thanks for all
you've done. Feel the magic!
DANIEL BAYER (PLAYER) Daniel is ecstatic
to be returning to the MAR stage, as his last performance was in "The Wiz" so
long ago. Since then, Daniel has not been absent from the performing arts, however.
He has performed in the roles of Albert Peterson in "Bye, Bye Birdie", John Darling
in "Peter Pan", and Snowboy in "West Side Story" at Danbury High School. Daniel
has also been on the competitive dance route with Lori's Center Stage competition
troupe, receiving awards, including: Broadway Bound, Personality, Entertainment,
and Comedy awards, 2nd Runner-Up Mr. Starpower 2000 & 2001, 2nd Runner-Up Access
Broadway Triple Threat, 1st Runner-Up Mr. Showbiz 2000 & 2001, Mr. On-Stage America
2001, and Mr. Superstar 2001. For the past three years, he has been invited to
perform with the Starpower Power Pak Dance Tour. In 2000, he competed in a national
competition at Walt Disney World and placed 3rd overall. Daniel is currently a
junior and honors student at Danbury High School, where he is active with the
yearbook, literary magazine, and mock trial team, which went to state semi-finals
this year. In his spare time (WHAT spare time?) he is a movie connoisseur. Daniel
would like to thank his parents for looking at colleges while he was at Pippin
rehearsals, and would like to show them, through his performance, that it was
all worth it!
JOHN CONGDON (PIPPIN) John is very proud to be performing
at MAR, for his second consecutive season, after a truly amazing summer of 2000,
where he portrayed Jesus in Godspell, and Che in Evita. He just finished a run
of The Pirates of Penzance as Frederic, and will next be playing Teen Angel in
Grease at MAR. Past favorites include: Archibald (Secret Garden), Sky (Guys and
Dolls), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore), Giuseppe AND Marco in different productions
of The Gondoliers, and The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance). Besides performing,
John can also be found at Daniels Farm Elementary School teaching kindergarten!
Much love to family, friends, members of the cast and crew, but mostly to His
Heavenly Father who makes all things new, and who DOES give my life meaning and
ALICE DAOOD (PLAYER) Alice has been flirting with her
spot on the chorus line since her junior high school days. She sang and danced
for St. Louis Community Theater and school productions of "The Pajama Game," and
"The Music Man." From 1997-1999, she belonged to St. Joseph's Choir in High Bridge,
New Jersey. Upon moving to Connecticut in 1999, Alice studied voice with Jane
Ryan and Lynn Paulella at the Music Learning Center of Danbury. For her thirtieth
birthday, she dared herself to audition for a show. Alice is back on stage and
thrilled to be in the middle of her first season with Musicals at Richter.
JULIETTE GARRISON (PLAYER) originated the role of Doris Duke in the new musical
"Rubirosa" at the Lambs Theatre in NYC this past fall. Favorite theatre credits
include Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" and Tessie Tura in "Gypsy" both here
at Richter, Gloria in "Damn Yankees", "The Taffetas" and Godspell. She will be
seen later this season as Nancy in Richter's production of Oliver! She has just
finished a run as Nickie in "Sweet Charity" at Curtain Call, Inc. At the Ethel
and Sydney Kweskin Theatre in Stamford. Juliette is a member of the board of Musicals
at Richter. She can be seen daily playing her favorite role of Spencer and Luke's
Mommy!! I love you, Patrick!!
ED GONZALEZ (LEWIS) Eddy is very excited
to be making his debut at Richter this summer. He is currently studying Theatre
at NYU, where he performed Laertes in "Hamlet", Northumberland in "Richard II",
and Prometheus in "Prometheus Bound". Other credsits include Nathan Detroit in
"Guys and Dolls", Cinderella's Prince in "Into the Woods", Emile de Beque in "South
Pacific", Bobby in "A Chorus Line". Much thanks to a great cast and crew.
ANTHONY GRASSO (PLAYER) is very glad to be participating in this season's production
of "Pippin" as a Player and "Grease" as Sonny LaTierri, having debuted here last
year in "Godspell" and "Evita". Since then Anthony has worked for RFKT in "Meet
Me in St. Louis" (Lon), Pathos Players in "The Good Doctor" (Sneezer), "The Actor's
Nightmare" (George Spelvin), The Little Vicotry Players with "Sea Mark", Delhi
Players in "The Butler Did It" (Chandler) and "Flying Feathers (Tunnicliffe).
Other roles include Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof", Rooster in "Annie", Sam in
"L'il Abner", Teddy in "Arsenic and Old Lace", Billy in "Play On", Sir. Lawerence
in "Ten Little Indians" and a trumpeter in "The Music Man". Anthony will be leaving
for Walt Disney World on the college program this September to work in the parks
operations and take communication classes, as well as get a great tan. Anthony
wants to thank his family for sharing him with his other family here at MAR.
DEBRA LEIGH HANUSICK (PLAYER) Debra has been dancing and performing since the
age of five. She recently graduated from Hunter College of the City University
of New York where she studied art, music, and acting. She has appeared in numerous
plays, musicals, and short films. Past roles include: You're a Good Man Charlie
Brown (Sally), Actor's Nightmare (Ellen), Pelleas and Malisande (Pelleas), Jesus
Christ Superstar (Annas), Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank), and Fiddler on the
Roof (Tzeitel). Debra is proud to be a part of Richter's summer season and wishes
to thank all those involved. She would also like to thank her parents, family,
and future husband, Jake.
JENNIFER HO (PLAYER) is a 16 year-old honor
roll student at Danbury high School who has been dancing for 8 years. Jen is involved
in track, volleyball and S.A.D.D. 'This is my first play at Richter and it is
a lot of fun!'
SARAH JOHNSON (PLAYER) Sarah Johnson, who will be attending
Ithica in the fall, is happy to be back with Musicals at Richter for the third
time. Some of her favorite credits include: Ado Annie- Oklahoma, Lucy- Snoopy,
Louise- Carousel. She would like to thank DA, DR, JK, CP, EL and her family for
all of their support. She would also like to wish the cast and crew the best of
MELISSA LAHOUD (PLAYER) Melissa is 18 years old and a graduate
of DHS Class of 2001. Melissa has been dancing for 15 years and is a Company Dancer
at Lori's Center Stage D/S. She has competed regionally and nationally receiving
Platinum and Elite Gold awards. She was the 3rd Place Senior Soloist at Walt Disney
World's Contest of Champions and also holds the prestigious dance titles of Miss
Headliner 1999 and Miss Senior Star Systems 2001. She is the recipient of many
dance scholarships, such as, Tremaine Dance Company and Steps on Broadway. Melissa
theatre credits include "The Nutcracker" where she played "The Snow Queen" and
The Arabian Dancer". Melissa is a member of the original "Power Pak", an elite
group of dancers chosen nationally to represent the Starpower Dance Competition.
Melissa traveled to Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX & Las Vegas, NV and had the opportunity
to take master classes with world re-nowned choreographers. In addition to her
dance studies, under the direction of Lori Novella-Murphy, Melissa also takes
classes at Steps on Broadway with Katherine Sullivan. Melissa hold the title of
Miss Connecticut American United States Teen 2000. She recently was on Channel
11, WPIX, where she helped raised funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Melissa
is proud to be a part of Musicals at Richter this year and wishes to thank her
family, parents Nancy & David, sister Sarah, and Josh for all their love and support.
EDDIE LOPEZ (PLAYER) Eddie is a sophomore at Norwalk Community College
majoring in Liberal Arts. He hopes to go into musical theater once he graduates
from NCC. This is his first time on the Richter stage. He is very thrilled to
be working with such a talented group of individuals. Past Credits include: "Gypsy"
(Detroit), "The Music Man" (Salesman), "BIG, the musical" (Trip), "Joseph..."
(Dan), "Carousel" (Carnival Boy), and "Sweet Charity" (Ensemble). He would like
to thank his family for their love and support and he would also like to thank
Dee, Don, and George for giving him this wonderful oppurtinity. To the cast and
crew....Break a Leg!!!
ALICIA MAGLIARO (PLAYER) is a 14 year old Freshman
at Brookfield High School, who is thrilled to be returning to Musicals at Richter
for her third season, having previously appeared in the productions of "Evita",
and "Carousel." She has also performed in DMC's "Nutcracker" for the past 3 years
in various featured roles. This year she danced a solo role as the Toy Soldier.
Alicia has been dancing for 12 years, and studying voice for 1 year with Dr. Lou
Negri. As a company dancer at Lori's Center Stage Dance Studio, Alicia has won
numerous competition awards. This was her BEST year yet, as she was awarded the
title of 'Miss Dance Capers 2000', named 2nd place Grand National Junior Soloist
at Disney World's Contest of Champions, and 1st Runner Up for Triple Threat at
"Access Broadway." She also won special judges awards for 'personality Plus' and
'Poetry in motion', plus three platinum medals. This summer Alicia will be touring
with "Starpower" on the Power pak Performance Tour, where she will be traveling
to Ocean City, Maryland and orlando, Florida as a dancer.
(CHARLEMAGNE) is happy to be returning to Musicals at Richter for a third season.
Previously at Richter, he has been seen in "Gospell" (the Juggler), "Guys and
Dolls" (Sky Masterson), and "The Fantasticks" (El Gallo). Brian is a middle school
English teacher in Greenwich where he directs the school's Spring musical, and
resides in Stamford. 'Oh, how I have enjoyed the construction on 84.' Brian can
be seen as Vince Fontaine in Richter's upcoming production of "Grease". Thanks
to HS, DR, LB, ML and my family.
SARAH LEE MICHAELS (FASTRADA) Sarah
is excited to be back at Richter to play Fastrada in "Pippin", after performing
the very different but exciting role of Eva Peron in EVITA last summer. Tours
include "Ziegfeld"(national road tour), a Bob Hope USO tour to the Orient, and
a promotional tour of the "Louisiana World's Fair" to Europe. Last fall, she originated
the role of Barbara Hutton in a new musical "Rubirosa" in an Equity showcase at
the Lamb Theater in NYC. Past favorite credits: Evita (Eva), Kiss of the Spider
Woman (Mother), Side by Side by Sondheim, Love Letters (Melissa), Forum (Panacea),
Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary), and operas "Elixir of Love" (Giannetta) and Orpheus
and Eurydice. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in voice, she performed
as a cabaret singer in NYC, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Currently a singer in a
nat'l. touring company of an original one-act children's musical "The Adventures
of Zak", she also teaches acting, voice and dance lessons at the Ridgefield School
of Performing Arts in Ridgefield. Her next local role will be as the Beggar Woman
in "Sweeney Todd" at Theaterworks in New Milford. Special love to Juliette, John
and George, and the wonderfully talented cast! Big hugs and kisses to my favorite
two stars, "Natalie and Christopher". You make it all worthwhile!
NORTHROP (PLAYER) is happy to be performing on the Richter stage yet again. Past
shows have include "The King and I", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Music Man", "Gypsy","The
Wiz", "Evita", "42nd Street" and "Guys and Dolls".Alyssa just completed playing
the role of 'Miss Adelaide' in the Immaculate High School spring production of
"Guys and Dolls". Alyssa has been dancing at City Center Dance Factory (formerly
Jacki's Dance Factory) and studies voice with Erin Volpintesta. Look for Alyssa
in Richter's production of "Grease", as she plays the role of Frenchie. She would
like to thank all her friends for the support that they have given her. Cara,
I'll miss you! She would especially like to thank her family. Much love to her
parents for putting up with her.
STEPHEN PETROVICH (PLAYER) Stephen is
thrilled to make his debut on the Musicals at Richter stage in Pippin. He has
been involved in the theatre and performing arts since age 3. His more recent
performances include Newtown Middle School productions of "How To Eat Like A Child"
and "Wake Up Secret Theatre", "We've Got A Show Tonite: A Broadway Review". He
was involved in the 2000 Summer Theatre Connections production of "Annie" and
will perform in this summer's musical "Peter Pan". Apart from the theatre, Stephen
studies piano and voice. He would like to thank his mom and dad, Madalyn, Nick,
Mrs. Carlson, and family and friends for their endless support and enthusiasm.
He hopes you enjoy the show.
BRETT POND (THEO) Brett has played piano
for four years and is in Chorus at Meeting House School in New Fairfield and Holy
Trinity in Sherman, CT. He has also taken four years of Irish dancing.Brett was
in Artists for Theatre Studies, Inc. (ARTS Inc.) For the summer of 1999. He received
a two week scholarship there and participated in four plays "Vaudeville Act",
"Balknakers Dilemma", "Godspell" and "The Great Kapok Tree". He was part of the
Peanuts gang in "Charlie Brown" at the Congregational Church in 2000.
BRET POULTER (LEADING PLAYER) Bret is very happy to be on the Richter stage once
again. He last performed here in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance"
and "The Mikado". During the year Bret can be found with his second grade class
at St. Mary School in Waterbury. He also teaches drama and voice for The Warnet
Theatre, Torrington, CT and CT Dance Theatre, Watertown, CT. Since playing a chorus
member in his high school production of "Pippin" Bret has been waiting to play
this part for 10 years!
HEATHER RYAN (PLAYER) This is Heather's third
season with Richter. In the previous seasons she performed in Carousel (Louise),
Guys & Dolls, and Evita as well as stage managed Godspell. This summer she will
be performing in Pippin as well as assistant choreographing Grease. Heather will
be a Junior at the University of MUSICALS AT RICHTER Michigan where she is studying
business. She'd like to thank her friends and family for coming to see EVERY show
- no matter how far they have to drive. Special thanks to Dee for her incredible
PRISCILLA SQUIERS (CATHERINE) Priscilla Squiers (Catherine)
is honored to be back on the Richter stage with old friends and new. Previous
roles here include Dorothy Brock in "42nd Street", Julie in "Carousel", Guenevere
in "Camelot", Anna in "The King and I", Reno in "Anything Goes", Chairy in "Barnum",
and Helena, the "fiery woman of mystery" in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". Other
recent credits include Maria in "The Sound of Music" at the Warner Theatre, "Angels
Over Broadway" at Ridgefield Theatre Barn, Judy/Ginger in "Ruthless!" at Norwalk
Community College, Annie in "The Steward of Christendom" at The Schoolhouse in
Croton Falls, and Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Sherman Playhouse,
a role she'll reprise in July at the Hammond Museum in North Salem. She sends
a special "love song" to stalwart husband Kyle Minor and their 4-1/2-year-old-son
Kieran, another aspiring vocalist.
HEATHER SLATER (PLAYER) is excited
to be involved in her firstproduction with Musicals at Richter. Heather is a veteran
of both professional and community theatre whose credits include Amalia Balash
in "She Loves Me", Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors", Dorothy in "The Wizard
of Oz" and most recently: Arminy in "Carousel" with St. Catherine'sPlayers and
Linda in "Pal Joey" with Connecticut Playmakers. Heather also performs as a singer/songwriter
and guitar player with the musical group "The Well" and has performed with the
Irish legends, "The Chieftains" on their Homeward Bound tour. She spends herdays
as Director of Education for Curtain Call Theater and Program Coordinator for
the Greenwich Arts Council. Thanks to Betsy and Lou for letting me out from behind
ANDREW WHEELOCK (PLAYER) This is Andrew's first time performing
with Musicals at Ricther. He is 14 years old and attends Brookfield High School.
He is very excited to be performing with such a talented group of people and knows
he will have fun and benefit from this experience. He has performed the role of
Sir Luce in BHS's production of "Once Upon a Mattress." He also was Father Christmas
in BHS's Childrens Play. During the summer of '98 he performed in Camp Sloane's
production of "My Little Princess" as Ramdass. Also during the summer of '98 he
was a Crow and an Emerald City Resident in BT&D's "Wizard of Oz." He has been
taking voice lessons for three years with Lynn Paulella. He also plays soccer,
swims, and runs track on his school's teams. He would like to thank his voice
instructor for everything she's done for him and a special thanks to his family
who supports him at everything.
GEORGE VOLLANO (DIRECTOR) George Vollano
spent 20 years as director of New Canaan Summer Theatre where his first production
as producer, "Fiddler on the Roof" was named best summer production by the Darien
Dinner Theatre Youth Awards . He won the Connecticut Drama Prize for Darien High
School's "Whose Life is it Anyway" and has didrected shows for many organizations
in Fairfield County including Wilton PLayshop, Darien Players, Connecticut Playmakers
and Barlow Summer Theatre . He has appeared on stage countless times and toured
in Godspell. He appeared at Darien Dinner Theatre, Westport Playhouse, Long Wharf
Theatre in New Haven and in the opening production of the Hartman Theatre in Stamford.
George is director of Wilton Childrens Theatre and at Immaculate High School in
Danbury. He is currently artistic director of Musicals at Richter in Danbury.
SABRINA POST (MUSIC DIRECTOR) Sabrina is currently the choral director
at Wilton High School and holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education.
She has been a choral director in the area for over twenty years , teaching in
such towns as Darien, Westport and Redding/Easton. In addition to directing three
choral ensembles at the school Sabrina has directed and choreographed numerous
musicals throughout the area. Some of these include Evita, West Side Story, Anything
Goes, Blood Brothers, Little Shop of Horrors and Carousel.She feels priviledged
to have been asked to participate in musicals at Richter this summer and is looking
forward to working with such a talented group of performers. Sabrina lives in
Newtown with her husband Roger and four children Michael, Christopher, Mylis and
JENNIFER TUREY (CHOREGRAPHER) is thrilled to be making her Richter
debut as choreographer of Pippin. She has trained intensively in New York City
under Fosse extraordinare Chet Walker, co-choreographer of Broadway's Fosse. This
past winter, Jen assisted the choreographer and performed in the Westchester Broadway
Theatre's production of Crazy For You in Elmsford, NY. Most recently, her choreography
was shown at the Greenwich Street Theatre in NYC in the production of Antigone's
Last Dance. Other choreography credits include The New England Independent Critic's
Award for Best Production of a Musical, Crazy For You, in 1999 for the Reagle
Players in Waltham, MA. and co-choreographer for the grand opening ceremony for
the "E-Walk" and Loews Theatre on 42nd Street in NYC. Professionally, Jen has
toured nationally and internationally with companies of 42nd Street, The Will
Rogers Follies and Crazy For You as the Dance Captain and swing, kicked up her
heels as a Radio City Musical Hall Rockette and regionally performed as Gloria
"Bye, Bye Birdie", Gertie "Oklahoma", Cabaret, Good News, Showboat and Guys and
Dolls. She now is the proud owner of Dance Etc. in Newtown, CT. where she plans
to share her knowledge of dance and the musical theatre world with her students.
ANDREW KNAPP (SETS) Andrew Knapp (Set Designer) Andy's eclectic career
has found him as a stage and production manager with the Metropolitan Opera, a
portrait photographer for Bachrach, his own typesetting business, raising Borzoi
(Russian Wolfhounds), as well as painting and designing sets throughout Fairfield
County. Highlights so far this year have been Man of La Mancha at Newtown High
School and Kismet at Wilton High School. He was producer of the award-winning
New Canaan Summer Theatre for 15 years before re-creating it as Barlow Summer
Theatre. Andy most prefers working in high schools where he can share and instill
his love of the Arts. The most important project to him has been creation of murals
for the auditorium of Joel Barlow High School in Redding depicting legends of
the performing arts: separate murals on Musical Theatre and Drama with Music in
creation and Dance yet to come. This Summer at Richter includes Andy's sixth production
of Oliver! while the Grease production originated in Redding at Joel Barlow High
School before moving to Stamford and next spring will move to New Canaan. Besides
theatre shows, Andy also produces dog shows: "Only the cast is different!"
AMANDA MURO (STAGE MANAGER) Amanda is pleased to be back at Richter once again
as stage manager for "Pippin" and "Oliver!". Previously she has stage managed
"Evita" and "Sweet Charity" here at Richter and "Ten Little Indians" at JFK High
in Somers. She has spent many hours in various small tech booths and is delighted
to be working under the stars at Richter. She would like to say 'break a leg'
to the cast, thank the crew and tech staff for all their hard work, and thank
Joyce, Eve and George for everything!
EVE CLULOW (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR/LIGHTING
DESIGNER) This marks Eve's second year at MAR. She has stage managed national
tours of "The Will Rogers Follies" and "Beauty and the Beast", and national repertory
tours for John Housman's The Acting Company, including "Henry V", "Much Ado About
Nothing", "Arms and the Man", "As You Like It", "The Glass Menagerie" and the
world premiere of Lynn Nottage's "Mud, River, Stone". Off-Broadway credits include
the premieres of "Sheba" and "Identical Twins From Baltimore". Eve has also worked
as a teaching stage manager for NYU's musical theater conservatory CAP 21.Since
returning to Fairfield County, Eve has stage managed and produced numerous productions
at the Wilton Playshop, as well as serving at its Executive Producer.
KRISTINA BJELKO (TECHNICAL STAFF) is happy to be back at MAR for the 6th year.
She will be playing the role of 'tech girl' in "Pippen", "Grease", and "Oliver!"
this summer. She spends her weekdays employed by the Westport CT Police Department
and attending graduate school at Fairfield University. She is thrilled to be teamed
up with her fellow "tech girls", Rachel and Anjali, and Eve our tech director,
once again. The Tech Girls Strike Again!
ANJALI NANDA (TECHNICAL STAFF)
Anjali is excited to be spending her 6th summer under the stars as both a performer
and a 'tech girl'. Previous shows include "Camelot", "Guys and Dolls", and "Evita".
Anjali has recently graduated with her Masters degree in Elementary Education
and is looking forward to playing the role of her dreams in an elementary classroom!
Anjali would like to thank her family and friends for all their support.
JOYCE NORTHROP (PRODUCER) always looks forward to working with the diverse group
of talented people that lend their time and enthusiasm to creating this wonderful
summer theatre for the community. Having had the opportunity to produce most of
the MAR shows these past 4 years and being Vice-President of MAR the past 7 years
has been very fulfilling. Thanks to all who come and support our theatre and special
thanks to my husband Ged for his patience while I "play" at Richter each year.