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Dominique Altomari (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to the TriArts Sharon Playhouse stage this summer in 13! She was previously in Oklahoma (Children’s Ensemble) and Diva’s Do Broadway (Annie). Dominique has been in a variety of shows in the area. Some of her favorite roles are: Gertrude (Seussical, Jr), Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Ursula (Bye Bye Birdie), and Judas (Godspell, Jr). Dominique would like to thank Sarah Combs, MK Lawson, Dan Koch, and John Simpkins for giving her this opportunity. She would also like to thank her family, Donald, Jackie, Shelli, and her theater friends for always supporting her in following her dreams.
Caleigh Burchfield (Ensemble) is 14 years old and will be in the 9th grade at Indian Mountain School. She is very excited to be returning to the TriArts stage this summer. This past summer, she appeared in Divas do the Decades and in The Sound of Music as Brigitta. Favorite roles include: Brigitta, The Sound of Music; Artful Dodger, Oliver; Loazi, Mulan; Charlie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Caleigh would like to extend huge thanks to John Simpkins, her family, and the cast and crew.
Carey Cannata (Brett) is extremely proud to be in his first production at TriArts Sharon Playhouse. He is a rising sophomore at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.
Most recent credits include Evan in 13 the Musical, Middletown Stage Company, Gavroche in Les Miserables at Taft School, and the Bellhop in Titanic the Musical at The Warner Theater,Torrington, Connecticut. Professional credits include Teddy & Alice (Ted Jr.) and Over the Tavern (Rudy - for which he won a Connecticut Critics Award), both at Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut. Thank You Alice Bemand and John Simpkins for this opportunity. Much love to my family!
Eleanor H. Clulow (Molly) is a unique twelve-year-old going into the seventh grade. Eleanor has been in a dozen theater productions, including The Sound of Music staged at TriArts last summer. Besides theater, Eleanor enjoys math, reading, writing, skiing, climbing trees and doing logic puzzles. Eleanor would like to thank everyone who helped put the production 13 together.
Philip Coffey (Archie) is a 14 year old, soon to be freshman, from Newtown. He is thrilled to be a part of this production of 13 at TriArts Sharon Playhouse. Philip began acting at the age of 7 in a production of A Christmas Story (Randy) at the Thomaston Opera House. Some of his favorite shows have been Oliver (Oliver) at The Warner Theatre, Oliver (The Artful Dodger) at Musicals at Richter, The Mad Bomber (Newsboy) at Seven Angels Theatre and Sweeney Todd (Tobias) at The Middletown Stage Co. Break a leg to all the cast and crew!
Lindsay Cronin (Cassie) is thrilled to be performing at TriArts Sharon Playhouse for the first time. Lindsay is an incoming freshman at the Westover School in Middlebury, CT. Her recent roles include Ronette in Little Shop Of Horrors, Nancy in Bye Bye Birdie, Dream Choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Baby Louise in Gypsy, and Lizzie Phagan in Parade. Lindsay would like to thank her vocal coach Erin for helping her improve her singing abilities. She would also like to thank her parents for driving her to and from rehearsals.
Andrew Follette (Simon) is extremely ecstatic to be 13 and performing in 13 at TriArts Sharon Playhouse. Andrew is a dashingly handsome soon to be 8th grader at Arlington Middle School with a passion for acting! His past performances include Fred in A Christmas Carol, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, Luke Williams in Camp Rock: The Musical, Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Grimsby in The Little Mermaid. Andrew has loved acting since he was 8, plays piano and percussion, and plans on becoming the next Steven Spielberg or Brad Bird. He is thankful for this wonderful opportunity to be in this awesome musical, for the fabulous Ms. Combs, and the great cast and crew of 13.
Kelly Follette (Charlotte) is absolutely thrilled to be in the summer production of 13 at TriArts Sharon Playhouse. This fall, Kelly will be entering the 7th grade at Arlington Middle School in Poughkeepsie New York. Kelly has been in many musicals and plays such as The Little Mermaid, The Little Princess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Camp Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Seussical The Musical, Annie, The Orphan Train, and many more. Kelly has been singing, dancing, and acting since the age of three, and plays the cello in her school orchestra. Kelly would like to thank her crazy friends and family for always supporting her. She is very grateful to have the experience of performing with the kind, wonderful director and cast of 13. Hopefully, someone will recognize her awesome talents and she will become Broadway Bound in her near future!
Jonathan Gaughan (Richie) is delighted to be making his TriArts debut. After a cross-country move from Texas to New York, he has enjoyed getting involved in acting. He has done other shows but some of his favorites are the Little Mermaid (Prince Eric) and Music Man (Harold Hill). Jonathan would like to thank his family, friends, and the directors for giving him the chance to be in the show.
Devin Gibbs (Malcolm) is honored to make his TriArts Sharon Playhouse production debut appearance. At 7 years old, he was cast as Michael in the StageKidz production of Mary Poppins. In Middle School, he performed in Willy Wonka Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. Currently as an AHS Admiral Player, Devin was cast as Marco in West Side Story. He thanks God first for allowing him to do all the things he has done so far, Mrs. Combs for informing him about 13 The Musical, and his family and friends for supporting him all the way.
Peter Kiewra (Evan) is a sophomore at Millbrook High School and is very excited to return to the TriArts stage this summer! He previously appeared in TriArts productions as Kurt von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Goofus Gladison in Imagine That!, OKLAHOMA!, The Music Man and Kids 2009! Peter also played Joe Cable in South Pacific, as a reporter in Bye Bye, Birdie, and Chip in Beauty and the Beast at Millbrook High School, Papa Ge in Once On This Island, Jr., and Jojo in Seussical, Jr. at Millbrook Middle School. He danced as the Mouse King in Dutchess Dance Theater’s Nutcracker in 2011. Peter has performed singing, dancing and playing piano in several local venues, including The Chance in Poughkeepsie and the Towne Crier Café in Pawling, NY. He would like to thank TriArts for this opportunity and his family for their love and support.
Ruthanne (Ruthie) Lee is excited to be performing for the first time with TriArts this season. Most recently, she played John in Monument Mt. Regional High School's production of Anything Goes. This past fall, Ruthie was Flounder in The Little Mermaid, Jr. with Falls Village Children's Theater. She also played Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Ruthie appeared as an orphan in Annie and as part of Fagan's Gang in Berkshire Theater Fesitval's productions of Annie and Oliver. Ruthie also appeared in several plays including Distracted by Lisa Loomer. She has also participated in Shakespeare Festival for several years at Monument.
Grace Rappleyea (Ensemble) is an 8th grade student at Millbrook Middle School who has appeared on the main stage at TriArts Sharon Playhouse in Divas Do The Decades. She appeared in TriArts Youtheatre production of Willy Wonka Jr. as Augustus Gloop and Into the Woods Jr. as the Baker’s Wife. Grace also took part in TriArts’ Musical Milestones and Happy Holidays. She takes tap and jazz at the Studio in Amenia, and when she is not dancing and singing, she plays volleyball and lacrosse. Grace would like to thank John and Sarah for this great opportunity!
Emma Smith (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in Triarts’ production of 13. After several years in Standing Room Only and other theater companies, she is proud to step out and join the rest of the amazing cast in this riveting show. Emma has played an assortment of fun characters including Skuttle in The Little Mermaid, Eulalie Mackeknie Shinn in The Music Man, the Modern Major General in Pirates of Penzance and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Emma is grateful to her family and her friends for supporting her!
Amanda Shuttleworth (Kendra) is new to the TriArts Sharon Playhouse and is thrilled to be a part of 13 The Musical! Theater, music and the arts are her first love. Recent performances include West Side Story (Graziella), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Levi), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), Seussical (Mayzie), and more. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.
Kathleen Stango (Patrice) is thrilled to make her debut at TriArts this summer in her dream role! She will be entering her sophomore year at Pomperaug High School in Southbury in the fall. Previous roles include Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Blessed Sacrament Children's Theatre), Mayzie LaBird in Seussical (Memorial Middle School), and most recently, Daphne/Stenographer in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Pomperaug Theater Company). She studies voice with Cristin Tillinghast and trumpet with Kevin Sandler. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad and Lauren for their support and encouragement!
Vann Strasen (Eddie) is 13 years old and is excited to return to the Sharon Playhouse! In the past he has spent several summers participating in TriArts workshops. Most recently he has performed as Joey in The New Kid, a show that tours the Tri-State area teaching children about bullying and peer pressure. Other performances include Beauty and the Beast (Sippie), Little Mermaid (Flounder), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka), and Seussical (Cat in the Hat).
Brandon Swetz (Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of his first show here at TriArts! Brandon has been performing since the age of 9. His most favorite past roles include Seussical Jr (Horton), Aladdin Jr (Aladdin), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Prince Eric), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simeon), Annie Jr (Rooster Hannigan), Beauty and the Beast Jr.(Beast). He studies tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, voice, and violin. Brandon is thankful for his family’s support and to everyone here at TriArts for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this show.
Dana Wilton (Lucy) has performed at TriArts in Camelot and Oklahoma! as well as several Divas extravaganzas. Dana maintains an active performance career, having worked at many of Connecticut’s major and regional theaters, Off-Off-Broadway and in films and video. She also sings with the acclaimed choir, Chorus Angelicus, who recently recorded their 7th CD. Favorite shows and roles include: The Jungle Book (Mowgli), Hairspray (Amber), Marc Arthur’s Peter & The Wolf (Ballet Chorus) Annie Jr. (Annie), Aladdin Jr. (Aladdin) and It’s A Wonderful Life (Janie Bailey).
Sarah Combs (Director) is an actor, director, and teacher of theatre arts. She has performed opposite Ed Ames in Shenandoah, as Fran in Promises, Promises with Barry Williams and in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with David Cassidy. She portrayed the role of Petra in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of A Little Night Music in which the New York Times called her performance “smashing.” Sarah has appeared in the daytime dramas Guiding Light and All My Children and in the films The Flamingo Kid, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and as a speakeasy singer in Izzie and Moe with Art Carney and Jackie Gleason. Sarah was one of the original founders of TriArts and the first president of the board in 1989. On stage at TriArts, Sarah played the title role in the first TriArts production of Annie Get Your Gun, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Gertrude in Rip Van Winkle. Sarah is happy to be returning to TriArts as the director of 13. Previously she has directed the TriArts productions of Footloose, Annie Get Your Gun, High School Musical, Aida and Hairspray. She loves working alongside the incredible TriArts staff for their exuberance and passion for her favorite art form. Sarah would like to thank the incredibly talented cast of 13, John and Alice for having faith in her, and to be working with her incredibly talented son Jamie Roderick who began his lighting career at Triarts when he was eleven years old. Thanks to Chris Dallos for encouraging Jamie along and To Rich for everything you do for me.
MK Lawson (Choreographer) is happy to spending another summer with TriArts! She has provided choreography for TriArts productions of The Wedding Singer, RENT, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Since she was here last she has choreographed an opera, the premiere of a new work, productions of the classic Fiorello! and a re-imagined City of Angels, directed her first concert at 54 Below for Alan Menken, directed (and choreographed) a production for NYU, traveled up to Rhode Island to choreograph for a new regional theatre's inaugural production, AND she became an aunt. MK couldn't be more excited to be around for this exciting season at TriArts, and is very excited about her upcoming project: NYU's Sweet Smell of Success.
Dan Koch (Music Director) has favorite credits as musical director including: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Aida, Hair, Peter Pan (Warner Theatre), Wedding Singer, Beauty and the Beast, and Jekyll and Hyde, (Thomaston Opera House), High School Musical 2, Spelling Bee (TriArts), Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, and 9 to 5 (Musicals at Richter). Dan also assisted with the new musical Battlecry, written by Granville Wyche Burgess and Paul Bogaev, which premiered in Gettysburg, PA. Dan is the Director of Vocal Music at The Millbrook School and teaches piano, voice, and digital music. As a composer, he has had original works featured in The Laramie Project (Bridgeport Theatre Co.), premiered by the CCSU Chamber Players, and showcased in the national conference “Recharging the Sensorium”. His arrangements and orchestrations have been heard in various theatres including the Thomaston Opera House, Warner Theatre, United Arts, TriArts and the Black Box Theatre Co. Love to J, L, S, D, and A.
Bradley Levine (Assistant to the Director) is thrilled to be returning to TriArts! Bradley is a recent graduate of Arlington High School where he was President of the Admiral Players and seen in West Side Story (A-rab), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Reuben), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho) and several others. Bradley was also honored to sing with the AHS Jazz Machine. Outside of school, Bradley has performed with Half Moon Theatre, TriArts, Rhinebeck Theatre Society, CCT, and From Stage to Screen. Bradley spent his summers interning at River Valley Rep, studying film at Passport NYC, and attending USDAN Center for Performing Arts. This fall, Bradley will study acting in Manhattan at Pace University. Bradley would like to thank Sarah Combs and TriArts for this opportunity!
Erik D. Diaz (Scenic Designer) is returning for his 10th season at TriArts. His work has been seen regionally and across the country. Erik’s recent designs for Marry Me A Little at New Repertory Theatre and She Kills Monsters at Company One have received much acclaim. He was also just nominated for an IRNE Award for his design of Lumberjacks In Love at Stoneham Theatre. Regional Credits include: Guys and Dolls (NSMT), How to Succeed in Business (Broadway World Award Nominee Best Scenic Design – Seven Angels Theatre Co.), In The Heights (Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose), Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (Playhouse on the Square), Moonlight and Magnolias (Playhouse on Park), James and the Giant Peach (Omaha Theatre Co), Red White & Tuna (Sierra Rep), Drowsy Chaperone (Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs), The Brother / Sister Plays (IRNE Award Winner Best Production – Company One), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune (New Rep). Film and TV: HGTV's Designed to Sell, Melvin’s Kitchen. Beginning this fall, Erik will be the new Assistant Professor of Design at California Lutheran University. Erik lives in Boston with his wife, Holly, and son, Ezra. www.DESIGNBYDIAZ.com
Michelle Eden Humphrey (Costume Designer) has designed Altar Boyz, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rent, The Wedding Singer for TriArts Sharon Playhouse.Reginal: Man of La Mancha (NJ Shakespeare), A Wonderful Life, Damn Yankee’s (John Engeman) Academy (Maltz Jupiter Theater, NYMF TBG Theater & Daegu International Musical Festival Korea), Oklahoma (ONU) NYC: The Bus (59E59), Bloodsong of Love, (Ars Nova), Dally with the Devil, Caesar and Cleopatra (Theatre Row), ReWrite (Urban Stages), Things to Ruin (Second Stage), Miss Kim (45th St. Theater), Ghostlight (Signature). NYU Steinhardt Costume Designer & shop supervisor. MichelleEdenHumphrey.com, BeautyandtheHero.com
Carolyn Day (Stage Manager) is currently studying Dramatic Literature, Communications and Psychology at NYU. Previous credits: West Side Story (SM; Tisch New Theater), City of Angels (ASM; NYU Steinhardt), A Night at the Opera (PSM; NYU Steinhardt), Zanna, Don't (SM; NYU Renegade Theater), Fiorello! (ASM; NYU Steinhardt), FreshPlay Festival (PA; MCC Theater), Political Campaigns (SM; Thirteen
Street Repertory Theater), Rumple Who? (SM; TSRT), and Conversation With a Kleagle (ASM; TSRT). Many thanks to family and friends!
Jamie Roderick (Lighting Designer) is returning as a designer to TriArts where he has spent many summers growing up. Jamie is the resident lighting designer for Broken Box Mime Theatre. Other selected lighting design credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, The Girlfriend From Hell, I Will Follow, Candide Americana and three seasons with Aglet Theatre Co. including productions of Galatea and Madagascar. Jamie was recently the Assistant to the Lighting Designer for Motown: The Musical, Elf and Bring It On: The Musical (Broadway), as well as, As You Like It, and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Park).