REVISED WORLD PREMIERE
August 31st - September 9th, 2018 @
Tri-C East's Simon Rose Mandel Theatre
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ANDREA GOSS* (Jane Eyre) Broadway: Indecent, Cabaret, Once, Rent. National Tours: Cabaret (Sally Bowles) Regional: A Civil War Christmas (Baltimore Center Stage), Once (Engeman), Striking 12 (TUTS), Zorro (Alliance), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Venice (Center Theatre Group/Kansas City Rep), Tarzan (North Shore), High School Musical (MUNY), Sound of Music and Big River (Syracuse Stage). NYC Readings/ Workshops - K-Pop, Zapata, August Rush, Freckleface Strawberry, Casanova Returns. Film - Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.
MATT BOGART* (Edward Rochester) grew up on a horse farm in Houston, OH, attended Baldwin-Wallace College & U. of Cincinnati, studying Musical Theatre while also playing on the football teams. Broadway credits: Jersey Boys, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Civil War, Smokey Joe’s Café (TV/DVD) and Camelot (Tour). Off-Broadway: James Joyce in Himself and Nora (Outer Critics Nom.) and in Dublin, Ireland. TV: HBO’s “Vinyl” as Robert Goulet, “Smash” as JFK, Law and Order & L&O: SVU. Mr. Bogart is an Affiliated Artist of Arena Stage in D.C., a theatre producer, a record producer with solo recordings and lives in NY with his wife, Jessica and their two boys. www.MattBogart.com
ALISON ENGLAND* (Mrs. Fairfax/Mrs. Reed) Musical Theatre; NY Reading: Jane Eyre- Mrs. Fairfax/Mrs. Reed. Off Bway; Anything Goes- Debut/Mrs Harcourt: Bside- Productions: Wild Party- Debut/Madelaine; Merry-Go-Round/FLMTF: Pride & Prejudice- Debut/Mrs Bennet/Lady Catherine. Ragtime on Ellis/Emma cover/Ensemble (w. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Michelle Kelly). Sweeney Todd/Mrs. Lovett (BwayworldLA -Drama Critic Nomination- Best Actress: StageSceneLA Winner Best Actress). Singin in the Rain/Dora Bailey-Phoebe Dinsmore (StageSceneLA Winner Best Supporting Actress). Les Mis/Mme Thenardier (Tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie/Meers (StageSceneLA Winner); Zombies from the Beyond/Zombina- (Ovation Nominee Best Actress: BwayWorldLA & Stage Raw Nominee- Best Actress; Winner StagesceneLA Best Actress). Gypsy/Momma Rose. Hello Dolly/Dolly. Broadway: Great Christmas Spectacular/Mrs Claus. Stage: The Duchess of Malfi/Duchess(LA Drama Critic Award); Lorca, Child of the Moon/Novia (LA Drama Critic Nomination). Film: In Vino (w. Ed Asner). Smothered by Mothers (w. Heather Mazzarato/Alice Amter). Acre Beyond the Rye (w. James Caan). Attack of the Killer Doughnuts (w. Frederick Burns). TV: Guest Star; Dharma & Greg ABC w. (Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson); The Inspectors/CBS; 60 Degrees of Murder, Aphrodite Jones/NBC; Unusual Suspects- Discovery Investigation. Commercials; Lucky Charms Lady; Indeed.com Mom. Alisonenglandacts.com,
CODY GERSZEWSKI (John Reed/St. John Rivers) is floored by the chance to work on this long-loved and seldom-done musical with the cast/creatives at CMT. NYC: Hope for the Flowers (Developmental Readings-Jeff Whiting). Regional: Jane Eyre (11th Hour Theatre), Show Boat (Arizona Broadway), […]Trailer Park Musical (Sierra Repertory), South Pacific, Mamma Mia! (Fireside Theatre). Proud graduate of Theatre NDSU (Fargo, ND 2015) and the Open Jar Institute Residency (New York, NY 2016). Thanks to CMT for the opportunity and to Sophie for helping me remember how to be "brave enough for love." @CGerszewski www.codygerszewski.com
LAURYN HOBBS (Helen Burns/Mary Ingram) is a native of Shaker Heights, OH and is elated to be back with CMT on this exciting production of Jane Eyre. Upcoming/past credits include Sweeney Todd at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Me And My Girl at the University of Michigan, Dorothy in The Wiz at the historic Karamu House, and Susanna Walcott in The Crucible at The Cleveland Playhouse. Lauryn is a proud 2016 YoungArts winner and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a part of the University of Michigan class of 2020. GOBLUE!
SYDNEY HOWARD (Pit Ensemble/Swing) is a junior music theatre student at Baldwin Wallace University, originally from Rochester, NY. She will be seen as Rose in Dogfight this July. Past credits include Natalie in Next To Normal, Eponine in Les Misérables, and Julia in The Wedding Singer. Sydney is a huge Brontë fan, so she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this adaptation of her favorite novel. She thanks the team at Cleveland Musical Theatre for such a wonderful opportunity!
EMMA MCLELLAND (Young Jane/Adele) is 10 years old and entering the fifth grade. Emma is honored to be performing with CMT as Young Jane/Adele. Emma’s recent credits include Annie in Annie Jr., Young Nala in Lion King Jr., Tootie in Meet Me in St Louis (Caryl Crane Youth Theater); Ignorance, Boy Scrooge, Sled Boy in A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater); Chip in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Palace Youth Theater). Emma studies vocal performance with Amy Hanratty (Voice Variations) and acting with Brian Marshall. Emma has training in ballet, jazz, and tap as well as in piano, and ukulele. Emma would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and encouragement and CMT for this amazing opportunity.
PATRICK D. MOONEY (Pit Ensemble/Swing) is thrilled to be working with Cleveland Musical Theatre for his third consecutive show. Most recently in Ohio he was seen in Peter and The Starcatcher (Slank/Hawking Clam, dir.Kevin Connell) at Weathervane Playhouse and Lady Windermere’s Fan (Cecil Graham, dir.Bernadette Clemens) Mamai Theatre Company. His Cleveland Musical Theatre credits include The Who’s Tommy (Cousin Kevin, dir.Miles Sternfeld) and Aida (Egyptian Ensemble, dir. Miles Sternfeld). Patrick holds a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where he has lived for the past 6 years. His New York credits include Tis’ Pity She’s A Whore (Richardetto, Dir. John Basil), Polaroid Stories (Skinheadboy, dir. Ellen Orenstein), The Tiger (Peter, The Secret Theatre), Mask (Red, Theatre for a New City) Etude (Mime, American Mime Theatre Company). Love to his Mom & Dad, family & friends, God, and Miles J. Sternfeld. Philippians 4:13
GENNY LIS PADILLA* (Blanche Ingram/Bertha Mason) Broadway: On Your Feet! (Original Broadway Cast); Off-Broadway: RENT and Frida Liberada; Broadway Tours: In The Heights (1st National), RENT and Junie B. Jones. Regional: In The Heights (PCLO); Television: The Blacklist: Redemption. An AMDA alumna. Love and gratitude to my husband and family. A special thanks to my team at Judy Boals Inc., Jamibeth Margolis, and Jane Eyre creatives. For more info visit www.gennylispadilla.com or on social @GennyLisPadilla
LAURA PERROTTA* (Miss Scatcherd/Grace Poole) is a native New Yorker who’s performed Off Broadway, and regionally, she’s called Cleveland home for over 20 years. Favorite performances include Petronella Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank at Cleveland Play House, Arkadina in The Seagull, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Amanda Prynne in Private Lives at Great Lakes Theater. She received the Cleveland Critics’ Circle Award for her performance as Diane in The Little Dog Laughed at the Beck Center where she also appeared as Jessie in Night Mother.
FABIO POLANCO* (Richard Mason) most recently appeared in These Mortal Hosts at Cleveland Play House and 9 to 5 at Porthouse Theatre. Les Miserables (National Tour), Brooklyn Academy of Music, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre, O’Neill Theatre Center, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Arden Theatre Company, Dobama Theatre. Film and Television: The Lifeguard, The Next Three Days, The Ides of March, Pups United, “Downward Dog”, “Guiding Light,” M.F.A. from Case Western Reserve University. Fabio is an Associate Professor at Kent State University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996.
NINA TAKACS (Pit Ensemble/Swing) is thrilled to be joining CMT for this amazing production! Nina earned a BA in Theatre and Dance from The College of Wooster and has performed with Ohio Light Opera, College Light Opera Company, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama, Pickwick and Frolic, Cassidy Theatre, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre and more. Favorite roles include Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Woman 2 (Songs for a New World), Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Alice (The Addams Family), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), and Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Nina is a graduate of Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Much love to Nick.
GREGORY VIOLAND* (Brocklehurst/Robert) is a well-known professional actor in Northeast Ohio having performed for the last 30 years in numerous productions with the Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre, Cleveland Opera, Beck Center, DOBAMA, Ensemble Theatre, Cain Park, Porthouse Theatre to name a few. He can be heard on the Studio Cast Album of Kris Kringle as Santa Claus available on Amazon. Recent film credits: Jenny’s Wedding, Carol, My Blind Brother, and Batman v Superman- Dawn of Justice. He has two films premiering in 2018, The Assassin’s Code and The Toybox. He is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA and received his MFA from Kent State University. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Lakeland CC.
CALISTA ZAJAC (Alternate Young Jane/Adele) is very excited to be returning to CMT. Some of her favorite roles include Young Cosette in Les Miserables (Great Lakes Theater), Tina in Ruthless (Beck Center for the Arts), Amaryllis in The Music Man (Cain Park), Baby June in Gypsy (Beck Center for the Arts), and Broadway Kidz Backwards (Feinstein’s 54 Below). She recently attended the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA with Broadway Bound Kidz where she won “Outstanding Female Performer”. She would like to thank the amazing production staff for this wonderful opportunity as well as her family and friends for their constant love and support.
PAUL GORDON (Music & Lyrics) was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music, and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs which has had productions all over the world and recently completed an Off-Broadway run at the Davenport Theatre where it was nominated for 2 Drama Desk Awards, and Off-Broadway Alliance Award and 3 Outer Critic Circle awards. Mr. Gordon is also the recipient of the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his book to the musical, Emma, where it was later staged at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Analog and Vinyl which Paul wrote book, music and lyrics, premiered at The Weston Playhouse in 2014. Being Earnest, written with Jay Gruska, premiered at TheatreWorks in 2013. His other shows include: Little Miss Scrooge, Death: The Musical, The Front, Juliet and Romeo, Reflections of a Rock Lobster, The Circle and The Sportswriter. paulgordonmusic.com
JOHN CAIRD (Book, Additional Lyrics) is multiple Tony Award-winning director and writer and an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many works include Les Miserables, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, Jane Eyre and countless other plays, operas, and musicals that are performed all over the world. His opera, Brief Encounter, written with Andre Previn had its world premiere at the Houston Grand Opera in 2009. His new book on directing, Theater Craft, has just been published.
MILES J. STERNFELD (Director) is an accomplished stage director and national leader in theater education. He currently serves as the founding Artistic & Education Director of Cleveland's premier musical theater company, Cleveland Musical Theatre, and the CEO of Werk With BWAY, an intensive musical theatre training program for rising professionals in NYC. With CMT, Sternfeld has directed productions of The Who's Tommy and Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, featuring diverse casts of Broadway, national and Cleveland area talent. As the Director of Education, he has created educational opportunities for students around the world, training in audition preparation with Tony award-winning artists. Alumnus of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts and Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Proud member of SDC.
MARTÍN CÉSPEDES (Choreography) recently choreographed Gypsy, Bring It On the Musical, and Billy Elliot the Musical at the Beck Center for the Arts. Other works include As You Like It, Comedy of Errors for Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and The Fantasticks at St. Louis Repertory Theater. Performance credits include Broadway National Tours of Man of La Mancha with Jack Jones, The King and I with Hayley Mills, Marie Osmond and Maureen McGovern, South Pacific with Robert Goulet, West Side Story with Bebe Neuwirth, PBS production of Le Cid with Placido Domingo broadcast live from Kennedy Center, Merv Griffin's Dance Fever on NBC. He is an alumnus of the Jacque d’Amboise National Dance Institute while attending PS 161.
BRAD HAAK (Music Supervisor/Orchestrations) was the musical director of Mary Poppins on Broadway and helped usher Elton John’s Lestat to Broadway in 2006. He was the musical supervisor and co-orchestrator for the musical Emma that played the Old Globe theatre in 2011.
NANCY MAIER (Music Director) is well known in the Cleveland area as a music director, vocal coach, accompanist, and cabaret artist. She was for many years music director of the acclaimed Music Theatre Program at Baldwin Wallace University and currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for The Musical Theater Project, which produces concerts and cabarets that educate as well as entertain. She has music directed dozens of musicals at many venues, including Great Lakes Theater, Cain Park, The Cleveland Playhouse, Beck Center for the Arts, Dobama Theatre, and Porthouse Theater. At Playhouse Square, Nancy played keyboard for many touring productions and serves as a teaching artist for the Dazzle Awards workshops.
SYDNEY GALLAS (Costume Designer) is a New York-based Costume Designer. Recent Off-Broadway design credits include Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop & The Public Theater’s UTR Festival); Knives in Hens (59E59). Other credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha (Colorado Springs FAC); Anne of Green Gables, Really Rosie (Weston Playhouse); Ariadne Auf Naxos (Jacobs School of Music); Peerless (Yale Rep); She is currently the Associate Costume Designer for the immersive Sweeney Todd in NYC. MFA Yale School of Drama. www.SydneyGallas.com
BENJAMIN GANTOSE (Lighting Designer) Benjamin’s lighting for Theatre and Dance has been seen all over Cleveland and across the country. Recent work includes The Who's Tommy and Aida for Cleveland Musical Theatre; Red Ash Mosaic at Cleveland Public Theatre; Mary Poppins Jr at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; Don’t Wonder Off for Theater Ninjas; Quality Street at Baldwin Wallace University; Bent at Beck Center for the Performing Arts; and Peter Pan at Lafayette Ballet Theatre.
CARLTON GUC (Sound Designer) design credits include Memphis (Cain Park 2018), Rock of Ages, Music Man (Cain Park 2017); The Little Mermaid, Hair, My First Time (Beck Center); The Colored Museum (Tri-C); Company (CSU); Seussical the Musical (Hathaway Brown); Children of Eden, Side Show (Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute); The Singing Angels (Mix). Between shows you’ll find Carlton playing guitar, writing computer software, or coaching skiing; www.carltonguc.com
T. PAUL LOWRY (Projection Designer) has served in artistic, production and design capacities with such companies as Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New Haven Theater Company, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre and Talespinner Children’s Theatre. Noted recent design work: Memphis (Cain Park), Brownsville Song (b-side for Tray), Sherlock Holmes; The Baker Street Irregulars (Dobama), American Dreams (CPT), Uz, Donde esta My Home (Teatro Publico), The Turing Machine (Theatre Ninjas), The 39 Steps (Via Brooklyn), and To the Orchard, Things as They Are (Playwrights Local 4181). You can learn more about his work at www.tpaullowry.com.
ROBERT AMODEO (Makeup & Hair Design) Broadway: Makeup Design for The Cherry Orchard, Fool for Love. Associate & Assistant Design: Cabaret, Bullets Over Broadway, Macbeth, Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous, Chaplin, Leap of Faith. Off-Broadway: Assistant Design for Domesticated, Golden Age (MTC) Makeup Design for the National Tour of Cabaret.
VANESSA COOK (Production Properties) is the Owner/Designer of Cook Theatre Designs, LLC. She completed her Bachelors of Music at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory with a degree in Music Therapy. A graduate of Regent University Ms. Cook holds a Master of Arts in Theater. She has over 20 years of experience in all facets of theater production and performance, working extensively in costume, set and prop design at the college, community and professional levels. She is the past secretary of Berg Bravo! and was active with the musical theater program for Heidelberg University's Community Music School, as costume and set designer. She is the former Technical Director of Gundlach theater and served as adjunct professor for the University's School of Music and Theater. She served as wardrobe head for the Cleveland Opera Theatre’s production of Madame Butterfly.
TERRY PIERITZ (Associate Costume Designer) is trained in opera with roots at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her BM in voice and began her costume design career in tandem with Lyric Opera Cleveland. Terry earned her MFA in Theatre Design from Case Western Reserve University and has taught Costume Design and Construction there as well as Akron State University, Beaumont School and currently at Cleveland State University where she also manages the costume shop for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has designed costumes for theater, dance, opera, industrials and film where her work has taken her to Skylight Opera Theater (Milwaukee), Florida State Opera (Tallahassee), Human Race Theater (Dayton) and American Movie Channel (New York City.) Cleveland theatre credits include Playhouse Square, Beck Center for the Arts, Cain Park, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Dobama.
JAMIBETH MARGOLIS, CSA (Casting Director) is now entering her 20th year as a professional casting director in New York. She was with Johnson-Liff Casting, Cameron Mackintosh, and Margolis-Seay Casting and is now out on her own as a freelance casting director. Previous credits include the Broadway and National Touring Companies of such hits as Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, and Cats as well as two dozen other shows on Broadway. She currently casts for Off-Broadway, National Touring Companies, and shows for prominent regional theaters and all of the major theater festivals in NYC. Her casting office is dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals. Additional casting credits include multiple television pilots and on camera industrials for major US companies. Current Casting Projects: Sistas: The Musical (Off-Broadway), Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives Of David Bowie (Tour), the National Yiddish Theatre and many more.
CHUCK RICHIE (Dialect Coach) is a coach for more than one hundred professional theatre productions and media projects and work with many individual artists. BA in Theatre Arts from Denison University, advanced actor training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Voice and text training: Kristin Linklater, Tina Packer, Patsy Rodenburg, David Smukler, Louis Colaianni and the late Sir John Barton. Recent coaching: Great Lakes Theater and for Sir Ben Kingsley in the film Wake. Recent acting: Shakespeare in Love, Cleveland Play House (also voice captain). Professor Emeritus, Kent State University. chuckrichie.com
SEAN FRANCIS PATRICK* (Production Stage Manager) is a multi-discipline theater artist who has worked professionally all across the country. He presently serves as the Managing Director of Cleveland Musical Theatre, the Operations Manager of Werk With Bway, and the Resident Production Stage Manager of The John W. Engeman Theater. Additionally, Sean operates a small vocal/acting studio in NYC. He has had the pleasure of working on the Broadway tours of Anything Goes, Porgy & Bess, and Cabaret. BFA training in Musical Theater Performance from Wright State University. Proud member of AEA.
JACQI LOEWY* (Stage Manager) is a transplanted NYC girl with credits (mostly onstage) off and on Broadway as well as tours, dinner, and regional theatres. Stage Management credits include Virginia Music Theatre, Chester Theatre Company, Carousel Dinner Theatre and Playhouse Square (as Artistic Supervisor and PSM of Cleveland’s longest-running show, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding). Jacqi moved to Cleveland as a cast member of Shear Madness and has appeared in several films, tv series and commercials. She works steadily directing at professional and community theatres and is a full-time Notre Dame College professor teaching Shakespeare, film, improv and communication. Proud member of AEA since 1978!
ALEX BERKO (Music Assistant) is a composer, pianist, and arranger from Cleveland, Ohio whose music has been performed in Asia, Canada, and throughout the United States. He has received performances by Cape Symphony Orchestra, Del Sol String Quartet, The Crossing Choir, and NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, among many others, and has received recognition from ASCAP/SCI, the American Choral Directors Association, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and more. Berko is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a BM in composition and outside concentrations in piano and entrepreneurship.