BIOGRAPHIES as they appeared in the MARY POPPINS playbill (spring 2017)
KIMBERLEY AKASHIAN PRESTON (Ensemble) is performing in her very first ACTORS inc production. The acting and entertaining bug bit her as a young child. Kim is always entertaining her friends and family. She is a career hair stylist, a very proud mother and a very proud wife. Now that her family is fully grown, she is able to spend more time entertaining and making people happy. Kim has always lived by the motto, “Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do”.
MARA BANCROFT (Ensemble) is in her first musical appearance with ACTORS inc. She is currently a project design civil engineer for Core States Group in Cambridge. Mara is studying tap with the Lisa Pilato Dance Center in Dracut, which prompted her to reach out and try new things like the musical, Mary Poppins. She is a frequent traveler with a thirst for adventure and good conversation. Mara is an avid runner and cyclist who loves spending her weekends finding new trails to hike with her dog, Tegan. She looks forward to the joy this musical will bring to her family, friends and the community as a whole.
BILL BOMIL (Ensemble) is in his third performance with ACTORS inc, having previously appeared in Les Misérables and Oklahoma!. He started singing with Bud Caulfield’s Highland Players in 1992. From there, Bill sang in Jack and Mary Keefe’s St. Patrick’s Annual Show and many choruses directed by Jack and Mary for French Cultural Week. From 2001 to 2004, Bill was part of Normand Ayotte’s Spindle City Singers. He is very happy to be a part of ACTORS inc and appearing in Mary Poppins. Bill would like to thank his wife, children and grandchildren for their encouragement and support.
EVELYN CANELA (Ensemble) is a fourth grader in the Dracut Public Schools. She currently studies jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop at Bravo School of Dance with Lisa Smith. She has been performing in recitals and competitions since 2011. Evelyn also enjoys singing in church and participates in her school chorus. She loves to sing the latest Disney hits and anything by her favorite actress, Julie Andrews. This is Evelyn’s first musical and she is so excited that it is her favorite, Mary Poppins.
SARAH CARNES (Ensemble) is a high school junior and has been dancing for five years. She is currently captain of her Performance Company dance team at Dancing Arts Academy. She has done gymnastics for twelve years and this is her third year on the varsity gymnastics team at Burlington High School. She has also played softball for ten years and played on several tournament teams. She is currently on her high school’s junior varsity team. Sarah loves to assist at her dance studio and helps to teach three dance classes. She is very excited to be in her first musical with ACTORS inc.
RALENE CLARK (Miss Andrew) has played various roles in ACTORS inc productions. Some of her favorite roles are: Patsy in BINGO!, The Winning Music, Florence in The Odd Couple (Female Version), Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense and Nunsense: The Mega Musical. Some of her other roles have been in Christmas Belles, Anything Goes, Li’l Abner, Sandbag, Stage Left, Godspell and Les Misérables. Ralene lends her talents to costume design and has been pleased to do so for many ACTORS inc productions. She is a past member of the Standing Room Only Players where she met her favorite actor and husband, Rob Clark. Ralene thanks her family and employees for their support through the Mary Poppins season.
ALEXIA CLERMONT (Ensemble) Lexi is nine years old and a fourth grader at Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell. She is excited to be performing in her first production with ACTORS inc. Lexi has been dancing for seven years and is on the competition team at Allegro Dance Academy in Nashua, NH. Lexi enjoys practicing her acro skills and being with friends in her spare time. She is thankful for her friends’ and family’s support!
ELENI CLERMONT (Ballerina, Ensemble) Eleni is 13 years old and an eighth grader at Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell. She hopes to attend Lowell Catholic High School in September. Eleni is excited to be performing with her sisters in their first production with ACTORS inc. Eleni has been dancing for nine years and is a member of Allegro Dance Academy’s Advanced Performance Team. Her favorite style of dance is tap. When she has free time, Eleni likes to read, hang out with friends and draw. Eleni sends a big thank you to all of her friends and family who have come out to support her!
THEA CLERMONT (Ensemble) Thea is 11 years old and a sixth grader at Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell. She is excited to be part of the dance ensemble in her first production with ACTORS inc. Thea has been dancing for seven years and is on the competition team at Allegro Dance Academy in Nashua, NH. Her favorite genre is jazz. In her free time, Thea enjoys dancing, robotics and making crafts. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!
CHLOE CONANT (Ensemble) discovered a love of dance and performance at a young age. Chloe has been studying various types of dance at Bravo! School of Dance since she was three. Her first onstage performance was in a ballet in her first dance recital in 2011. Since then she wanted more and more. She has added different styles of dance to her repertoire, including tap, jazz and hip hop. As Chloe has matured and grown, she has added performance dance to her class load and will represent her school at several local dance competitions for the third year in a row. Mary Poppins will be Chloe’s debut performance in this new acting endeavor. Chloe also enjoys being active, often trying new sports and other activities. She excels in all areas in school and gives 110% to everything she does. Chloe hopes to inspire her peers and other individuals to try new things as well as to seek confidence and pride within themselves. She sends her love and gratitude to her parents, family and friends, who support her in each and every new adventure.
DAVID CUNNINGHAM (Robertson Ay) is a native of Lowell, MA. He attended Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell, Central Catholic in Lawrence and Boston University. He has previously appeared with ACTORS inc as a Constable in Les Misérables and as Francis in Forever Plaid. Previously he performed with the Merrimack Valley Players of Methuen, MA including as Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Herb in Godspell, Sahovic in Damn Yankees and BBDO in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also appeared as the Scarecrow in Wheelock College's production of The Wiz, and previously worked as technical and/or musical director of the spring musical at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA for 12 years. He is currently a Network Systems Manager for Merrimack Education Center of Chelmsford and founder, owner and cinematographer for New England Vintage Films where he produces Super 8 and 16mm short films for weddings and other events. He would like to thank his wife for her support and encouragement to return to the stage, especially as they manage a 5 and 2 year-old at home. He would also like to thank Becca for getting him to come out from behind the curtain all those years ago.
ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM (Assistant Choreographer, Teddy Bear, Ensemble) has loved to perform since she put on her first pair of tap shoes at the age of four. Past performances include 42nd Street, My Favorite Year, Hello, Dolly!, The Wiz, Les Misérables and Oklahoma! (Assistant Choreographer), as well as musical revues and annual Christmas concerts with the Merrimack Valley Players in Methuen, MA. Beth has worked as a dance educator at the recreational and competitive levels, and also served as choreographer for The Academy of Notre Dame Drama Guild's annual musicals until 2013. Offstage, she is an occupational therapist and mom to a five-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter. Beth would like to thank the cast of Mary Poppins, Dave for being an amazing husband and daddy, Nana Blazon for her babysitting skills, and Parker and Ashlyn for being the most awesome kids ever!
KERRI DENOMMEE (Choreographer, Bunny, Ensemble) is proud to be making her ACTORS inc debut in Mary Poppins. She is beyond excited to choreograph and take part in this musical production. Kerri started her dance training at Barbara’s Academy of Dance in Dracut, MA at the age of six and continues to teach their today. Since 2008, Kerri has taught dance to children through adults in tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. She continues to take classes on a regular basis and attends local dance conventions. Kerri received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary, Special Education and Human Development from Rivier University. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading from Southern New Hampshire University. During the day, Kerri can be found teaching her second graders at Ste Jeanne d'Arc Elementary School in Lowell, MA. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, scrapbooking, camping and playing with her dog, Sammy! Kerri would like to thank her mom, Brenda, and husband, John, for their unconditional love and support in helping her achieve her goals.
SOPHIA DOLLIVER (Ensemble) is excited to have her acting debut be with ACTORS inc! She is a seventh grader at The Wynn Middle School in Tewksbury. Sophia has been studying dance for ten years. She enjoys singing and dancing, and participating in any other type of performance art. She also has performed with the Bell Choir in their production of The Little Mermaid at the John W. Ryan School. Sophia would like to thank her family, friends and her dance instructor, Amy Constantino, who has supported her and encouraged her to audition for Mary Poppins.
STACY DOLLIVER (Ensemble) enjoys all kinds of performance art. She enjoys public speaking and storytelling. She spends her time singing and moving with the young children in her life. This is Stacy’s return to the stage after many years “performing” for her family and friends. In the past, she has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, The Princess and the Pea and Twelve Angry Men. She would like to thank her family and friends for their encouragement and enthusiasm.
BETSEY DRISCOLL (Miss Lark, Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of Mary Poppins, her fourth production with ACTORS inc. She was previously seen on stage in Les Misérables, Oklahoma! and, most recently, as Bernice in Bingo! The Winning Musical. She began acting at age 10 in her hometown high school production of The Sound of Music. Betsey continued to perform during high school in other shows, including No, No Nanette, Our Town, My Fair Lady and Hello Dolly! She took a hiatus while raising her four children. A resident of Dracut for nearly 30 years, Betsey has been very active in the Dracut High School Performing Arts Boosters, the Dracut Community Chorus and North Reading Community Band, where she plays the flute. She is a full-time registered nurse at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. Betsey wishes to thank her friends, co-workers and especially her family for supporting her love of the arts.
ROGER DUBOIS (Von Hussler) has appeared in five productions with ACTORS inc. Most recently, he fulfilled his lifelong dream when he played the role of Babet in Les Misérables. He has also played Leo in The Porch, the Judge in Sandbag, Stage Left, Dr. Gibbs in Our Town and Jesus in Female Odd Couple. His prior credits include performances with Merrimack College’s On-Stagers as Krapp in Krapp’s Last Tape and John Proctor in The Crucible, as well as Biff in Death of a Salesman with the Garrett Players.
ANGELINA GALLIGANI (Raggedy Ann, Ensemble) is a 6th grader at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro and excited to be performing again with ACTORS inc. Angie was last seen in ACTORS inc’s productions of Les Misérables and Oklahoma!. She also played Sandy in the Notre Dame Academy Drama Guild Production of Annie. Angie enjoys performing in her school’s drama program. When she is not in school, she can be found at the Lisa Pilato Dance Center, where she is a member of their U*NA*T Competition Team. Her other hobbies include drawing, singing, and arts and crafts.
BRYNN GEARY (Jack-in-the-Box, Ensemble) is 14 and an honors student at Lowell High School where she is also active in the student theatre club. Brynn currently studies dance at Lisa Pilato Dance Center and voice with Bridget Mason. Her favorite credits include ensemble in Les Misérables, ensemble in James and the Giant Peach, Pilar in Legally Blonde, and Jasmine in Aladdin. She is proud to say that this is her third production with ACTORS inc. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support.
DOMINIC GEEHAN (Ensemble) is making his debut on the ACTORS inc stage in Mary Poppins! Dominic is no newbie to the musical scene. He has been enjoying musicals for a decade now starring in shows such as The Music Man, Annie, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. When Dominic isn't tearing up the stage he works hard at educating the youth of America as a teacher in both Methuen and Lawrence. He'd like to thank his Mom for always encouraging him to follow his dreams and his 8th grade English teacher for letting him know that musicals are where all the ladies are.
NICOLE HAMEL (Annie, Ensemble) is excited to be in her 3rd production with ACTORS inc. You might have seen her in ACTORS inc’s production of Les Misérables, but more noticeably you would have known her as Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA! Her career in theater started at 4 years old with the Pentucket Players in The Music Man. She performed in the Marsh Grammar School’s productions of Oliver Twist, The Return of the Glass Slipper, The Wizard of Oz, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Honk, Dear Edwina and Camp Farwell’s productions of The Diary of Anne Frank, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Bugsy Malone, and Aladdin. She was also seen in Central Catholic High School’s productions of Beauty and the Beast, Good News, Calamity Jane, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Willy Wonka. Nicole also traveled with the Non-Profit UP WITH PEOPLE for one year, performing in A Song For the World. Nicole would like to thank her friends and family for all their support!
FATHER JOHN HANLEY, O.M.I. (Park Keeper, Ensemble) is working at the Shrine of Saint Joseph the Worker in Lowell, MA. He has been active in musical and stage presentations ever since he started screaming for attention as an infant. His first official stage appearance was in the first grade when he sang in the Christmas Cantata. His favorite role with ACTORS inc was Gus Swenson, the Loveable Doorman, in Sandbag, Stage Left. He also appeared as Juror #2 in Twelve Angry Men. He is delighted to be back on stage and playing the role of the Park Keeper in Mary Poppins.
JOANNA HARRIS (Katie Nanna, Ensemble) recently retired from teaching after 32 years, the last 21 years spent with the Lawrence Public Schools. As a child she lived in Mexico with her family and learned Spanish, which she speaks fluently. Bit by the travel bug, she lived in Spain as a foreign exchange student and played tourist in Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Guatemala and Honduras. She has made plans to visit Italy this summer. In her spare time, Joanna reads novels, writes in a journal and loves the new craze of coloring! She is involved in her church, Christ Church United, Dracut, serving as Bible study leader and liturgist. She also heads up the church’s partnership with Operation Christmas Child, an organization which sends shoeboxes filled with toys and school supplies to more than 10 million needy children around the world. This is Joanna’s seventh show with ACTORS inc. She was Mrs. Webb in Our Town, Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias, Minnie in Bingo! The Winning Musical, and part of the ensemble in The Magic of Cole Porter, Les Misérables, and Oklahoma! Joanna would like to thank her mother, two sisters, many friends and her Maine Coon cat “Snickers” for their love and support.
CORINNE HICKEY (Artistic Director) is a veteran performer/director/choreographer who comes with an impressive list of theatre experience. She has appeared with various stage companies and dinner theatres throughout New England. As a director and choreographer, her credits include: 42nd Street, Sugar Babies, Grease, Oklahoma!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Once Upon a Mattress, Carousel, Kismet, Anything Goes, Jesus Christ Superstar, Li’l Abner, How to Succeed in Business, A Little Night Music, Cole, A Christmas Carol, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Lend Me A Tenor. Some of her major roles include: Velma Kelly in Chicago, Anita in West Side Story, Bonnie in Anything Goes, Charity in Sweet Charity, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Edna Edison in Prisoner on Second Avenue (Pro-Am Stage), Mavis in Stepping Out, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb in Our Town, Betty in The Foreigner, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Florence in The Odd Couple (Female Version). Most recently, she played the role of Alma in The Porch, a role which was a privilege and honor for her to perform and one that has become her favorite. For ACTORS inc, Corinne has directed: Godspell, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, Nunsense; Anything Goes, Nunsense: The Mega Musical; Sandbag, Stage Left, Twelve Angry Men, Our Town, The Magic of Cole Porter, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Les Misérables, Steel Magnolias and Oklahoma!.
EVIE HOLT (Ensemble) is a seventh grader at Richardson Middle School in Dracut, MA. She has performed in the Dracut High School production of Oliver! as well as the Richardson Middle School production of Guys and Dolls. When not acting and singing, she enjoys competing with her cheerleading team and pitching for her softball team. Evie is very much looking forward to being part of Mary Poppins.
GREGORY HOLT (John Northbrook, Ensemble) is a father of four who hails from Dracut, MA. He has performed in various productions since his high school years. After a hiatus from the theater, he returned to the stage in the ACTORS inc production of Oklahoma! as the rancher Andrew Carnes. He had such a wonderful time with ACTORS inc, he jumped at the chance to be part of Mary Poppins and is so excited to be working alongside his daughter, Evie. Outside of acting, Greg enjoys coaching football, baseball and softball, as well as camping with his four children and wife, Andrea.
ELLA KEEFE (Ensemble) is a fourth grade student at the Campbell Elementary School in Dracut, MA. When she is not in school, Ella can be found at the Lisa Pilato Dance Center, where she is a member of their competition dance team, U*NA*T. She studies jazz (her favorite), ballet, tap, lyrical and acro. When she is not dancing, Ella enjoys jumping on the trampoline, reading, writing stories, and creating arts and crafts projects. Ella is thrilled to be performing with ACTORS inc for the first time.
BOBBY KERRIGAN (George Banks) has been producing, directing and acting on stage in the Boston area for over twenty years. He most recently appeared, directed and produced a production of the musical 1776 for Marblehead Little Theatre. This is his third time performing with ACTORS inc and he is excited to be bringing Mr. Banks to life under the stage direction of Corinne and the musical direction of Jasen. Some of Bobby’s favorite musical roles include John Adams in 1776, Javert in two productions of Les Misérables, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, King Arthur in Spamalot, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Lord Farrquad in Shrek: The Musical, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Jekyll/Hyde The Musical, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz, Pharaoh in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sir Lancelot in Camelot, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, Aaron Fox in Curtains, Barrett in Titanic: The Musical and Scrooge in Scrooge The Musical, just to name a few. He has also performed in many dramatic straight plays that include Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and most recently as Juror #3 in the classic 12 Angry Men, which he also produced and directed. Bobby has produced, directed and created set designs for many other shows over the years some of them include The Drowsy Chaperone, Oliver, Godspell, Company, Annie and It’s a Wonderful Life. Bobby loves to perform in benefits and fundraiser’s around New England that share his passion for performing and his love of bringing theatre to everyone! Bobby is excited to have traveled to Medellin, Columbia last September with an impressive group of performers and theatre pros to bring a bit of Broadway to another culturally rich part of the world. During the day, Bobby serves as the Postmaster in Rockport, Massachusetts. Enjoy the Show!!!
MICHELLE KRAVETTE (Miss Smythe, Sock Monkey, Ensemble) is proud to be singing and dancing with ACTORS inc for the first time. She has previously performed and toured as a Professional Figure Skater in the Ice Capades for six years, coached Theater on Ice National Medalists and is an Adult International Theater on Ice Champion herself. She is delighted to bring her love of music, movement and theater to the stage and has performed with “Voices of Hope” for the past several years to raise money for cancer research.
MARK LATHAM (Conductor) studied violin at the Guildhall School (London), the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting. He was a member of the Atlantic String Quartet for 6 years, in Canada, and played with Emmanuel Music in Boston, and with the New Hampshire, Delaware and New Haven Symphonies. He now is a member of the Aryaloka String Quartet. He has given numerous world premieres and his own works have been performed in Canada, the UK and the US, including at the 92nd St. Y in New York. He is a member ‘in absentia’ of the Canadian contemporary improv ensemble The Black Auks, with whom he made several recordings. Mark is currently Music Director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic and directs the University Orchestra at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he is also adjunct professor of conducting, violin and viola.
ANNIE MCDERMOTT (Ensemble) is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade. This is Annie's first show with ACTORS inc. Annie has taken dance which includes ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of 3 and has always loved being on stage. Annie first saw her big sister Vera in Oklahoma! in the spring of 2015 and knew some day she wanted to do it too! Annie is so excited to be part of ACTORS inc and can’t wait to perform in her first show. Annie also enjoys the outdoors, swimming, rollerskating, dancing and spending time with her cousins and family and also loves all of her pets which include a dog, two cats, and fish!
VERA MCDERMOTT (Ensemble) is 14 years old and in the 9th grade. This is Vera’s second show with ACTORS inc. Her first show was Oklahoma! in the spring of 2015. Vera has always had a love and passion for acting and theatre. She is so excited to be part of ACTORS inc and also working with the extremely talented cast and directors of Mary Poppins. Vera also enjoys the outdoors, swimming, rollerskating, and spending time with her cousins and family. Vera also has a flare for creating art, face painting and a love for music.
STEPHANIE MCNULTY (Ensemble) is performing for her first time with ACTORS inc. She did some theater as a child in the Precious Moments summer program. Her roles included Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella. She has 16 years of dance experience at Demetra’s School of Dance, beginning at age 2. Stephanie has won several dance competitions. She is currently taking adult tap at Lisa Pilato’s Dance Center. Stephanie works as a part time receptionist and social media manager for Billerica’s number one hair salon, Shear Art. Stephanie loves and is thankful for her two beautiful daughters, husband of seven years and her wonderful family and friends!
LAURIE IVERSON MURPHY (Ensemble) is so happy to be in her first show with ACTORS inc. She was last seen on stage many years ago in Immaculate Conception parish shows and before that in Fiddler on the Roof for both the Academy of Notre Dame and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Laurie has also acted in My Fair Lady, King and I, and many dance recitals. In her professional life, Laurie is a pharmacist at Lowell General Hospital. She is also the proud mother of five children, two of whom are in Mary Poppins and convinced her to rekindle her love of theater. Laurie wants to thank her family and friends for their support of her new endeavor, and the cast and crew for a wonderful experience.
PETER MURPHY (Raggedy Andy, Neleus, Ensemble) is very excited to be back with ACTORS inc in Mary Poppins after last appearing in Oklahoma!. He first discovered his love of theatre while taking part in the Greater Lowell YMCA summer theater program when he was only five years old. He has performed with the Junior Actorsingers in Nashua and Palace Youth Theatre in Manchester, where he is currently a member of their Teen Company. He is very happy to have played the eponymous role in many of his shows, including Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Stuart Little, Oliver and Willy Wonka, and has also enjoyed being part of many other shows, such as Cats, Addams Family, Hairspray, Elf the Musical and Palace’s professional production of Billy Elliot. He is a freshman at Central Catholic, where he plays percussion in the band and is on the dance team. He studies at Dancing Arts Academy in Billerica and spends as much time there as possible. Peter wants to thank his family and friends for their support, and all the cast and crew for a great time.
TESSA MURPHY (Toy Soldier, Ensemble) is excited to be performing with ACTORS inc again after making her debut with them in Oklahoma!. She has been a dancer since she was a little girl, doing Irish Step, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and her favorite, tap. She is a dance teacher and assistant at Tricia’s Dance School in Tewksbury and Dancing Arts Academy in Billerica, and is studying Early Childhood Education at Middlesex Community College. Tessa has been in many shows, starting with Once on This Island at Academy of Notre Dame when she was nine. When she was a student at NDA, she was in Willy Wonka, Annie and The Little Mermaid, which was her favorite since she is a huge Disney fan. Tessa sends thanks to her family and friends for their support, and “break a leg” to the whole cast and crew!
KAREN NELSON (Ensemble) has been a member of ACTORS inc for 7 years. She has performed in Li’l Abner, Anything Goes, Nunsense: The Mega Musical, Les Misérables, and Oklahoma!. Karen has also served as Stage Manager for the following productions: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, Sandbag, Stage Left, Christmas Belles, Anything Goes, Nunsense: The Mega Musical, Twelve Angry Men, Our Town, Female Odd Couple, Les Misérables, Oklahoma! and Bingo! The Winning Musical. Karen was associated with the former Chelmsford Players where she worked numerous productions backstage.
STEPHEN NELSON (Admiral Boom, Ensemble) has been an avid follower of ACTORS inc since its beginning. He first appeared on stage with ACTORS inc as Available Jones in Li’l Abner. He also played nine different characters in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Other credits include: Deputy Sheriff John Curtis Butner in Christmas Belles, Salvatore Soo in Sandbag, Stage Left, the Captain in Anything Goes, Juror #6 in Twelve Angry Men, Father Virgil in Nunsense: The Mega Musical, Howie Newsome in Our Town, the narrator in The Magic of Cole Porter, various roles in Les Misérables, Ike Skidmore in Oklahoma! and Sam Wonnietski/Frank in Bingo! The Winning Musical. He has a musical background which includes singing and playing the keyboard, and he especially loves to tap dance.
MOLLY NORRIS (Ensemble) is 9 years old and in the 4th grade in the Dracut public school system. Molly has been dancing at Lisa Pilato Dance Center since she was 3 years old and in her kitchen at home since she was old enough to stand! Although she has been dancing competitively for the past 4 years, this is Molly’s first theater performance. She also plays soccer, lacrosse and enjoys skiing in the winter and swimming and the beach all summer long. Molly is a budding chef as well, creating many delicious meals and treats for her family and friends.
LILY PANAGOPOULOS (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Tyngsborough High School and is excited to be returning to ACTORS inc for her fourth production. Her previous roles include Ensemble in The Magic of Cole Porter, Young Eponine and Gavroche’s Gang in Les Misérables, and Ensemble in Oklahoma!. Lily is a member of the Tyngsborough Theater Program, where her roles include Orphan and Schoolgirl in Oliver!, Villager The Lottery, Havana Waitress and Gambler in Guys and Dolls, Ensemble in The Wedding Singer, Figure 8 in Property Rights, Flower Girl and Featured Dancer in My Fair Lady, Ensemble in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She was the Associate Choreographer for Tyngsborough Middle School’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr. Lily is a member of I.T.S (International Thespian Society) and was recently awarded I.T.S All Star Casting Award for Property Rights in 2016. Lily has also been recently featured in a national television commercial for RCN Cable Company. Lily is a student at Lisa Pilato Dance Company where she studies tap and ballet. She would like to thank Corinne Hickey and the whole “family” at ACTORS inc for continuing to support and inspire her love of acting!
LISA PANAGOPOULOS (Mrs. Corry, Ensemble) has performed in many ACTORS inc productions. Her roles include: Honey in Bingo! The Winning Musical, Renee in The Odd Couple (Female Version), Mrs. Soames in Our Town, Sister Mary Claire in Nunsense, Ching in Anything Goes and Alfie Scragg in Li’l Abner. She also performed in the ensemble in Les Misérables, Oklahoma! and The Magic of Cole Porter. Lisa was bitten by the acting bug in high school, where she played Amaryllis in The Music Man, Dinah Lord in The Philadelphia Story and Mammy Yokum in Li’l Abner. Lisa is the Assistant Director of Faculty Development for Online Learning as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In her spare time she runs an online retail clothing business called: "Grab the Fun!" She hopes to inspire and remind everyone to grab the fun that is all around us, every day! Check it out at: www.grabthefun.net. Lisa sends much love and thanks to her family and friends, and especially to her four beautiful children for their constant love and support. She is so happy to be sharing the stage with her daughter, Kristina Verras, and her niece, Lily Panagopoulos.
JOHANNA PERRI (Mary Poppins) is thrilled and grateful to be returning to work with ACTORS inc after having a blast performing with them as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes in 2010. Johanna was last seen on stage as Velma in Chicago with the Company Theater. Other favorite roles include: Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis, Laurey Williams in Oklahoma!, Kathy Selden in Singing in the Rain and the title roles in Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Sweet Charity. By day Johanna is the Director of HR for Cayan and has a passion for strengths-based leadership and building a best place to work culture. For the past 4 years, Johanna has also been studying the rhythm, smooth and night club styles of ballroom dancing, including multiple competition performances with a fantastic Salsa Rueda team. Johanna would like to send all her love to her family and friends that have dedicated so much time and effort to drive (sometimes across states) to cheer her on and support her passion for the stage for the past 25 years. This performance is dedicated to the memory of her father, Tony. Dad-I will miss knowing you arrived over an hour early (annoying), seeing your face in the front row for multiple performances of the same production, listening to you start the applause (sometimes in the wrong spot) and most of all seeing your face beaming with pride after the show (and knowing you embarrassingly bragged to a lot of people in the audience). I miss and love you! A special burst of love to one of Heaven’s newest angels Alanna. I’m so glad you were my Dainty June and that we had the chance to experience Gypsy and the stage together-I loved squeezing hands while we belted If Momma Was Married. A treasured memory!
DENNIS PIENDAK (Doorman, House Manager) lives in Dracut with his wife Sharon. He retired three years ago as the Town Manager of Dracut, completing a 42 year career in municipal management. He has previously acted for the Moses Greeley Parker Library as Mayor Bonzo and Gopher Clueless in two murder mystery plays. A member of ACTORS inc for six years, he has appeared as Joe Stoddard in Our Town and the Judge in Les Misérables. He has also assisted with house duties for several productions.
SHARON PIENDAK (Ensemble) co-produced Our Town, The Magic of Cole Porter, Female Odd Couple and Forever Plaid. She has performed in Oklahoma!, Les Misérables and Anything Goes, played Sister Wilhelm in Nunsense: the Mega Musical, Gretel Van Cistern in Sandbag, Stage Left and was a part of the cast of Our Town. Sharon was born and raised in New York and has lived in Dracut MA since 1987. She is married with two children. She has trained with the June Taylor Dancers, NYC ballet teachers, and Rockette teachers. Sharon taught youth dance while in high school and college, and studied piano for 13 years. She has accompanied college chamber music groups and provided backup music for children’s productions. She participated in college theatre groups and dance corps. She has performed locally in choral groups, including the New Greeley Singers, the Spindle City Singers, Dracut Community Chorus, and the St. Francis Parish Theatre Group. Former roles include singing, dancing and acting roles in That’s Entertainment, Gone with the Breeze, Hello to Broadway, Best Little Theatre in Town, Gotta Sing-Gotta Dance, Broadway Meets the Met, Give Thanks America- A Patriotic Tribute, Let’s Go To The Movies and Anything Goes.
SUZANNE REESE MILLS (Valentine, Fannie, Ensemble) grew up in the theater, watching her father perform in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and starting to perform herself in high school. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she stayed active in musical theater at the University of North Alabama and regional theaters, playing Cathy in The Last Five Years, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Liesl in The Sound of Music, and Éponine in Les Misérables. Mills recently received her MFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, where she played Nadine in LaChiusa’s The Wild Party and co-wrote and performed Hysterical: An Original Cabaret. Mills will make her first appearance with ACTORS inc in the singing and dancing ensemble of Mary Poppins.
JANET POHLI (Winifred Banks) is excited to be back with ACTORS inc for a third time working with such a great cast! Janet just finished playing Martha Jefferson in 1776 and can be seen in upcoming dinner cabaret performances with SALT in Ipswich, MA. Previous performances: Oklahoma! (Laurey) and Les Misérables (Fantine). Other musical roles have included West Side Story (Maria), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Pirates of Penance (Mabel), The King and I (Lady Thiang), Baby (Pam), The Sound of Music (Liesl), Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH). Operatic performances have included Hansel und Gretel (Gretel), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Alcina (Morgana) and Die Zauberfloete (Erste Dame). Janet wishes to dedicate this production to all her loved ones, especially her mother. Thank you to everyone attending tonight!!
LILLIAN ROGERS (Michael Banks) is a third grader at Center Elementary School in Chelmsford and loves the performing arts. She is delighted to be making her musical performance debut for ACTORS inc as Michael Banks. As a second grader, Lily was cast as Gretl in the Chelmsford High School’s 2015 production of The Sound of Music, where she received a TAMY nomination for the Rising Star Award. Additionally, Lily has appeared in many Applause Academy productions. Lily loves to sing, dance, act, play soccer, and use her imagination. Her family is very proud of her and cannot wait to see her sporting the knickers. She may be small, but she can do big things.
OLIVIA ROSANO (Ensemble) found a passion in theatre when she was cast in the play Once on this Island, Jr., in May of 2016, where she played the role of Grande Homme. This will be her first production with ACTORS inc, and she is very excited to continue working toward a career in theatre. Olivia is 12 years old and currently in the seventh grade. She enjoys playing hockey and making YouTube videos in her spare time.
REBECCA SHANAHAN-GALLIGANI (Mrs. Brill) has been in theater for most of her life and wouldn’t have it any other way. Becca is one of the founding members of ACTORS inc and has performed with the group in the production of Godspell, Bonnie in Anything Goes, Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Reverend Mother in Nunsense and Nunsense: The Mega Musical, Cling in Sandbag, Stage Left, Appassionata Von Climax in Li’l Abner, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!. In 2007, she directed ACTORS inc’s production The Odd Couple (Female Version) and in 2013 she directed their production of Forever Plaid. Before ACTORS inc, Becca worked as a production assistant for the Wheelock Family Theater for seven seasons, directed for the Colleges of the Fenway, and performed with the Merrimack Valley Players and Play By Players. Becca has been the Drama Guild Director at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. When she is not on stage, Becca is the proud mother of Kevin and Angelina, and works as Director of Operations for Hergenrother Realty Group. She would like to thank her husband, Steven, for holding down the fort while she is out and about doing theater.
DAVID SOLLARS (Policeman) has intrigued and inspired audiences with his blend of personal and organizational facilitation for more than 25 years. His BFA from the Actor’s Studio Program at Wright State University led to years as an actor, stage manager and fight choreographer. This foundation of insights to decode our human expression and create an embodied experience for audiences, translated to entrepreneurial ventures including media, medicine and manufacturing. David is currently an owner/director of Inuous, Ltd., a UK-based company that supports leaders of global organization with end-to-end solutions for transformational change and growth. He believes learning how to put our best version of ourselves into action is the most sustainable solution for today’s climate of uncertainty and volatility.
DIANE SOLLARS (Ensemble) has been on the move her entire life. Movement, dance and athletics have been the foundation of how she puts values and beliefs into action. Diane’s extensive career as an editor for some of the most influential global economic publications was a backdrop for how her colleagues knew her as a woman in action. Diane has formal training in dance disciplines such as tap, ballet, pointe and jazz with additional experience in ballroom and belly dance. She continues her motivation to move through enjoyment of hiking, biking and tennis.
ALEXANDRA STEVENS (Gingerbread Girl, Ensemble) is looking forward to joining the cast of Mary Poppins in her very first show. Alexandra has been dancing since she could stand, and when she isn’t working hard at being an honor student in 6th grade, she can be found at her second home, the Lisa Pilato Dance Center. Alexandra began dancing at LPDC at age three and is in her sixth year as a member of the LPDC’s competition team U*NA*T. In addition to dance, Alexandra’s hobbies include playing the cello in her school’s orchestra, reading, and crafting.
SHANNON STEVENS (Ensemble) is looking forward to being a part of the cast of Mary Poppins and to be performing in her first show in 20 years! Shannon has been dancing since age 3, and had roles in plays and musicals throughout elementary, middle, and high school, where she also enjoyed being a member of her school’s chorus and special vocal ensemble. In her daily life, she is a second grade teacher and mom to three girls.
MEREDITH THOMPSON (Bird Woman) is thrilled to make her debut with ACTORS inc and to do so in a role she has always loved is even better! Meredith has loved musical theater since her first show, Annie, which she performed in when she was eight years old. Favorite roles have included Violet Beauregard (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Cinderella (Into the Woods), and three different apostles in three separate productions of Godspell. Meredith is currently involved in several theater groups in the area, including Voices of Hope, which raises funds for cancer research. Meredith is an attorney and lives in Merrimac, MA with her husband and 6-year-old daughter. Meredith would like to thank her family--without their love and support, this wouldn't be possible.
MAKENA TINGLE (Jane Banks) is thrilled to be making her ACTORS inc debut. She is currently in the 6th grade at the Blanchard Middle School in Westford, MA. She has been acting and singing since she was 6 years old. Her previous roles include Young Fiona in Shrek and Jane/Indian Dancer in Peter Pan with Open Door Theater. Makena has also performed in Annie Jr. (Annie), Seussical (JoJo), Aladdin (Jasmine) and School of Rock (Madison). In addition to theater, she has enjoyed performing in local dinner theater cabarets. When she's not performing, Makena loves traveling, tumbling, dancing, playing soccer and basketball. Makena would like to thank her family for always supporting her love of the arts. She would also like to thank her acting coaches. A special thank you to Andrea Goodrich, her vocal instructor of 3 years, who has been instrumental in helping her find her 'voice'.
KRISTIAN VERRAS (Building Block, Ensemble) has performed in many ACTORS inc productions. She played Emily Webb in Our Town and performed in Nunsense, Anything Goes and The Magic of Cole Porter. Kristina has also been a member of the ACTORS inc stage crew for several productions, including Li’l Abner, Female Odd Couple and Bingo! The Winning Musical, and has worked as the stage manager for numerous Dracut High School productions. Kristina is a senior accounting major at Bryant University and will be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating this spring. Kristina is an avid gymnast and percussionist. She is looking forward to sharing the stage with her mother, Lisa Panagopoulos, and her cousin, Lily Panagopoulos.
BRUCE WEAL (Bank Chairman) has been involved in the theater since high school, where he portrayed Mr. Anagnos in a production of The Miracle Worker. In college, he acted in, directed, or worked on the technical crews of over forty shows, including Twelfth Night, The Crucible, Antigone and The Male Animal. He received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland. Bruce has had a lot of fun working with ACTORS inc, playing Professor Willard in Our Town and one of the narrators in The Magic of Cole Porter. A retired college professor, he is very excited by the opportunity to join ACTORS inc's production of Mary Poppins.
KATHRYN J. WEAL (Ensemble) is on stage in her third ACTORS inc performance, having previously been seen in Our Town and The Magic of Cole Porter. She began performing at the age of seven in piano recitals at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Throughout elementary school, she acted in class plays and sang in the chorus and, having added violin and clarinet to her music education, played in the orchestra and band. In junior high in Acton, she added Gilbert and Sullivan (The Pirates of Penzance and Patience) to her experience. At Catonsville (Maryland) Senior High School, her rehearsals included chorus, band and orchestra plus Baltimore County Band and Orchestra, Maryland Youth Symphony and Maryland All-State Orchestra. In addition, she was asked to play in accompaniment orchestras for major choral works in churches (The Vivaldi Gloria) and more Gilbert and Sullivan in other schools (The Mikado). In addition, she dabbled enough in drama to earn membership in The National Thespian Society. The highlight of that experience was a role in the production of The Miracle Worker. In college, her violin studies included the opportunity to play in the pit for a production of Little Mary Sunshine and culminated in a senior recital. She also performed on the bagpipes, the instrument of Monmouth College, Illinois. Her adult performance life began with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and now, the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she played violin for ACTORS inc’s performances of Les Misérables and Oklahoma!.
JASEN WHEATLEY (Bert, Music Director) has been seen in ACTORS inc’s performances of Les Misérables (Music Director, Farmer, Bamatabois, Grantaire), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder & Music Director), Li’l Abner (Abner Yokum & Music Director), Forever Plaid (Music Director & Pianist), Oklahoma! (Music Director & Pianist), Nunsense: The Mega-Musical (Music Director & Pianist), Nunsense (Music Director, Pianist & Sister Mary Melody), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Music Director, Pianist & Organist), and BINGO! The Winning Musical (Music Director & Pianist). After spending the last 2 years behind the scene as the Music Director and Pianist for several shows, Jasen is excited to make his return to the stage as Bert.
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MICHAEL SOUTHWORTH is a Boston-born actor, director and musician who attends Cornell University. He is majoring in the school’s renowned Performing & Media Arts program with a minor in Film. Michael began his acting career at the New York Film Academy, primarily studying acting for film. He has since appeared in several films such as Paramount’s “Same Kind of Different As Me,” CBS Films’ “Patriot’s Day,” the upcoming short film “Lucius,” and is currently an Art Production Assistant on the upcoming Amy Schumer comedy “I Feel Pretty.” Michael has also acted in over a dozen plays, seven of which were produced by Cornell and one of which he directed at Cornell. Some of his highlights include “Eurydice” (Orpheus), “This Is Our Youth” (Warren Straub), “West Side Story” (Action) and “Heathers” (Kurt Kelly). Some of Michael’s notable mentors include professionals such as David Feldshuh, Bruce Levitt and Carolyn Goelzer.
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We are very pleased at the successes of our most recent show, 42ND STREET, and we look forward to entertaining you again in the spring of 2020!