ACTORS inc

WILLIAM (BILLY) HIGSON (Claude) is thrilled to be in his fourth production with ACTORS inc, and thrilled to be returning to the stage after so long. You might have seen him in their productions of 42nd Street (Mac), Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur d'Arque), and in Les Misérables. Billy has performed with Balefire Productions in A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit). Other productions include: Juror #9 in 12 Angry Jurors and Herrick Marshall in The Crucible that was presented at Fitchburg State's Main Stage. He would like to thank Corinne for casting him in Godspell, his fellow cast members for all their hard work and the crew for their "round the clock" commitment. He would also like to thank his Auntie Susie and Uncle Donnie for their love and support. Billy sends a giant “Thank You” to his twin, Nik and their partner, Joe, for their love and support and for never missing a performance of his since he met them. If it was not for them constantly telling him his audition will be fine, Billy probably wouldn’t be doing this show. Love you guys. He also wants to express his gratitude to all his friends who listen to him talk about the show endlessly. Most importantly, Billy wants to thank his parents, grandparents and Auntie Annie who are, sadly, no longer with us, for he wouldn’t be who he is, and have the courage to continue performing, without them.   

STEPHEN NELSON (Cassidy) 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 Show. 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!, Sam Wonnietski/Frank in Bingo! The Winning Musical, Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins and various roles in Beauty and the Beast. In other venues, Stephen has played Gary in Footsteps and Stephen St. Stephen in Peter Galaxy, Interstellar Envoy, Harry in The Black Spider and The Doctor in Poltergeist, all radio shows.  He has a musical background which includes singing and playing the keyboard, and he especially loves to tap dance. 

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM


CORINNE HICKEY (Director, Co-Choreographer) 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: 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, Oklahoma!, Bingo! The Winning Musical, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast  and 42nd Street.

BETH CUNNINGHAM (Co-Choreographer) is thrilled to be working with the cast and crew of Godspell!  Past choreography credits for ACTORS inc include 42nd Street, Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast. Other past performances include 42nd Street, My Favorite Year, Hello, Dolly!, The Wiz, Les Misérables, and OKLAHOMA! (Assistant Choreographer) as well as numerous musical revues and Christmas concerts with the Merrimack Valley Players in Methuen, MA.  Beth has worked as a dance educator at the recreational and competitive levels and 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 two amazing children.  Beth would like to thank the cast of Godspell, Dave for being the most wonderful husband and perfect dad, every babysitter who makes these shows possible for our family, and Parker and Ashlyn for being the most awesome kids ever!

MATT THOMAS (Playbill, Website, Marketing) has been with ACTORS inc since the beginning… no, not the beginning of time, though it feels that way.  Matt started his career in theater way back in his years at the Morey Grade School where you might have starred next to him in performances of Cabbage Patch Kids, Cinderella, and Rip Van Winkle.  After a 20-year hiatus from theater, Matt returned to the stage that his repressed memories had protected him from oh too well.  Matt has been seen in ACTORS inc’s performances of Sandbag, Stage Left (Prison Guard and Judge Been), Godspell (Herb), Li’l Abner (Earthquake McGoon), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Linus) and Twelve Angry Men (Juror #7).  Matt has produced marketing materials and playbills, and has been the ACTORS inc webmaster for a very, very long time.  Matt would like to thank his family and friends for their never-ending love and support… and Coach, I promise they’ll let me get back on stage one day!

ANGELINA GALLIGANI (Rockin’ Rhonda, Asst. to the Choreographers) is excited to be working with ACTORS inc again.  Angie was last seen in ACTORS inc’s productions of Les Misérables, OKLAHOMA!, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and 42nd Street.  Angie enjoys performing, and when she is not on stage or in school, she can be found on the varsity softball field for Lowell Catholic High School and the Lowell 18u Spinners. Angie is also a lifeguard with the Lowell YMCA and enjoys her time guarding and offering swimming lessons.​

FATHER JOHN HANLEY, O.M.I. (Playground Caretaker) is Director of the Oblate Residence in Tewksbury.  He has been active in musical and stage presentations ever since his first appearance in the first grade when he sang in the Christmas Cantata.  He has performed in South Pacific (Emile), Guys and Dolls (Arvide Abernathy), Damn Yankees (Joe Boyd), among others.   His roles with ACTORS inc include Gus Swenson, the Loveable Doorman, in Sandbag, Stage Left, Juror#2 in Twelve Angry Men, Park Keeper in Mary Poppins and Bookseller in Beauty and the Beast

RALENE CLARK (Peggy) has played various roles in ACTORS inc productions. Some of her favorite roles are: Patsy in BINGO!, The Winning Musical, 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 and Mary Poppins. Ralene lends her talents to costume design and has been pleased to do so for many ACTORS inc productions. Ralene's off stage role is as a hair stylist in her hometown of Nashua, NH. Her love and thanks go out to her family, friends and associates who support her crazy lifestyle. 

STACEY DRISCOLL (Joanne) is so honored to be playing this role with this great group of people! Stacey has been performing since she was a kid and some of her favorite roles include Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Aysha in Children of Eden and the Rose Seller in Oliver!. Stacey is also a member of Voices of Hope that raises money for cancer research at the Termeer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital through their performances. Stacey wants to thank her husband for his love and support, and for putting up with her being at rehearsals all the time as well as her wonderful supportive family!   

BETH LOELL (Robin) is excited to be in her first production with ACTORS inc! Some of her previous roles include: Cinderella in Into the Woods, Little Sally in Urinetown: The Musical, and featured ensemble roles in 9 to 5; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; RENT; Changing Minds; and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Beth works in Career Services at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Additionally, she is involved in ministries at Saint Patrick Parish in Pelham, NH. Beth sends love and thanks to her family, friends, and parish community for always cheering her on. She especially appreciates her husband for his encouragement to get back on stage and her baby girl for sharing her mama with this group. Enjoy the show! 

SAMANTHA WOJTOWICZ (Sadie) is very excited to be a part of her third ACTORS inc production, her first two being Beauty and the Beast and 42nd Street.  She has performed in many school productions at Valley Collaborative, Billerica, including: Frieda in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Dory in Schoolhouse Rock, Glinda in Wicked and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.  Sam enjoys all kinds of music, going to the theatre and hanging out with her best friends, Tina and Andrew.  She loves participating in Kids in Disability Sports Programs.  Sam is very thankful to her family and friends for all their love and encouragement.

​​BETSEY DRISCOLL (Kitty) is excited to be together again with this wonderful group. Past ACTORS inc productions include 42nd Street, Les Misérables, OKLAHOMA! and Beauty and the Beast. She also played Miss Lark in Mary Poppins and Bernice, in Bingo! The Winning Musical. Behind the scenes, she is part of the production staff including the costume committee. Betsey began performing at the age of 10 when cast as Gretl, in her hometown’s high school production of The Sound of Music. Later productions included Kiss Me, Kate, No, No, Nanette, My Fair Lady, Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! and Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town. She is the proud mother of 4 wonderful children and recently became grandmother of 2! She is a registered nurse and has been employed by Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington for over 35 years. Betsey would like to thank her friends, co-workers and especially her family for their support and for accepting of all the time spent away from home. 

THOMAS R. ROWEN (Lamar) has a diverse background in the performing arts and was recently seen in ACTORS inc’s performance of 42nd Street.  He has also appeared with renowned artists such as Pauline Mahr, Paul Madore, Dee Caruso Mahoney, Diane Anderson, Brahmachari Keith Rhodes and Alina Polyakov.  He has sung as part of the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus, the Fine Arts Chorale, the North End Music and Performance Center, the Boston Bel Canto Opera Singers, the Grace Notes, the We Are America Group, the First Congregational Church (Stoneham) and St. Patrick’s Church (Stoneham). Tom was recently seen in The Secret Garden (Newburyport), a dinner theatre cabaret (Lawrence), as a soloist in the Luigi Pirandello Lyceum Concert (Cambridge) and in a new musical drama called Treason (Newburyport), about the untold story of George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

JASEN WHEATLEY (Judas/John the Baptist, Music Director) has been seen in many ACTORS inc performances such as Mary Poppins (Music Director, Bert), 42nd Street (Music Director, Ensemble), Les Misérables (Music Director, Farmer, Bamatabois, Grantaire), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Music Director, Schroeder), Li’l Abner (Music Director, Abner Yokum), Forever Plaid (Music Director & Pianist).  In the real world, Jasen works as a software engineer, and likes to travel, read, and play the piano. He is excited to be back on stage in Godspell

DAVE CUNNINGHAM (Jesusis 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 in 42nd Street, and as Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins, 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 10 and 6-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. 

REBECCA SHANAHAN (Nerdy Nelly, Asst. to the Choreographers) 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 following roles: 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, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Lafou in Beauty and the Beast, and Maggie in 42nd Street. She directed ACTORS inc’s productions of The Odd Couple (Female Version) and Forever Plaid. Becca worked as a production assistant for the Wheelock Family Theater for seven seasons, directed for the Colleges of the Fenway and Notre Dame Academy Tyngsboro, and performed with the Merrimack Valley Players and Play By Players. When she is not on stage, Becca is the proud mother of Kevin and Angelina, and works as the Controller for Livian, one of the top 10 real estate teams in North America.​

LOREN LEE (Jeffrey) is proud to be returning to the stage having recently appeared in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Firehouse Theater). A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, Loren’s violin credits include a national tour with the Canadian fiddle group Barrage, featured soloist at Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood and a regular member of the Newburyport Choral Society Orchestra. “Thank you to family and friends for your love and support!”