THE WHO'S TOMMY
JULY 29, 2013
MUSIC + LYRICS BY Pete Townshend
BOOK BY Pete Townshend + Des McAnuff
ADDITIONAL MUSIC + LYRICS BY John Entwistle + Keith Moon
DIRECTED BY Miles J. Sternfeld
STARRING BROADWAY'S Nick Blaemire, Jodie Langel, Michael Berry, Adrienne Warren
TRI-C EASTERN CAMPUS THEATRE
A BENEFIT FOR BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
MILES J. STERNFELD (Director)
MARTÍN CÉSPEDES** (Choreographer)
SEAN SZALLER (Musical Director)
BENJAMIN GANTOSE (Lighting Design)
CARLTON GUC (Sound Design)
WINN DOUGLAS (Wig Design)
MILES J. STERNFELD (Scenic Design)
TOM HUMES* (Stage Manager)
NICK BLAEMIRE* (Tommy). Broadway: Godspell; Cry-Baby. Off-Broadway: Dogfight. Touring: Altar Boyz. Regional: The Last Goodbye (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Bring It On (Alliance Theatre); Lil's 90th (Long Wharf Theatre); James Lapine's Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Vineyard Playhouse). Film: Damsels in Distress; Beach Pillows; Gods Behaving Badly; Assassination of a High School President. TV: Zero Hour; The Good Wife; The Big C; Law & Order: CI; Guiding Light. Composing: Nick wrote the one-night Broadway sensation GLORY DAYS (Cast Album on Sh-K-Boom Records). Online: You can find his band NICK BLAEMIRE AND THE HUSTLE’s EP atwww.nickblaemireandthehustle.com. Training: He is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
JODIE LANGEL* (Mrs. Walker). Jodie is currently starring in “Bare” at the Broward Center. Broadway/Tours: Cosette in Les Misérables, Bertrande inMartin Guerre, Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat, Grizabella in Cats - where she was the youngest person to ever portray the role). Regional/New York: Diana in Next to Normal - Carbonell Nomination and BroadwayWorld Award (Actors' Playhouse); Evita in Evita - Carbonell Nomination, Narrator in Joseph...Dreamcoat (Maltz Jupiter Theater); Bernstein's MASS (Carnegie Hall/Kennedy Center); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Funny Girl; Chess (Paper Mill Playhouse) directed by Rob Marshall; The Tony winning Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference; The Thing About Men. Readings: The First Wives Club understudying Ana Gastayer. Elsewhere: Jodie was a lead soloist for President Clinton, The Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, and the Mets/Yankees Subway Series! TV/Film: “Rescue Me”. Writing: Jodie is the co-author of the book “Making it on Broadway: Actors Tales of Climbing to the Top”, with a forward by Jason Alexander. She personally interviewed such notables as Antonio Banderas, Brooke Shields, Chita Rivera, and Idina Menzel. Teaching: Jodie is a renowned teacher and coach and has taught hundreds of master classes around the country and at the top colleges and universities. She founded her own established educational program “Making it on Broadway”. Et cetera: Jodie is currently a professor at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. This summer Jodie will be directing “Les Misérables” at the Area Stage Company in Coral Gables, Fl. Online: www.makingitonbroadway.net, www.jodielangel.com.
MICHAEL BERRY* (Captain Walker). Michael was last seen on Broadway as an original cast member of the Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize winning Next To Normal. Broadway/National Tour: Broadway company of Les Miserables; National Tour of Sunset Boulevard w/ Petula Clark; The Who's Tommy; Mamma Mia. Off-Broadway: Mr. Berry appeared as Starbuck in Moby Dick - and was honored with a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play; See What I Wanna See at the Public Theater; The American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton. Regional: Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire; Billy inCarousel, Ross in Macbeth; Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Eddie in Fool For Love, Danny Zuko in Grease; and countless others. Feature Film: Beyond The Law; Limbo; Frontera. TV: Six Degrees; Renegade; Young Riders. Et cetera: Mr. Berry is an award winning director of stage and film and just completed post production on a feature film, he directed and co-wrote, titled Frontera, starring Ed Harris, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan and Aden Young. Grateful recipient of a scholarship to the United States International University, School Of Performing And Visual Arts, and in New York was fortunate to study acting with the brilliant Austin Pendleton and the legendary Uta Hagen.
ADRIENNE WARREN* (The Gypsy). Adrienne Warren received a Fans Award Nomination for the role of “Danielle” in Bring It On: The Musical; a role she originated both on tour and on Broadway. Theatre: “Lorrell” in Dreamgirls (US Tour/ NAACP Theatre Award nominee), and The Wiz (City Center Encores!). TV: Blue Bloods and the upcoming Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She was also the lead vocalist for Jim Steinman’s The Dream Engine produced by Steve Rinkoff. She performs frequently with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
TODD HANCOCK (Uncle Ernie). Todd Hancock is a relatively new face to Cleveland’s theater scene, but he has been making quite a name for himself just south of here in Youngstown. As Executive Director and co-founder of Easy Street Productions, Youngstown’s only professional stock theater company, Todd has spent the past 25 years producing, directing, and starring in musicals at the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Fundraising has always been near and dear to his heart. To date, his company has raised over $1.5 million for local charities and non-profit organizations. In May 2012 Todd proudly accepted the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from his alma mater for his charitable work in the community. Theatre:Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q (Cain Park); Billy Einhorn in The House of Blue Leaves (Beck Center); Jim in Pump Boys and Dinettes; Will in The Will Rogers Follies; Harold Hill in The Music Man; Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Rooster in Annie.
PATRICK MOONEY (Cousin Kevin). Patrick Mooney is a current sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College studying to achieve his BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre. Theatre: Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bo Decker in Bus Stop, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard (Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy). Training: Patrick Mooney is a current sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College studying to achieve his BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre. Et cetera: Much love and thanks to his supportive family and friends and most importantly his mother and Broadway Cares. It is a blessing to perform for a much needed cause! Philippians 4:13!
GILGAMESH TAGGETT (The Specialist). Gilgamesh Taggett is extremely honored to be a part of this wonderful benefit. Theatre: He has appeared regionally in varied fare that includes the Cesear's Forum production of Perhaps, Pericles by Shakespeare/Wilkins and adapted by Greg Cesear, the Beck Center productions of Jerry Springer: The Opera by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee,Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, the Cleveland Public Theatre productions ofDiscordia by James Levin and Linda Eisenstein, Uncle Tom's Cabin devised from the Harriett Beecher Stowe novel by Floraine Kay and Randolph Curtis Rand, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival productions of AS YOU LIKE IT and Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. He has also been associated with Akron Civic Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Cain Park, Irish Rodeo Clowns and the Spring Garden Waldorf School where he adapted Shakespeare for children.Online: Gilgamesh also produces and performs in a weekly life philosophy podcast called SEMANTICS ARE IMPORTANT available on iTunes or at www.semanticsareimportant.com.
JONAS COHEN* (The Lover). Jonas Cohen is extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to work with this extraordinary company for such an important cause. He has worked as an actor, pianist, director, teacher, and playwright. New York credits include: Master Class at Gallery Players, Medea at Expanded Arts, and the New York premieres of Love Jerry (NYMF award Best Ensemble Performance 2008, Talkin' Broadway Award - Best New Musical) and Maccabeat! for the New York Musical Theater Festival. Regional: Souvenir (Weston Playhouse and Theater Raleigh); The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Twelfth Night (Idaho Shakespeare and Great Lakes Theater Festivals); Glorious! (Fulton Theater and American Heartland Theater); Tuesdays with Morrie (Ivoryton Playhouse); Tin Pan Alley (Stamford Theaterworks); Old Wicked Songs (Fulton Theater and Barrington Stage); Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Playhouse); among others. TV: All My Children. Training: 2 years at the William Esper Studio, MFA in Acting from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upcoming: Pal Joey at Arkansas Rep.
GREG VIOLAND* (The Minister). Greg Violand is proud to be included in this benefit performance of The Who's Tommy. He recently appeared in South Pacific at Porthouse Theatre (Emile de Becque) and is currently onstage also at Porthouse in Fiddler on The Roof (Constable). Theatre: Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre, Cleveland Opera, Beck Center, Cain Park, Dobama, Ensemble Theatre, Actors Summit, among others and regionally at Metro Stage in Washington DC and the Virginia Musical Theatre. Training: Greg is an MFA candidate at Kent State University in the returning professional program and is proud and humbled that upon graduation, Spring 2014, it will be 40 years since his undergraduate degree was conferred.
KRISTIN NETZBAND* (The Specialist's Assistant). Kristin is thrilled to be a part of this unbelievable production. National Tour: Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone 2009/2010. NYC: Kingdom Come (Winner Best Play NYC DUTF 2013); Parker & Dizzy (Fringe Festival 2012); Girl Talk (Off Broadway); Girl's Night (Off Broadway NYC Closing Cast). Regional: All Night Strut, Sweeney Todd (Fulton Theater); The Full Monty (Arizona Broadway Theater); The Who's Tommy, Cabaret (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); Thoroughly Modern Millie; Disney's Beauty & the Beast; Ragtime; Reefer Madness, among others.Et cetera: Many thanks to Miles, Sean, the rest of the Tommy team, Taylor, friends and family.
PATTY LOHR* (Mrs. Simpson). Patty is always happy to return to Cleveland and this rare opportunity to support such a worthy cause is no different! You last saw her in Cain Park's hit production of Avenue Q as Kate Monster. National Tour: Beggar Woman inSweeney Todd. NYC: Ghost in Hurricane; Amelia u/s in Factory Girls. International: 2 stints as a female headliner for Holland America Cruise Lines. Regional: Brooklyn in BKLYN the Musical, Mrs. Cratchit u/s in A Christmas Carol (Playhouse Square); Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Nancy in Oliver!, Stephanie Necrophorus in Nine, Tribe/Sheila u/s in Hair, Woman 1&2 u/s in Songs for a New World (Cain Park); Adele in A Man of No Importance, Fosca's Mother/Fosca u/s in Passion (The Beck Center for the Arts); Daisy Hilton in Side Show, Madame Giry in The Phantom of The Opera, Company, Frances in The Breakup Notebook (Baldwin-Wallace).Training: Proud Grad of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory. Et cetera: Thanks to Sean and Miles for this wonderful opportunity, and love to my family, dear friends, MFF ninjas, and YOU for being a part in changing the world through BCEFA!
CASSANDRA ROBERTS (The Minister's Wife). Cassandra Roberts has toured internationally as a road manager with Blue Man Group, Mannheim Steamroller, Donny and Marie Osmond and Ronald McDonald. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory’s prestigious music theater program and a member of AFTRA, she was seen on the national tour of Broadway’s The Full Monty. Currently she is associate director of The Musical Theater Project, as well as the production manager and designer of the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy.
CAROLINE HATCH (Sally Simpson). Caroline is thrilled to be a part of The Who’s Tommy! As a Cleveland native, Caroline has performed at The Beck Center, Heights Youth Theatre, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Mercury Summer Stock and in The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Theatre: Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Catherine inPippin; Cinderella in Into the Woods; Yonah in Children of Eden. Training: Caroline will be a sophomore in the fall at Northwestern University, where she is currently double majoring in Economics and Theatre, with a Certificate in Musical Theatre. Et cetera: When she is not onstage, Caroline is probably serving an old man a Summer Shandy at Brennan’s Colony, helping a customer at J.Crew, or complaining about something. She wants to thank Miles for this opportunity, and the cast and crew for all of their hard work! Many more thanks to Kappa Kappa Gamma, Extreme Measures, Joan Ellison, Sean, and her friends and family for their endless love and support.
KYLE PRIMOUS* (The Hawker). Kyle Primous, (AEA, SAG-AFTRA), is thrilled, thankful and humbled to be working on this project. Et cetera: He dedicates his performance to his loving wife, Michelle, and his fabulous children, Kaden, Eliza, Jakob and Rylen.
DANI APPLE (Local Lass). Dani is ecstatic to work with such an incredible cast and crew! Theatre: Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie; Maria inWest Side Story; Cosette in Les Misérables (Solon High School); Natalie in All Shook Up (Solon Center for the Arts); Patrice in 13 (FPAC); Opal in Opal (Kalliope Stage); Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Claudia in Nine, Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Stagedoor Manor); Narrator in Joseph...Dreamcoat, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Beachwood Community Theatre); Sheila in Hair, Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Laurey in Oklahoma (Playmakers Youth Theatre); Ensemble in Evita (Playhouse Square). Film/TV: She has also been seen as Jessica in Peter Fields’ independent film, A Silent Truth. She has twice performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade finale and was also a member of Radio Disney’s Pop Squad. Training: She will be attending The Boston Conservatory next year where she will be a candidate for a BFA in musical theatre. Et cetera: She would like to thank her incredible parents for their eternal support and love! She would also like to thank her Aunt Staci and everyone else who has given her great direction throughout the years!
JORDAN BROWN (Local Lad). Jordan is delighted to be able to be a part of The Who’s Tommy for such a great cause! Theatre: Hunter in [title of show], Gayev in The Cherry Orchard, Tobias in Sweeney Todd, William Barfée in Spelling Bee (Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy); Archie in 13, The Wrestler in Eat: It’s Not About Food (both Ohio premieres at FPAC); Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pharaoh in Joseph...Dreamcoat (Heights Youth Theatre); Mr. Dussel inThe Diary of Anne Frank, Gooper Pollit in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Dog Theatre); Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Playmakers); Theodore in Spin: a Musical Myth (Cleveland Playhouse Workshop). Training: Jordan will be a sophomore in the fall in Boston University’s BFA Acting Program. Et cetera: He would like to thank Miles for this great opportunity and putting this all together, as well as the rest of the cast and crew for being so incredible and hard working! He would also like to thank Leslie Varnick, Paula Langton, Mark Cohen, Michael Hammond, Tom Fulton, and his friends and family for always being there and supporting him.
JOEY COGAN (Local Lad). After receiving training from Center Stage Dance Studio in all disciplines, Joey went on to become a dancer for the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet under the artistic direction of Inna Stabrova, as well as a full company member with Mitchel Federan’s Versatile Dance Company. Theatre: The Cat in the Hat in Seussical, Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Corny Collins in Hairspray. As a dancer, he has performed in numerous shows including The Nutcracker with the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet and Versatile Dance Company’s I, Alone as well as being honored with many national titles. Training: He is currently a faculty member and choreographer at Center Stage Dance Studio and pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in English and Education.
JOEL FURR (Local Lad). Theatre: Matt in Bare: A Pop Opera; Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Ensemble/C.C. White u/s in Dreamgirls under the direction of Vicki Bussert; Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Leading Player inPippin; Adam/Noah in Children of Eden; Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods; Tom Collins in RENT; and most recently Ensemble in West Side Story. Training: Attended Ithaca College for a BFA in Musical Theatre. Et cetera: Joel would like to thank Miles for allowing him this wonderful opportunity to participate in a fantastic cast of actors, singers, and dancers. He also sends love to his parents, family, friends and always his most loving girlfriend.
JESSIE GILL (Local Lass). Jessie is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production! Theatre: Sally Bowles in Cabaret, April in Company, Martha Watson in White Christmas, Ashgirl in The Ash Girl, Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Mary in Memory of Water, Kay Conway in Time and the Conways (French Woods); Maureen in RENT, Louise in Gypsy, Velma inChicago (BHS Drama Club); The Pillowman (Dobama/Cleveland Playhouse); Oliver! (Cain Park); Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Playmakers); Kendra in 13, Little Red in Into the Woods (FPAC).
Training: Jessie will be studying musical theatre at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the fall. Et cetera: Much love to everyone, break legs!
JOHN JEFFORDS* (Local Lad). John Jeffords is a new New Yorker originally from Texas. He is delighted to be revisiting Tommy, having previously performed it with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (u/s Tommy) and Arizona Repertory Theatre (u/s Cousin Kevin).Theatre: Enjolras in Les Misérables (Forestburgh Playhouse); u/s Prince in Cinderella (Kansas City Starlight) and many productions of The Producers (Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, Riverside Theatre, etc.) Et cetera: Cheers, y'all!
MAX JOSEPH (Local Lad). Theatre: Tobias in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Cain Park); Young Tommy in The Who's Tommy (Boston Conservatory Mainstage); The Baker in Into the Woods (Solon Summer Stock). Training: Max is an up-and-coming senior at the Boston Conservatory. Et cetera: Max Joseph is so excited to part of this experience and elated to work with Miles on “Tommy” after being in it with him many years ago at Stagecrafters. A proud Equity Membership Candidate. “For my dad, always”.
ANDREW KOTZEN (Local Lad). Andrew is thrilled to be apart of such an amazing production! Training: A Boston native, Andrew is a rising Junior Music Theatre Major at Baldwin Wallace University. Andrew studied at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick MA for four years, where he performed in many productions some of which included Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweet Charity and 42nd St where he portrayed the role of Billy Lawlor. Other credits include Princeton in Avenue Q, Henrik in A Little Night Music, Dennis in All Shook Up, Mickey in Blood Brothers, Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening and Fleet in Titanic the Musical. Training: A Boston native, Andrew is a rising Junior Music Theatre Major at Baldwin Wallace University. Et cetera: Andrew would like to thank Miles, Sean, Martín, Gabe, and the cast and crew for this wonderful opportunity. BIG thanks to my amazing family for the incredible support every step of the way.
TIA KARAPLIS (Local Lass). Tia is ecstatic to be a part of The Who's Tommy! Theatre: Yonah in Children of Eden, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Ayah in The Secret Garden (TrueNorth Cultural Arts); Susan in big: the musical, Cosette in Les Misérables: School Edition,Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory; Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Ida in Honk!, Grizabella in Cats (Beck Center for the Arts); Edwina in Dear Edwina (The Cleveland Playhouse); Liesl in The Sound of Music (Mighty Goliath Productions); Wife/Apache Dancer in Joseph...Dreamcoat (Heights Youth Theatre); Ensemble in Oliver! (Cain Park). Film: Little Girl in Cut to Pieces (Cleveland Public Theatre); That's Life (Robin Swoboda). Et cetera: Tia would like to thank Miles and Sean for this incredible opportunity. Break legs everybody!
TESS LARCHIAN (Local Lass). Tess has been dancing ever since she was 3 years old. She attended The Wilhelm Dance Company and was on the Magnificat High School Varsity Dance Team all four years of high school. She was elected as the technique officer on the team and assisted in cleaning choreography. Tess has also had the opportunity to choreograph her own work and perform at various competitions and at the annual Magnificat High School Dance Concert. In her four years at Magnificat, Tess also participated in the musicals as well as the musicals at St. Ignatius High school.Theatre: Amneris in Aida and Tiger Lily in Peter Pan. Training: Tess has studied voice under Lynnette Guttmann for 2 years and Robert Becker at Baldwin Wallace University for the past 1 year and is a proud Company One member of The Performing Arts Project. In the fall, Tess will be attending Coastal Carolina University for a BFA in Music Theater. Et cetera: Tess is thrilled to be a part of Tommy and is thankful for the amazing opportunity!
STEPHANIE MALONEY* (Local Lass). Stephanie was last seen in 42nd Street at the Pittsburgh CLO. NYC Concerts/Readings: Lincoln Center and The Public. Favorite Regional: Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes; Lucinda in Into the Woods; Les Misérables; Barry Manilow's Copacabana; Annie Get Your Gun and Mame. Training: University of Michigan Graduate. Et cetera: Much love to Sean and my family!
SIDNEY PERELMAN (Local Lass). Sidney Perelman is both honored and excited to have been given the great opportunity to be a part of this incredible show. Theatre: Helena in MIDSUMMER; Mrs. Potts in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Fastrada in Pippin; Stage Manager in Our Town; The Narrator in Joseph...Dreamcoat; The Nurse in Antigone; Mayzie in Seussical. She has performed with world-renowned artists such as Jefferson Starship and Pat Benetar. Training: She recently graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and will be attending the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University as a music therapy major in the fall. Et cetera: She feels extremely lucky to have had the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with all the amazingly talented individuals involved in this project. "Please enjoy the show!"
PAIGE ST. JOHN (Local Lass). Paige has been dancing since the age of three and currently dances for her studio team, varsity high school team, and any other opportunity that she can get. Paige has received various dance scholarships and performance opportunities through her time competing and attending workshops and conventions, including those to Adrenaline Dance, Dance Educators of America, Sheer Talent, and So You Think You Can Dance’s Excel in Motion. Paige is the choreographer of, as well as a member and performer in, Magnificat High School Show Choir. Theatre: She has also been in the Magnificat productions of Aida (November 2011) and Peter Pan (November 2012), as well as a featured dancer in the Canton Idol opening numbers in 2012 and 2013. Currently, Paige is the Senior Soloist AmeriDance National Champion. Training: Paige will be a junior this year at Magnificat High School in Rocky River. Et cetera: She continuously looks for more opportunities to improve upon her dancing and performing abilities and enjoys learning as much as she can about the art.
CORY ZUKOSI (Local Lad). Cory is elated to be joining this amazing cast for an even greater cause! The Who's Tommy was the first professional show he ever saw when he was 15 and thus started his love for the stage. Theatre: Tommy in The Who's Tommy; Skimbleshanks in Cats; Chino in West Side Story and the Tin Man in The Wiz. He has studied dance for many years and loves any opportunity to bust a move! Cory also is excited to be in his first independent film so keep your eyes peeled. Et cetera: Much love to his mom and family for their endless love and support and Miles and Sean for this awesome opportunity. "ACT UP, FIGHT AIDS!!!"
RYAN VINCENT (Ten Year-Old Tommy). Ryan is thrilled to be a part of this incredible production directed by amazing friend and mentor Miles Sternfeld! Ryan, who is actually age 12, was most recently seen as Edgar in Mercury Summer Stock's Ragtime this summer.Theatre: Albert Peterson in Playmakers’ Bye Bye Birdie; Capi in The Owl Girl at Cleveland Public Theater; Sacha in the Cleveland Play House/Cleveland Orchestra joint production of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; Prince Mamillius in Great Lake Theater’s The Winter’s Tale; A Spirit in The Magic Flute with Apollo’s Fire at Severance Hall and Jojo in Seussical at Fine Arts Association, all to rave reviews. Ryan also performed with Opera Cleveland and in regional roles with Dobama, Mercury, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Geauga Lyric Theater, HYT and Playmakers. Film: The award-winning Turning Point and A Silent Truth, directed by Peter A. Fields. Et cetera: Thanks to Miles, Sean, Dani and Caden for making life in theater and especially this production truly a family affair.
CADEN VINCENT (Four Year-Old Tommy). A 10-year-old aspiring fourth-grader, Caden is no stranger to the stage or film. Previous experience includes a lead role in the television pilot “The Zachary Kessler Mystery Adventures”; a featured role in the television series “Ask Gilby”; and Christopher Longview in a nationally award-winning film “Living the Life of Riley”. Theatre: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Music Man; and Cabaret. In one of his first roles, he was asked to play the role of human “Chip” at age 6. Caden has modeled for Step 2 and Little Tikes and appeared in the Thomas the Tank Engine Ballpit ads, among others Et cetera: When not on stage, Caden loves playing soccer, baseball, basketball and anything to do with sports, cars and legos. Caden is so excited to be a part of this amazing production and to share the stage with all of his favorite theater people and especially his big brother!