JOEY ABRAMOWICZ (Hanna): Joey comes to Gateway straight from Maine State Music Theatre where he was seen in South Pacific and as the carpet in Beauty and the Beast. Originally from New Orleans, he received his BFA from the University of Mississippi. Other credits include: Pre-Broadway – The Times They are a Changin’ the new Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan musical. Regional: Cats, (TUTS, Walnut St., Westchester Broadway), Carousel, (Fulton Opera House). Thanks to DJ and George!
COLIN BRADBURY (Nicole), a New Hampshire native, is delighted to return to the Gateway Playhouse after performing in last summer’s 42nd Street. He most recently completed the season at the Pittsburgh CLO performing in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Caleb), Beauty and the Beast, Grease, and 42nd Street. Other credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Orig. LA Company), 42nd Street (Japan and US National Tour), Encore! (Tokyo Disney Sea), and A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theater). Endless thanks to Mom and Dad for their love and support!
YAMIL DEJESUS (Odette) is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut with La Cage. National Tours: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Louie), and Cats (Tumblebrutus/us Mistoffelles). Film: Across the Universe. He is a graduate of AMDA in NY. Thanks to family and friends for endless love and support.
DAVID EDWARDS (Albin) comes to this production directly from starring in the acclaimed revival of Room Service, scheduled to re-open in New York in the fall. He recently appeared as both Max Bialystock and Roger DeBris in the National Tour of The Producers. Broadway: By Jeeves, The Rothschilds; Other notable New York theatre credits include The Fantasticks (as the final El Gallo in the original record-breaking run), The Disputation (as the tormented young priest Pablo Christiani), Zion (as the bigoted southern zealot Posey Maddox), Musicals Tonight’s revival of The Roar of the Greasepaint… (starring as Cocky), Dr. Sex, Jolson & Co, Company, That’s Life, What’s A Nice Country Like You…?, Bittersuite, The Witch of Wall Street; Favorite regional credits include Man of La Mancha (Quixote), Bells Are Ringing (Jeff Moss), A Little Night Music (Fredrick), Little Me (NJ Critics Award Best Actor), La Cage Aux Folles (Albin), Camelot (King Arthur), The Pajama Game (Sid), The Butter and Egg Man, Irma Vep etc. such theatres as the Old Globe, Eugene O’Neill Center, GeVa, Syracuse Stage, American Stage Co, Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Ordway, etc.; Film: Belly; The Fantasticks: Try to Remember, etc. Television: Eternal Light, etc. Recordings: Bittersuite cast album, Kings, It Helps to Sing About It. Voice of Ellery Queen for Chivers Audio Books, guest artist with Virginia, NYC, & Skylight Opera Companies and Symphony Orchestras across the US.
MARK FISHER (Jean-Michel): Gateway debut! Originally from Long Beach Island, NJ, Mark is happy to be on another island that’s long. Favorite credits include: Cats (Munkustrap) at Theater Under the Stars and Maine State Music Theatre; The Cocoanuts (Bob Adams) at Seaside Music Theatre; Songs for a New World (Man 2) at Syracuse Stage After Hours. BFA in Musical Theatre, Syracuse University. Thanks to family, friends and my peeps at BLOC and lots of love to Loftiss.
DEB G. GIRDLER (Jacqueline): La Cage Aux Folles marks Deb’s first appearance at the Gateway Playhouse. She received praise in the N.Y. Times for her portrayal of Aimee Semple McPherson in Sister Aimee at the Gene Frankel Theatre Off-Broadway, appeared for 10 seasons at the Hampton Playhouse in N.H., The Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park, the Birmingham Theatre in Mich., The Cohoes Music Hall, Long Island Stage, George Street Playhouse in N.J., The Charles Playhouse in Boston, Ford’s Theatre and represented the U.S. at the World Theatre Festival in Monaco, hosted by Princess Grace. Deb appears frequently in new works at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. This fall she returns to the only theatre in MD to reprise her role as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’d like to thank you all for coming out and supporting LIVE THEATRE!
ADAM WEST HEMMING (M. Renaud/u/s Georges, Dindon): La Cage Aux Folles marks Adam’s debut with Gateway Playhouse. Some favorite roles include Wallace Hartley in Titanic; Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress; Marvin in Falsettos; Buddy Plummer in Follies and Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors. He musically directed numerous shows including Into the Woods; And the World Goes Round and Falsettos. He is co-founder of No Square Theatre in Laguna Beach, California, and his professional claim-to-fame is doing the “By Mennen” jingle in Los Angeles.
DAREN KELLY (Edouard Dindon) has been featured on Broadway in four of its biggest hits: Deathtrap, Woman of the Year, Crazy for You, and South Pacific (NYCLO). A native of Califor- nia, he made his professional debut at the Tony-winning South Coast Repertory Theater under the Direction of Daniel Sullivan. He has toured America with Richard Kiley in Ah Wilderness, Children with Sada Thompson, as Julian Marsh in the National Company of 42nd Street, as Rev. Moore in Footloose, and as Lank Hawkins in Crazy for You. Favorite roles include the Chorus to Al Pacino’s Oedipus, Lovborg to Harriet Harris’ Hedda Gabler, Manders in Lanford Wilson’s translation of Ghosts, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, and the title role in Chekhov’s Ivanov. Television appearances include Law and Order, M*A*S*H, Kate and Allie, Tales from the Dark Side, All My Children, As the World Turns, and Love Hurts with Jeff Daniels.
DENNIS KENNEY (Phaedra) is thrilled to be returning to the Gateway stage! He just finished performing in the Kennedy Center’s Production of Mame, starring Christine Baranski and Harriet Harris. Other credits include the role of Eddie in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, the First National Tour of the Broadway Revival of 42nd Street (Andy Lee u/s), Charlie in Baltimore Center Stage’s production of The Pajama Game, as well as Bernardo in West Side Story and Paul in Kiss Me Kate… right here at Gateway Playhouse! He holds a B.F.A. in acting/musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. He would like to dedicate this show to Roxy, the true diva in his life!
MATTHEW MARKS (Dermah) is thrilled to be joining Gateway’s production of La Cage. Matthew has just returned from the National Tour of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie… in which he played the title role of the mouse. His other recent credits include Tulsa in Gypsy starring Joyce Dewitt, a wrangler in Will Rogers Follies and Gregor in Mame starring Linda Dano. Matthew would like to thank Jack Waddell, Michael Lavine, and his loving family especially Robert for all their support. Matthew is a proud equity member.
LAUREN PASTOREK (Angelique/u/s Anne): This tall Texan is giddy to be making her Gateway debut after two and a half years of traveling the country on the national tours of The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake u/s) and Oklahoma! (Gertie u/s, Minnie), and a glorious stint around the Hawaiian Islands singing, dancing and scaling circus apparatuses. Regional: Camelot (Guenevere), Brigadoon (Meg), …Forum (Gymnasia). Recordings: Yeomen of the Guard (Phoebe), Autumn Maneuvers (Treszka), Das Dreimäderlhaus (Hederl), Utopia: Limited (Phylla). BM, Eastman School of Music, valedictorian. MM, Cincinnati College-Conservatory. Love to my family, friends and chiropractor!
JAMES DUANE POLK (Jacob): James recently guest starred on Law & Order: SVU. Soap opera fans might recognize James from his many appearances on As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light. James has traveled the world acting in Nigeria, Africa to Russia. Favorite roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and starring in the award-winning short film Rage. James is pleased to be making his Long Island debut at the Gateway Playhouse. He dedicates his performance to the loving memory of his mother, Norvella.
SHUA POTTER (Mercedes/u/s Jean-Michel): Shua is thrilled to be making his Gateway debut in La Cage aux Folles. Shua is a B.F.A. graduate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and was most recently seen playing Peter Pan aboard Disney Cruise Line. Favorite roles include Truffaldino in The Servant of Two Masters and Lenny Bruce in the Original Pittsburgh Production of Red. Much gratitude and love to God, my wonderful family, and beautiful friends!
ANTUAN RAIMONE (Lo Singh) was happy to make his first appearance here at the Gateway Playhouse in Sweet Charity earlier this season. Antuan recently completed Kiss Me Kate (Paul/DC), Lyceum Arrow Rock Theatre and has been blessed to travel around the world once with both Stiletto Entertainment & PGT, Inc. B.F.A., Missouri State University. Favorite credits include: Smokey Joe’s Café (Ken Ard), American Heartland Theatre; Sweet Charity (Brother Ray), STAGES, St. Louis; School House Rocks Live (Willis), Coterie Theatre. Antuan would like to thank his family for their love & support & God for this wonderful gift; may I use it in the way you have meant it.
BENJIE RANDALL (Chantal): Benjie returns to the Gateway Playhouse after playing Mungojerrie in Cats. Benjie most recently appeared in Hello, Dolly! and Carnival, both at the Papermill Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Dr. Sex The Musical and Boobs, the Music of Ruth Wallace. Other New York credits include Gene Kelly in Judy Garland and Uninvited Company and Roger in Grease at the Papermill Playhouse. Benjie has a BFA from the Boston Conservatory. Love to B-4. www.BenjieRandall.com
MELISSA SYBIL (Clo-Clo): Melissa is proud to be a part of the Gateway family. Last seen in this summer’s Sweet Charity and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Melissa is an alumni of Gateway’s Children’s Theater. Happy to be back home in Bellport, she just finished the National Tour of The Will Rogers Follies. Melissa has performed with the Rockettes in NYC, Detroit, St. Louis and Columbus. Regional Theater credits include Crazy For You (Patsy), Carousel, and The Music Man. Melissa has her BA in writing from CUNY Hunter College. A million thanks to Mom, love to my family and MG.
HANNA-LIINA VOSA (Anne) is very excited to be a part of the Gateway family. Recent credits include Sandy in the International and National Tour of Grease, Penny in the first European production of Hairspray (in Finland). Other favorite roles include Cosette in Les Miserables, Maria in West Side Story, Polly in Crazy for You, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Sally in Cabaret. She has hosted many children’s TV shows and concerts in her native Estonia and is also an active concert performer. She’s had the opportunity to perform with various West End soloists, and has also sung at the home of the world-famous librettist Tim Rice and at the Earth and Millennium Day celebrations at the United Nations in NYC. She is a spokesperson for Estonian Mitsubishi. Alumna of AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy). I dedicate this role to my Jesseputukas! www.Hannaliina.com
RICHARD WHITE (Georges): Best known as the voice of “Gaston” in Disney’s animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast. Created the role of the Phantom in Yeston/Kopit Phantom (RCA). Other credits include: PBS Great Performances; Robert Mission in New Moon; Gaylord Ravinal in Show Boat. Broadway debut: Joey in The Most Happy Fella. Off-Broadway: Elizabeth and Essex - Essex (w/Estelle Parsons). New York revivals: Brigadoon - Tommy, South Pacific - Lieutenant Cable. Regionally: Arthur in Camelot, Emille De Becque in South Pacific, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. National Tour: Urinetown - Officer Lockstock.
STEPHANIE WILBERDING (Mme. Renaud) is making her Gateway debut with this production of La Cage aux Folles. Most recently, Steph performed in The Music Man at the Fulton Opera House. Other credits: George M!, Funny Girl, Show Boat, and Mame (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). NYC credits include: A Day in the Life of Ordinary People and A Stoop on Orchard Street. Many thanks and much love to family. For Celine.
APRIL WOODALL (Mme. Dindon) has performed at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Philadelphia Young Playwright’s Festival. For the 2005 Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival she played Esther Robertson in the east-coast debut of Kilt. April trained at The Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Todd Duncan (the first Porgy of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess). In addition to musicals and operas, she has enjoyed playing non-singing roles such as Snakehandler in Talking with…, God in Everyman, Mrs. Whitefield in She Stoops to Conquer, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. April is tickled pink to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut and this wonderful cast. Love always to E & C.
BRAD YORK (Francis), a native of Portland, OR, is thrilled to be back at Gateway after appearing in Oliver and Sweet Charity earlier this season. NYC and regional credits include: Iron Curtain (World Premier - The Prospect Theatre Co.); The Grinch/Seussical the Musical (Fulton Opera House); Reg/Full Monty (The Gateway Playhouse); Evelyn Oakleigh/Anything Goes (Arizona Broadway Theatre) and Sparky in Forever Plaid. National Tour credits: 1st Officer Murdoch/Titanic ‘03. Brad is a graduate of Linfield College (BA/Music) and Arizona State University (MM). Thanks and love to my family back in Oregon. Robby .... 45888 .... always!
PAUL ALLAN (Producer) has been involved in theatre since before he can remember. In the early days of Gateway, he spent his summers following around his grandfather who had his hands full trying to make ends meet - running a theatre in the 60’s. Paul grew up here, looking forward to each summer and being able to do more each year. By the time he was a teenager he was beginning to take charge of maintaining this 7 acre complex as well as becoming an integral part of the back stage crew. In the 80’s as a young Gateway producer, Paul spent part of the winter months working in NY on many off-Broadway shows - serving as technical supervisor, production manager, and/or show carpenter. At the same time he co-founded a touring company whose shows traveled throughout the US and other countries worldwide. The set rental company was also founded at this time and Gateway scenery is constantly being trucked to various theatres across the country. The main focus, though, is still the productions he produces here for our patrons. This season began with his 158th production, as well as a new generation of producer added to the Gateway Family— Paul’s first son, Luke.
DJ SALISBURY (Director/Choreographer): A good ol’ Kentucky boy, DJ has directed shows from coast to coast. Favorites include Man of La Mancha, several productions of The Will Rogers Follies (including the Dallas Summer Musicals tour starring Larry Gatlin), Swinging On A Star, Into The Woods, They’re Playing Our Song, Baby, Grease!, The Wizard Of Oz and many other shows for various theatres nationwide including Papermill Playhouse (NJ), Riverside Theatre (FL), Sacramento Music Circus (CA), Artscenter of Coastal Carolina (SC) and Gateway Playhouse. (His new conception of Cats had audiences purring in Patchogue in 2004 and his productions of Evita and 42nd Street blazed into Bellport in 2005). Among his favorite experiences creating dance are; Nine, Irene, Annie, the premiere of Great Expectations (adapted by novelist John Jakes,) The Secret Garden, Gypsy Paint Your Wagon and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. DJ has had the privilege of working on several original productions and workshops in and around New York; The Will Rogers Follies, Titanic, Time and Again, Femme Fatale, Harold and Maude (starring Estelle Parsons) and The Long Road Home. Also a bookwriter/lyricist, DJ’s musical adaptation of Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King, written with Neil Berg (composer of off-Broadway’s The Prince and the Pauper) was showcased as part of the first New York Musical Theatre Festival. This production of La Cage is a thank you to the folks of the very much missed Hampton Playhouse where DJ enjoyed playing Cagelle Chantal nearly 2 decades ago.
GEORGE NIEVES (Associate Choreographer) is very excited to be here at La Cage. Many thanks to Gateway and a very special thanks to DJ Salisbury for bringing me on board. This collaborative experience in creation has been both a fabulous journey and a career highlight. Ah. 5! 6! 7! 8! Sparkledust, Buglebeads…
ROBIN JOY ALLAN (Casting and Artistic Director) has been the Casting Director at Gateway for the last twelve years. Four years ago, she became the Artistic Director at Gateway which includes not only several Manhattan excursions to cast all productions, but involves planning advertising strategies for all productions, hiring creative staff, designing season ads, posters and booklets, overseeing artistic aspects of each production, costumes, sets and wigs, overseeing Children’s Theatre, beautifying the Gateway property from choosing paint colors for actor housing, to adding new perennial floral additions to the Gateway land- scape. Prior to moving back home into the wonderland setting of her childhood, she did thrive in Corporate America, spending five years in Los Angeles, casting several TV pilots, MOW’s and feature films. You’ll find her name on the feature films; Parenthood, When Harry Met Sally, Lord of the Flies, Side Out and Ghost. Along with her Artistic and Casting Director duties, she is the force behind Gateway’s Acting School Division, where she teaches the advanced classes. This is her most impassioned work. Her daughter Hayley, inspires her every day. She hopes her effort is good enough to honor her family, and their amazing effort all these years to bring theatre with integrity to Long Island.
DOUG HARRY (Lighting Designer) is happy to be designing another Gateway production. His past credits here include last year’s Aida, Carousel, Cats, Fosse, Miss Saigon, Scarlet Pimpernel, Ragtime, Titanic, and Dracula the Rock Opera. Doug holds a degree in Theatre Production and Stage Management from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. He is currently the Production Manager for New Haven’s International Festival. And his company ‘DarkSide Design’ does corporate work for General Motors, Six Flags Theme Parks, New Haven Symphony, Calvin Klein and numerous other clients. Doug lives in Connecticut and is married with two children, two dogs, various cats and a toad. He very much enjoys his short vacations in Bellport!!
KELLY TIGHE (Scenic Designer) Off Broadway: Almost Heaven. Regional: Aida, Cats, The Full Monty, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Gateway Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy, My Fair Lady (Contra Costa Musical Theatre); Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph/Dreamcoat (Ohio’s Carousel Dinner Theater); West Side Story, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Diablo Light Opera Co.); Around The World In 80 Days, The Pavilion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Center Repertory Co.); The Laramie Project, A Midsummer Nights Dream (PPAS/ NYC). Mr. Tighe served as the resident scenic designer for Western Michigan’s Cherry County Playhouse (The Music Man starring William Katt and Josie DeGuzman, and the world premiere of Will’s Women starring Amanda McBroom), as well as Center Rep in the San Francisco Bay Area. Television: Sunday Night Woah! (starring Mo Rocca) for Animal Planet as well as several spots for Verizon, Kit Kat, Disney, and the Oxygen network. Awards and recognitions: Northern California’s “Shellie”, Drama-Logue, and the S.F. Bay Area’s Outer Critic’s Circle. Kelly resides in New York City.
JOVON E. SHUCK (Production Stage Manager): A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Jovon would like to thank the other hardworking theatre professionals who apply their talents behind the scenes (and whose biographies you never get to read). Special thanks to Shannon O’Connor. Jovon’s other credits include: Broadway: Noises Off & The Graduate; New York: The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Actors Studio Drama School and five Christmases with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Regional & Touring: Stamford Center for the Arts Rich Forum, Cherry County Playhouse, Main Street Theatre, Lycian Center and ArtsPower National Touring Theatre.