CARA NOEL ANTOSCA (Ensemble u/s Linda): Gateway Debut! Tours: Cats, Puttin' On The Hitz-A Berlin Revue. Favorite Professional Theatre: Hair-Sheila Franklin, The Pajama Game-Gladys, Anything Goes-Reno Sweeney, Jane Eyre-Jane Eyre. Love and thanks to my family and friends for their constant support. Special love to my WeddingJohn for helping me plant my feet. All you need is love!
MICHAEL BAKER (Ensemble) is pleased to be returning to the Gateway Stage after performing in Cold As Ice last season. Michael has performed in several shows at Gateway on and off for the past seven years making New York his home after college. Favorite shows at Gateway include: Miss Saigon (Capt. Shultz); Jekyll and Hyde (Newsboy); and Scarlet Pimpernel (Tussaud). When not on the Gateway Stage or teaching at the Gateway Acting School, Michael has been seen touring in shows throughout the country and in New York. He does miss his mother back at home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and sends his love and thanks to her and his brothers, with special thanks to his Gateway family. He holds a B.F.A. in Acting from CW Post/LIU, and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
JEFF BLIM (Ensemble u/s Sammy): Gateway debut! Most recently, Jeff played Chuck Cranston in Footloose at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and is slated to reprise the role for the 10th Anniversary National Tour in 2009. Other regional: Dean Hyde in All Shook Up at The Palace Theatre; South Pacific at Heritage Repertory Theatre. BFA University of Michigan. Jeff is also an accomplished jazz trumpet player, having played with the likes of Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, and Chris Potter. Thanks to Bill and Wanda.
JAQUELINE COLMER (Linda) is totally excited to be a part of this rad show! Recently she was seen as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at Casa Manana. Other favorite roles include Anita in West Side Story (Barrington Stage and Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Rizzo in Grease (National Tour with Frankie Avalon, Westchester Broadway Theater), Urleen in Footloose (Merry Go Round Playhouse), Felicite in Finding Frida Kahlo (The York Theatre), The Baker’s Wife, Cinderella, and It’s a Wonderful Life (The Paper Mill Playhouse). She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thanks to her Long Island family who supported her big dreams and big hair.
JOE CONTI (Ensemble u/s Glen) is thrilled to be part of The Wedding Singer at Gateway Playhouse. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Mille (Jimmy Smith), Footloose (Ren McCormack), The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski), Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw), Parade, South Pacific, La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story, and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Television appearances include "Law and Order" and "As The World Turns". MUCH LOVE and thanks to my incredible family and friends. Proud AEA member!
Antoinette Dipietropolo (Holly) is thrilled to be making her Gateway debut! Annie 30th National Tour (Swing /Dance Capt.); Ragtime, Sacramento & Northshore (Ensemble/Dance Capt.); Baby (Lizzie); Bernadette Peters Concert, Radio City Music Hall; Shirley Jones Concert (Soloist); Music Man (Zaneeta); Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret); Sphinx Winx (Lunia); 10 Nights in a Barroom (Nellie). "Strangers with Candy" on Comedy Central (Jeanie/Cheerleader). Her next project will be a “Who” in the first national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Thanks to my family and friends!
KIM DUFRENOY (Ensemble) has been performing professionally since the age of sixteen when she was selected to dance with Peter Gennaro in Las Vegas. She was named in "Who's Who" in American High School Students for theatrical achievement. Other credits include TV/Commercials. ABC Afterschool special with Kera Sedgwick and Pearl Bailey. Regional Tour's : Bally's and Showboat Casino Atlantic City. Backup singer: Peter Lemongello's return tour; Atlantic City. Kim has performed in over 100 leading roles in local regional theater and is happy to be invited into this Gateway production . On the business end, Kim was owner/producer of the "Airport Playhouse" and has held positions of director, choreographer and has written scripts for N.Y.S; BOCES children's theater. Off the stage Kim runs her own dessert catering business. She is full time mom to Daniel and Noelle and often shares the stage with her talented actor husband Chris.
LINDSAY GEE (Ensemble) is grateful to God to be working at the Gateway with crimped hair! She hails from Houston but now lives in Queens! Favorite credits: Miss Saigon (VMT), Ragtime (MTW), A Chorus Line (Hawaii Tour, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Joe Hardy's 84th Birthday Party), The Public Sings! (NY City Center), Billion Dollar Baby (choreographed by David Marquez). University of Oklahoma graduate. Big Thanks to Becca!
BRIAN GOLUB (George) is thrilled for his Gateway debut!! Broadway Benefits: Hair (Grammy Nom.), Chess, Charles Busch on B’way, Pippin, Secret Garden, Rags. Off-Broadway/NY: Naked Boys Singing, Rock Of Ages, Fleet Week, Caligula, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Pre-B’way), Floyd Collins. Regional: All Shook Up (Dennis), Les Miserables (Combeferre), Altar Boyz (Abe - Zoni Nom.-Best Actor), Nerds (Herbert), Floyd Collins (Jewel), Grease (Doody), Man of La Mancha (Barber), South Pacific (Professor), Forever Plaid (Jinx), Carbonell Noms-Supporting Actor for Full Monty (Malcolm) and Fiddler... (Motel) Film: Male Secretary,When In Rome (2009) w/ Kristen Bell. Thanks to Keith and also Robin Joy Allen for keeping a file! Love to family and friends. “Thank You” to 7 and 34! www.briangolub.com
TINA JOHNSON (Rosie) is thrilled to be returning to Gateway having previously appeared in Urban Cowboy as Aunt Corene, Cold As Ice as Gwen, and as Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has appeared on Broadway in State Fair, Damn Yankees, She Loves Me, South Pacific, Festival, and as Angel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas! Off Broadway credits include: Christina Alberta’s Father at The Vineyard, Blue Plate Special at MTC, Just So, Personals, Angry Housewives, The Audience and most recently Anne of Green Gables. National Tours: Maggie in 42nd Street, Lulu in Footloose, and Mrs. Claus in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. T.V.: “Law and Order: SVU”, “Murphy Brown”, “Empty Nest”, “Newhart”, and Lurlene in NBC’s “Soap Texas”. Film: Saving Face, Fireflies, Tabitha's Aquarium. Love to Mark and Alice.
GREG LoBUONO (Robbie Hart) Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, happily returns to Gateway via Las Vegas! Time to list the shows! Broadway: Grease U/S Danny, National Tours: Grease: Roger, StarLight Express: Dustin, Grease South American tour: Danny. You may remember Greg from these past Gateway Shows, Grease: Roger, Pippin: Lewis, Smokey Joe's Cafe: White Guy, Best Little Whore House in Texas: Band Leader, Hot and Cole: Greg and Westside Story: Action. Greg recently got married to a beautiful Aussie girl named Charlotte (Charlie) in Bermuda. He would like to thank Charlotte for all her love and support and to his family...keep on fighting Dad....Kick Ass!!!
ASHLEY McKAY (Ensemble u/s Julia) is thrilled to be making her Gateway debut! Originally from Missouri, she is proud to be a new New Yorker. Favorite credits include: Disney Cruise Line (Main Stage performer/Swing/Dance Captain), High School Musical (Sharpay Evans), Nunsense (Sr. Mary Leo), Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane), and The Shape of Things (Jenny). She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre (Dance minor) from Missouri Valley College. She would like to thank all at Gateway Playhouse, the theatre patrons, and especially her loved ones for their support. Rock on, and enjoy the show!
MICHAEL MINARIK (Glen Gulia): Broadway: Les Miserables (Grantaire) 1st National Broadway Tours: Urinetown (Bobby Strong s/b), Little Women (John Brooke). Regional: Urinetown (Bobby Strong) A.C.T San Francisco, The Happy Time (Jacques) Signature Theater, The Rink (Dino) The Cape Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) Marriott Lincolnshire, Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Jekyll) West Va. Public Theater, Dangerous Beauty (Ludovico Ramberti) New York Stage and Film. The Scarlet Pimpernel (Ben) Gateway Playhouse. Producer: The Scene (starring Patricia Heaton, Tony Shalhoub) Second Stage. Asst dir: Urinetown (Gateway Playhouse). www.michaelminarik.com
NOEL MOLINELLI (Julia Sullivan) thinks it’s totally RAD to be at the Gateway again! She played Sissy in Urban Cowboy last season. Off Broadway: Pig…Pancake (Female 3), The Four (Robyn), Good News (Connie). Regional: WV Public Urban Cowboy (Sissy), MGR All Shook Up (Natalie/Ed), MSMT's Oklahoma! (Gertie Cummings), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Prathers’ Footloose (Ariel), Carousel DT's Joseph. CLOC 2000. TV/Film: ShopRite commercial, School of Rock. JMU Grad. Thanks Up Above, Fam & BFF’s, Gateway and the Krasny team. "D&P, you make me the luckiest! I love you eternally." www.noelmolinelli.com
VINCENT ORTEGA (Ensemble u/s George) is a Proud Member of actors equity. Broadway/Tours: Mamma Mia (Pepper/Eddie US), A Chorus Line (Mark). Regional: Big River (Huck), Babes in Arms (Peter) Reprise!, Gidget (World premiere directed by Francis Ford Coppola). Film/TV: Confessions of a Shopoholic (2009)(featured), MTV, “Regis and Kelly”, “SNL”, “Law and Order”. Danced with tons of names like Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Debbie Reynolds, and even Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Much love to this Talented cast and crew and all his love to his family and friends.
NATALIE RENEE (Ensemble) is pleased to be making her debut at Gateway Playhouse. Here in the states, she has been seen as Aida in Aida, Sarah in Ragtime, and Jasmine in Beehive. She has also played major roles in Little Shop of Horrors, Hair, and Big River. Natalie has most recently been seen in the Hairspray National Tour as one of the Dynamites and in the Rent National Tour as the Seasons of Love Soloist. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! www.natalierperkins.com
JOHN ROCHETTE (Sammy) Born and raised Jersey boy, John has played in so many bands that of course a wedding band is the next logical step. Favorite credits include: Kippy in Take Me Out, Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Jesus in The Passion Play, Frank n' Furter in Rocky Horror, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Jerry in Buddy, and center Blue Man in NY's Blue Man Group. You may recognize him as Harris from “Guiding Light”, or other sleezy characters on “One Life to Live”, “All My Children”, and “Rescue Me”. Proud Rutgers graduate and AFTRA/AEA member. Love to his family, friends, flex, amigo, agent, guitar, drums, TV, and Starbucks. Don't dream it, be it… JohnRochette.com
J MATTHEW SALMELA (Ensemble u/s Robbie) is very excited to be performing with the Gateway Playhouse. He was most recently seen as the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast with Red Mountain Theater Co. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance and currently resides in NYC. Some of Matt's favorite roles include: Huck Finn (Big River), Anthony (Sweeney Todd), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), and the title roll in Pippin. Matt would like to thank his family, friends, and Paula for their selfless love and support.
LEO SHERIDAN (Ensemble) hails from Washington D.C. and is stoked to be making his Gateway debut! An alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and The Catholic University of America, B.M., he performed with the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dan) in which he was cast in before his college graduation. He has appeared in HBO's "The Wire" and Touchstone Pictures Step Up. Favorite Theatre credits: High School Musical (Chad Danforth), Fame (Tyrone), West Side Story (Indio), Ragtime (Booker T.), How to Succeed… (Ovington). LOVE to Family, Adran, Friends, for their support!
LAURA SMITH (Ensemble u/s Holly) is thrilled to be making her Gateway Playhouse debut! After leaving Watertown, New York, she moved to NYC and attended Marymount Manhattan College where she received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Most recently she was seen at Jenny Wiley Theatre in A Chorus Line (Val) and Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen). Other productions include Voices In My Head at the Atlantic City Hilton, The Wizard of Oz at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, and West Side Story for the Boheme Opera Company NJ. She thanks Tony and her amazing friends and family for their constant love and support.
KEITH ANDREWS (Director/Choreographer) is like, totally excited to be back at Gateway rediscovering his 80's roots with The Wedding Singer. He previously directed last year's productions of Cold As Ice and My Way, the Sinatra Tribute as well as Urinetown in 2006 and 2005’s The Full Monty. He started at Gateway as a performer in The Music Man and Big: The Musical as well as being the assistant choreographer on Big. Previously Keith has directed the National Tours of The Full Monty and Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah as well as The Full Monty at Ogunquit Playhouse starring Sally Struthers and Hunter Foster. . Recent credits include: Barnum, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Pirates of Penzance, Dirty Blonde, Side Show, Sweet Charity, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Forever Plaid, and many more. Keith choreographed the off-Broadway revival of Hello Muddah..., as well as productions of Joseph..., Little Me, and Promises, Promises, to name a few. As a performer, Keith has toured around the world with shows such as: West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mame, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In educational theater, he directs and choreographs student showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and has directed in the musical theater program at the USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts here on Long Island. Thanks so much again to Robin and Paul and the whole Gateway family for everything! KeithAndrewsonline.com
ANDREW AUSTIN (Music Director) Andrew is elated to be returning to Gateway after music directing Urban Cowboy last season. Currently, Andrew works as music director and vocal coach for the music theatre department of the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. In the Norfolk area, he has music directed numerous productions for the Governor’s School, as well as Virginia Music Theatre and Hampton University. Other regional credits include West Virginia Public Theatre, Birmingham, AL’s Summerfest and La Comedia Dinner Theatre; summer stock credits: New London Barn Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Before moving to VA, Andrew lived in NYC where he music directed for various theatres and schools including Luna Stage, Golden Fleece Opera, Fordham University, and the Professional Performing Arts School. While living there, he also taught for the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan and the John Harms Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. In addition to music directing, Andrew is an accomplished composer, singer, and arranger. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he studied both music composition and vocal performance.
DOUG HARRY (Lighting Designer) is happy to be designing another Gateway production. His past credits here include Carousel, Cats and Fosse, and also 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 Head of Lighting for Mohegan Sun Casino. 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!!
DOM RUGGIERO (Production Stage Manager) Dom Ruggiero, a member of Actors Equity, has been stage managing for the past 27 years. Broadway PSM credits include The Gathering starring Hal Linden, Borscht Belt on Broadway starring Bruce Adler and Mal Z. Lawrence, and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head – the Music of Sammy Cahn directed by Chet Walker. 1st National Tours include: The Cole Porter Songbook starring Melba Moore, The Irving Berlin Songbook starring Carole Lawrence, Greetings! Shalom Aleichem Lives starring Judy Kaye, Bruce Adler and Theo Bikel. Dom has stage managed across the US, Europe, South America and Australia with Aint’ Misbehavin, Phantom, Anything Goes, and Song & Dance among many others. He is no stranger to the Gateway Playhouse, having begun his involvement 20 years ago with his production of Little Shop of Horrors, which he also directed. Dom has directed numerous shows for Gateway, most notably the 3 productions of Phantom, Tommy, Cabaret, and Once on This Island. Dom also directed Gateway Playhouse’s production of Beauty and the Beast this season.
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.
ROBIN JOY ALLAN (Casting and Artistic Director) has been the Casting Director at Gateway for the last thirteen years. Five years ago, she became the Artistic Director at Gateway. 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.