Who’s Who in the Company for The Wizard of Oz

Meet the talented company of artists bringing FPAC’s The Wizard of Oz to life!


The Wizard of Oz July 19-21 and 25-28

The Wizard of Oz – in Bridgewater this July!

ZOË STEWART (Dorothy Gale) is grateful to finally perform in the iconic musical The Wizard of Oz.  Her regional credits include A Christmas Carol (The Hanover Theatre), Billy Elliot the Musical (North Shore Music Theatre, IRNE Award), Akeelah and the Bee, A Year with Frog & Toad, and Billy Elliot the Musical (Wheelock Family Theatre).  She recently performed with The Michael Feinstein Trio at The Ridgefield Playhouse and will perform with Michael at multiple venues over the next year.  She is a BFA Musical Theatre student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and is also an avid musician and photographer.  Zoë would like to thank everyone at FPAC, and all of her family and friends for their endless love, guidance, and support along this journey. www.zoe-stewart.com

HALEY MCKENNEY (Aunt Em/Glinda) is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Wizard of Oz this summer in her first show with FPAC. Haley earned her BA in theater at Plymouth State University in 2015 since then Haley has been acting, directing and teaching. Most currently she has been traveling around New England with American Immersion Theater doing interactive Murder Mystery shows. Haley also teachers and directs pre-school to 3rd grade students through Theater Plus in Marshfield.

JEREMIAH O’SULLIVAN (Uncle Henry/Guard) is thrilled to be making his Bridgewater State University FPAC debut in The Wizard of Oz. Jeremiah holds a BA in theatre from Dean College and has been performing in the Boston area for the past four years. Favorite roles include Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone (PBT), Franz Liebkind in The Producers (PBT) Nathaniel Hawking in the Mrs Hawking series of plays (mrshawking.com), Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q (The Umbrella), and Buffalo Bill in Silence the Musical (Arts After Dark) to name a few. Jeremiah would like to thank his family and James for the love and his partners at Abbynormal Productions for the endless inspiration.

JIM QUINN (Cowardly Lion) has a BFA in Theater Studies – Directing from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. Additionally, he studied directing under Simon Curtis and Julia Bardsley through internships at the Royal National Theater and The Royal Court Theaters in London. Jim began his directing career in Boston where he directed at the Publick Theater, the Open Door Theater, and the Back Alley Theater in addition to many Community Theaters in Eastern Mass. His production of Beckett’s Happy Days with actress Paula Plum won a Boston Phoenix Performance of the Year award. He also recently directed Beauty and the Beast for BSU’s FPAC, which won the Most Hart award in 2016 for outstanding production in New England. As a Professor of Theater Arts for over 20 years he has directed plays and musicals at UMass Dartmouth, Massasoit Community College, and over 20 plays here at BSU. Jim has an MFA in Theater Administration from Yale School of Drama. He is the founder and former Co-Director of the highly acclaimed Arts for Youth /Teens programs at BSU and one of the founding Artists of President Clark’s Family Performing Arts Center.

STEVEN SAWAN (Tinman) is beyond thrilled to be making his debut with the FPAC at BSU this summer. Steven is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at Providence College. Some college credits of his include Bat Boy (Rick Taylor), Moon Over Buffalo (Paul), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney).  Recent outside credits include work with Mutiny Theatre Project in Dogfight (Eddie Birdlace) and Cyrano (De Valvert/Etienne). Steven would like to thank his parents and his four siblings, along with his beautiful girlfriend, Caprial, for being so supportive of all of his artistic endeavors. He would also like to thank the full cast, crew, and creative team at FPAC at BSU.  Finally, he would like to give a special shoutout to Chris Starr, his best friend since first grade, who got him into theatre, and after a three-year hiatus, will finally be onstage with him once again.

CHRIS STARR (Scarecrow) is grateful and excited to be performing with FPAC at BSU this summer! He recently finished his third year at Northwestern University where he studies theatre and musical theatre. Recent Northwestern credits include Tea and Sympathy (Ralph), The Burials (Jaden), Children of Eden (Generations Soloist/Storyteller), and Polaroid Stories (D). Chris would like to thank everyone involved in this amazing process, especially his best friend Steven Sawan, who he has not shared the stage with since high school!

KATIA GREENE (Wicked Witch of the West)was most recently seen as Queen Aggravain in FPAC’s Once Upon a Mattress, Katia has been performing for over 25 years. Some of her favorite roles include Linoleum in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Kate Monster/Lucy in Avenue Q, and Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago. When she is not on-stage Katia is the Costumer at MMAS, directs for UnCommon Theatre, and has been a special effects makeup artist at Barrett’s Haunted Mansion. Katia resides in Bridgewater with her wonderful husband- and their little dog, too! She is grateful for the opportunity to perform one of the most iconic villains in cinema history.

NEHA GROVES (Wizard)has been acting in theatres across south shore Massachusetts since the summer of 2013, taking part in productions such as The Maltese Falcon, Seal Tides, The Annulment, Speed-the-Plow, Vagina Monologues, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Darwin’s Ark, and many more.  An oceanographer by profession, she is very excited for this opportunity to tap into her creative side and honored to be a part of this wonderful project with an excellent team!  She would also like to thank you, the audience, for your support.

ALEXANDER HOLDEN (Ensemble) is excited to be part of this wonderful opportunity with FPAC! Alexander has always been interested in performing, dating back to when he was growing up in Japan and his passion ultimately lead him to study at Carnegie Mellon University as a vocal performance major. Alexander’s past performances include Russian Admiral, Soothsayer, and Sailor in Pacific Overtures with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream with Dream Role Players; and Harry Dow in Nutzacrakin’ Immigration Nationalization with Arts Emerson. Alexander appears as courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

BECCA COLLINS (Ensemble) is so excited to be performing with FPAC again! Becca is currently
a junior at Connecticut College where she is studying theater, human development, and dance, and next semester, she will be studying away at the National Music Theater Institute. Some of her favorite roles that she has played include Anna in Spring Awakening, Garcin in No Exit, Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, and Cosette in Les Miserables. She would like to give a special thanks to her friends and family for their constant love and support!

CAITLIN CRANE-MOSCOWITZ (Ensemble) is so excited to making her FPAC debut. She is a rising senior at Brandeis University studying Theater Arts and Business. Regional Credits include Ragtime (Barrington Stage Company), Educational Credits include Urinetown: the Musical, Footloose, The Sparrow, Into the Woods, Dream a Little Dream, and The Bacchae (Brandeis University), other selected credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The New Players Company). She would like to thank her parents, siblings and friends for their endless love and support.

HANNAH LIZOTTE (Ensemble) is entering her junior year as a Musical Theatre Major at Emerson College. She also studied musical theatre at the Capachione School of Performing Arts throughout her high school years. Hannah is excited to be back at FPAC for her third show with the company.  Some of her past roles include Ariel in The Little Mermaid (FPAC), Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde (Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College) and Fantine in Les Miserables (CSPA). Many thanks to family and friends for their love and support!

JAKE COMEAU (Ensemble) is currently in his second year at King’s College London, studying for a BA in Geography; however, he is also a very active participant in the theatre societies at King’s. Jake began doing theatre with his mother and three siblings at age five and hasn’t stopped since!  Favorite roles have included Peter in Peter and the Starcatchers, Hunter in [Title of Show], Pippin in Pippin, Angel in RENT, and Mike in A Chorus Line. Jake is thrilled to be a part of his first Family Performing Arts Center production and is very grateful to have been given this opportunity!

LILY JESWALD (Ensemble) is very excited to be joining FPAC for the first time this summer.  She is an alumni of both the Capachione and Burtwood Schools of Performing Arts where she was inspired by the most amazing teachers and directors to continue her life in the arts. She is currently a student ambassador at Dean College in Franklin where she is studying musical theatre and arts & entertainment management. Her favorite past roles include Maureen in RENT, the “Beggar Woman” in Sweeney Todd and Daisy in The Great Gatsby, but most recently she was in Catch Me If You Can at the Dean School of the Arts. Lily is teaching this summer with the Arts for Youth program and would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support and love. Follow me on IG! @lilyjesw

MAYA SIMONE HOLDEN (Ensemble) is delighted to be a part of this wonderful production of The Wizard of Oz! This will be Maya’s debut show with FPAC and she can’t be happier. Born and raised in Japan, Maya began her artistic pursuits in music, dance and acting at an early age. She continued her trainings after moving to the U.S. at age fifteen, primarily in ballet, and holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Smith College. A company member of North Atlantic Dance Theatre, her repertoire includes The Little MermaidLes SylphideFour Seasons and more. She has been featured as their principal dancer in the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and In The Mood (an original swing ballet). As a freelance artist, Maya has danced for Tony Williams Ballet (Urban Nutcracker, Isadora Duncan Excerpts), Denise “Red” Randall’s Jazz troupes, Pioneer Valley Ballet (Aladdin), and Spindle City Ballet. She has also been featured in films, commercials, and music videos, both regionally and nationally. Maya wants to thank her parents, who have shown unwavering and unconditional support in her career, and her partner Jo for always being there for her and loving her for who she is–even if that meant she’s crawling around the house acting out being a flying monkey!

STEPHEN DONNELLY (Ensemble) is a recent graduate from Framingham State University, where he majored in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and minored in Theatre Performance. This is his first time performing with the Family Performing Arts Center and he couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. Thank you to everyone that has supported him along the way.

GIANNA BORAGINE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut with the Family Performing Arts Center. Gianna takes tap, ballet and jazz classes at Dance Theater of New England and she has participated in Applause Academy summer and vacation theater camps for several years. Gianna played the role of Tessie the orphan in Annie Jr. (DramaFun!). Gianna is 10 years old and attends LaLiberte Elementary School in Raynham, Massachusetts. Gianna would like to thank the cast & crew and her family for this magnificent trip to see the Wizard!

JULIA O’MALLEY (Ensemble) is in the fifth grade at the Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater and she is thrilled to be a part of FPAC’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Previous roles include Balloon Girl and Little Boy Scout in the BSU Theater Department’s production of Gypsy last year.   When she’s not participating in Arts for Youth or other music theater camps and activities, Julia loves to dance, play piano and paint.  She also plays ice hockey and softball.

JENNA HOWARD (Ensemble) is ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to perform with FPAC in their production of The Wizard of Oz! Jenna is a 13 year old student at Joseph Case Junior High School in Swansea, MA. The Wizard of Oz will be Jenna’s 20th show! Some of her most recent roles include Baker’s Wife – Into the Woods Jr (JCJHS) Hodel – Fiddler on the Roof Jr. (JCJHS) Chip- Beauty & the Beast (Rhode Island College) Baby Elephant Bird/Max the Dog – Seussical the Musical (Rhode Island College) Go Go/Egyptian Dancer – Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Case HS) Tapper – Anything Goes (Case HS) Ugly Duckling – Shrek the Musical (Footlights Rep) Billy Boy Bill – Urinetown (Footlight Rep) Ensemble – Godspell (Footlights Rep) Orphan – Annie (Little Theatre Fall River) When not at rehearsals, Jenna enjoys attending dance class, singing, drawing and spending time with her friends and family. She would like to thank Neil Jeronimo, Jessalyn Sadler-Correa, and Bill Wilson for teaching her and helping her grow her love of theatre. And to Kylie, Chase and her parents for always loving her and supporting her in all that she does.

LUKE LEMAIRE (Ensemble) has been actively involved with acting at Applause Academy in Taunton since the age of 5. Shows have included Aristocats, Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians and Scooby Doo -to name a few. This is his first production here at BSU and he is thrilled to be here!

NATALIE LACY (Ensemble) This is Natalie’s third production with FPAC and she is delighted to be working with everyone again! Natalie appeared as Frannie Corry and in the Ensemble in FPAC’s Mary Poppins, and her other most recent musical theatre credits include Ladahlord in James and the GIant Peach, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid, both productions of the Capachione School of Performing Arts. Natalie began dancing at the age of four and has danced competitively since she was six for the Paula Coffey Dance Center. Natalie would like to thank everyone at FPAC for teaching her so much about professional theatre, her dance teachers at PCDC, and her musical theatre and voice teachers at CSPA for preparing her to undertake new roles in musical theatre. Last, she would like to thank her family for all their support, love, and encouragement.

SARAH LACY (Ensemble) This is Sarah’s third production with FPAC and she is thrilled to be working with everyone again! Sarah’s recent musical theatre credits include Annie Corry and Ensemble roles in FPAC’s Mary Poppins, and as Ladahlord in James and the Giant Peach and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, both productions of the Capachione School of Performing Arts. Sarah began dancing at the age of four, and has danced competitively since she was six for the Paula Coffey Dance Center. Sarah would like to thank everyone at FPAC for teaching her so much about professional theatre, her dance teachers at PCDC, and her musical theatre and voice teachers at CSPA for preparing her to take this next step. Last, she would like to thank her family for all their support and encouragement.

ANDREW CHILD (Director) is excited to be directing his first show with FPAC after appearing in Once Upon a Mattress, designing puppets for The Little Mermaid, and designing illustrations for the prologue in Beauty & the Beast. Select recent directorial credits include Laika (commissioned by the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation), Payday (Brown Box Theatre/ BTM XXI), Roald Dahl’s The WitchesA Little Princess (Artists from Suburbia), Peter & Wendy (Leonard Bernstein Festival), Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (Nemasket River Productions at the Oliver Mill Estate), Macbeth (Massasoit Community College), Peer Gynt, Incompleat Tragedy of Shakespeare’s Womyn (Brandeis University),Troilus & Cressida (Dragonfly Theater Co.), Pygmalion, and The Taming of the Shrew (Crowd Pleasers). Assistant directing credits include James & the Giant Peach (A.R.T.), and Exit the King(Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Design credits include Clorilli (Villa la Pietra in Florence), Xerxes (New England Conservatory), and The Death of Yazdgerd (new translation directed by Nikta Sabouri). Andrew has taught for seven years at FPAC’s producing organization, Arts for Youth, and has additionally worked as a teaching artist and guest speaker for Emerson College, The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, and Umbrella Community Arts Center. You can catch Andrew performing in and around Boston in The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), Schoolhouse Rock (Moonbox Productions), and his one man puppet show, Laika.

MICHAEL DUARTE (Set Design) is a local set designer and scenic artist whose work was regularly seen at Dean College where he has designed many productions including Sweet Charity, As You Like It, The Odd Couple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, The Three Musketeers, Noises Off, In The Heights, and most recently Hot L Baltimore. He has worked with several local theater groups designing such shows as Little Women, The Wizard of OZOliver, Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler On The Roof, and Peter Pan. Along with his design skills, Michael is an accomplished singer and actor playing Emile deBecque in South Pacific, Ravenal  inShow Boat,  The Caliph in Kismet, and Captain Von Trapp in theSound of Music. Michael has written produced and stared in two, one man shows; With a Song In My Heart, a history of Broadway musical theater, and Sinatra; the story of Frank Sinatra’s life and music.  

CHRISTOPHER SCULLY (Light Design) is a director, designer, and teacher in the region, and formerly was the Founding Artistic Director of Industrial Theatre, a Taunton and Cambridge-based company that produced new work and an annual free, open-air Shakespeare production.  He has taught theatre at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Tufts, and Bridgewater State University, and productions that he has directed or lit have been seen at Boston University’s Playwright’s Theatre, Sanders Theatre, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Portland Stage Company, Dean College, Harvard Summer Theatre, the Boston Center for the Arts, Payomet Performing Arts Center, and the Star Players of Bristol County, with whom he was associated for over two decades; he also has directed several world premieres of playwright and BSU alumnus William Donnelly’s plays for the Boston Theatre Marathon.  He has designed over twenty productions for the Suffolk University Performing Arts Office and several productions for BSU, including Guys and Dolls and The Laramie Project.  Chris’s academic work has been presented to the Midwest MLA and published in the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s Journal of the Wooden O Symposium.  A resident of Taunton, he has served as chair of that city’s Cultural Council and a director of the Old Colony History Museum, as well as a teacher, drama club director, and headmaster at Braintree High School.

MARY HURD (Costume Design) is excited to be designing at the Family Performing Arts Center at Bridgewater State University for the first time. She has Costume Designed The Agitators at Gloucester Stage Company, Fefu and Her Friends at Brandeis University, and the Elliot Norton award winning production of Spinning into Butter at the Theater Cooperative in Somerville. She was the Assistant Costume Designer for The Glass Menagerie on Broadway after its successful run at the American Repertory Theater where she acted as the Costume Shop Manager. In addition to her design work Mary is currently the Costume Director at Brandeis University and has worked as a cutter, first-hand, stitcher, alterations tailor, dresser, design assistant, assistant costume shop manager and costume shop manager for theater companies in Boston and New York.

ELI BIGELOW (Music Director) has been music directing around the south coast area for the past 9 years. Notable performances include; West Side Story (CSPA), Wild Party (Friends of Durfee Theatre), Next to Normal (Footlights Rep), Sweeney Todd (New Place Players), A Chorus Line (Studio Theatre Co.) and Hello Again (Bridgewater State University). He is the resident music director and accompanist for The Capachione School of Performing Arts where he also teaches private voice and piano. He has a bachelors in Theatre Education from Bridgewater State University and is very exicited to be working back at his Alma mater. His piano and theory skills were instilled upon him by his late great aunt Anna Fiore. Along with working at Capachione and music directing he also directs for local theatre companies; Cabaret (Footlight Rep), Company (Footlights Rep) and The Last Five Years (Friends of Durfee Theatre).

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES

Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 & 7:00
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:00

Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00 (Sensory Friendly Show)

Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:00 & 7:00
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2:00

Tickets available at www.BSUTix.com

*-Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
**- Equity Membership Candidate

THE WIZARD OF OZ
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by
Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by
Warner Bros.