Cheshire Community Theater

Curtain Up, Light the Lights!

Children of Eden

                                                    Directed by Phil Vetro — September 18, 20, 21, 2008

 

                                  Father………………………John Stewart                                    Aysha………………………Tracy Moran

                          Adam/Noah………………John-Michael Whitney                     Yonah………………………Kathryn Meyer

                          Eve/Mama Noah………Mary Johnson                                    Shem………………………Antonio Macatol

                          Cain/Japheth……………Mark Bennett                                   Young Cain………………Surgeo Moreno

                          Abel/Ham…………………Theo Sevilla                                     Young Abel………………Veronica Johnson

                          Aphra………………………Jessica Smith

 

                          Storytellers………………Melissa Gomez, Colleen Kelly, Kim Wantroba, Alisa Giglietti, Tony Enright

                          Children’s Ensemble… Maggie Federico, Kayleigh Torok, Jacqui Moran,

                                                                 Alexandra Richardson, Jillian Caillouette, Aurianna Moreno

                          “Generations” Soloists… Joan Duquette-Aresco, Rafael Garbalosa

 

 

Mark Bennett (Cain/Japheth) rides his bike here from his home in New Haven to join us for not only his first CCT appearance, but his first musical theater appearance since high school!  Mark played Bobby in Love! Valor! Compassion! at Hole in the Wall theater in New Britain in 2006 (also directed by Phil Vetro).  He works at the Yale Bookstore.  “I finally decided, after spending a few years singing with the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus as well as the (very) occasional community theater project, to take two things I really love and see if two great tastes really do taste great together. Children of Eden is my first real attempt at musical theater and it's been a fantastic experience I'm proud to be a part of.  I want to say thanks to my family and friends who somehow understand my need to do these kinds of things, and give special thanks to those unfortunate enough to hear my sorry attempts to hit really high notes at inopportune moments, yet care enough not to roll their eyes. Love you guys!”

 

Jillian Caillouette (Dove Dancer, Children’s Ensemble) is a seventh grade student at Saint Stanislaus School in Meriden, where she resides.  Jillian is a member of the award-winning dance competition team at Dance Unlimited in Hamden, where she has danced for the past 10 years.  When she is not dancing, Jillian can be found studying voice and piano at JC Music in Meriden or performing with URock of Waterbury or taking voice lessons and singing with Vocal Productions in Branford.  If she has any free time left, she likes to play tennis.  “Thanks to my family for driving me to all the rehearsals and for their unending support and love.”

 

 

Mary  J. Cantoni-Johnson (Eve/Mama Noah) finally breaks out of the “bad girl” mold in her third appearance with CCT, having previously appeared as the prostitutes Lucy Harris (Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical) and Mary Magdelene (Jesus Christ Superstar).  Mary’s lengthy theater resume has an impressive list of leading roles such as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Eva Peron in Evita and Lili/Kate in Kiss me Kate.  She earned her Masters Degree in Spanish this year and is currently a Spanish teacher at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.  “To the wonderful men in my life-- Husband, Theron and Christian-- I love you and thanks for fending for yourself these several months.  To my beautiful daughter, Veronica, you are my precious angel, I love you and have cherished every moment on stage with you.  To Philoneous, thanks for the opportunity to play such a phenomenal role.  Kim, bless you for having so much patience with my ‘rhythmically challenged disability’ and finally, to the cast and crew, I  thank you for the many laughs we have shared and I will always treasure our time spent together.”

 

 

 

Joan DuQuette-Aresco (“Generations” Soloist) is pleased to be making her CCT debut in this fine production.  Joan resides in Wallingford and earns a living as a Marketing Representative for Tiger Home Inspection.  Past roles include Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos with Southington Community Theater and Merideth in Bat Boy, the Musical and Glenn Close in the comedy Fatal Attraction – A Greek Tragedy at Hole in the Wall Theater of New Britain.

 

 

 

Maggie Federico (Children’s Ensemble/Dance Captain)) is a freshman at Cheshire High School.  She returns for her third CCT experience, having previously  been a member of the casts of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2003 and Cinderella in 2005  “ I love to sing, dance and act and that’s why I feel at home when I am around these people. They have all taught me things that I will never forget. Everyone was so welcoming and I can consider them all my friends. I thank you all for the great experience this summer!”

 

 

 

Rafael F. Garbalosa (“Generations” Soloist) last appeared on the CCT stage in Requiem for a Heavyweight (Maish). Other CCT productions include Night of January 16th (John Whitfield), Is There Life After High School?, and City of Angels (Lt. Muñoz). He was last seen in A New Brain (Dr. Berensteiner) at Montage Theatre Company in Hartford. Other stage credits include Company (Harry) and Baby, the Musical (Alan) at Montage, Once Upon A Mattress (Sir Harry) at Southington Community Theater and Repertory Theatre of New Britain, Kiss of the Spider Woman (ensemble) at the Producing Guild, and a Soloist at Seven Angels Theatre and Manchester Musical Players. He has done documentary voice over and commercial training film. This past month he completed shooting his first film role in the student film “365”. Mr. Garbalosa resides in New Britain with his wife, Kathy, who he wishes to thank for her love and support. He also wishes to thank his sons, family, and friends for their faithful support.

 

 

 Alisa A. Giglietti (Storyteller) joins CCT for a fourth time having last directed the Neil Simon comedy Proposals in April 2007. Favorite roles have included Joan in The Guys, Mary Tilford in The Children's Hour, and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, the latter two which gained her nominations in the KC/ACTF. Alisa wishes to thank her parents for their never ending support. “Thank you for that second row seat to Les Miserables that started it all”..."There's a rose that lives in the eyes of my mother, and it's pressed in the pages of time. There's a secret that lives in the bones of my father, it's a memory sublime." This and all shows are dedicated to the loving memory of Joseph Giglietti, Jr. "I wish you could be here to see the dream you gave me. The Golden Front has a seat saved for you."

 

 

Melissa Gomez (Storyteller) is thrilled (and a little nervous) to be on stage for the first time since she was young and sang at local festivals and talent shows growing up in Waterbury.  This is her first theater experience and she is very pleased to be able to share it with two of her three children, Surgeo and Aurianna Moreno, who are also in the cast.  She feels fortunate to be a part of this talented cast and to be able to perform in this wonderful production here in Cheshire, where she now resides.  Melissa works at Masonic Care in Wallingford.  Her favorite activities are cooking, singing and spending time with her family.

 

 

 

 

Veronica Johnson (Young Abel/Children’s Ensemble) is excited to join the cast this year in her first CCT show and share the stage with her mom, Mary, after being a silent observer at most of the rehearsals last year for Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical.  Veronica lives in Thomaston and attends Saint Mary’s School in Waterbury where she is a third-grader.  She enjoys dance, soccer and tennis.  Past roles include a baby cat in Cats at the Warner Theater in Torrington, and a mouse in Cinderella and an orphan in Annie at her school.  “I hope everyone has a good time and they enjoy the show!”

 

 

 

 

Colleen Kelly (Storyteller) is appearing in her first CCT production. She was involved with the Florham Park Players theater company for many years in Florham Park, NJ in a variety of capacities on and off stage. Colleen, a Cheshire resident, is a first grade teacher in Thomaston, CT. She would like to dedicate her performance to the ladies of 102 for all the support and amusement they have provided this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Macatol II (Seth/Shem) works for The Hartford Insurance Company in Southington, CT. Mr. Macatol holds a Communications degree from the University of Connecticut and is currently studying to obtain an Associated Risk Management Designation. Antonio’s main motivation for “Children” is garnering acting experience to understand the actor from within. After a few more musicals and plays, he wishes to compose his own masterpiece. Mr Macatol is a rookie stage performer but previously performed his own radio show on WHUS 91.7 Fm, UConn’s Radio Station, appeared as an extra in an independent film in South Windsor that featured Ed Eisner, and has been nationally published in Filipinas Magazine.  He enjoys reading, dreaming, playing basketball and writing poems.  Mr Macatol dedicates his performance to his family & friends, the Petit family of Cheshire, the Marano family of Waterbury and his lovely fiancée, Myra Sanchez.

 

 

 

Kathryn Meyer (Yonah/Storyteller) is new to CCT and has put in many miles driving to rehearsals from her hometown of Higganum.  She is a senior at Haddam-Killingworth High School and will be applying to and auditioning for colleges this fall to gain entrance to a musical theater program to achieve her goal of earning a BFA in Musical Theater. Kathryn has performed with Rocky Hill Community Theater in Carnival (Lilli) and in the drama Overtones (Heddy) at school.  Kate is a member of the Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship at the Bushnell.  “To my best friend , Eden, I love you!”

 

 

 

Jacqui Moran (Children’s Ensemble) returns for her sophomore CCT turn, having previously graced this stage in CCT’s Cinderella.  Jacqui participates in chorus and band (clarinet) at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire where she is in the seventh grade.  She is an active Girl Scout and a former United Girls Choir member.  She enjoys dancing at A Dance Class in Cheshire.  Jacqui played Ida Ugly’s Mother in Honk, Jr. at Audobahn Arts Camp and was in the ensemble of Just Call Me Clara at Norton Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

Tracy Moran (Storyteller, Snake, Aysha) is in her 6th season with CCT and is delighted to be sharing the stage with her daughter, Jacqui!  She was last seen here in the ensemble of Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical.  Other CCT credits include Blood Brothers (ensemble), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Cinderella (the Queen), and Jesus Christ Superstar (ensemble).  In addition to performing onstage, Tracy has worked behind the scenes as Treasurer of CCT from 2005-2007.  Other favorite roles include Miss Jones (How to Succeed in Business...), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Rosie (Bye, Bye Birdie!) and Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore).  In her off-stage life, Tracy works in the Communications Department at Choate Rosemary Hall and enjoys singing, traveling and volunteering for Cheshire Girl Scouts.

 

 

 

 Aurianna Moreno (Children’s Ensemble) is 11 years old and in the sixth grade at Norton School in Cheshire.  Though young, she is not without experience in the entertainment field, having done some acting and modeling through Ingrid French Management in Manhattan.  You might have seen her in a “Dora the Explorer” commercial or on a billboard for US Air.  Aurianna’s hobbies are reading, swimming, playing with her pets and hanging out with her best friend, Brielle.

 

 

 

 

 

Surgeo Moreno (Young Cain), age eight, is in the third grade at Norton School.  This is his first appearance on stage.  He likes to spend his free time skateboarding, swimming and playing video games with his cousin, Noah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandra Richardson (Children’s Ensemble) is happy to be sharing her talents with CCT at last after having been a regular participant in the youth theater opportunities in Cheshire.  She has participated in the annual CYT summer productions every year since she was eligible and played Tweedle Dum in Alice and Wonderland, paired with fellow Eden cast member and neighbor, Kayleigh Torok , as Tweedle Dee.  Alex is an eighth-grade student at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire where she enjoys performing with the band (clarinet) and the chorus.  She was in the ensemble of the school musical, Once on this Island, last spring.  Alexandra has been dancing since she was three years old, initially with Cheshire Dance Center and now with Rhythm Dance Academy.

 

Theo Sevilla (Abel/Ham) recently reprised the role of Thuy in the Warner Theater’s production of Miss Saigon after making his community theater debut in that role at Rocky Hill Theater last year.  He made his CCT debut last October as the menacing Spider in Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical.  Theo's television credits include CBS' Nuevas Estrella "Latino Idol" & EWTN Voices of Victory Gospel choir.  Theo performs annually in NYC at the Philippines Multicultural Festival with his brothers in their R & B, Jazz Rock band TRESLASA. He graduated with his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport and a Bachelor’s  Degree in Marketing Communications from St. John's University in NY.  He is a special education teacher at Woodrow Wilson School in Waterbury. He dedicates this performance to wife, Cindy, and their FUTURE BABY BOY (due any day)!  In loving memory of "Lolo", "TNZ", "SBA" & "Pumba".    “ I thank my family & friends (Titas & Titos NY, CT, CA, PR, Filipinas), the Rodriguez family, my dad, my mom & brothers Benny & Jay (TRESLASA thru the good and bad --We always have each other!)  Mahal Kita  -- Te Amo!  Thanking You God for your Love & Graces!”

 

Jessica Smith (Storyteller/Aphra) works in Fairfield at Massage Envy as a massage therapist.  She currently lives in Waterbury.  Jessica attended the Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theatre as a musical theatre major.  This is her first CCT production.  Prior roles include Mimi in Guys and Dolls at New Britain Rep and Fantine (Les Miserable), Miss Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), and Hannah (California Suite) at Bristol Eastern High School.  Jessica has performed at Lake Compounce Amusement Park and sang the national anthem at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford.  “You can do anything in the world if you take it little by little and one step at a time.”

 

 

John Stewart (Father) is very pleased to be making his second appearance with CCT.  As a performer John was most recently seen in Book of Days, Fatal Attraction (a Greek tragedy), Jekyll & Hyde (Bishop) and Batboy, the Musical.  He has appeared onstage with Elton John, Kenny Rogers and The Atlanta Symphony Chorus under Robert Shaw. John's many theatrical credits include The Importance of Being Ernest (Algernon), The Zoo Story (Peter), Take a Holiday, Godspell (Lamar), Bye-Bye Birdie (Albert), The Wiz (Scarecrow), Hay Fever (Richard), Sunday in the Park With George (George), A Little Night Music (Henrik), Into The Woods (Jack,Baker, Steward) and Sweeney Todd (Beadle) among others.  Directorial credits include The Last Five Years, Godspell, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George and Waiting for Godot. John attended Florida State University at Edison for Vocal Performance and Composition.

 

Kayleigh Torok (Children’s Chorus) is in 8th grade at Dodd Middle School. She enjoys playing the clarinet and guitar, dancing, and singing.  She has participated in the Cheshire Youth Theater productions of Once upon a Mattress, Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, 101 Dalmatians, Into the Woods, Alice and Wonderland, Honk, and Aladdin.  She also played Ti Moune in the Dodd Middle School Production of Once on this Island. “Although this is my first CCT play, I already feel like part of the family. Break a leg, guys!”

 

 

 

 

Kim Wantroba (Storyteller) is torn as to whether she’s had more fun rocking out on stage in “The Wasteland” or building fake rocks for the show in her driveway.  Actually, papier mache and fiberglass get old after a while, kind of like her husband.  Just kidding, Honey.  She would like to thank everyone involved in this production, “from Noah to the protozoa.”

 

 

 

John-Michael Whitney (Adam/Noah) of New Haven is very pleased to be making his debut with CCT in a role that he’s wanted to play for quite some time.  In recent years, he’s spent the majority of time performing in Manchester and Rocky Hill.  Last April, he made not only his stage debut with Manchester Musical Players, but also his drag debut in the role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago.  John-Michael is also a member of The Little Theater of Manchester where he’s been seen as Beau in Mame, the Baker in Into The Woods, Sonny DeLuna in Front Street, Ewart Dunlop (Quartet) in The Music Man, and John Utterson in Jekyll & Hyde.  With Rocky Hill Town Theatre, John-Michael has played the roles of Chris in Miss Saigon, Stone in City of Angels, and Britt Craig in Parade.  Other roles with various CT theatres include Juan Peron in Evita, the tailor Motel Kamzoil in Fiddler on the Roof, the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Bazzard in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Roger in Grease, and numerous others!  When not performing, John-Michael is the Assistant Director of Ticketing for the Shubert Theater and also a Pampered Chef Consultant.  As always, he dedicates his performances to his family and friends, especially to the memory of his mother Nancy, his father Richard, and his brother Bo.  As his song says,”the hardest part of love is letting go.”

 

Tony Enright (Storyteller) is a Cheshire resident and a long-time member of Cheshire Community Theater.  He was seen on this stage as The Narrator in CCT”s Blood Brothers in October of 2006 and as Lord Savage in Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical in 2007. “It's great to be back on the Cheshire High stage performing for the residents of Cheshire.”