Cheshire Community Theater

Curtain Up, Light the Lights!

A Grand Night For Singing

January 7, 8, 9 2011

Director: Joanne Palmieri

Music Director: Jason Nicolo Ferrandino

Choreographer: Kristen Hinckley

Stage Manager: Jonathan Kendall



Richard Abbate (Principal) is pleased to be able to once again be a part of a Cheshire Community Theater production. Richard has appeared in Cheshire productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as the Captain/Priest; as Marko in Stalag 17; as Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner; as the King in Cinderella; as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, as Sir Claude Amory in Black Coffee, and Captain Morton in Mr. Roberts. Most Thursday nights Richard can be found singing the tunes of Sinatra, Martin, Bennett and others at Jake’s Pub in Wallingford, accompanied by pianist Joe Grieco! He dedicates his performance to his late father Cris Abbate, whose voice inspires Richard’s singing, and who would have loved to have played a role in this production himself.


Lucy Berte' (Children's Ensemble) is a second grade student at LoPresti Elementary School in Seymour, CT.  This is Lucy's second time on the CCT stage.  She appeared as a Troll/Ensemble in last year's production of Little Women.  Lucy also appeared in a Salute to America production at her school.  She is thrilled to be in this production of A Grand Night for Singing with her best friend, Julia.  Lucy would like to dedicate her performance to her entire family especially her dad, Kevin and her mom, Holly.


Maria Berte' ( Principal)  made her directing debut last fall directing Little Women, The Musical  for CCT.  That experience served to increase her love for the arts.  Maria has appeared in several CCT productions as a cast member including Officer Welch in Rumors, an Apostle Woman in Jesus Christ Superstar, Joy (stepsister) in Cinderella, Miss Bellamy in Father of the Bride, Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls, Grace Miller in Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Miss Amory in Black Coffee.   Maria also served as Asst. Stage Manager for Odd Couple (Female Version).  In other venues, Maria appeared on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse as a Royal Wife in The King and I,  Mrs. Peacock in Clue with Masterminds Productions and Sophie in Dracula, the Musical? with Comedy 101.  She played Delilah in the East Haven Performing Arts Society production of Father of the Bride.   Maria lives in North Branford with her husband Kevin.  She is an Instrumental Music Teacher at The Academy in East Haven, CT.  Maria would like to dedicate her performance to her husband, Kevin and thank him for his patience and support.
Jack Bussmann, Jr. (Ensemble) is happy to be back in his fifth CCT production, having performed in Jekyll & Hyde, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Love and Laughter. Recently, Jack appeared in the Castle Craig Players production of Twelve Angry Jurors. Jack has been singing on stage since childhood in a variety of productions and teenage rock bands. His hobbies include photography (he earned his M.F.A in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology), photoshop, drawing, playing guitar and building stone walls. Jack dedicates his performance to his family for all their support.


Kari Collins (Ensemble) is delighted to be a part of A Grand Night for Singing and her first CCT production! Kari most recently appeared in Comedy 101’s Production of Footloose this summer as Garvina. She is a senior at East Haven High School and has participated in EHHS’ Drama Club for all four of her high school years. She has played Cindy Lou Who in Seussical, Kate in Oklahoma and Tess in Crazy for You, as well as worked on choreography for all three. Kari is currently working on The Wiz at EHHS. She is also an active member of the EHHS Concert Choir, and has received 6 years of dance training at The Dance Connection in East Haven. Kari would like to dedicate this performance to her friends and family, especially her mother for her continued support and the Genzanos for letting her tag along on all their theatrical endeavors.


Anika Deshpande (Children’s Ensemble) is currently a 6th grader in Guilford. She  played orphan “July” in Annie through Artful Living Productions this summer. Anika has previously performed as Edwina in Dear Edwina Jar, Cat in Honk Jar, and Alligator in Really Rosie through Guilford Youth & Family Services Community Theatre; she is excited to be working with them again as Ruth in Pirates of Penance Jr.    She thanks Mom, Dad and Rohan for all their encouragement and for coming to the show! Anika dedicates this performance to Pat Souney for introducing her to the magical world of music theatre.


Maggie Federico (Principal) is currently a 16 year old junior at Cheshire High School who will be graduating next June in 2012.  At the moment, Maggie is studying under her choral teacher, Mrs. Rosenblatt, in the select group, Vocal Jazz, which sings all jazz and swing pieces from major jazz groups such as The New York Voices and The Real Group, as well as the Women’s Chorale. Last year (09-10) she was a part of the vocal group VIPs, which sings classical music. From 2004 to 2009, Maggie was involved in the chorus at Highland Elementary School with Mrs. Merisola, as well as at Dodd Middle School with Mrs. Yannon. Her Cheshire Community Theater experiences include the role Amy in CCT’s Little Women, The Musical (2009), and the ensemble of  Children of Eden (2008) and Cinderella  (2004).  The debut of her musical career was in CCT’s Jesus Christ Superstar (2003). “It’s been so great to be able to work with people that I haven’t seen in many years. It’s so amazing to work with such a great cast and directors, and to sing some of my favorite songs. I would like to dedicate my performance to my Papa Min. Without his support throughout my life on stage, I would not be where I am today.”


Cindy Genzano (Principal) a resident of East Haven, is an English Teacher and the Drama Club Advisor at North Branford High School where she has directed plays and musicals for 27 years.  Last winter she directed the first production to be presented by the Performing Arts Society of East Haven, Father of the Bride.  In addition, Cindy has directed six productions for Cheshire Comedy 101.     Projects with Cheshire Community Theatre include the role of Vera in the 2004 production of The Odd Couple: Female Version, Assistant Director for the 2005 production of Father of the Bride, and Director for the 2005 musical production of Guys and Dolls. Last fall she portrayed Marmee in CCT’s production of Little Women, The Musical performing alongside her daughter Robyn and husband Bob.  Cindy would like to send out thanks and love to husband Bob and daughters Chelsea, Julia and Robyn who always support her in her theatrical pursuits.


Robyn Genzano (Principal) is thrilled to be participating in her second CCT production.  Her past shows include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof Jr. at East Haven Academy as well as Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Laurey in Oklahoma! and Lottie Child in Crazy For You at East Haven High School. In addition, she recently played the role of Urleen in Cheshire Comedy 101’s summer production of Footloose. Last fall, she played the role of Beth in CCT’s production of Little Women, The Musical. Robyn is honored once again to be sharing this experience with her mother Cindy and would like to thank her for passing down her passion for theatre.  Also Robyn would like to thank her boyfriend Vinny for being such “A Wonderful Guy” and giving her something to sing about.  


Alisa Giglietti (Ensemble) is once again happy to be part of a CCT production on stage, having last stage managed Little Women, The  Musical and I Never Sang for My Father. Favorite roles include Hattie in Kiss Me Kate (ACTF), Mary Tilford in The Childrens’ Hour (ACTF), and Joan in The Guys. Alisa wishes to thank all those that had faith in her and told her to hold fast to her dreams. "Dad and the Princess, thank you for not pulling your hair out throughout my constant theatre talk...yes mom, I saw N2N 4 a year..and yes, I have to bring her a happy meal…AR, RG, Thank you... Uncle Joey, if not for you, I would  never have had this dream...The Golden Front row has a seat saved for you .And although you never heard me sing, I know you can hear me now."


As a teenager, Mary B. Hobler Hyson (Ensemble), loved to play the piano and sing Rodgers & Hammerstein show tunes with her best friend.  She hoped one day to perform in a community theater production.  Now, for the first time, 45 years later, she has realized that goal.  How appropriate that her debut would be singing those same songs. She studies voice with Martha Oneppo at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven.  She also participated in a Cabaret workshop at the NMS.   Mary, a Cheshire resident, appreciates the chance to sing with the CCT ensemble.


Allison Koppell (Ensemble/children's dance captain ) has been a performer since the age of three. She was a founder and producer of “AKT”, a local radio show featured on WRTI FM in Philadelphia, and has done voice over ads featured on radio in Hartford.  She is an accomplished dancer and choreographer, last on the CCT stage for Jesus Christ Superstar, where she was a vocalist and one of King Herod’s dancers.  Allison has been in Li’l Abner (Stupefyin’ Jones/Dr. Schleifitz), Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn), My Cup Ranneth Over (Yucca), The Music Man (Eulalie Shinn), Godspell (Ensemble) and Camelot (Morgan Le Fey).  Recently, Allison taught a special dance series called “Broadway Dance!” in their Middlebury facility, where students learned numbers from Chicago, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar.  Allison dedicates this performance to her wonderful husband Chuck, and their son Josh.  Joanne, thank you for this chance to be back!  Love to Mom, it’s all good.  Dad, I kept my promise.


Nicholas Lamoreux (Ensemble/Soloist) is 16 years old and this is actually his first time in a production by Cheshire Community Theater. Ever since he got the part of Iago in Aladdin in 6th grade, he was instantly hooked and has been in many productions.  Later, he joined the Foote School summer program for their performances as well. Some of his favorite portrayals are Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Collin in The Secret Garden, Gaveroche in Les Miserables, Flute/Thisbe in Midsummer’s Night Dream, Arnold Wiggens in The Boys Next Door. “I hope to start off strong and adapt into the mix this year, but I don't think that will be a problem, since we will work well together to create something big! “)



Moira Malone (Ensemble) is happy to be working with CCT again, having recently been seen as Alice in I Never Sang for My Father. Prior to that, she was Almira Gultch /The West Witch in The Turnpike Players’ production of The Wizard of Oz (Hamden), which was a welcome return to the stage after a long hiatus.  Favorite roles from a long time ago include Dulcie in The Boyfriend and Smitty in Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She has sung in small jazz ensembles, large choruses and as a soloist in various venues. Moira holds a certificate in Acting Shakespeare from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London, England) and a Master of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (Glasgow, Scotland). Thanks to Ian and Ben for behaving themselves during the rehearsal process, and thanks to Ozzie (Moira’s husband) for the support!


James Mase (Ensemble) is happy to be making his CCT debut in this production. After a long absence from performing, James was inspired and encouraged to return to the stage by his friend, Broadway star Terri White (thanks, Mama!). He made his first stage appearance at the age of four, and has been a professionally trained singer for over fifteen years.  His stage credits include: Christmas at the Shubert Theater, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mame, Crazy for You, Aladdin and various other vocal performances with New York City’s Stonewall Chorale.  James is fortunate to have an amazing woman in his life, and wonderful friends and family. He dedicates this performance to everyone who believes in him.


Anna Morse (Ensemble) is currently a senior at Cheshire High School and is thrilled to be a part of this production. This is her second CCT show, and she has loved every minute of it! Her past roles include Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, Tzeital in Fiddler on the Roof, and most recently Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Anna hopes to pursue acting and musical theatre after high school when she attends college in the fall. She would like to thank the cast for all the love and support, break a leg everyone!




Michelle Noel (Principal) is happy to be performing close to home again in Cheshire after straying slightly farther west to Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theater (My Fair Lady - Mrs. Higgins) and even farther north to Thomaston Opera House (Mame – Cousin Fan) over the past year.  Favorite CCT roles include Raynelle in Dearly Departed, Nellie in Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and The Stepmother in Cinderella.  She has also performed with Manchester Musical Players, Little Theater of Manchester, Podium Players of East Hampton, Connecticut Cabaret Theater and Southington Community Theater.  Hugs and kisses to husband, Phil, and children Sara, Mike and Joe and to her mom, Brenda, for once again making the trip up from NJ to see her darling daughter perform.


Arnie Palmieri (Ensemble) once again couldn't resist his love for the stage, especially when he's with his daughter, son, and granddaughters.  Arnie has appeared in several CCT productions including Guys and Dolls.  He played Max Greeney in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Phil in Jitters, Dowdy in Mister Roberts, and a Knight/Ensemble in Little Women, The Musical.  Arnie also played Red in the East Haven Performing Arts Society production of Father of the Bride.  Arnie lives in North Branford with his wife Joanne.  He recently retired after a 35 year career in the telephone industry.  Arnie is thrilled to tread the boards with the rest of his family.


Anthony Palmieri (Principal) returns to the CCT stage once again.  Anthony also appeared in CCT's production of Blood Brothers and played Professor Bhaer in last year's production of Little Women, The Musical.  Anthony is delighted to have his daughter, Julia, join him on stage in this year's production of A Grand Night for Singing.  He works in the Customer Service Department at Verizon Wireless.  Anthony would like to dedicate his performance to his daughter, Julia.





Julia Palmieri (Children's Ensemble) is a fourth grade student at the Pumpkin Delight Elementary School in Milford, CT.  This is Julia's second time on the CCT stage.  Julia was seen as a Troll/Ensemble in last year's production of Little Women, The Musical.  Julia also appeared in a school production of The Wizard of Oz........Sort  of.  Julia is very excited to be on stage with the rest of her family and certainly has been bitten by the acting bug.  Julia would like to dedicate her performance to her entire family especially her dad, Tony and her mom, Laura.



Tracy Peters (Principal) is excited to be back on stage with CCT and working with such a wonderful cast! She was last seen here as Aysha and a Storyteller in Children of Eden.  Other CCT credits include Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical (ensemble), Blood Brothers (ensemble), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Cinderella (the Queen), and Jesus Christ Superstar (ensemble).  In addition to performing onstage, Tracy works behind the scenes as the Treasurer of CCT.  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 cooking, traveling, hiking and knitting… A special “thank you” to my parents for helping out with the kids and meals so I can have the opportunity to “play!”


This is Jon Pisani’s (Principal) first production with Cheshire Community Theater and he is excited to be working alongside Cindy Genzano, Jon's first drama teacher in high school, for the first time. Some of Jon's previous roles include Abner in L'il Abner,  Motel in Fiddler On The Roof,  Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof,  Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls , Jack in Into The Woods, and the Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.   Jon would like to thank Cindy and Bob Genzano for first introducing him to the wonderful and exciting world of theater and for being such great mentors.  Jon would also like to thank his family and friends for their continued support throughout the years. 



Ozzie Roberts (Principal)  is very happy to be making his CCT debut.  Ozzie is a veteran of the stage, and has been in over 40 productions. He has been featured in two North American tours and has done summer stock, regional, and dinner theater. He has been seen most recently as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.  Some of his favorite roles include Huck Finn in Big River, Che in Evita, and Pippin in Pippin. He’d like to thank his wife, Moira (also in the show) for all of her support-especially on the harmonies, and his two young sons, Ian and Ben, for enduring the rehearsal process with Mommy and Daddy!




Lindsay Toland (Ensemble) is delighted to be part of the Cheshire Community Theater production of It’s a Grand Night for Singing. A New Haven native, Lindsay most recently played the role of Janet Weiss in the Performing Arts Collaborative production of The Rocky Horror Show. Her other productions include Godspell and The Vagina Monologues. Lindsay has also had the pleasure of twice performing with Kenny Rogers in his annual Christmas and Hits Tour.



Dana Wilton (Ensemble/Soloist) is delighted to be making her CCT debut in this wonderful show! At 12 years old, she is an 8-year veteran of the stage. Some past performances include ensemble roles in Divas Do More Broadway, Oklahoma! and Camelot at TriArts Sharon Playhouse, in addition to Peter Pan and The Wizard Of Oz at The Warner Theatre. Featured roles include: Janie Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life at Thomaston Opera House, Silly Girl in Beauty & The Beast, Jr., Molly in Annie Jr. and Thing 1 in Seussical The Musical Jr. at Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, as well as Hermione Jean Granger in Bright Lights XV at Seven Angels Theatre and Soldier/Angel in The Nutcracker at the Warner, Palace and Bushnell theaters. Dana also appears in the Jukebox The Ghost music video, Hold It In, and she sings with the internationally acclaimed children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus. She has performed at The National Comedy Theatre in Manhattan and plans to return to The Big Apple this Spring to perform in an avant garde production of Peter And The Wolf at Speyer Hall. She trains at The Warner Theatre Center For Arts Education and The Broadway Workshop. Humongous THANKS to this super cast and crew at CCT, especially Joanne, Jason, Jonathan, Kristen, Dennis, Kim, Michelle & Fiona, and to my Mom & Dad for their love and support!


Joanne Palmieri (Director) is also a past President of CCT.  She assistant directed Little Women, The Musical  last year for CCT.  This is her first time as director.  Joanne has appeared in several CCT productions including the ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mickey the Cop in The Odd Couple Female Version, General Matilda Cartwright in Guys and Dolls, Golda in Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound.  Joanne also played Miss Belamy in the East Haven Performing Arts Society Production of Father of the Bride.  Joanne is the School Nurse at North Branford High School.  She lives in North Branford with her husband Arnie.  This year, they will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary.  Joanne is very proud of her family including her daughter, son, husband and granddaughters who are all appearing in this production.