Cheshire Community Theater

Curtain Up, Light the Lights!

I Never Sang For My Father

September 17, 18, 19 2010

Director: Paul Byrne


                          Gene Garrison……………………Rafael F. Garbalosa                Red Cap/Michael…………Jerry Brown

                          Tom Garrison……………………Dave Wall                                 Margaret Garrison………Dawn E. Reiss-Melillo

                          Mary…………………………………Shannon Riccio                         Nurse…………………………Cassandra Lindsey-Williams

                          Reverend Pell……………………Jim O’Connell                         Marvin Scott…………………Michael Cassidy

                          Dr Mayberry………………………David Chalmers                       Alice……………………………Moira Malone

                          Tech Manager……………………Nat Vibert                                Assistant Director………Lee Russell

                          Stage Manager…………………Alisa A. Giglietti




Cassandra Lindsey-Williams (Nurse) is excited to be making her debut performance with CCT.  She recently moved to Meriden, CT from Queens, NY after being offered a promotion to Senior HRIS Analyst at Amphenol Corporation in Wallingford.  Her previous credits include Mrs. Muller in Doubt at the Warner Theatre and her recent participation with the Floating Theatre Festival in Middletown this summer.   Cassandra is also a singer and band member at the Greater Hartford Church of Christ in New Britain, CT which she considers her first love and passion.  She would like to thank her family and friends for all of the support they have given her as she pursues her passion of Musical Theatre Arts.  Smoooooches!



Shannon Riccio (Mary) is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University, receiving degrees in both Theatre and Creative Writing.  Most recently she was seen in a stage reading by the Hamden Playmakers.  Over the past year she has appeared as Blanche Damon in The Male Animal, a performer in The Vagina Monologues, Margaret in Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room, and the Duke in The Merchant of Venice at Roger Williams.  She would like to thank everyone who worked hard on this production.





Moira Malone (Alice) is grateful for this opportunity to be performing with the Cheshire Community Theater.  She was recently seen as Almira Gultch/The West Witch in The Turnpike Players’ production of The Wizard of Oz.  Prior to Oz, she had taken a long hiatus from the stage, during which time she got married, moved to Connecticut, began teaching and had two children (Ian and Ben).  A part time faculty member of the Drama Department at Quinnipiac U. and the Theater Department at SCSU, she teaches Performance Fundamentals, Intro. to Acting and Intro. to Theater.  She has also been a dialect coach on four QU productions.  Her favorite roles from days past include Christina in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa and Smitty in Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  Thanks to Bob, Ian and Ben for supporting Moira in this endeavor.



Jerry Brown (Red Cap/ Michael) is appearing in his first CCT production.  His previous roles include Lt. jg Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men with Center Stage Theater of Shelton and an extra in the independent film Local Warming. In his professional life, he is Operations Manager of the Food and Nutrition Department at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health in Westport.  He sends special thanks to his family, friends and co-workers, especially his wife, Kathy.





Dawn Reiss-Melillo (Margaret Garrison) is thrilled to be returning to the CCT stage in

I Never Sang for My Father.  She was last seen as Sylvia in CCT’s The Odd Couple-Female Version.   Dawn has been backstage, onstage and on the board of directors since joining the group in 1986. Some of her favorite shows as director include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Stalag 17, and The Real Inspector Hound.  Onstage favorites include the role of Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense, Ida in The Cemetery Club, and Dianna in Lend Me a Tenor (Orange Players). Dawn is happy to now be under the direction of Paul Byrne, who acted in three of her shows. She would also like to welcome the inspirational Lee Russell onboard.


Rafael F. Garbalosa (Gene) last appeared on the CCT stage in Children of Eden (Soloist). Other CCT productions include Requiem for a Heavyweight (Maish), Night of January 16th (John Whitfield), City of Angels (Lt. Muñoz), and Is There Life After High School. Other stage credits include A New Brain (Dr. Berensteiner), Company (Harry), Baby, the Musical (Alan), and Once Upon A Mattress (Sir Harry). Mr. Garbalosa has appeared in several award winning student films, industrial films, as a background actor in the NBC television show “30 Rock”, and recently made his New York City stage debut at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row in the staged reading of “The Silent Exile”. Mr. Garbalosa resides in New Britain with his wife Kathy whom he thanks for her love and support. He also thanks his sons, family, and friends for their faithful support. He dedicates this performance to Papi and Mami. Mr. Garbalosa invites you to visit his website at


Dave Wall (Tom) was previously seen on the Cheshire Community Theatre stage in the production of Cobb as Ty, and is pleased to be involved with the group again.  Having been bitten by the acting bug, Dave has been active in area stage and film productions.  Some favorite roles/productions are: Henry the Actor in The Fantasticks, Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Lt. Schrank in West Side Story, Mr. Robinson in The Graduate, Phil in After-Play, Glenn Cooper in Rumors, Detective McPherson in Laura, Erroneous in A Funny Thing Happened on Way toForum, and Rep. Hewes in 1776.  Dave is currently involved with area independent film projects including feature films "Creepy Crawley" (trailer on You Tube) and "Erie Hall", and shorts "Rice Cakes" and "Clowns".  Dave works in the Crisis Program at Rushford in Meriden.  "Thanks to Chris for ongoing encouragement, support and patience.  Thanks to a group of friends in the acting community who continue to inspire and encourage. This play is, in part, about missed opportunity, the unsaid... David, Matt, Sara, you will always have my unconditional love; I'm proud of you kids".


Michael Cassidy (Marvin Scott) most recently appeared in Cabaret 1935 for the Town Players of Newtown's Golden Jubilee celebration.  Prior to that he portrayed Timothy Hogarth in Room Service at CCT and created the role of Hubert Barnes in the World Premiere and Pulitzer-considered production of Malice and Contempt at Clockwork Repertory Theatre in Oakville.  Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Town Players of Newtown.





David Chalmers (Dr. Mayberry) is very pleased to be making his first appearance with Cheshire Community Theater and has enjoyed the opportunity to work beside Rafael Garbalosa.  His most recent local performances include the fall 2009 Naugatuck Valley College production of Ferris Wheel as John and the spring NVCC production of As The World Goes Round as an ensemble singer and ballroom dancer.  He previously performed in Florida and Maryland.






Jim O'Connell (Reverend Doctor Pell) joins Cheshire Community Theater for his second production.  Jim is a CPA who works with businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the northeast.  His public speaking background includes appearances on New York's CBS Newsradio and the Connecticut Radio Network, and he has spoken at a wide variety of events on behalf of the US Small Business Administration, Connecticut Department of Economic Development, Connecticut Economic Development Fund and a variety of nonprofit and educational organizations.




Director Paul Byrne started his career with CCT in 1997 in Dawn Reiss-Melillo's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He now has the honor of directing Dawn, who is a very talented actor. Paul was stage manager for CCT's Proposals directed by Alisa A.Gigilietti and And Then There Were None directed by John O. Kenney. He directed Dearly Departed with his wife Paula J. Byrne stage managing another CCT production. He is honored to be working with Dave Wall again since they both examined the life of Ty Cobb in CCT's Mr. Cobb directed by John Grabar. Last summer, he had the enjoyment of playing Nym, one of Falstaff's men in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, a Town Players of Newtown production. He has acted with CCT, Algonquin Players, Castle Craig Players and Newtown Players. He was a long time member of the Book Vault play reading group. He studied acting with Jerry Prell, Lisa Brailoff and Pamela Lincoln. He started his theatre career in props with New England Actor's Theatre. 


Leona Russell (Assistant Director) has been involved in theatre, as a performer, practically all her life. Upon graduating from high school, she was employed by Arthur Murray's Dance Studio in  New Haven, CT, as an instructor and exhibition dancer. In 1987, she and her husband co-founded Second Stage, Wallingford’s Community Theatre, under the sponsorship of Wallingford Parks and Recreation. From 1987-1997, Lee directed and choreographed 13 plays and many high school productions. From 2001 – 2006, she  directed five musicals and comedies and the 'Children's Theatre Workshop' for New Bern Civic Theatre and 'Box and Cox' for the Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC. In 2007, she  directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  with the students of Holy Trinity School in Wallingford. Lee is very pleased to be involved with the Cheshire Community Theater.


Alisa Giglietti (Stage Manager) joins this CCT production having last stage managed Little Women with the group. She graduated from Salve Regina University with a degree in theatre arts.  Her favorite roles include Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour, Hattie in Kiss Me, Kate and Joan in The Guys.  She wishes to thank all those who had faith in her and never let her down with their unending support.  To her parents, "There are no words to say thank you for what you have given me."  Betty Shaeffer, "You were someone I looked up to and wanted to be like.  You gave me a reason to keep it up."  To her Uncle, who never heard her sing, "I wish you could be here as I’m living my dream.  The golden front row has a seat saved for you.  Thank you for being my angel."