Cheshire Community Theater
Curtain Up, Light the Lights!
Jekyll & Hyde
October 4, 5, and 6, 2007
Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde…………Kevin Sturmer Lucy Harris…………………………………Mary Cantoni-Johnson
Emma Carew………………………………Cathy Wilcox John Utterson……………………………Carlos Silva
Sir Danvers Carew………………………David Schancupp Simon Stride………………………………Jack Selati
Lady Beaconsfield………………………Betty Olson The Bishop of Basingstoke…………John Stewart
Lord Savage…………………………………Tony Enright General Lord Glossop…………………John Whinfield
Sir Archibald Proops……………………Jack Bussmann Nellie/Ensemble…………………………Michelle Noel
Spider/Ensemble…………………………Theo Sevilla Poole/Inmate/Ensemble…………… Mark Wantroba
Bisset/Ensemble…………………………Wade Elmer Minister/Ensemble………………………Sam Donovan
Ensemble……………………………………Kim Wantroba, Rachel Humphrey, Tracy Moran
Kevin Sturmer (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde) makes his first CCT appearance in this show in his dream role - or should we say “roles”. Favorite past roles include Prince/Robespierre in the 2nd National Tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Judas in Godspell, the Narrator/Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show, King Arthur in Camelot, and Henry Ford in Ragtime. Kevin graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s Degree. He lives in Milford and works in Waterbury at The Harrison Group. Kevin has composed the score for two produced musicals (Double Duet and That Is To Love) and has recently finished writing the book, lyrics and music for Record Love, which he hopes to get in production soon. He would like to thank his family, friends and especially his wife, Cathy, for their endless love and support. www.kevinsturmer.com.
Cathy Wilcox (Emma Carew) has appeared with almost any theater group you can name in Connecticut and played too many leading ladies to list them all here. However, this is her CCT debut performance! Some favorite shows and roles include The Scarlet Pimpernel ( Marguerite St. Just) at Thomaston Opera House; Nunsense, Nunsense II, and Nuncrackers*, (Sister Robert Anne) at Center Stage in Shelton *(and Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury), and The Rocky Horror Show ( Janet Weiss) at both Thomaston Opera House and the Warner Theatre in Torrington. Cathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from UCONN, an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy, a Paralegal Certificate, and recently passed the U.S. Patent Bar Registration Examination and is now a Patent Agent at a law firm in Monroe. There’s not much time left outside of work, home, & theatre for hobbies, but she does love cooking and photography when she can fit it in her schedule. “Many thanks to everyone involved in this production for welcoming me and for making it such a wonderful experience. My sincere gratitude to Robin Sellati for her tremendous guidance and support. Most of all, love and thanks to my family and friends, especially my mother and my husband, Kevin, for their constant love and support.”
Mary J. Cantoni-Johnson (Lucy Harris) returns to wow CCT audiences for the second time, having appeared as Mary Magdelene in CCT’s Jesus Christ Superstar back in October of 2003. Mary’s theater resume has an impressive and long list of leading roles such as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Musicals at Richter Park), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (The Warner Theater), Eva Peron in Evita (The Warner Theater) and Lili/Kate in Kiss me Kate (Tri-Arts). She is working towards her Masters Degree in Spanish at Central Connecticut State University. Currently a Spanish teacher at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Mary did her student teaching here at Cheshire High. Her favorite activities are being with her family and friends, performing and working out. Her least favorite activity is housework. Mary is the trophy wife of a very handsome police officer and the mother of three beautiful children. “As always, it is a pleasure to work with such a wonderful and fun group of people.”
Jack Bussmann, Jr. (Sir Archibald Proops) is happy to be back in his fourth CCT production, having performed in Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar and Love and Laughter. Jack has been singing on stage since childhood in a variety of productions and teenage rock bands. He is currently music director of the St. Bridget’s Contemporary Folk Group. His hobbies include photography (he earned his M.F.A. in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology), playing guitar, gardening and building stone walls. Jack dedicates his performance to his family for all their support.
Sam Donovan (Minister/Ensemble) is a CCT newcomer. His experience on stage includes roles in Kiss Me Kate, The Wizard of Oz, Pygmalion and The Mousetrap. Sam is a student at UCONN- Waterbury pursuing a degree in Music Therapy. He enjoys playing the piano, drums and bass guitar. He resides in Wallingford.
Wade Elmer (Bisset/Ensemble) has been involved in CCT since 2001, has served on the Board of Directors since 2005 and has appeared on stage or back stage in over 10 productions. Wade has also performed in productions by MasterMind Productions, The Turnpike Players, and Castle Craig Players. He lives in Cheshire and dedicates this performance to his wife who is always encouraging him onward.
Tony Enright (Lord Savage) is a Cheshire resident and a long-time member of Cheshire Community Theater. He was last seen on this stage as The Narrator in CCT”s Blood Brothers in October of 2006. “It's great to be back on the Cheshire High stage performing for the residents of Cheshire. The cast is great, the show terrific – ENJOY!’
Rachel Humphrey (Ensemble) is happy to participate in Cheshire Community Theatre again after the great fun she had last year as Mrs. Johnstone in CCT's production of Blood Brothers. Other favorite roles have included Eve (Children of Eden), Mrs. Baskin (Big, the Musical) and Sheila (Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah). She also enjoys directing shows on occasion, most recently - Guys and Dolls and Fiddler on the Roof. When not on stage, she fills her professional life as an oncologist and cancer researcher. She wishes to extend thanks to Phil and the wonderful, dear cast and offers special love to Jeff, Sarah, and Daniel! Mwah!
Tracy Moran (Ensemble) is having a fantastic time with another CCT musical! She was last seen on this stage in the ensemble of Blood Brothers. Before that she played Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, the Queen in Cinderella and was a member of the ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar. Before coming to CCT, she played roles in No, No Nanette, How to Succeed in Business..., Pirates of Penzance, Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie and H.M.S. Pinafore. In her off-stage life, Tracy works in the Communications Department at Choate Rosemary Hall and enjoys singing, traveling, knitting and volunteering for Girl Scouts.
Michelle Noel (Nellie/Ensemble) is happy to be back on the stage in Cheshire following a year off to perform in the distant and exotic lands of Waterbury (Seven Angels Theater, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Southington (Southington Community Theater, Grease). After taking off (most of) her clothes as Miss Adelaide in CCT’s Guys and Dolls and playing the comically drunk flirt, Gladys, in The Pajama Game with Manchester Musical Players, she is thrilled to reach new “lows” in her dream role as a prostitute. Michelle will continue to perform as long as there are roles available that give her the chance to embarrass her three children (Sara, Mike, and Joey) while enjoying the company of great and talented people such as this cast and crew. “Thanks to my husband, Phil, for putting up with the rushed dinners and evenings alone.”
Betty Olson (Lady Beaconsfield) most recently appeared in Tartuffe as Elmire at the Hole In The Wall Theatre in New Britain. She has been acting and singing in theatre for twelve years. She started in Texas with an Oratorio Chorus and Children’s Theatre. She moved to Connecticut from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York where she played Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Marian in Music Man and Anna in The King and I. She has appeared in Connecticut at the Warner Theatre, Hartford Children’s Theatre in Heidi, and with the G&S Society of Connecticut. She also has some film credits to her name, with independent films, such as Waycross by Trakkpro.com, student films, and the ESPN television series The Bronx Is Burning. This is Betty’s first appearance with Cheshire Community Theatre. “Life is not a Façade for me, but a genuine journey thanks to God, and my loving husband. Love ya, Grieg!”
David Schancupp (Sir Danvers Carew) returns for his third appearance with CCT, having been seen as Arvide in Guys & Dolls and Mr. Lyons in last season’s Blood Brothers. Other roles include Ali Hakim in Oklahoma, the Starkeeper in Carousel, Sandor in Bells are Ringing, and his favorite role, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof for Orange Players. A Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado, he has been performing principal G&S roles for over twenty-five years with Troupers Light Opera Company (New Canaan) including Sir Marmaduke (Sorcerer), Major General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance) and Wilfred Shadbolt and Sergeant Meryll (Yeomen), a role which he also performed with the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Middletown) and most recently King Gama in Princess Ida. David has also appeared with the Simsbury Light Opera Company and with the Greater New Britain Opera Company in various roles. His non-musical appearances include Harry (Prisoner of 2nd Avenue), Tito Merelli (Lend Me a Tenor) and Teddy (Arsenic and Old Lace). In his non-theatrical life, David practices law in New Haven.
Jack Sellati (Simon Stride) has always been a music lover, active in both Church and school singing groups. With encouragement from his wife Robin, Jack began studying voice in 1991 with the late Mrs. Carmel Harris of Hamden. He has performed as Edvard Grieg in the CET Opera Theater production of Song of Norway and as Jesus in Susan Bingham’s Road to Emmaus. Since 1999, he has been the baritone soloist with the Cantabile Vocal Quartet, singing Broadway, sacred, and light classical repertoire throughout Connecticut and in various recordings with the group. He has also been a soloist at the United Church on the Green in New Haven and is an active choir and church member at the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. As a Cheshire resident, Jack also performs and is active in the Sellati Voice Studio, inspired and operated by his wonderful and talented wife, Robin. Jack’s occupation is as a media and information technology consultant with Edge Technology Services where, as a Director of its Media Practice, he is currently on assignment with ESPN in Bristol. He is thrilled to participate in this, his first CCT production of one of his favorite Broadway musicals with such a fun bunch of very talented people.
Carlos A. Silva (John Utterson) is back for his second CCT production following his critically acclaimed portrayal of Eddy in last season’s Blood Brothers. Carlos served as music director at Rocky Hill Theater for Miss Saigon and Aida. Favorite roles include Sheriff Reynolds in Bat Boy and Frederick in Pirates of Penzance. The Bristol resident earned his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education at UCONN, along with a BA in Music and a BA in English Literature. He is training at Goodwin College to be a paramedic . “All my love and thanks to CCT, my family, and my angel Kat.”
Theo Sevilla (Spider/Ensemble) graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from St. John's University in New York City singing for scholarship with the SJU Voices of Victory Gospel Choir. Theo earned his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Bridgeport and is a special education teacher with the Connecticut Junior Republic in Litchfield. Theo and his brothers and their band TRESLASA competed as semi-finalists in CBS' Nueva Estrellas Latino "Idol" 2005. Theo recently debuted theatrically with Rocky Hill Theatre's production of Miss Saigon in the role of THUY. Theo thanks Cheshire Community Theatre for this role, his "sophomore" performance. “I thank the cast and directors for the professionalism and WEALTH of experience. This was a fun time! I want to thank my family, friends and students (NY, Cali - PR & the Philippines), my MOM, my brothers Benny and Justin, my "sons" Simba, Apollo, Tug & Bacardi, and dedicate this performance in the memory of Lolo Picoy and Tarzan Yoda and especially to my wife, Cindy - TE AMO - for believing in me and supporting my pursuit of this dream! And finally, I thank God for the gifts and graces He’s given me!!!’
John Stewart (Bishop of Basingstoke) is very pleased to be making his first appearance with the Cheshire Community Theater. John has appeared onstage with Elton John, Kenny Rogers and The Atlanta Symphony Chorus under Robert Shaw as well as having many theatrical credits including The Importance of Being Ernest (Algernon), The Zoo Story, 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. John attended Florida State University at Edison for Vocal Performance and Composition. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hole in the Wall theater company and resides in New Britain, CT.
Kim Wantroba (Ensemble) is very pleased to participate in another "Phabulous Phil" show after having performed under his direction in last season's Blood Brothers. Kim is a real triple threat, serving as Prop Mistress, Answer Girl and Cast Social Director. She also acts, sings, and dances. Favorite roles include Vinnie in Life with Father, a woman who tells her husband what to do, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town, a woman who tells her family what to do. In her leisure time, she enjoys telling people what to do.
Mark Wantroba (Inmate/Poole/Ensemble) is very excited to be doing this show with CCT. Favorite past roles include all three Hanson Brothers in three different versions of Slapshot: The Musical, Unlucky Hunter in When Animals Attack 3: Bambi Goes Berserk and Doorstop Guy in Behind the Green Door. Mark’s favorite leisure activities include tightrope walking, badger baiting and long walks on the beach. “Kim, Ryan and Weasel, ‘You Guys Rock!’ “
John Whinfield (General Lord Glossop) is making his first appearance on stage, inspired by his daughter Stephanie's theatrical roles at the Chase Collegiate School, where last year she appeared in Aida. John attended the University of Southern California for his undergraduate studies and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin. His hobbies include the Civil War, photography, and “happy hour”. Favorite Quote: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”- Abraham Lincoln
Philip D. Vetro (Director) is thrilled to once again be at the helm of a CCT musical after having staged last season’s production of BLOOD BROTHERS. Other groups for which Phil has directed include the Hole in the Wall Theater, Southington Community Theater, Orange Players, Nutmeg Players, Theatermania, the Repertory Theatre of New Britain, the Little Theater of Stoughton, the Stony Creek Puppet House and many others. Phil’s next project will be directing Kander and Ebb’s THE RINK for the Broad Brook Opera House. He dedicates his work on this project to the many incredible, talented people he has met during his many years of doing community theater…….all of whom give of their time and talent for nothing but the reward of hearing two pieces of flesh pound together.
Kim Yannon-Stock (Music Director) makes her first go-round with Cheshire Community Theater, having done musical direction for Cheshire Youth Theater productions of Peter Pan, Meet Me in St. Louis and Alice in Wonderland. Kim also was vocal director for Cheshire High School’s productions of Evita and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This is Kim’s 23rd year teaching elementary and middle school students general, vocal and choral music and she is employed by the Cheshire Public Schools. While at Doolittle School, she produced and directed performances of A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and Fiddler on the Roof. Kim received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Western Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education/Pedagogy from The Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford.
Wendy Wolowicz (Assistant Director) has been a stage manager, producer, or assistant director for almost 10 years. Working predominately at Hole In The Wall Theater in New Britain, she has served as stage manager for such shows as Wit and Lint!The Musical as well as assistant director for Lips Together, Teeth Apart and Batboy, The Musical. This is Wendy's first production with Cheshire Community Theater and she has been thrilled to be part of such a lovely cast and crew. “You guys really do make my job easy. A special thank you to Gino for your patience and understanding, it means the world to me.”
Todd Santa Maria (Choreographer) has performed, choreographed, and stage managed with theater groups all over the east coast including The Kirby Center for the Arts (Wilkes-Barre, PA), the State Theater (Portland, ME), the Flynn Theater (Burlington, VT), TheatreWorks – New Milford, The Warner Theater Company, TBTA, Hole in the Wall Theater, Little Theater of Manchester, Thomaston Opera House, Musicals-at-Richter, and Brewster Theater Company (Brewster, NY). He was also a cast member with Walt Disney World Entertainment in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, performing at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the Disney Studios. Next, Todd will choreograph Disney's High School Musical for Brookfield High School and will perform in Little Theater of Manchester's November production of Mame.
Joseph Trifilo (Stage Manager) has a twenty-four year history with CCT. Starting out as an actor in Cabaret, he went on to play roles in many other CCT productions, including La Cage aux Folles and Barefoot in the Park. He has worn the hat of assistant director for Steel Magnolias and the musical The Wiz, co-directed the comedy No Sex Please, We’re British and directed Driving Miss Daisy and Jesus Christ, Superstar. His talents as a hairdresser and make-up artist have added that special touch of style and beauty to many CCT productions. He has served on CCT’s Board of Directors in many capacities, most recently as Membership Chair. Local residents may know him as the proprietor of Hair Nouveau, his salon here in town. Joe is currently on the Board of CPFA.