Cheshire Community Theater
Curtain Up, Light the Lights!
January 29, 30, 31 2009
Director: Tony Enright
Assistant Director: Amanda Rochette
Patrick………………………Adam Loewenbaum George………………….Mark Wantroba
Jessica………………………Virginia Wolf Nick………………………David Steines
Phil……………………………Arnie Palmieri Susi………………………Tracey Brown
Robert………………………Rob Rochette Peggy……………………Alisha Pavacich
Tracey Brown makes her second appearance with CCT in the role of Susi. It makes sense that she was cast as a character whose name starts with the letter S; in Tracey's last appearance with CCT, she played the role of Sammii in Proposals. Tracey has been involved in community theatre since college and she loves it. Another favorite 'S' character she played was Shelby in Steel Magnolias. Tracey typically plays characters whose names begin with C's: Cora in Life with Father, Crystal in Ghost of a Chance, Cassie in Rumors and Caitlin in Over the River and Through the Woods. She also played Kate in The Miracle Worker, and while it doesn't start with C, it's pretty darn close. She hopes her fellow actors in Jitters break all their legs in one fell swoop! She'd also like to give a shout out to her loyal "fans" that come see all of her shows (you know who you are)!
Keith Corbino (Tom Kent) is looking forward to his second outing with Cheshire Community Theater. After performing with an improv comedy group, Keith decided last year to give stage acting a try. Keith has also performed with the Castle Craig Players and hopes to have many more outings with both groups. He'd like to thank his family and all of his friends for their support.
Adam Loewenbaum (Patrick) lives in Hamden and this is his debut with CCT.
Arnie Palmieri (Phil) lives in North Branford with his wife and family. After a 35 year career in the phone industry, he retired and has been busy ever since. He was bitten by the acting bug. Arnie has appeared in several productions with CCT including Guys and Dolls, Requiem for A Heavyweight, and Proposals. In his spare time, Arnie enjoys singing with the North Branford Congregational Church Choir, building his model railroad, and playing golf. Arnie would like to dedicate his performance to his family, including his lovely granddaughters, Lucy and Julia.
Alisha Pavacich (Peggy) was raised in Cheshire and now lives in Plantsville with her 3 furry and fabulous Chihuahuas - Marley, Ziggy and Lola (her “children”). She is happy to be back on the CCT stage after recently appearing as “Lucille” in Dearly Departed. Some of her other theatre credits include playing Aunt Rose in the Little Theatre of Manchester production of Wild Mushrooms and Anne Miller in Theatre Newington’s production of 6 RMS RIV VU. Alisha attended Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and earned a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. While at SCSU, she was a member of the Crescent Players and head of the costume department. Alisha and her mom, Rochelle, are the proud owners of Bella Fuchsia in Cheshire, where they do their best to make the world a more stylish and glamorous place, one customer at a time. Alisha also works as a freelance makeup artist. “Special thank you to my super supportive family and my amazing friends…couldn’t do it without them!”
Robert Rochette (Robert Ross) makes his CCT debut in this production. He is a resident of Meriden and has been doing theatre for about 14 years. Due to a lot of encouragement and coercion from his high school director/next door neighbor, John Kenney, Robert has developed into a well rounded actor and ever-so-ready stagehand. Past experience as an actor includes Cyrano De Bergerac in Cyrano De Bergerac, Christopher Wrenn in Mouse Trap, and most recently, Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace with Castle Craig Players. "Hellooooooo, Mortimer!!" " You're my boy, Blue…”
David Steines (Nick) is appearing in his first CCT production. This is David's first show since his freshman year of college (4 years ago), and he couldn't be happier to explore the mind and actions of another interesting character. David started acting at age 7, when he played the dummy, Charlie McCarthy, in Virtue and Justice Triumph Again. Additional credits include both Duke Frederick and Silvius in Shakespeare's As You Like It, Doody in Grease, The Reverend Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Jason of the Argonauts in a student adaptation of the Greek tragedy, Medea. David is a contracting electrical engineer and resides in Madison.
Mark Wantroba (George Ellsworth) was last not seen but unfortunately heard as the Stage Manager for CCT’s fall production Children of Eden. After directing such sage hits as Pardon My Pseudopodia: The Musical and Defenestration 6: Window of Opportunity, he is thrilled to be cast in the part of George the Director. In preparation for this role, Mark has attempted to channel the spirit of every director he has worked with. Mark has now had a migraine headache for six weeks and no longer wants anything to do with directing. “Kim, Ryan and Weasel, You Guys Rock!”
Virginia Wolf ( Jessica Logan) is delighted to make her CCT debut in Jitters - and acknowledges that the role provides an argument for art imitating life! Ginny's past performances include The Complete Actor Showcase at Hartford Stage, The Vagina Monologues at the Ivoryton Playhouse, The Nibroc Trilogy with the Margreta Theater, Hearts Suspended with the Park Road Playhouse, and Barefoot in the Park with the Hole in the Wall Theater. She also portrays the 17th century witch, Mary Barnes, for the Stanley Whitman House in Farmington. Ginny covers the arts and entertainment scene every Thursday on 1150 AM WMRD via her radio show SpotLight; Radio Reveling in the Arts and Entertainment, and 24/7 online via Spotlightonct.com. In addition to being an actress and radio personality, she is a voiceover artist, freelance writer, and lends her talents to pledge drives for Connecticut Public Television. Beyond sending thanks to Director Tony and the talented Jitters cast, Ginny lavishes lots of love and thanks on her wonderful husband, Steven, who didn't know he married a diva all those years ago, but puts up with her anyway!
Tony Enright (Director) is a Cheshire resident and a long-time member of Cheshire Community Theater. This is his first time directing with the group, although he has been directing for over 10 years, mostly at East and West Hartford Middle Schools. His most recent directorial endeavor was Nuncrackers in 2007 for Castle Craig Players in Meriden. He was seen on this stage in 2008 as a Storyteller in CCT’s Children of Eden, Lord Savage in Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical in 2007, and as The Narrator in CCT’s Blood Brothers in 2006.
Amanda Rochette (Assistant Director) originally hails from Watertown and now resides in Meriden with her husband, Robert. She is a paramedic by day and community theater actress by night. This is Amanda's first production with CCT. Amanda's first acting experience was Folly at Miss Finney's School at the University of Connecticut and she has since performed in many of Castle Craig Players productions. Her favorite roles thus far have been in Secret Garden and Audition for Murder. Amanda enjoys most aspects of the theater and is currently trying to learn more about the behind the scenes role of directing. She would like to thank Tony for the opportunity to assist him and the CCT cast and Board for their support. “Remember, art imitates life. . . or was it the other way around?”